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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Planet of the Apes - 40-Year Evolution (1 Viewer)


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May 9, 2002
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Cameron Yee

Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution
Release Date: Available now (original release date November 4, 2008)
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
MSRP: $139.99

Note: This review includes major portions of Michael Osadciw's write-up of the "Planet of the Apes" Blu-Ray release. You can read the entirety of his review here.

"Planet of the Apes: 40-Year Evolution" contains the Blu-Ray releases of the five "Apes" films, produced between 1968 and 1973, along with a 200-page hardcover book on the history of the franchise. Though well constructed and nicely printed, the package's use of silicon hubs to hold the discs is problematic. Though they feel more secure than the foam hubs found on releases like the James Bond and "The Omen" collections, attaching and removing the discs is not straightforward, requiring the user to twist, not push, the discs on to the hubs. The other down side to the packaging is the size. Though its height doesn't restrict it from being stored on standard DVD shelves, it is quite wide (11 inches) and will take up precious storage space, making it more at home on a deep bookshelf or coffee table than with one's movie collection. Ultimately I see owners moving the discs to more traditional optical media cases and storing the rest elsewhere.

As far as the quality of the discs themselves, video and audio transfers for the films are uniformly very good. Special features thin out after the inaugural film, but each film gets a decent, short documentary, an isolated score and various image galleries. Taken as a whole I think most fans will be pleased by the depth and breadth of the disc-based offerings as well as the fine hardcover book that is included.

Overall Score (not averaged): 4/5
The Feature Films: 4/5
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5

Continue reading for details on each title in the collection.

Planet of the Apes
Year: 1968
Rating: G
Running Time: 1h52m

MAIN FEATUREVideo1080p high definition 16x9 2.35:1AudioDTS HD Master Audio: English 5.1, Dolby Digital: English Mono, Spanish Mono, French 5.1

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