Planet of the Apes
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Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall. The popular sci-fi thriller about highly intelligent, talking apes that rule over human beings returns in this digitally remastered version with state-of-the-art sound and video quality. 1968/color/112 min/G.
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Will they make friends or be sliced and diced?
Can the ever get back?
What would you do?
Now after that radical statement I know different media calls for different handling of the story. And most movies do not live up to the book. However some exceed the book. Surprise this is the "don't live up to the book" one. If you thought that the movie was insightful, surprising and shocking the first time you saw it. Then you defiantly have lower expectations than the reader does. Especially with such a botched ending; the ending changed the whole purpose and mystery of the story.
I did like the idea of having a movie where the woman was not talking all the time. (Just kidding) And the makeup for the simians was excellent. I suppose if you haven't read the book that this would be a pleasant time passer.
See Roddy McDowall again in "Lord Love A Duck" (1966) where he monkeys around with Tuesday Weld.
Now we come to the incredible amount of extras.
First up is a commentary consisting of Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, and John Chambers. Regretfully, this is disappointing because it happens so seldom during the film that it could have been eliminated altogether. Incredibly long gaps without a word.
There is also a commentary by composer Jerry Goldsmith, and he is heard over many scenes. Plus, there is a text commentary by an author of a book about the Planet of the Apes, but it is sparse throughout the film.
Among the other features are several shorts, including a makeup test scene with Edward G. Robinson as Dr. Zaius and Charlton Heston, with James Brolin as Cornelius and Linda Harrison as Zira (she would later play Nova in the first two films). There are about a dozen shorts, about half in high definition.
The highlight of the extras is an excellent documentary, in standard defnition, hosted by Roddy McDowall entitled "Behind the Planet of the Apes," which runs just over 2 hours and covers all the films, the TV series, and the cartoon. The Tim Burton-directed Planet of the Apes came out some time after this special, so there is no mention of it.
All this material, including the wonderful high definition movie is on one Blu-ray disc, and is a definite buy for the classic film fan.
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