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Jumat, 27 Juni 2008

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Film Reviews. No matter how many times you've seen "Planet of the Apes" (1967) on TV, get ready to be thrilled like never before courtesy of a restored and remastered DVD release.

Aside from the slightly scratchy opening titles and the odd grainy cutaway shot, the picture quality is excellent. Bright vivid sunshine-baked visuals sear the tremendous scenery into the screen. Now presented in 2.35:1 ratio, you can also appreciate the dynamic camerawork, which was previously compromised by older pan and scan video releases.

The 5.1 sound mix is primarily devoted to splitting Jerry Goldsmith's eerie music score around the front speakers, to considerable effect. In addition there are some treats in store for your subwoofer, like the opening crash landing and some ominous thunder rumbles before the great hunt.

Extra features consist of a trailer gallery and a small behind-the-scenes photo gallery. If you're buying the box-set, there's a whole disc entitled "Behind the Planet of the Apes" that covers in great detail the making of the movie series.

While this DVD release showcases "Planet of the Apes" like never before, there is one complaint. There's a whole generation out there that has never seen this film, yet the shock ending is given away on both the front, back and inside of the cover! Now what's the point in that?

Region: 2 and 4
Chapters: 28
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, photo gallery, "Planet of the Apes" film series trailer gallery, animated menus, multiple language subtitles, and English for the hearing impaired.

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