HTF REVIEW: Planet Of The Apes: The Complete TV Series

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    PLANET OF THE APES: THE COMPLETE TV SERIES

    In an effort to make some extra leggage from
    the upcoming Planet Of The Apes theatrical
    release DVD, Fox decided to release The Complete
    TV Series to DVD.
    I am not sure it was a wise decision to release
    this set. The television series wasn't an
    overwhelming success, lasting only one season
    during the year 1974.
    Following a similar storyline as the original
    film, two astronauts (Ron Harper and James Naughton)
    crash-land on Earth in the year 2085, to find the
    planet ruled by intelligent talking Apes. It is
    a society where Apes are the masters and humans
    (who talk in this series) are the slaves.
    There are a total of 14 1-hour episodes in this
    set. Due to time constraints, I watched the first
    and final episodes to get an idea of how these
    discs looked. Since I grew up remembering this
    series, I had a general knowledge of the episodes.
    In the first episode, we see the astronaut's
    spaceship crash. An elderly human who witnesses
    the crash saves the two astronauts aboard by
    bringing them back to his secret cave. It is
    there that a book reveals that the astronauts have
    actually crashed landed on Earth over 1,000 years
    in the future. The astronauts are caught by the
    Apes and sentanced to death. It is a chimpanzee
    named Galen (Roddy McDowall) who saves the humans
    and ends up being a fugitive amongst them, always
    on the run from the Ape soldiers.
    The overall DVD transfer is below average. The
    episodes look very dated, often saturated in color,
    with excessive film scratches and particles. There
    is noticeable graininess throughout. Obviously,
    Fox did not put a lot of money into this set....and
    why should they? It comes with a standard menu
    and the only bonus features are a promotional trailer
    for the video collection, as well as a trailer for
    the Tim Burton film.
    To be honest, I am one of the biggest APE fans
    there is, and I did not preorder this set for
    myself. The series outstayed its welcome very fast,
    and is a sort of low-budget bland reminder of the
    original films. The only thing that sort of saves
    this series is Roddy McDowall, who's character
    of Galen is very reminsicent of Cornelius.
    This is a set for the fans, and I sort of understand
    why Fox put this set out, but am ultimately concerned
    that this is not going to sell well for them. I had
    problems sitting through two episodes of this series.
    I can't imagine even the most devoted APES fans out
    there wanting all 14 episodes. Still, anyone that
    wants to own everything APE that can be had,
    will certainly want to complete their collection with
    this DVD set.
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    I hope it sells well, because I'd like to see more TV Series/TV Pilot/TV Movies from the 70's released. I was not a big fan of this series in 70's. I alway think what might have been, had CBS stayed with Gene Roddenberry's "Genesis II", rather than dumping it for the Planet of the Apes series. [​IMG]
    1970s Sci-fi TV-Movies I want on DVD
    Fantastic Journey, The" (1977)[TV-Series] Columbia Pictures Television
    Project U.F.O." (1978)[TV-Series: 1978-1979]
    Strange New World (1975) (TV)
    Genesis II Warner Bros (TV Pilot)
    Planet Earth Warner Bros (TV Pilot)
    Dr. Strange (1978) (TV) Universal Studios
    Tales of the Gold Monkey
    Tribes(Jan Michael Vincent)(Fox)
    Exo-Man (1977) (TV)
    Last Child, The (1971) (TV)
    Shadow on the Land (1968) (TV)
    Stranger, The (1973) (TV)
    Time Machine, The (1978) (TV)
    Norliss Tapes, The (1973) (TV)
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    Hmmm...sounds bad. But, for less than $40 for the set, which translates to under $10 a disc, I might just take a chance on this anyway.
    Yeah, the series could have been better, like V: The Series. However, like V, I still have fond memories of it anyway. Sue me! [​IMG]
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    I wouldn't worry about M*A*S*H too much. they were remastered for broadcast not that long ago (five years maybe?) and the one's I've seen on TV don't look too bad. Apes is another story.
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    Thanks for the heads up Ron. I am too young to have seen these films on television, but being a big fan of the apes, I was really considering buying this boxset if only for Apes completion on DVD sake.
    I guess now I will try to give these a rent if ever possible and save myself a few bucks.
    Does anyone else have any opinions on the entertainment value of the series?
    J
     
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    Scott, you sure you aren't thinking of 'Project Bluebook'? Thats the one where the Airforce investigates UFO sightings.
     
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    You know, I probably wouldn't buy any of those titles due to financial constraints, but what memories! I remember eagerly awaiting each episode of Project: Bluebook...
     
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    O.K., I bit. 800.com had it for an excellent pre-order price. I'm going on a 30 year old memory of this series, but I loved it as a kid.
    Come on, guys, are you Apes fans or what?!?!
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    I'm surprised Ron didn't mention the fairly incredible packaging here (I'm assuming the screener I was sent is typical of the actual release). It's not a boxset; it's a QUADRUPLE ALPHA---I've never seen such a thing before but it's pretty darn nifty. [​IMG]
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    OT: About 'Project Bluebook/UFO.' From what my memory recalled the show was called 'Project Bluebook' when it was on in the US. But guess what?!?!? 'Project U.F.O' was shown (only one episode) on TVLand last week! I found out about it through my ReplayTV guide. Yes it was the same 'Project Bluebook/UFO' show...which starts out by showing drawings of various ufo craft as described by eyewitnesses. This episode was about an elderly gentlemen who though he saw a craft land in his backyard...and the he gave the aliens water (they looked like men in black tight body suits and beeped like Star Trek/Six Million Dollar Man sound fx.) The aliens then gave him some 'bread.' Anyway here's hoping TVLand will start showing all the episodes weekly.
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    Having watched 5 episodes thus far (keep an eye out for my review), I have to say that the video looks surprisingly good. It's certainly much, much better than the vast majority of 1974 televisions could have reproduced. It helps of course that they were able to shoot using costumes and sets from the films, and the production values give it a big boost. For an example of how very, very bad 1974 television can look, check out the upcoming Broadway Theatre Archive disc of Antigone, coincidentally aired the same year as POTA. Blurry, smeary, with colors bleeding everywhere. Next to that, POTA looks like a million bucks.
    It's great to hear that percussive theme music again. Lalo Schifrin hit another one out of the park here.
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    Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch the DVD sets I've purchased because of a problem with the Alpha wallets.

    It seems at the Best Buy where I've only found it in my area, someone has been playing street hockey with the boxes and all of the sale items...we are talking about six copies here...had a DVD sloshing around in the cases. It seemed to effect the fourth DVD causing excessive scratches on the disc.

    I will pick it up eventually when I find one !
     
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    Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch the DVD sets I've purchased because of a problem with the Alpha wallets.

    It seems at the Best Buy where I've only found it in my area, someone has been playing street hockey with the boxes and all of the sale items...we are talking about six copies here...had a DVD sloshing around in the cases. It seemed to effect the fourth DVD causing excessive scratches on the disc. I will pick it up eventually when I find one !

    As to the MASH Tv 3DVD set, I understand on Amazon.com you can pre-order it $29.95, I believe, so it's reasonably priced, but I hope it doesn't indicate we are going to get the blurry, not-from-the-master tape dubs that are usually broadcast on Tv !
     

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