Planet of the Apes: 40th Anniversary Collection – Blu-ray Edition

The Planet Of The Apes series is loosely adapted from the book by French novelist Pierre Boulle. The Planet Of The Apes films present the archetypal "what-if" circumstances and although the first film screened over 35 years ago its societal relevance hasn't been lost over the years. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the sixth disc, "Behind The Planet Of The Apes" which explains the series. I recommend this Blu-ray set to anyone into sci-fi fan. So overall it's a keeper that you'll probably want to watch over and over again.

Planet of the Apes
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

The first Planet Of the Apes (1968) film left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. With several societal issues that related to life in the late sixties and early seventies; Americans readily accepted this science fiction movie as our planet's possible future direction or demise. As Americans faced racial unrest and the first astronaut walked on the lunar surface; everything imaginable was possible. Our collective mind-set was ready to accept anything.

NASA astronaut Charlton Heston and his two fellow astronauts become stranded on a planet that is controlled by apes. We later realize that the planet Heston lands on is indeed earth in the future.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Director: Ted Post

"Beneath The Planet Of The Apes" (1970) continues were "Planet Of The Apes" left off. Altered humans live in the cavernous ruins of New York City.

Escape From the Planet of the Apes
Director: Don Taylor

The previous movie's extraordinary success led to the highly anticipated "Escape From The Planet Of The Apes" (1971). The major plot in this series revolves around scientist Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter), resurrecting their roles from the original film and helping humans regain what they had lost. Two more films followed which actually brought the apes back to the past and all of the sudden the tables are turned.

Conquest of Planet of the Apes
Director: J. Lee Thompson

The future world has gone the way of ape slavery. Caesar (Roddy McDowell), son of Cornelius and Zia, comes back into the picture after hiding out from authorities for 20-odd years and is trying to organize a revolt against the humans.

Battle for Planet of the Apes:
Director: J. Lee Thompson

Battle for the Planet of the Apes is the 5th and last chapter of this successful film series. Unfortunately this one is probably the worst of the bunch. It suffers from a poor script and low budget. The previous four films had stretched out to address different subjects and issues; this one seems like a repeat of what had previously been done. No new ground is broken in this film. Even the battle scenes in this film are not really worth sitting through the rest of the film for.

In the year 2670 A.D. the intelligent apes have inherited the Earth and manage to coexist peacefully with humans. The peace and harmony is disrupted when General Aldo (Claude Akins – Porgy and Bess, The Defiant Ones) challenges the leadership of the wise and pacifist leader Caesar (Roddy McDowall – A Bug's Life, Funny Lady). There is an unwritten law that ape cannot kill ape, but this is put into question when Aldo causes the death of Caesar's only son, Cornelius (Bobby Porter – The Poseidon Adventure, Under the Rainbow). There is now the threat of an ape civil war looming. At the same time, some human survivors learn of the ape city and decide that they want it for themselves. They decide to attack the apes. The battle between ape and human is on again, but this time there is also the possibility of the forbidden battle between ape and ape.

Special Features:
– End of an Epic: The Final Battle
– Original Theatrical Trailer
-SAN SIMIAN SENTINEL Gallery
-Interactive Pressbook
-Advertising Gallery
-Behind-the-Scene Gallery
-Farm Trailers
-Splash Page
-"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
-D-Box Logo
– Live Portal
– THE ARCHIVES OF THE APES:
-Original Makeup Test with Edward G. Robinson (1966)
-Roddy McDowall's On-Set Footage
-Dailies and Outtakes (no audio)
-N.A.T.O Presentation (1967)
-Vintage Planer of the Apes Featurette (1968)
-Teaser Trailer
-Original Theatrical Trailer
– The Ape Newspaper
-Interactive Pressbook
-Advertising
-Lobby Cards
-Makeup
-Costume Design Sketches
-Props
-Behind-the-Scenes
– From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel
– Original Theatrical Trailer
-"The Ape News" Gallery
-Interactive Pressbook
-Advertising Gallery
-Lobby Card Gallery
-Behind the Scenes Gallery
-Skippable Trailers
-Disc Introduction by the Ape Guide
-"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
-D-Box Logo
-BD- Live Portal
– The Secret Behind Escape
– Don Taylor Directs ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES
-SD- Original Theatrical Trailer
-Advertising Gallery
-Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
-"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
-Box Logo
-Live Portal
– Riots and Revolutions: Confronting the Times
– A Look Behind THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972)
– J.Lee Thompson Directs CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
– Original Theatrical Trailer
-FUTURE NEWS Gallery
-Interactive Pressbook
-Advertising Gallery
-Lobby Card Gallery
-Behind-the-Scenes Gallery
-Skippable Trailers
-SPLASH PAGE
-"Content Loading" ANSA Graphic
-D-Box Logo
-BD- Live Portal

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