Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.


Photo

HTF REVIEW: Planet Of The Apes


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
56 replies to this topic

#1 of 57 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul



  • 43,269 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted November 01 2001 - 04:59 PM

Posted Image

Planet Of The Apes


Most of what needs to be said about my
personal thoughts on this film can be read
in my http://www.hometheat...sneak/apes.html

Ronald Epstein (pronounced like the English "Ronald Epstein")
Circa 2000
Home Theater Forum Administrator
All forum questions & to get on our private forum mailing list (new members)... Email: hometheaterforum@home.com
Problems with the webpage or site? Contact WEBMASTER
Email Packy packy@hometheaterforum.com

 

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

 Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders  Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

 Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive Click Here for our complete DVD review archive

 Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule  Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#2 of 57 OFFLINE   SteveBjr

SteveBjr

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 198 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 07 2001

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:14 PM

I'll definately be picking this DVD up...i haven't seen the movie yet but i'm sure it'll be worth it just for all the extras. I've heard mixed opinions on the movie itself. Can't wait to pick it up.

------------------
Steve,
DVD Collection
Steve,
DVD Collection

#3 of 57 OFFLINE   Joseph Young

Joseph Young

    Screenwriter



  • 1,355 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 2001

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:20 PM

Ron, thanks for the info! I never caught this one in theaters and was on the fence about watching it all. Needless to say, judging from your love of the original, you've swayed me to a rental at least on the new version. If anything, this disc sounds like reference material! (Now if only we can get the original POTA R1 anamorphic). Joseph

#4 of 57 OFFLINE   Justin Lane

Justin Lane

    Screenwriter



  • 2,149 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 18 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:26 PM

Looks like another top notch release from Fox. I, like Ron thought this new version was missing something compared to the originals, but it was still a very entertaining film nonetheless. I can't wait to fire Apes up in my home in 5.1. J ------------------ Don't be a luddy-duddy! Don't be a mooncalf! Don't be a jabbernowl!

#5 of 57 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

Rob Lutter

    Producer



  • 4,528 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 03 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:40 PM

looks like another great release by Fox... I will have to pick this one up.

One question Ron... is the case double-wide (ALA Big Trouble in Little China) or single-wide (ALA Cast Away)?

Thanks Posted Image

------------------
Posted Image

My DVD Collection/ AIM: roblutter/ email:roblutter@yahoo.com
"Why, that's the biggest Kahn since Genghis" -Sealab 2021


#6 of 57 OFFLINE   Chad Gregory

Chad Gregory

    Supporting Actor



  • 631 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 11 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:43 PM

Rob, I am almost positive that this has already been confirmed as a Castaway type case. -Chad

#7 of 57 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

Alex Spindler

    Producer



  • 3,973 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 23 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 05:53 PM

Great review! I had seen this in the theater and was indifferent. You've definitely promted this to a rental at least.

#8 of 57 OFFLINE   Blu

Blu

    Screenwriter



  • 1,360 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 06 2001

Posted November 01 2001 - 06:02 PM

I completely agree, the new POTA lacked a something I just can't put my finger on it....wait....wait....OH YEAH! A PLOT, Interesting writing, direction, substance, unpredictablity, freshness........ I doubt if the extras on the DVD can compensate THAT much.

#9 of 57 OFFLINE   Brad_W

Brad_W

    Screenwriter



  • 1,361 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 18 2001

Posted November 01 2001 - 06:16 PM

I thought Tim Burton's version was good and entertaing (I will buy it on DVD), BUT this is what I didn't like when strictly comparing it to the original:

1. The original film had more to do with science and especially religion. Burton's film barely touched this at all. Best scene from the original: Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil.
2. Burton's film felt more like an action film rather than a serious social commentary.
3. What happened to Cornelius!?!

Of course, Burton's film viewed as a seperate film and not a remake would void this opinion. However, that is hard to do. I enjoyed Burton's ending (I won't open that can o' worms again. I learn from mistakes!) and his use of trickery towards the end for all us POTA-ers definately got me.

My opinion.

------------------
"I was born to murder the world." -Nix (Lord of Illusions)

My Home Page http://www.geocities...ternix/DVD.html
My List O' DVDs:
http://www.dvdaficio...at=1&id=meshuga


[Edited last by Brad_W on November 01, 2001 at 08:17 PM]

#10 of 57 OFFLINE   Dave H

Dave H

    Producer



  • 5,380 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 13 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 06:18 PM

I might buy apes "used" when BlockBuster has 50 used copies to sell and when they are marked down to 9.99. I wouldn't pay more for it.

#11 of 57 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

Nick Graham

    Screenwriter



  • 1,409 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 16 2001

Posted November 01 2001 - 10:14 PM

There's no way I'm gonna end up buying this at retail. As with Final Fantasy, I just can no longer justify buying a DVD of a sucky film just because the audio, video, and supplements are top notch.

#12 of 57 OFFLINE   Elbert Lee

Elbert Lee

    Supporting Actor



  • 512 posts
  • Join Date: May 24 2000

Posted November 01 2001 - 11:41 PM

I enjoyed this movie, but agree that it was hardly a landmark film like the original. I "re-imagined" about 70% of the original and did not add much else. I agree that most of it felt like it was filmed on a couple of soundstages. Sorry, but most audiences are seeing through all of the comic book movie adaptions and taking the POTA film in this direction is definitely a step backward in film making. Watching this movie made me ask whether Burton pocketed half of the production money. Even the scenes in space felt cheaply done. Waterworld, for example, would not have been considered a dud if they cut the production cost down to a soundstage instead of building a real city in the ocean. But, POTA is already on land and REAL treas are readily available. Even filming it at Disney's "Jungle Cruise" would have looked a lot more authentic. All of this aside, I thought this was Burton's least visionary film. It felt very straight forward and nothing like his previous movies. I can't help but wonder how much better it would have been as a Emmerich/Devlin movie. Elbert

#13 of 57 OFFLINE   Luis A

Luis A

    Second Unit



  • 417 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 02 2001

Posted November 02 2001 - 12:02 AM

I have not seen POTA yet and I'm very excited to be getting it on dvd soon. Even with mixed reviews I'm sure it will live up to my expectations. I will not go into this movie comparing it to the original, that would be a mistake IMO. I'm anxious to hear the DTS mix in my theater, so POTA will be a definite purchase. Thanks for the review Ron. Posted Image
L

#14 of 57 OFFLINE   Chad Gregory

Chad Gregory

    Supporting Actor



  • 631 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 11 2000

Posted November 02 2001 - 12:03 AM

[quote]

I can't help but wonder how much better it would have been as a Emmerich/Devlin movie.

[quote]

You can't possibly be serious... I think that you meant to say how much worse it would have been.

-Chad

#15 of 57 OFFLINE   Hakan Powers

Hakan Powers

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 247 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 13 1999

Posted November 02 2001 - 06:11 AM

I had the opportunity, together with Ron and about 40 more people, to screen POTA at Fox during our California meet.

I can safely say that I agree with Ron about the transfer of this movie to DVD. It is one of, if not the, most gorgeous transfers I've ever seen.

"Film like" only begins to describe it.


------------------
My movies
HTF AFI Top 100 Challenge: 71 70 69 68 films remaining.
Next Up: The Sound of Music
The Price of freedom is eternal vigilance - Thomas Jefferson
My movies
The Price of freedom is eternal vigilance - Thomas Jefferson

#16 of 57 OFFLINE   Coressel

Coressel

    Supporting Actor



  • 668 posts
  • Join Date: May 26 1999

Posted November 02 2001 - 07:13 AM

Is there any mention or description in the extras of this disc of the alleged "alternate endings" that were rumored before the film was released?

#17 of 57 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

Neil Joseph

    Lead Actor



  • 8,341 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 16 1998
  • Real Name:Neil Joseph

Posted November 02 2001 - 08:35 AM

Wow. It seems like the bar is being raised almost on a weekly basis with the arrival of the latest new releases. I am one of those that loved the old movies and I also love this one as well. I will definitely add this to my collection.

------------------
http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1
------------------
My Favourite DVD's
Click and enter " T H E . H O L O D E C K "
---------------------------------------------------------
My Home Theatre "The Holodeck"

 


#18 of 57 OFFLINE   Ron-P

Ron-P

    Producer



  • 6,285 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 25 2000
  • Real Name:Ron

Posted November 02 2001 - 09:13 AM

I am sooooo looking forward to Nov. 20th.


Peace Out~ Posted Image

------------------
http://home.earthlin...peregrinefalcon
You have all the weapons you need...Now fight!


#19 of 57 OFFLINE   Gareth Flynn

Gareth Flynn

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 84 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 15 2000

Posted November 02 2001 - 09:25 AM

[quote]

I don't know how the studio continually puts out Special Edition product that tops the product that came out before it.

[quote]

Easy - they get David Prior on board Posted Image
Gareth Flynn

#20 of 57 OFFLINE   John Berggren

John Berggren

    Producer



  • 3,245 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 17 1999

Posted November 02 2001 - 09:45 AM

Although this film was lacking, I love Burton, and think it's a wonderful film to look at. I'd be buying the film just to complete my Burton collection, but in addition, it's a Fox DVD with a great transfer and some excellent features. I'll enjoy this one.

------------------
Rationality is not a commodity which is evenly distributed.

Thank you Sci-Fi channel for Season 6 of Stargate SG-1

View SpaceDog's DVD Collection
Support the fight against Multiple Sclerosis as I ride in the 2007 MS 150 in New Bern this September.

Be a Widescreen Advocate




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users