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Planet Of The Apes Collection Box Set (6 Discs)

Released on 08 October 2001

Featuring: Charlton Heston, James Franciscus & Roddy McDowall

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Planet Of The Apes (1968) (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall). Winner of an Honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Make-up Achievement, Planet Of The Apes is grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilling last moment.

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1969)
In the acclaimed sequel to Planet Of The Apes, another astronaut (James Franciscus) crashes through the time barrier searching for Taylor (Charlton Heston). The daring rescue mission leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans, who practice mind control, worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet. Both an action-oriented sci-fi adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, this second Apes installment is imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages.

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter reprise their roles form the original Planet Of The Apes in this third chapter of the Apes saga. Two intelligent simians from the future, Cornelius and Zira, travel to present-day Earth. They become instant sensations, wined and dined and treated like celebrities -- until a high-level plot forces them to run for their lives! Featuring Ricardo Montalban and Sal Mineo, it's a delightful blend of humor, social commentary and suspense.

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga. The time is the near future. Apes have replaced dogs and cats as household pets, and servants as personal assistants -- until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar, to lead a spectacular revolt. Starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban, it's thrilling science fiction that delivers both a serious message and stirring entertainment.

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)
Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the final chapter of the legendary Apes saga. Set in 2001 A.D., an idyllic society of man and ape is threatened by both a militant gorilla (Akins) and a tribe of still-intelligent mutant humans. Finally, simmering tensions dividing the primates erupt in an apocalyptic climax. When the smoke clears, the carnage is everywhere, but there is hope for a new beginning for man and ape.

Journey Back To The Planet Of The Apes (1998)
Full-Frame Format
Prepare for the ultimate adventure with this behind-the-scenes chronicle of the amazing Planet Of The Apes phenomenon. Host Roddy McDowall takes you from production meetings to makeup sessions, then right onto the movie set to see the actual filming of this science fiction masterpiece. Hear exclusive interviews with stars Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter, see rare archival photos, and view never-before-seen footage.
  • Theatrical Trailers For All Five Movies
  • Cross-Promotion Trailer
  • Cast Pages
  • Photo Gallery
  • Making Of Documentary 'Behind The Planet Of The Apes' (120 mins)(Bonus Disc)
  • 12-Page Booklet

customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 A Classic collection.... at a crazy price!

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I Remember paying over £100 for this collection when it first appeared on dvd. The Quality has improved over my ntsc version with the anamorphic transfer and at the price play.com are selling... You could have a boxset in every room of the house. It's a steal of a price for a collection of movies that really made and led the way for scfi and make up movies. It should be in everyones collection. The 1968 original holds a quality of design, that will never look outdated. An excellent script with an ending, that at the time.. created a shock that had never really been witnessed in movies before it. Kim Hunter and Roddy Macdowell's performance as the two main ape characters Zira and Cornelius are amazing.. Never before had a mask or make up been believable enough for you to warm to the characters. It's a classic... It's Iconic... A Genius of cinema of that time.

 HOME IS WHERE THE PAST IS!

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The original planet of the apes saga is fantastic value, and is worth paying just for the classic original movie, but the sequels are really an ever worsening series. This was due to budget cuts as every sequel's budget got less, and it's obviouse with the production values.
To save time babbleing on and reviewing every single film, listed below are the star ratings.
Planet of the apes *****
Beneath the planet of the apes ***
Escape from the planet of the apes **
Conquest of the planet of the apes **
Battle for the planet of the apes *1/2
So what if there are some seriously dodgy sequels this is still a landmark in sci-fi way before star wars came blasting onto the scene, and with a brilliant bonus disc chock full of behind the scene features, this collection is a must own for any sci-fi fan, and the original film is still far superior to tim burton's mis-judged 2001 re-think.
Brilliant original movie, great looking box-set, and amazing value!
If you don't like the sequels they do make very nice tea coasters!

 HOME IS WHERE THE PAST IS!

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Top 10  Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer

The original planet of the apes saga is fantastic value, and is worth paying just for the classic original movie, but the sequels are really an ever worsening series. This was due to budget cuts as every sequel's budget got less, and it's obviouse with the production values.
To save time babbleing on and reviewing every single film, listed below are the star ratings.
Planet of the apes *****
Beneath the planet of the apes ***
Escape from the planet of the apes **
Conquest of the planet of the apes **
Battle for the planet of the apes *1/2
So what if there are some seriously dodgy sequels this is still a landmark in sci-fi way before star wars came blasting onto the scene, and with a brilliant bonus disc chock full of behind the scene features, this collection is a must own for any sci-fi fan, and the original film is still far superior to tim burton's mis-judged 2001 re-think.
Brilliant original movie, great looking box-set, and amazing value!
If you don't like the sequels they do make very nice tea coasters!

 For £10 you can't go wrong - buy it...

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If you overlook how dated the films are, you will find quite an interesting concept at their core. Political, social and environmental issues of 70s America are dealt with throughout the series. The biggest problem the series has is the decreasing budget given to each subsequent film.

POTA - Original and best. Heston is not bad for a change. Cinematography is great. Truly landmark sci-fi film. Ahead of its time.

BENEATH - Boring retread of the first film with Heston lookalike. Bad acting, dodgy ape makeup. Weakest of the series.

ESCAPE - Apes travel to 70s Los Angeles. More sit-com-like than previous installments. Great script, witty dialogue, dramatic ending, awesome score. Most politically charged of the series. My personal favourite!

CONQUEST - The darkest film of the series. Apes revolt and overthrow their human oppressors. Roddy McDowell is at his best in this one as vengeful ape, Caesar.

BATTLE - Apes and humans are living together. The last free humans lead a battle to wipe out all apes. Needed a bigger budget for the drawn out action scenes. Acting dodgy, bad script, poor plot. Shame.

 Big hit with me

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A great collection of movies very nicely presented. The first two movies are especially enjoyable films, big musts for sci-fi fans, and the last two are certainly not to be sniffed at either, especially Conquest, it's got a whole Orwellian thing to it, which I rather enjoyed.
There's also a bonus movie, Behind the Planet of the Apes, which is a fairly interesting documentary chronicling the making of the original Planet of the Apes film, and there's a booklet, of chapter info and paked with information about the films' conceptions, plots and characters.

The only thing that stops this getting five stars is the third film in the series, "Escape from the Planet of the Apes", which is easily THE WORST film I ever seen, ever. Awful plot, acting and screenplay.
Damn them.
Damn them all.

Rest of it's top-notch though.

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ActorsCharlton Heston, James Franciscus, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Victor Buono, Maurice Evans, James Daly & Claude Akins
DirectorFranklin J. Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor & J. Lee Thompson
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Various Sound Ratios
SubtitlesCzech ; Danish ; English ; Finnish ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Swedish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.