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Title:
Planet of the apes [blu-ray] / Twentieth Century Fox presents ; produced by Arthur P. Jacobs ; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner ; screenplay by Michael Watson and Rod Serling.
Title Variants:
Boulle, Pierre,

Planète des singes.
Edition:
[Blu-ray version, Widescreen format].
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2010.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from container.

Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1968.

Includes special features.
Abstract:
This classic action-adventure film that changed the face of sci-fi forever, an astronaut crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by intelligent apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport.
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MPAA Rating: G ; CHV rating: PG
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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, Rovi