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The Planet of the Apes Collection (6 Disc DVD Box Set) £8.85 delivered @ Zavvi

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The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to have inspired academic studies about the film's broader political themes. Loosely adap… Read More
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[mod] 6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to have inspired academic studies about the film's broader political themes. Loosely adapted from the novel by French author Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes was released at the height of racial and political unrest in America, adding resonance to its story of a NASA astronaut (Charlton Heston) stranded on a planet where superior apes dominate inferior human slaves. The film's final image--in which a horrified Heston realises the fate of humankind--remains one of the most indelible in all of science-fiction cinema.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) continues the original's distant future scenario, pitting militant apes against mutant humans dwelling in the subterranean ruins of New York City. Its phenomenal success spawned Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), in which simian scientists Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, reprising their roles from Planet) travel backward in time, setting the stage for the ape supremacy of the first two films. McDowall returned in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) as Caesar, the son of Cornelius, leading an ape revolution that bridges the historical gap of the previous films. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) ended the five-film cycle with McDowall again playing the chimpanzee leader Caesar, defeating gorillas and human mutants to establish the hierarchy introduced in the original film.

The Apes films present a classic what-if scenario that hasn't lost a bit of its potency. As if to prove its cultural endurance, the cycle returned to its origins with director Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes in 2001.

On the DVD: A glorious indulgence for diehard fans of the series, this handsomely packaged six-disc set contains all five original" Apes" movies, from the wonderful 1967 original to 1973's low-budget Battle. It all look as good as possible in widescreen anamorphic transfers, the first movie's starkly wonderful cinematography in particular is a treat to see on DVD. Planet has been remixed in vivid Dolby 5.1, highlighting the bold sound design and JerryGoldsmith's masterful avant-garde score. The others are good Dolby stereo, with the odd exception of Escape, which is mono. There are trailers on each disc, but no commentaries sadly. The sixth bonus disc consists of a relatively new two-hour documentary hosted by Roddy McDowall which takes us through the entire saga in detail, pointing out the series' daring social commentary and the increasing difficulties of working with progressively smaller budgets. Sensibly, the documentary spends about an hour on the first movie and then an hour discussing all the rest. Overall, this is a very attractive package.

DVD Description
DVD Special Features:

Planet of the Apes:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9
Sound: 5.1 Surround
Photo Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailers
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Beneath the Planet of the Apes:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9
Sound: 2.0 Surround
Photo Gallery
Cast Page
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish.

Escape from Planet of the Apes:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9
Sound: 2.0 Mono
Cast Page
Original Theatrical Trailers
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9
Sound: 2.0 Surround
Original Theatrical Trailers
Cast Page
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Battle for the Planet of the Apes:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic 16:9
Sound: 2.0 Surround
Original Theatrical Trailers
Cast Page
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Behind the Planet of the Apes: (two-hour documentary disc) Aspect ratio:1.33:1 (4:3)
Sound: 2.0 Stereo
TV Spots
Original Theatrical Trailers
Language: English
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
Synopsis
This collection features the five PLANET OF THE APES movies, beginning with the 1968 original (starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter), in which a group of astronauts find themselves stranded on a world where apes evolved from humans, only to learn the shocking surprise about humanity's future.
BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, the second installment in the PLANET OF THE APES series, finds another astronaut (James Franciscus) following in his predecessor's time-wandering footsteps to the planet ruled by highly evolved apes. There he encounters a group of nuclear holocaust survivors living in Grand Central Station and worshipping the very atomic warhead that destroyed their world.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET OF THE APES, the third chapter in the series, finds ape heroes Cornelius (McDowall) and Zira (Hunter) in 1970s Los Angeles. They have traveled back in time, but soon find that they have enemies in the past as well as the present.
In CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, an intelligent ape (McDowall, playing the son of his other APES character, Cornelius) from the far future leads an army of simian servants in a revolt against their human masters. This fourth film features the most explosive subtext of any in the series, along with a sleek, futuristic production design.
The fifth and final episode, BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, features a community of intelligent apes living in harmony with a group of humans after the collapse of human civilization. However, a band of mutants who reside beneath a destroyed city try to conquer those they perceive as enemies.
From the Back Cover
This stunningly packaged set features all five "Ape" movies plus a two-hour documentary disc, "Behind the Planet of the Apes", presented by the star of four of the movies, Roddy McDowell, which includes previously unseen footage from the films and new interviews with stars McDowell, Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter.
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A Good excuse to replace my old bulky region 1 boxset as unlike the region 1 set this is has anamorphic widescreen. The documentary is also amazing and well worth the 2 hours it takes to watch.

Incidentally there is a reboot planned of Planet of the Apes called Rise of the Apes.
http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/4537-FOX-CONFIRMS-RELAUNCH-OF-PLANET-OF-THE-APES-SERIES.html
Lets hope its better than the truly awfull Tim Burton remake
#3
You Maniacs! You Blew It Up! Oh, Damn You! Goddamn You All To Hell!
#4
Loved these films as a kid and hated the 2000 remake.

To buy or not to buy...................I really wish I wasn't already spent up this month. :(
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COLD !

I would rather buy from Tesco.

£10.47, and then use the 15% discount code which takes it down to £8.90. 5 pence more than Zavvi BUT

I would also get clubcard points as well and also 8% Quidco rather than 3% with Zavvi.

As well as having had better service from Tesco than what I`ve experienced with Zavvi.

I daren`t vote though.:x
#6
I like the 2000 remake, and look forward to the next modern release of the film.
#7
Great collection,love them all especially the first two,Hot deal

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