Search - Planet of the Apes - The Evolution on DVD

Planet of the Apes - The Evolution
Planet of the Apes - The Evolution
Actors: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Charlton Heston, Claude Akins, Don Murray
Directors: Don Taylor, Franklin J. Schaffner, J. Lee Thompson, Ted Post
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
G     2001     10hr 4min

The five films in the Planet of the Apes series are enjoyable as pure entertainment and yet substantial enough to inspire academic studies like Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics, and Popular Culture. Lo...  more »

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Charlton Heston, Claude Akins, Don Murray
Directors: Don Taylor, Franklin J. Schaffner, J. Lee Thompson, Ted Post
Creators: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, Michael Wilson, Mort Abrahams
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Classics, Planet of the Apes
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/21/2001
Original Release Date: 06/15/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 06/15/1973
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 10hr 4min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set,Limited Edition
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Similar Movies

Escape Planet Apes
Director: Don Taylor
   G   2000   1hr 38min
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Director: Ted Post
   G   2006   1hr 35min
Planet of the Apes
Widescreen 35th Anniversary Edition
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
   G   2004   1hr 52min
Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Director: Don Taylor
   G   2008   1hr 38min
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Director: J. Lee Thompson
   PG   2006   1hr 28min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Ned Kelly
Director: Gregor Jordan
   R   2004   1hr 50min
Single-Disc Widescreen Edition
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
   R   2008   1hr 50min
The Dark Crystal
Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
   PG   1999   1hr 33min
Gone Baby Gone
Director: Ben Affleck
   R   2008   1hr 54min
Iron Man
Single-Disc Edition
   PG-13   2008   2hr 6min
Green Lantern
Director: Martin Campbell
   1hr 45min
The Wild
   G   2006   1hr 34min
Director: Frederik Du Chau
   PG   2007   1hr 22min
The Green Hornet
Director: Michel Gondry
   1hr 59min

Movie Reviews

This is the un-edited version
Captain Nemo | VA | 01/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After not seeing this version of the film for so long, the restored scenes really stand out and are a plus to the movie as a whole.

The following previously missing scenes have been restored:

1. After Virgil explains to Caeser that Abe (the teacher) told Aldo "No!" at class, McDonald elaborates further that Abe should have known better.

2. After Caeser, Virgil, and McDonald enter the forbidden city a mutant is seen sitting near Kolp and messing with some wires, presumably the alpha omega missile wiring.

3. Prior to the viewing of the archives and while traveling down the corridor McDonald fusses at Caeser and Virgil for being so slow. Caeser and Virgil claim that they can smell the radioactive humans and mention that they are not like the other humans.

4. After Virgil shoots the moving camara he apoligizes to Caeser and claims that everyone now knows they are there.

5. After Kolp tells the captain that they are going after the apes "now" he then tells Alma that, no matter what, surrender is not an option and they gather around the alpha omega missile. They open the missile silo hatch while Mendez looks on.

6. Extended scene of the convoy of mutants going towards ape city with some of the mutants walking out of rank and falling on the ground, presumably dying.

7. After Kolp and the captain view the ape barricade, Virgil sneeks down from his house - then the movie cuts back to Kolp who reminds someone via radio about his message to Alma in case things go wrong.

8. Extra war footage of the apes fighting the mutants with the barracade on fire.

9 A scene near Kolp's bus where a gorilla blows up a mutant with a grenade. Afterwards, Aldo dances on top of the bus in victory.

10. A final scene of the mutants with Mendez and Alma playing checkers. Another mutant shows up and informs that they have lost the war, then falls over dead. Alma goes over and prepares to launch the missile, but Mendez talks her out of it. This is an important scene which directly ties in this movie with "Beneath the Planet of The Apes" for continuity purposes.

I agree with one of the reviewers that the reason this movie had some of it's material previously edited was to make the ending more uplifting. However, if you had already seen this movie on television in the 70's (all scenes included) then you knew what the tear from Caeser's statue at the end of the movie ultimately signified. I have always thought "Battle of the Planet of The Apes" as a dark and mysterious movie and with the edited scenes included this makes it much more so. The soundtrack, a masterpiece by Leonard Rosenman, is extremely gloomy and eerie. The technique to creating this dark music is called atonality, meaning there are no scales but the musical notes are related to each other using the 12-tone system.

For some of you who are confused with the timeline of this movie, the year shown at the beginning of the movie (2670 AD) is the time of the Lawgiver's speech - NOT the time of Caeser's reign (which was much earlier). The Lawgiver is reading out of the sacred scrolls of history mentioned by Dr. Zaius in the first two films.

The last part...
James D. Crabtree | Fort Leavenworth, Kansas | 05/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Following the rise of the apes and some sort of man-made catastrophe (probably nuclear war) a community of apes and humans live together in peace. It's the evil human survivors of the nuclear war who still live in New York City who have an issue with the situation and all sorts of hijinks ensue.

Probably the weakest film in the series it is also the one that really requires the viewer to have a strong grasp of what went on in the other movies, especially Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Still, it IS good sci-fi!"