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Billed as a "reimagining" of the original 1968 film, Tim Burton's extraordinary Planet of the Apes constantly borders on greatness, adhering to the spirit of Pierre Boulle's original novel while exploring fresh and inventive ideas and paying honorable tribute to the '68 sci-fi classic. Burton's gifts for eccentric inspiration and visual ingenuity make this a movie that's as entertaining as it is provocative, beginning with Rick Baker's best-ever ape makeup (hand that man an Oscar®!), and continuing through the surprisingly nuanced performances and breathtaking production design. Add to all this an intelligent screenplay that turns Boulle's speculative reversal--the dominance of apes over humans--into a provocative study of civil rights and civil war. The film finally goes too far with a woefully misguided ending that pays weak homage to the original, but everything preceding that misfire is astonishingly right.

While attempting the space-pod retrieval of a chimpanzee test pilot, Major Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) enters a magnetic storm that propels him into the distant future, where he crash-lands on the ape-ruled planet. Among the primitively civilized apes, treatment of enslaved humans is a divisive issue: senator's daughter Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) advocates equality while the ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) promotes extermination. While Davidson ignites a human rebellion, this conflict is explored with admirable depth and emotion, and sharp dialogue allows Burton's exceptional cast to bring remarkable expressiveness to their embattled ape characters, most notably in the comic relief of orangutan slave trader Limbo (played to perfection by Paul Giamatti). Classic lines from the original film are cleverly reversed (including an unbilled cameo for Charlton Heston, in ape regalia as Thade's dying father), and while this tale of interspecies warfare leads to an ironic conclusion that's not altogether satisfying, it still bears the ripe fruit of a timeless what-if idea. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by director Tim Burton
  • Commentary by composer Danny Elfman with isolated score/sound effects
  • Disc 1:
  • Enhanced viewing mode offers picture-in-picture vignettes on various filmmaking topics, plus access to additional materials such as visual effects analysis
  • Disc 2:
  • Exclusive Programs
  • 6 documentaries: Simian Academy, Face Like a Monkey, Ape Couture, Chimp Symphony Op. 37, On Location: Lake Powell, Swinging from the Trees, Screen Tests (4 quadrangle / 4-way audio split: makeup, group, costume, stunt, movement)
  • 5 extended scenes: Launch the Monkey, Dinner, Kill Them All, Ari in the Trees, She's a Chimpanzee
  • Interactive multi-angle sequences: Limbo's Quadrangle, Sandar's Hours, Escape from Ape City, In the Forest
  • HBO making-of special
  • Paul Oakenfold: "Rule the Planet Remix"
  • Trailers & TV spots
  • Posters & press kit
  • Still gallery of scenes and props

Cast

Mark WahlbergCaptain Leo Davidson
Tim RothThade
Helena Bonham CarterAri
Michael Clarke DuncanAttar
Paul GiamattiLimbo
Estella WarrenDaena
Cary-Hiroyuki TagawaKrull
David WarnerSandar
Kris KristoffersonKarubi
Erick AvariTival
Lucas Elliot EberlBirn
Evan ParkeGunnar
Glenn ShadixSenator Nado
Freda Foh ShenBon
Chris EllisCommander Karl Vasich
Anne RamsayLt. Col. Grace Alexander
Andrea GranoMajor Maria Cooper
Deep RoyGorilla Kid
Charlton HestonZaius

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Alternate Reality, Fantasy, Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 119 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 27, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaFeb 13, 2007
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 5, 2002
    EuropeNov 20, 2001
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