Planet of the Apes-40th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

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Charlton Heston stars as Taylor, an astronaut who crash-lands on a mysterious world where intelligent apes rule...and hunt primitive, speechless humans for sport. Soon, Taylor's life depends on the kindness of the chimpanzee scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter) and his escape to the Forbidden Zone, where he uncovers an earth-shattering secret that may hold the key to his own destiny.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209342245
UPC 024543527169
UPC 14 00024543527169
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Space Exploration
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic, about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes. But one, Taylor, manages to break out and, aided by a pair of compassionate chimps, makes his escape to an uninhabited section of land. However, during the trek Taylor makes a startling, unsettling discovery about the planet--and realizes he's come full circle. PLANET OF THE APES is based on the novel by Pierre Boulle with a screenplay co-written by Rod Serling.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape."-- Taylor (Charlton Heston)
Entertainment Weekly "...The original shocked audiences, and in the process, kicked off sci-fi's first true franchise..." 01/11/2002 p.33
Total Film "...[A] classic....Seminal sci-fi..." 12/01/2003 p.133
Franklin J. Schaffner
Roddy McDowall
Kim Hunter
Maurice Evans
Charlton Heston
Cast & Crew
Roddy McDowall - Star
Linda Harrison - Star
Kim Hunter - Star
Maurice Evans - Star
Woodrow Parfrey - Star
Charlton Heston - Star
James Whitmore - Star
James Daly - Star
Robert Gunner - Star
Lou Wagner - Star
Leon Shamroy - Cinematographer
Hugh S. Fowler - Editor
Arthur P. Jacobs - Producer
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Michael Wilson - Writer
Pierre Boulez - Source Writer
Jack Martin Smith - Art Director
Franklin J. Schaffner - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 2252716
UPC 00024543527169
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1969) Jerry Goldsmith, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical),John Chambers, Winner, Honorary Award - For his outstanding make-up achievement in the movie,Morton Haack, Nominee, Best Costume Design
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Planet of the Apes was arguably the first American science fiction franchise of the post-serial film era. In many ways, the Planet of the Apes series developed the blueprint used by many subsequent multi-segment science fiction endeavors (such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and, to a lesser extent, Superman) in the advertising and merchandising arenas. Not only did Planet of the Apes spawn four theatrical sequels, but it was the basis for a short-lived television series, a Saturday morning TV cartoon, countless books, comic books, and other spin-off material - not to mention the "action figures", costumes, lunch boxes, and various other paraphernalia that are now mandatory to the success of any would-be blockbuster...Like most good science fiction, Planet of the Apes combines action, adventure, futuristic settings, and allegory into an entertaining whole...Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic. Yet, although little more than a socially conscious, well executed science fiction adventure film, Planet of the Apes arrived in theaters at just the right time to capture the country's imagination. It was a family feature that parents could take their children to, an allegory for those upset with the current cultural tides, and a source of escapism for those wanting to lose themselves in another reality for two hours.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Since "Planet" already seems to have found its audience, then, I thought I'd address this review to the others -- to those who wouldn't be caught dead going to see anything called "Planet of the Apes"...What they were really implying was that any movie named "Planet of the Apes'' had to be awful. This kind of snobbery may be good for a chuckle or two, but those who practice it miss a lot of entertaining movies..."Planet of the Apes" is one. It is not great, or significant, or profound. Occasionally it is distractingly cute, as when the apes rewrite one cliche after another: "Man see, Man do," for example, or "To apes, all men look alike." but, this is part of the fun...Heston is by now just about the only Hollywood actor capable of playing archetypal heroes -- Moses, Ben-Hur, the last man alive, etc. -- and there must be a reason. In stature and screen presence, he is heroic and he is noble; you've got to admit it. He's right for this role, however preposterous it really may be, and he carries the film effortlessly. The actors hidden behind that ape makeup (Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Roddy McDowall, etc.) are difficult to review as people, but they're fine as apes...What I'm getting at, I guess, is that "Planet of the Apes" is much better than I expected it to be. It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way...If you only condescend to see an adventure thriller on rare occasions, condescend this time. You have nothing to lower but your brow.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Mcdowall,Roddy
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD / Blu-Ray
Andrew Collins, Empire A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
Beth Accomando, A sci-fi classic that still holds up today and far surpasses Tim Burton's remake.
Box Office Magazine This fascinating premise is exploited to the fullest.
Channel 4 Film Seminal simian sci-fi that blends satire with the drive and pace of an adventure story.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Quickly paced [and] completely entertaining!
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