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Planet Of The Apes

1968 / The Evolution Box Set
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly & Linda Harrison

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes a photo gallery, an Apes Weblink, a timeline booklet, and theatrical trailers. Also available in a six-disc boxed set (includes the documentary disc

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000791
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.98/$99.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1967
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/15/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Franklin J. Schaffner
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Special Notes:
Also available in a six-disc boxed set (includes the documentary disc

Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle,

DVD Picture:
The non-anamorphic DVD is a recycled transfer, exhibiting slightly improved clarity over the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 31. Like the LaserDiscs, the DVD is THX-Digitally Mastered, but unfortunately is not anamorphically enhanced. Sharpness into backgrounds is also greatly improved, but a direct comparison is required to notice these differences. Viewed alone, the picture is dated with brownish fleshtones. Overall color fidelity is well balanced. Images are generally sharp and detailed, but edge enhancement is often noticed. The picture occasionally has a digital appearance. Fine film grain is revealed for a picture that is quite pleasing for its age. (Suzanne Hodges)

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