Planet of the Apes

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The real stars of this movie are the make-up & special effects teams. & the only one who acted with any real conviction was the chimpanzee. I expected more from this movie, but then again it's hard to remake a movie that was done well the first time. All the extra stuff on this DVD is pretty boring. If you're a fan of sci/fi, it's worthy of being in one's movie collection.

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by David on 11/26/2001

The real stars of this movie are the make-up & special effects teams. & the only one who acted with any real conviction was the chimpanzee. I expected more from this movie, but then again it's hard to remake a movie that was done well the first time. All the extra stuff on this DVD is pretty boring. If you're a fan of sci/fi, it's worthy of being in one's movie collection. Read More

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Planet of the Apes sucks!

on 2/6/2002

I must admit that I have never seen the old television shows. So when I watched the movie I was going in with no previous "Planet of the Apes" experience. From that perspective here is what I thought, the acting was pathetic and there were plot holes that you could drive a truck through. The actors had so much makeup on that you couldn't even understand what they were saying. One of the worst put together plots I have ever seen. It's sad that a company will spend mega bucks on putting a movie together without ever reading or analyzing a script. The action scenes were pretty lame as well. I've seen better choreographed action scenes in an episode of Andy Griffith.... all right, in an episode of Hercules or Xena. Don't waste your time spend your money on something else. Read More

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Product Overview

Rule the planet with this thrilling, action-packed epic from legendary director Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Batman).

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race.

Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation!

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40160508
UPC 024543028963
UPC 14 00024543028963
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Remake
Science-Fiction
Special Effects
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In remaking this classic sci-fi horror film, director Tim Burton takes on a whopping challenge and succeeds. Astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) is part of a space station crew that, in the year 2029, is conducting experiments in training genetically engineered chimps to perform complex away missions. When Leo's chimp disappears into a worm hole, Leo unadvisedly goes after him, ending up in a parallel world in which the monkeys are the keepers and humans are traded and caged like animals. It's a horrifying place, and the whole atmosphere, colored by Burton's direction and Rick Baker's incredible special effects makeup, is charged with terror. Leo becomes a heroic figure in the eyes of his defeated human brethren, and he puts his trust--and his hope for escape--in Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), a forward-thinking ape who believes in human rights. But Leo has formidable opponents in Thade (Tim Roth) and Attar (Michael Clark Duncan), two power-hungry, testosterone-charged apes who wish to rid the planet of humans altogether. This excellent rendition of PLANET OF THE APES is more than just a remake: it includes intense physicality on the part of the actors, complex mythology lacing the story, chilling philosophical realizations, and an amazing cameo by original APES star Charlton Heston. The combination of those complex parts makes for a riveting viewing experience.
Reviews
Variety "...Rick Baker's ape makeup creations are wonderfully varied...and represent a definite leap beyond what was possible 33 years ago..." 07/30/2001 p.17-22
New York Times "...This remake of PLANET shows a sparkling guile....The jokes and scares build to a lovely touch....Mr. Wahlberg has mastered the fine art of underplaying..." 07/27/2001 p.E1
Entertainment Weekly "...[Roth gives] a performance of gnashing wit and ferocity....The apes in PLANET OF THE APES have character....The movie is all but destined to become Burton's second hit in a row..." 08/03/2001 p.39-40
Rolling Stone "...These creatures snarl, swing from trees and bare their teeth with startling authenticity, and each one looks different. Baker's work is monumental..." 08/30/2001 p.131-2
Los Angeles Times "...The key reason for Burton's preeminence is very much on display in PLANET OF THE APES, and that is his exceptional visual gift..." 07/27/2001 p.1
Directors
Tim Burton
Actors
Helena Bonham-Carter
Mark Wahlberg
Tim Roth
Cast & Crew
Estella Warren - Actor
Helena Bonham Carter - Actor
Kris Kristofferson - Actor
Mark Wahlberg - Actor
Michael Clarke Duncan - Actor
Paul Giamatti - Actor
Charlton Heston - Actor
Tim Roth - Actor
Pierre Boulle - Based On Novel By
Tim Burton - Director
Philippe Rousselot - Director of Photography
Danny Elfman - Musical Score
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
William Broyles, Jr. et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 2002896
UPC 00024543028963
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
MTV Award (2002) Charlton Heston, Nominee, Best Cameo,Tim Roth, Nominee, Best Villain
British Academy Awards (2002) Colleen Atwood, Nominee, Best Costume Design,Rick Baker, et. al., Nominee, Best Make Up/Hair
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review ...Apes is a spectacle, a chest-thumping Batman that uses Danny Elfman music, Burtonesque decor and great makeup effects by Rick Baker to transport you to another world. It certainly passes the fake monkey-suit test... And yes, acting is going on, with Helena Bonham Carter particularly effective...
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Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Rick Baker's makeup is superlative, improving upon the original without obliterating its memory. No one will for a moment think of the actors as people in monkey suits, even though that's what the apes are. Mark Wahlberg gets the easy job, and he has no trouble acting equal parts stoic and heroic. Likewise, Estella Warren wears less, not more, and does an adequate job appearing beautiful and wild...Perhaps the film's finest moment occurs early in the proceedings, right after Leo has been captured by the apes. In a wink-and-a-nod reference to the original, as he grasps an ape by the leg, he is kicked away with the following rebuke: "Get your stinking hands off me, you damn dirty human!" If the entire movie had remained on the lofty level occupied by its first act, and avoided the out-of-control spiral characterizing its climax and conclusion, this version of Planet of the Apes could have bettered its predecessor. As it is, however, Burton's film is one more disappointment in a summer of lackluster "event pictures."
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" wants to be all things to all men, and all apes. It's an action picture and a satire of an action picture. It's a comedy and then it gets serious. It's a social satire and then backs away from pushing that angle too far. It even has a weird intra-species romantic triangle in it. And it has a surprise ending that I loved...The movie could have been more. It could have been a parable of men and animals, as daring as "Animal Farm." It could have dealt in social commentary with a sting, and satire that hurt. It could have supported, or attacked, the animal rights movement...It could have, but it doesn't. It's a cautious movie, earning every letter and numeral of its PG-13 rating. Intellectually, it's science fiction for junior high school boys...The movie is great-looking. Rick Baker's makeup is convincing even in the extreme closeups, and his apes sparkle with personality and presence. The sets and locations give us a proper sense of alien awe, and there's one neat long shot of the ape city-mountain that looks, when you squint a little, like Xanadu from "Citizen Kane."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Special Edition, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wahlberg,Mark
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Quotes
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...it has a surprise ending that I loved.
Tom Roeper, Ebery & Roeper And The Movies Not just worthy of comparison to the original...it's better.
Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle Under Tim Burton's hand, this sci-fi warhorse has evolved into something splendid!
Tom Coates, BBC Online ...stunnng set and makeup design... the performances are impressive as well
Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...a spectacle, a chest-thumping Batman that uses Danny Elfman music, Burtonesque decor and great makeup effects...
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper Not just worthy of comparison to the original...it's better.
Tom Coates, BBC Film Review ...stunnng set and makeup design...the performances are impressive as well...
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