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Escape from the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]

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Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: G
Release Date: 4-NOV-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray

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Product Details

  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G7Q15O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Escape from the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Following the cataclysmic finale of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, there was only one logical direction for the series to go---> back to the future. The result is an illogically conceived and satirical prequel that will amuse and delight and ultimately devastate with its bleak Shakesperean tragedy.

When Taylor's spacecraft unexpectedly splashes down in 1973 and is retrieved by a military envoy, the three astronauts that emerge from the capsule are not revealed to be Taylor, Landon and Dodge, but rather the astonishing simian ape-o-nauts Cornelius, Zira and Milo... the third of which is a completely disposeable character who is appropriately killed off very early by a caged zoo gorilla who was probably jealous that the talking simian chimpanzees were getting all of the attention. With Milo out of the picture, the story focuses on the relationship between Cornelius and Zira in ways that were not afforded the opportunity in the two previous films and is filled with tongue-in-cheek episodes inspired by Pierre Boulle's original novel as Cornelius and Zira go around "aping" 20th century human culture (a subtle and clever mockery of our own) in an attempt to make themselves fit in to our society.

While Cornelius and Zira make themselves at home as cultural "celebrities" they are being carefully monitored under the watchful auspices of the nefarious Dr.
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"Escape From The Planet Of The Apes"
is part of the the classic SciFi
movie series begun with "Planet Of The Apes".

Three "apes" arrive in the pop culture
America of 1973 (?) from a future where
apes are the dominant and intellectually superior
species, able to communicate by spoken
language (English), and humans are as beasts.
Upon their escape, they witness the destruction
of the earth due to a weapon of warfare
created by humans and used by apes.
This film provides a thematic bridge in the
movie series, but also stands on its own.

It is both comic and tragic.
It is notable for trotting out the social
and political concerns as defined by the
pop media of the period in a
heavy-handed way and trivializing
them with humor at the same time.
Social satire well done.

The great thing about this film is that
it gives one numerous themes to consider.
It is serious and rich with meaning
while at the same time campy and fun
and ultimately tragic.

Among the interesting ideas presented are:
- submission to God's will...
- danger of political zealotry...
- ends justifying the means...
- analogy between "apes" and the negroid race...
- trumping of absolute truth by majority vote...
- modesty in dress vs. exhibitionism...
- pacifism vs. just use of violence...
- use of animals...
- truth telling and omission...
...and on and on

The film is a great vehicle for discussion
and a definite candidate for repeated viewing.

Sure, the ape costumes are rather silly,
but so what;
we know they are not real apes anyway.

Last, but certainly not least, is the
great, great, great musical score
by Jerry Goldsmith. Wow!

Good plot, interesting characters,
campy humor, serious themes, great music,
action; what's not to like?
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Of all the Planet of the Apes movies; this had to be the one that really brought a tear to my eye. Roddy MacDowell and Kim Hunter are excellent as the innocent explorers who are misunderstood by modern human about the world that come from. Great cameo by Ricardo Montelban and wonderful surprise ending.
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"Escape from the Planet of the Apes" came out in 1971 in the midst of very controversy times. The film is directed by Don Taylor, and stars Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo, Bradford Dillman, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, John Randolph, and M. Emmet Walsh.

It is part III of the Ape Series, however, the film doesn't require the viewer to see the previous other Ape films to understand what's going on, but I think it helps to see the other two so you can fully understand the character's motives and thoughts.

THE PLOT -

Three highly intelligent humanoid Chimpanzees from outer space land on planet Earth in the Pacific coast in 1973 via their space ship. They are taken by the authorities to the Los Angeles Zoo. At first, the Apes are seen as a novelty and become famous and loved through out the world, but soon, they are perceived as a threat to all of mankind and planet Earth. The film starts off as being a light family comedy, but takes a very dark turn.

MY THOUGHTS -

Like the previous Ape films, "Escape" has parables that address social issues that were going on. The year was 1971 when the film was released, right when racial segregation was ending, and Black and White people were starting to live and work amongst each other. I believe the film is suggesting to the audience that accepting those who are different from you and giving them a chance might not be a bad idea, and that you shouldn't believe everything you hear.

The film is anti-racism, and also has an anti-abortion theme to it, and has somewhat of an anti-government theme to it, and addresses the issue of government intrusion. Some of the other topics include scientific experimentation on animals, and nuclear war.
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