Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Director: J. Lee Thompson Cast: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy

DVD (Wide Screen / Thx)

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The fifth and last of the original series of motion pictures based upon author Pierre Boulle's imaginative novel Monkey Planet, this science fiction film was the least-liked by the series' legion of fans. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, the rebellious intelligent chimp of the previous film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). Caesar led his brethren in a revolution against their human masters earlier, but humanity has since nearly destroyed itself in a nuclear apocalypse, and survivors are second-class citizens within ape society. Now a beneficent ruler of his people, Caesar encourages a fragile, peaceful coexistence with humans, despite the protests of militaristic gorilla leader General Aldo (Claude Akins). When Caesar learns that recordings of his murdered parents may exist in the Forbidden City, he journeys to the irradiated wasteland with the human MacDonald (Austin Stoker) and the wise orangutan Virgil (Paul Williams). Although Caesar finds what he's looking for, he also attracts unwanted attention: mutant humans who still dwell underground in the devastated war zone follow the search party back home, leading to a climactic battle and Aldo's tragic challenge of Caesar's authority. Suffering greatly due to penny-pinching studio 20th Century Fox's low budget, Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) is most notable for a cameo by director John Huston as an ape named "The Lawgiver," who appears in a wraparound segment.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0024543228035
Original Release: 1973
Rating: G
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes trailers for Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roddy McDowall Caesar
Claude Akins Aldo
Natalie Trundy Lisa
Severn Darden Kolp
Lew Ayres Mandemus
John Huston The Lawgiver
Paul Williams Virgil
Pat Cardi Young Chimp
Andrew Knight Mutant on Motorcycle
Bob Porter Cornelius
Colleen Camp Julie
John Landis Jake's friend
Michael Stearns Jake
Austin Stoker MacDonald
Cal Wilson Soldier
Noah Keen Teacher
Richard Eastham Mutant captain
France Nuyen Alma
Paul Stevens Mendez
Heather Lowe Doctor

Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Frank Capra Associate Producer
John William Corrington Screenwriter
Joyce Hooper Corrington Screenwriter
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Paul Dehn Original Story
Dale Hennesy Art Director
John C. Horger Editor
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Alan Jaggs Editor
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Herman Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Ric Rondell Asst. Director
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Battle for the Planet of the Apes
1. The Lawgiver [3:56]
2. Main Titles [:50]
3. Ape Shall Never Kill Ape [3:16]
4. The Unspeakable [1:07]
5. Pessimist or Prophet? [2:01]
6. Self-Protection [3:51]
7. Journey to the Dead City [1:42]
8. Intruder Alert [4:58]
9. The Archives [:16]
10. Under Fire [2:38]
11. Narrow Escape [3:08]
12. Sples in Ape City [1:26]
13. Meeting of the Council [2:36]
14. The Governor's Orders [4:09]
15. Preparing for War [1:35]
16. The Plot Against Caesar [1:17]
17. Fallen Prince [1:15]
18. Mutants on the March [1:21]
19. First Blood [1:45]
20. Aldo's Orders [1:49]
21. As Tall As A King [1:46]
22. The Mutants Attack [1:56]
23. "Now , Fight Like Apes!" [1:20]
24. No Prisoners [1:58]
25. "Ape Has Killed Ape" [1:09]
26. Building the Future [1:57]
27. To Begin Again [1:48]
28. End Titles [:43]

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