Planet of the Apes (Widescreen 35th Anniversary Edition) (1968)
Front Cover Actor
Charlton Heston George Taylor
Roddy McDowall Cornelius
Kim Hunter Zira
Maurice Evans Dr. Zaius
James Whitmore President of the Assembly
James Daly Dr. Honorious
Linda Harrison Nova
Robert Gunner Landon
Lou Wagner Lucius
Woodrow Parfrey Dr. Maximus
Jeff Burton Dodge
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; Sci-Fi
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Producer Mort Abrahams; Arthur P. Jacobs
Writer Pierre Boulle; Michael Wilson
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating G
Running Time 1 hr 52 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Many early science fiction films are now, quite inadvertently (and in most cases undeservedly), objects of camp attention: we laugh at the silly makeup, tin-can special effects, and the naive "high-tech" dialogue. Planet of the Apes is no such film. Its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of hyperrational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissention, centered in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic fingerprints of Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all his own, and time has not dulled the monumental emotional impact of the film's climactic payoff shot. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, you owe it to yourself to check out this stone classic, and even if you do, see it with fresh eyes; and don't be surprised if you get the chills all over again... and again... and again. --Miles Bethany
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1088
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 2/3/04
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 009
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 024543107545
Chapters
Release Date 2004
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Widescreen Dolby DTS Surround Sound