King Kong conquered New York, but The Apes control the Planet! Charlton Heston (Soylent Green, The Ten Commandments) stars as the alpha-male omega man ushered in the age of the ape when he crash lands on a mysterious planet amongst an entirely simian society… only to discover that the "madhouse" was closer to home than he could have dreamed. On March 28, 2006, Fox Home Entertainment unleashes all-new DVD Singles of the Original Planet of the Apes Series Mastered in Anamorphic Widescreen and featuring THX Certified 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Planet Of The Apes stunned audiences with its now-iconic conclusion and shockingly dystopian view of humanity's fate, as well as with one of the most famous performances from larger-than-life Oscar-winner® Heston (Ben-Hur, 1960). From an age of film when science-fiction served as allegory in addition to providing thrilling spectacle and edge-of-your-seat adventure, the Planet Of The Apes began a franchise that set the gold standard of Sci-Fi films
The subsequent sequels in the Apes franchise follow the downfall of the planet and its succeeding resurrection by time-traveling chimpanzees. Each of the Planet Of The Apes films offers a unique examination of social, political and cultural mores, from race issues to anti-nuclear messaging. And each features astounding special effects and action, as well as performances from silver screen luminaries such as Roddy McDowall (Fright Night), Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek II), Sal Mineo (Rebel Without A Cause) and John Huston (Chinatown).
In addition to the original film series – Planet of the Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of Planet Of The Apes and Battle For Planet Of The Apes – the collection is also available in an all-new Planet of the Apes: Legacy Edition Box set which includes a 6th bonus disc loaded with extras - Documentary "Behind the Planet of the Apes," Original Theatrical Trailers of all 5 movies, TV Spots and much more.
And to Celebrate the Rule of the Great Apes, Fox is Unleashing the Planet Of The Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection, a 14-disc set in a Limited Edition collectable ape-head packaging based on the designs that earned make-up artist John Chambers an honorary Oscar®. The Ape –head is modeled after Roddy McDowall's character Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira who leads the apes to revolution in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The Ultimate Collection includes all five Original movies (1968-1973), the complete series of the Planet of the Apes (1974) TV Show and the Never-Before-Released Saturday Morning Cartoon TV series: Return to the planet of the Apes (1975) as well as the 2001 re-imagining of the Planet Of The Apes mythology. The Planet Of The Apes franchise stars such silver-screen luminaries as Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan), Sal Mineo (Rebel Without A Cause), John Huston (Chinatown), Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights), Michael Clarke Duncan (Daredevil) and Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs). Bonus features include audio commentaries, featurettes, image galleries, outtakes and much more.
The fantastic Planet Of The Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection box set will be available for a suggested retail price of $179.98 U.S./$249.98 Canada. Each of the Planet Of The Apes movies will be available singly for $14.98 U.S./ $16.98 Canada and the Legacy Edition Boxset for $49.98 U.S. / $59.98 Canada.
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this 1968 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 Makeup Achievement and nominated for two Oscars, its grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilling last moment. Frank Schaffner (1970 Academy Award® winner for Patton) directed this film written by Rod Serling (TV's "The Twilight Zone") and Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia).
Bonus materials include:
- Commentary by actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, composer Jerry Goldsmith, make-up artist John Chambers and Eric Greene, author of "Planet of the Apes as American Myth"
- A Second Disc is also available in Ultimate DVD Collection which includes:
- Behind the Planet Of The Apes documentary
- Behind the Planet Of The Apes promo (1998)
- Roddy McDowall home movies
- Planet Of The Apes dailies and outtakes
- Planet Of The Apes featurette (1968)
- "A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes" (1972) featurette
- "Planet Of The Apes Make-up Test with Edward G. Robinson" featurette (1966)
- Theatrical trailers
- Theatrical posters
- TV Spots
- Film Reviews (1968)
- Image gallery
- Planet Of The Apes timeline – A DVD-Rom feature
- Mego Toy Commercial
- One Easter Egg
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
In the acclaimed 1970 sequel to Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston returns as Taylor and
James Franciscus is Brent, who crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing astronaut. 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
science-fiction adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, its imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages.
- Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery
Escape From Planet Of The Apes
Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter reprise their roles from the original Planet of the Apes in this third chapter of the Apes saga. Two intelligent simians from the future, Cornelius (McDowall) and Zira (Hunter) 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, this 1971 release is a delightful blend of humor, social commentary and suspense.
Conquest Of Planet Of The Apes
Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the 1972 fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban. The time is the near future. Apes have supplanted dogs and cats as household pets and replaced servants as personal assistants - until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar (McDowall), to lead a spectacular revolt. It's thrilling science-fiction that offers both a serious message and stirring entertainment.
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
The final confrontation? Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the fifth and last chapter of the original legendary Apes saga. Set in 2670 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. John Huston, Paul Williams and Lew Ayres co-star in this 1973 release.
Below titles are available in Ultimate DVD Collection:
Planet Of The Apes TV Series (1974)
After their spacecraft travels through a time warp, two astronauts (Ron Harper, James Naughton) from 1981 crash-land back on Earth in the year 3085-a time when intelligent apes rule and humans have been reduced to servants or pets. Captured by the apes and sentenced to death, they are saved by a curious chimpanzee named Galen (Roddy McDowall). But now all three are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of the gorilla army led by General Urko (Mark Lenard), who is determined to kill the renegades.
On four discs, DVD specifics include:
- Episodes: Escape From Tomorrow, The Gladiators, The Trap, The Good Seeds, The Legacy, Tomorrow's Tide, The Surgeon, The Dragoons, The Horse Ride, The Interrogation, The Tyrant,
The Cure, The Liberator (Never aired during original show run on TV), Up Above The World So High
- TV Spots
- Still Photos
Return To The Planet Of The Apes Animated TV Series (1975)
From the Oscar®-winning creators of The Pink Panther (David H. DePatie & Friz Freleng) comes this high-concept 70s cartoon that returns you to the heart of mankind's greatest adventure! Populated by familiar characters from the Planet of the Apes films and TV series – including Cornelius, Zira and General Urko – this classic animated series pits humans against a world of apes who are more advanced than ever!
Three astronauts – Bill Hudson, Jeff Carter and Judy Franklin – find themselves stranded in a future where apes drive the cars, fly the planes…and wage an epic war on their primitive human neighbors. Attempting to keep one step ahead of the apes and protect the other humans, the astronauts search for the reason their world went so awry, hoping one day to find their way back home.
On two discs, DVD specifics include:
- Episodes: Flames Of Doom, Escape From Ape City, The Unearthly Prophecy, Tunnel Of Fear, Lagoon Of Peril, Terror On Ice Mountain, River Of Flames, Screaming Wings, Trail To The Unknown, Attack From The Clouds, Mission Of Mercy, Invasion Of The Underdwellers, and Battle Of The Titans
Planet Of The Apes (2001)
In the year 2029, interstellar reconnaissance missions are relegated to chimpanzee pilots from the Space Station Oberon in deep space. On such a mission, a chimp loses communication and vanishes from the radar. Fearless astronaut Leo Davidson launches a rescue mission and, following a malfunction, lands on a jungle-like planet not unlike the Earth. To Leo's astonishment, English-speaking apes and primitive humans inhabit the planet. Following his capture by the apes and subsequent escape, Leo assembles a small band of defiant humans and empathetic apes in an attempt to re-establish contact with Oberon, but his focus changes following an unexpected discovery. Armed with this new information, Leo leads a rebellion against an overpowering ape force that will result in freedom or complete annihilation.
On two discs, bonus materials include:
- Feature includes enhanced viewing mode with interactive examinations of make-up, special effects, cast/crew and location shooting
- Six Documentaries – Ape School, Make-Up Testing, Costume Testing, Shooting On Location, Scoring The Film and Ape Movement
- Eight interactive multi-angle sequences
- Four quadrangle audio split vignettes of make-up testing, reactive testing, costume testing and apes movement/stunt testing
- Five extended scenes
- HBO "The Making Of" Special
- TV Spots
- Theatrical trailers
- Music Video