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Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray] [1968]

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Originally intended as a project for Blake Edwards, the film version of Pierre Boule's semisatiric sci-fi novel came to the screen in 1968 under the directorial guidance of Franklin J. Schaffner. Charlton Heston is George Taylor, one of several astronauts on a long space mission whose spaceship crash-lands on a remote planet, seemingly devoid of intelligent life. Soon the astronaut learns that this planet is ruled by a race of talking, thinking, reasoning apes who hold court over a complex, multilayered civilization. In this topsy-turvy society, the human beings are grunting, inarticulate primates, penned-up like animals. When ape leader Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans) discovers that the captive Taylor has the power of speech, he reacts in horror and insists that the astronaut be killed. But sympathetic ape scientists Cornelius (Roddy McDowell) and Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter) risk their lives to protect Taylor -- and to discover the secret of their planet's history that Dr. Zaius and his minions guard so jealously. In the end, it is Taylor who stumbles on the truth about the Planet of the Apes: "Damn you! Damn you! Goddamn you all to hell!" Scripted by Rod Serling and Michael Wilson (a former blacklistee who previously adapted another Pierre Boule novel, Bridge on the River Kwai), Planet of the Apes has gone on to be an all-time sci-fi (and/or camp) classic. It won a special Academy Award for John Chambers's convincing (and, from all accounts, excruciatingly uncomfortable) simian makeup. It spawned four successful sequels, as well as two TV series, one live-action and one animated.~Hal Erickson


Audio commentary by actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Natalie Trundy, and makeup artist John Chambers

Audio commentary by composer Jerry Goldsmith

Text commentary by Eric Greene, author of Planet of the Apes as America Myth

Science of the Apes- bonusview

Beyond the forbidden zone adventure game

Public service announcement from NASA

Evolution of the Apes

Impact of the Apes

Behind The Planet of the Apes documentary with interactive mode

Behind the Planet of the Apes promo

The archives of the Apes:

Original makeup test with Edward G. Robinson

Roddy McDowall's on-set footage

Dailies and outtakes

N.A.T.O. presentation

Vintage featurette

Teaser trailer

Original theatrical trailer

The Galleries of the Apes:

The Ape newspaper

Interactive pressbook


Lobby cards



Behind-the-scenes stills