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.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209342245
UPC 024543527169
UPC 14 00024543527169
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Mcdowall,Roddy
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Awards
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
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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.
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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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
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
Quotes
Andrew Collins, Empire A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
Beth Accomando, KPBS.org 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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