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Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray

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Planet of the Apes / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / Escape from the Planet of the Apes / Conquest of the Planet of the Apes / Battle for the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox | 1968-1973 | 5 Movies, 7 Cuts | 488 min | Rated PG | Nov 04, 2008

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Note: 2nd track isolated score...

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Planet of the Apes
English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional)
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Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection

 (1968-1973)

Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

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This behemoth box set features all five PLANET OF THE APES movies, beginning with the 1968 original in which a group of astronauts find themselves stranded on a world where apes evolved from humans. Spaceman Charlton Heston is nonplussed--none too pleased, even--to learn the shocking surprise about humanity's future. The series continues with BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, each of which offers a combination of smart, satirical writing, sci-fi adventure, and endless ape action. Included among the copious deluxe supplements are vintage behind-the-scenes footage, make-up tests, commentaries, featurettes, a 1967 N.A.T.O presentation, the feature-length documentary BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES hosted by Roddy McDowell, and much more.

For more about Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection and the Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray release, see Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter, Charlton Heston, Maurice Evans, Severn Darden
Directors: J. Lee Thompson, Franklin J. Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor


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Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Planet of the Apes
Rating: 4.5/5

Planet of the Apes reveals its secrets on Blu-ray in what is an exceptional 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer, no surprise coming from Fox. Detail reproduction throughout the film is exceptional. The film's opening sequence occurs inside a space shuttle, a set that is sparse, pedestrian, and nearly monochromatic, but functional. In hindsight, it looks extremely outdated and goofy, but like the sets on the original "Star Trek" television series, there is a certain charm to it. Despite its uninteresting visual appearance, the disc shows off all of the nuances of the set well, from the black and silver metallic captains chairs to the overly large and antiquated buttons and readouts. After the ship crash lands, the disc never falters in revealing the natural detail and beauty of the mysterious planet. The rock cliffs, the dirt-laden and rocky desert floor, and the water itself look marvelous. As more life and vegetation is discovered, the transfer continues to look sharp. The dense greens fill the screen with the first-seen bold and abundant colors. They look bright and natural, each sporting individuality and distinctiveness one from the other, simply not appearing as a smudge of green pigment. Facial detail is marvelous; the beards, the fine detail, and even the sweat glistening off the skin of the crashed survivors is lifelike. Flesh tones, too are rendered with a natural appearance. Ape makeup has never looked better; even under the 1080p spotlight, the seamlessness remains remarkable. Save for a few long-distance shots later in the film during the court room scenes, the imagery lacks any hint of softness. There are some small pops, speckles and stray hairs on the print, but nothing to be concerned about. If anything, they add to the old-time feel of the visuals and the nostalgia of the film. Planet of the Apes also features a fine layer of grain, and the overall experience is theatrical in feel. This is yet another film that begs to be displayed on the largest of screens, particularly considering the quality of this Blu-ray release.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 4/5

20th Century Fox brings Beneath the Planet of the Apes to Blu-ray with a solid 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer. The print exhibits a few random speckles throughout, but is otherwise in fine condition with no one problem becoming a distraction. While the opening minutes of the film that play over the credits, and the replay of several scenes from the first film, don't look remarkably good, the transfer picks up once the film takes form. The dirt terrain looks clear and lifelike; many scenes featuring moderate close-ups of the dirt and rocks show many an individual pebbles and grains of sand. Facial detail is also strong; the film's opening shots of the captain of the ill-fated rescue vessel nearing death features solid reproduction of every bead of sweat and facial hair. The film has a decidedly classic look to it, certainly not coming off as slick and polished as most modern fare, but this presentation is more than adequate. Like the first film, ape clothing looks good here, nicely rendered and featuring a somewhat glossy but nicely detailed appearance. Grain is retained over the image, flesh tones look fine, and blacks are never bothersome. Beneath the Planet of the Apes is another in an ever-growing list of impressive catalogue title transfers from Fox.

Escape From the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 4/5

Escape From the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray features a 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer. The video retains a very similar look and feel to the last film. While obviously taking place in "modern" Earth as opposed to the distant future, the color schematic looks similar, and detail remains high. The picture is rock solid throughout, with fine clarity and detail to die for on an older picture such as this. The interior of the prison cell housing the recently arrived apes, for example, showcases nice texture along the walls and on the bars. The military uniforms and other assorted clothing seen throughout appear nicely rendered, too, lifelike and practically touchable through the screen. Blacks may look a touch faded in a few corners, but are otherwise acceptable. Flesh tones retain a pleasing natural appearance. Escape From the Planet of the Apes is yet another fine looking title in this series, and Fox is to be commended for their excellent job on this and the previous two Apes discs.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3/5

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes features a 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer that looks good, but appears less vibrant and rich than its predecessors, perhaps because of the darker nature of the film. The print features speckles over several parts, though they never detract from the image. Grain is retained throughout the feature, sometimes in abundance, though again, never to the detriment of the presentation. Several shots appear a bit soft, and the overall presentation is not quite as sharp and clear as the previous films. Colors are bold, reds perhaps a bit bright, particularly as seen in the uniforms worn by the worker gorillas. Black levels tend to veer towards a very dark shade of gray. Flesh tones remains consistently strong throughout. The image flattens out considerably most of the time, never popping of the screen and offering the high levels of detail as the previous three films. Nevertheless, the transfer looks very good in context, befitting of the Blu-ray monicker, and is another nice looking catalogue release from Fox.

Battle For the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3.5/5

Battle for the Planet of the Apes features a pleasing 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer. The transfer is moderately to highly detailed, the film's many bright exterior shots, scenes, and sequences generally offering the best imagery of the film. The various shots of the humans marching on Ape city to wage war, for example, look highly impressive; the sandy terrain in particular offering nice texture and detail. Likewise, the various rock faces and trees that adorn Ape city look fabulous in many shots. Colors are strong and well proportioned, never too faded or overly exaggerated. Grain is retained over the entirety of the image. Some scenes exhibit a fair amount of softness while others are sharp as a tack. Blacks hold up rather well, particularly in the underground sequences in the Forbidden City. Flesh tones are never problematic. All in all, Battle for the Planet of the Apes is on par with the other films in the series, sometimes looking a little better, sometimes looking a little worse, but on the whole, the presentation is more than acceptable.


Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution Collection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Planet of the Apes
Rating: 4/5

Planet of the Apes arrives on Blu-ray with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack, and Fox has also included the film's original mono soundtrack. The DTS track is fairly good, perhaps a bit rough around the edges and sometimes ear-piercingly loud at reference volume, but it supports the original material very well. Nevertheless, despite the 5.1 monicker, this is a very center channel-centric soundtrack. Rarely does the track spread out across the front, let alone into the rears. The crash-landing sequence is loud and high-pitched, almost an annoyance at reference volume, but considering the disoriented and confused visuals, it works well to add to the sense of panic and to the out-of-control, foreboding moment. As the film moves on, sound effects start to spread around the soundstage if only reservedly; a brief thunderstorm as the astronauts search for civilization is the most engulfing moment of the early part of the film outside the crash. Regardless, there isn't much in the way of subtle environmental nuances in support of the action or discrete rear-channel effects. That's not a bad thing; a poorly done, "forced" multi-channel remix that throws sound around just for the sake of making listeners turn their heads would ruin the experience. Dialogue reproduction is fantastic, clearly the strongest element to be found on the disc. Likewise, Jerry Goldsmith's (First Blood) Oscar-winning soundtrack is rendered exceptionally well. As long as listeners don't expect from Planet of the Apes a rip-roaring, head-turning, action movie extravaganza soundtrack, and instead prefer one that remains faithful to the original intent of the mix, Planet of the Apes's Blu-ray audio presentation is not only adequate, but is probably the best the film is ever going to sound.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3.5/5

As expected, Beneath the Planet of the Apes comes to Blu-ray with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack, in addition to the original monaural mix. The DTS track is decidedly clearer and more robust than the mono track, but it nevertheless remains limited by the source. Audio is front heavy, but dialogue remains sharp though sometimes a little low in volume. Most of the soundtrack remains firmly entrenched in the center channel. There are some instances where effects spread out, such as during an earthquake and lightning storm in chapter four. Also included are a few subtle instances of good bass, those same scenes in chapter four providing a decent amount of punch. Some of the high pitched sounds that accompany parts of the film's later half are loud and distinct, annoying and bothersome as they are meant to be in the context of the film. A few segments of dialogue pour into the back channels, particularly in chapter 17 as words reverberate through the vast underground chamber. Beneath the Planet of the Apes is no sonic great shakes, but the DTS track sees some subtle improvements over the monaural mix and the result is a soundtrack that probably sounds about as good as it every will, while staying mostly true to the original offering.

Escape From the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3.5/5

Escape From the Planet of the Apes arrives on Blu-ray with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack, in addition to the original monaural mix. The audio remains front and center-heavy, as was the case with the previous two Apes films, with the music that plays over the opening credits distinct and clear, a fine reproduction that feels more robust and pronounced than one might expect coming predominantly from the center. It features nice punch on the low end, too. Likewise, a similar effect is heard and felt as adventure-style music plays during an escape sequence in chapter 17. There are a few instances of discrete effects spread across the left or right front channels, but such cases are the exception to the rule. Even a scene featuring Cornelius at a boxing match features next-to-no ambient crowd noise emanating from anywhere but the center channel. Still, the music and effects are presented with sufficient clarity, and dialogue reproduction remains solid. This track is about as good as one may expect.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3.5/5

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, like its predecessors, features a front-heavy and mostly center channel-centric DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack, in addition to the film's original monaural sound mix. Here, a few more effects spread into the front left and right channels than in the previous installments. The soundtrack pours through the center channel with a nice bit of volume and clarity. Dialogue too remains strongly rendered. The rear channels find very minor ambience, such as the various clicking and clanking and noises made by the apes as they prepare for revolt in chapter 13. The shootout sequences later in the film aren't overly spectacular from a sonic perspective, but are about as good as one might expect from a track originally mastered as a mono mix.

Battle For the Planet of the Apes
Rating: 3.5/5

Battle for the Planet of the Apes offers listeners a high quality DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack that features more of a hefty presence and fulfilling listen than any of the Apes films before it. Also included is the original monaural soundtrack. There are a few sequences where there is a noticeable drop off in sound quality, particularly when professor Abe, General Aldo, and Caesar discuss the professor's use of the word "no" in chapter 5. Also, a scene in chapter 10 featuring a discussion about a potential missile launch features audio that clearly sounds as if it were thrown together from multiple sources in post-production, with a discernible hiss accompanying only select lines of dialogue. Still, some of the shootouts featured in the film, particularly that in chapter 10, are more robust and commanding than any previously heard in the series, and playing alongside the percussion-heavy score, listeners will appreciate the improved fidelity and power of this mix, which is more satisfying than expected. Like the previous Apes films, there is not much of a rear channel presence, but the track nevertheless offers several effects that find their way into the back during the battle scenes, particularly the film's climactic confrontation. This soundtrack also feature no problems with dialogue reproduction. A fine lossless soundtrack in the context of its original mix, Battle for the Planet of the Apes sounds fine on Blu-ray.



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