Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall. The classic and influential sci-fi tale about cultured apes and savage humans gets the royal treatment in this collector's edition with loads of bonus material. 2 DVDs. 1968/color/112 min/G.
Sci-fi fans will have plenty to go ape over with the 35th anniversary edition of Planet of the Apes
. The film itself has been improved with an anamorphically enhanced picture and a new DTS audio track, and the second disc features the two-hour documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes
(previously available separately
or in the boxed set
) and a variety of archive material, trailers, and art. The two audio commentaries, unfortunately, have some interesting moments but too many long gaps of silence. (Composer Jerry Goldsmith's track would have worked better as the complement to an isolated score.) Eric Greene's text commentary does provide a near-constant stream of details and trivia, but you're probably better off skipping all the commentaries and getting your info from the main documentary. --David Horiuchi