Planet of the Apes (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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So, when I heard that 20th Century Fox wanted to do a "re-imagining" of POTA my first thought was "Why?". Hadn't the first film gotten everything right the first time around? Why monkey (no pun intended) with something that was pretty much perfect already? Then I heard that Tim Burton had been assingned to direct and I thought that here was an ideal choice if you were going to re-imagine something as iconic as POTA. After all, he had done a marvelous job of revamping the image of Batman from that of the ridiculously campy to that of the more respectible avenging Dark Knight (only to have Joel Schumaker undermine all of that with "Batman and Robin"). While a re-imaging of POTA wasn't needed, I thought, it still might be interesting to see the results of such an undertaking from the capable hands of a director like Burton. Unfortunately the final product failed to meet my expectations.
The biggest dissapointment here is the script, no real plot and flat, one dimensional characters ...Read more ›
The makeup is so good in The Planet of The Apes it's hard to see the actor behind the mask. But this seems more an asset than a liability for the ape actors who all put in very strong performances. Unfortunately the 'human' actors are another story: Mark Wahlberg is clearly out of his league and depth here and really struggles to carry the lead. There's a scene where Wahlberg tries to rally the troops and he was so bad, it's funny. Estella Warren looks great but does very little in a role that is really not much more than window dressing.
As with many visually stunning films, more care and attention was paid to the look of The Planet of The Apes than the script, so we're asked to make some pretty big leaps of faith. The Planet of The Apes it's definitely NOT a movie to think a lot about when you leave the theater, as many plot points don't hold up well on re-examination. That said, I recommend The Planet of The Apes; it's a very enjoyable movie with a look you won't soon forget!...
Despite a lower than usual Mbps rate which appeared to average in the upper teens and lower twenties, the video transfer was clean throughout the film. I saw no artifacting in any area of the film and, especially during past paced scenes where stair stepping and aliasing might show up, there was none of that either. Film grain, which I usually notice went unnoticed for the entire film. Even in the darker areas, scenes were unblemished by video noise or grain. Color grading was fairly warm even in the shadow scenes and actually pretty natural.
Any film that utilizes a lossless codec will always be superior to one that has a lossy codec. In 'Planet of the Apes' we get a DTS MA HD 5.1 audio which provided a very transparent stage for dialogue. I do watch on a 7.1 audio system that is fairly high end and the surrounds are nicely utilized in an encompassing manner. There is some discreet directionality for the surrounds and plenty for your LFE channel to do. However, the surrounds are used often but not necessarily in a discreet directional manner. For example, the sound of horses might be coming from both the rear channels but it sounded as if the same audio was used for both and not one horse on the right and another coming in on the left.
EXTRAs...Other than a commentary, which I did not listen to, there are no extras on the blu ray.Read more ›
The story now takes place on some distant planet instead of Earth where Mark Wahlberg lands by accident while conducting a chimp-pilot experiment. Trapped on what becomes a hostile ape planet, he gets help from good apes to fight the bad ones. Predictable plot, no character depth, and no real story worth pondering over; only a poorly directed bubble-gum film prepared for mass-consumption and aimed at your pubescent audience. I give it two stars only because the special effects were very well done. All of the satirical elements present in Rod Serling's original script have been removed to leave nothing of worth except stupid anachnronisms, placid human faces, and a simply atrocious screenplay. Whereas the original movie had a profound message about social evolution and ignorance, this movie is but a noble experiment in computer animation and nothing more.
It's fun renting it to watch one time; the second time you see that Burton is just monkeying you around. If you're counting on seeing an improved rendition of the original film, you'll be sorely disappointed.
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another superb installment of one of the most imaginative series in sci-fiPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just bought Planet of the apes by Tim burton and love it. It had the pre makings of interstellar depicting and American astronaut traveling through a worm hole into the figure... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Golden Lion
People can hate it all they want. I love everything about Planet of the Apes films.Published 1 month ago by Dustin Alcock
I found Tim Burton's take on Planet of the Apes to be entertaining, with a unique perspective on one of my favorite movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kd5
Always liked the Planet of the Apes movies.
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