Planet of the Apes - The Evolution (1973)
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Planet of the Apes
Charlton Heston
Claude Akins
Maurice Evans
James Franciscus
Linda Harrison
Kim Hunter
Roddy McDowall
Lew Ayres
Eric Braeden
Victor Buono
Movie Details
Director Ted Post; Franklin Schaffner
Producer Arthur P. Jacobs; Shelly Lyons
Writer Brian Anthony; Kevin Burns
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 8 hr 4 mins
Color Color
Plot
The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to inspire academic studies like Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture.

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 realizes 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--one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2001. --Jeff Shannon

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Index 113
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Edition Complete Series
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 024543001096
Chapters 142
Release Date 8/21/01
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
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