Fox Goes 'Ape' With New DVD Set18 Jan, 2006 By: John Latchem
Hot on the heels of the theatrical success of Universal's King Kong, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is preparing a re-release of all its “Planet of the Apes” properties.
Planet of the Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection ($179.98) is a 14-disc set streeting March 28 (prebook March 1) that collects every “Apes” film or program ever produced.
The franchise began in 1968 with the original Planet of the Apes, which was followed by 1970's Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1971's Escape From the Planet of the Apes, 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and 1973's Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
The films, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, chronicle the rise of simians into a community of intelligent beings capable of challenging man for evolutionary dominance of the planet.
The movie series was followed with the 1974 “Planet of the Apes” live-action television series, the 14 episodes of which are presented on four discs. This was followed in 1975 by 13 episodes of the animated series “Return to the Planet of the Apes,” which makes its DVD debut in this set on two discs.
The two-disc special edition of Tim Burton's 2001 remake is thrown in to complete the set.
The entire set is packaged with a collectible, limited edition ape-head bust.
Everything in the Ultimate set was previously released with the exception of the animated series.
The version of the original film available in the Ultimate set is the two-disc 35th anniversary release that includes the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes. The included version of Battle for… is an extended cut originally edited for network broadcast.
The previously available six-disc set of the original film series, which includes the documentary, is being re-issued as the $49.98 Planet of the Apes Legacy Edition, and includes the extended version of Battle for…. The single-disc editions of each of the five films are being reissued at $14.98 with the new "Legacy" packaging.