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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

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Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the fifth and last chapter of the legendary Apes saga. Set in 2670 A.D., an idyllic society of man and ape is threatened by both a militant gorilla (Akins) and a tribe of still-intelligent mutant humans. Finally, simmering tensions dividing the primates erupt in an apocalyptic climax. When the smoke clears, the carnage is everywhere, but there is hope for a new beginning for man and ape. Co-starring John Huston, Paul Williams, and Lew Ayres.

Special Features

  • *Cast Page
  • *Planet of the Apes (68) Trailer
  • *Planet of the Apes (01) Trailer
  • *Beneath the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Escape from the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Battle for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
  • *Planet of the Apes Cross Promotional Trailer
  • *Fox Interactive Presents: Behind the Scenes of the Planet of the Apes Game
  • ROM Content - Self Contained Planet of the Apes Web Site

Product Details

  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" on IMDb

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Rarely does the restoration of deleted scenes added back into a film work to its benefit. The Extended Edition of Battle for the Planet of the Apes (available previously only as a Japanese laserdisc) is one of those rare exceptions. The fifth and final chapter in the Apes theatrical series is generally regarded as its weakest link. It had the lowest budget of all of the films in the series and it painfully shows and looks more like it's a made-for-TV movie. In fact, it feels almost like a pilot for the Planet of the Apes Television Series.

The film begins in the year 2670 and is bookended with John Houston as the revered ape Lawgiver reading from the sacred scrolls like a bedtime storyteller, "In the beginning, God created beast and man so that they could live in harmony and share dominion over this world..." From here the story is told in flashback and the viewer is left scratching their heads by the befuddling logic. Events not clearly explained are left to the viewer to make assumptions or draw conclusions about the contradictory order of events. It must be assumed that a nuclear war had devasted the Earth immediately after the ape uprising in Conquest and somehow only a decade afterward the ape society had unbelievably evolved their verbal powers of speech and intelligence. These facts are inconsistent with Cornelius' explanation of the apes' evolution in Escape in which he explains that the plague that destroyed all cats and dogs occurred some 200 years later than it did in Conquest and that Aldo was the first ape to utter human speech when he said the word "No" which was spoken by Lisa in Conquest, and that Aldo led the revolt against the humans which was led by Caesar.
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After not seeing this version of the film for so long, the restored scenes really stand out and are a plus to the movie as a whole.

The following previously missing scenes have been restored:

1. After Virgil explains to Caeser the classroom situation in which Abe (the teacher) told Aldo "No!" at class, McDonald elaborates further that Abe should have known better.

2. After Caeser, Virgil, and McDonald enter the forbidden city, a mutant is seen sitting near Kolp and messing with some wires, presumably the alpha omega missile wiring.

3. Prior to the viewing of the archives, and while traveling down the city corridor, McDonald fusses at Caeser and Virgil for being so slow. Caeser and Virgil claim that they can smell the radioactive humans and mention that they are not like the other normal humans.

4. After Virgil shoots the moving camara he apoligizes to Caeser and claims that everyone now knows they are there.

5. After Kolp tells the captain that they are going after the apes "now" he then tells Alma that, no matter what, surrender is not an option. Kolp: "Alma, either we must cage the beast, or destroy the whole zoo." They then gather around the alpha omega missile. Kolp opens the missile silo hatch while Mendez looks on.

6. Extended scene of the convoy of mutants going towards ape city with some of the mutants walking out of rank and falling on the ground, presumably dying.

7. After Kolp and the captain view the ape barricade, Virgil sneeks down from his house - then the movie cuts back to Kolp who reminds someone via radio about his message to Alma in case things go wrong.

8. Extra war footage of the apes fighting the mutants with the barracade on fire.
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This version of Battle for the Planet of the Apes is the uncut version that contains the scenes of the Alpha Omega bomb. These scenes make a clear connection between the mutants in Beneath and the ones in this film. Of course, Mendez is still there in the chopped version, but many might not connect him with the Mendez dynasty alluded to in the second film. These scenes make a huge difference in this film. I'd say they elevate the film from 3 to 4 stars.

The most obvious way to differentiate the two versions is the cover. The cut version has Virgil, an orangutan on it. This version has a picture of a very angry chimp or gorilla. In the cut version, you see Virgil from the chest up, the latter only has a face above the logo and a few film clips below it. While I'd really only recommend this to apes fans, I'd say anyone who's truly devoted to this series must own it.
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"Battle for the Planet of the Apes" is the fifth and final film in the original Planet of the Apes series. It was released in 1973 and was produced by Arthur P. Jacobs, directed by J. Lee Thompson, and written by John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper Corrington. It stars Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams, and John Huston.

This is a film sequel that I do believe requires the viewer to see at least part IV before watching this film. You'll be able to enjoy it if you haven't seen the other entries, but there will be some unanswered questions if you are not familiar with the other Ape films.

THE PLOT -

It's been twelve years since the events of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" - Due to so many Ape-uprisings, as well as a nuclear war among humans, the Apes have taken over the world. In a place called "Ape City", under Ape leader Caesar's leadership, all Apes have learned to speak English, as well as do many other things. Almost all human beings have been enslaved by the Apes and are kept to serve their needs.

Caesar and his human friend MacDonald desire for the Apes and humans to live in peace. However, a militant gorilla named Aldo believes the Apes should become more strict on the humans and that all humans are evil and violent by nature, and must be punished for all their past crimes against Apes. Aldo plots with the other Gorillas to carry out justice.

Meanwhile, a group of radiation-scarred human rebels who live amongst each other out in the desert, far away from Ape City and any Apes, and are lead by a crazed, Ape-hating fanatic named Kolp have plans to invade Ape City, rebuild society, and put the Apes back into slavery.
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