Planet Of The Apes, 1968-1974: a 'good' franchise?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Siegmund, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Cizin

    Cizin Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    That reminded me of the Apes parody from Mad Magazine (bottom row):

  2. Timeline Man

    Timeline Man Time Traveler from Naples

    PLANET was just downsampled to 2K, but the restoration was originally done at 4K.
    Said that, I'm glad that they ALREADY preserved the movies on (potential) ultra blu-ray format. They will be released when the Disney/Fox deal would be definitely "stabilized", I'm sure. Mark my words.

    I must say that I've found the actual blu-rays absolutely excellent, and they have been praised by almost everyone in the world.
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  3. DaveySR

    DaveySR Well-Known Member

    I'm another one that thinks Conquest is the best sequel, and the unrated version, in particular, is very dark.
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  4. LitHum05

    LitHum05 El Disco es Cultura

    There is a Japanese rip-off of Planet of the Apes. It’s hilarious and totally incoherent. I’ve got to look up the name. I believe it was made in the 70s.
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  5. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

    I always enjoyed the second one. The idea of mutants hiding in abandoned cities under the earth fascinated me.

    I remember the Marvel comic series as being decent as well.
  6. Jack Lord

    Jack Lord Forum Resident

    Washington, DC

    Love how it is all filmed in Century City in Los Angeles. Futuristic, at least at the time, but also so sterile as to be totalitarian.

    And the brief look at the labor protesters: "Hire Human! Not Ape!"

    Lot of stuff in there is still current today.
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  7. gabacabriel

    gabacabriel Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    Been ages since I've watched these movies - need to catch them again soon (I have the a DVD box set).

    As it happens, I am currently reading the Escape/Conquest comics compendium (from Boom! Studios), and the stories hold up surprisingly well. Better in fact that I remember those films actually being...
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  8. California Couple

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    Newport Beach
    I thought the original movie was GREAT. The rest not so much.
  9. zombiemodernist

    zombiemodernist Forum Resident

    Northeastern USA
    All of the original films are before my era, but I did enjoy watching them all on DVD growing up. The first film is a classic obviously, should be seen by anyone with an interest in sci-fi films.

    The other films are not great as films by any means, but I think they present some really interesting ideas as science fiction. There was a lot to explore in the world but I think the sequel scripts and direction fail to capture the audience attention. I agree Connquest is the most compelling, the whole idea of a savior warrior ape is an interesting ape world creation myth, but the execution can be laughable at times.

    I really love that those final two apes movies were the basis for the new trilogy which I thought was top notch. I think these tuned up and fixed all the issues with the sequels while retaining and exploring the interesting aspects. I think that’s the greatest compliment to the series as a “franchise”, that there was enough lore to pull out 3 21st century pseudo-prequels.
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  10. gojikranz

    gojikranz Forum Resident

    I think the original series is great if somewhat dated. what always impressed me is that they are extremely dark films but manage light hearted moments throughout a tricky balancing act that the first 4 films managed quite well. conquest is my personal favorite of the bunch.
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  11. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    And the ending has to be one of the most sobering of all.

    The scene with the mutants singing hymns to the bomb still creep me out.
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  12. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    I used to work in Century City in a building right by where those scenes were filmed. Always got a kick of walking in that area on my lunch breaks.
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  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    I've got the hairy ape head DVD collection.
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  14. Timeline Man

    Timeline Man Time Traveler from Naples

    "Time of the Apes" is the name.

    This. Thumb up!

    I just think all original sequels to POTA are great and unique, each one in its own way.
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  15. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    I like the first two:cheers:
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  16. Timeline Man

    Timeline Man Time Traveler from Naples

    Have you read my TIMELINES? I started from the assumption that Cornelius, Zira, Milo and Caesar altered the past and thus changed the timeline.
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  17. apesfan

    apesfan Forum Resident

    Thanks for the optimism. My history with Fox shows that they sort of do improvements when the hardware can show it. Reason I am alittle down is the 50 th anniversary and nothing done but some shows and back slapping and comics. Movies from the era that are redone like 2001, Midnight Cowboy, and so many others got the respect they deserve.
    A real 1st world problem. I really dont whine about these issues or initiate the conversation, but the death of an internet friend named Rory last summer who was a partner in crime with the same history with Fox and Apes really disturbed me and so when the Apes 4k speculation starts Ill chime in.
    Thankyou again Im starting to sound like Beatles nuts here of which I am also, take care, John M.
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  18. apesfan

    apesfan Forum Resident

    Time of the Apes. Saw it first of MST3K. Bad but funny. John...
  19. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Fabulous! love them all...
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  20. LitHum05

    LitHum05 El Disco es Cultura

    I remember only finding out that one of the main ape characters is a girl about 5 minutes before the end. And this wasn’t done on purpose or anything. Plus, speaking of endings, the film has at least three of them where you think the film is done. But it just keeps picking up again and heading toward more and more nonsense. It’s so bad it’s good is a perfect way to describe it.
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  21. milankey

    milankey Forum Resident

    Kent, Ohio, USA
    I sat through 3 movies in a row once in my lifetime. I could never sit through 5 movies in a row.
  22. apesfan

    apesfan Forum Resident

    Sat through the 5 film marathon in 1973 at the Regent theater in Bayshore NY. Infamous for playing porn movies on weeknights and G-R rated films on weekends and summer weekdays. In 1974 did it again at the Bayshore drive -in with friends and family.
    Seeing the originals Planet-Conquest a few years later at these marathons was eye opening and more engaging being a young teenager. The big reveal in Beneaths mutants and Conquests politics and fresh look cemented my love for these films with all their faults forever. John M.
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  23. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    The Chuck Heston 1968 film was a blast when it came out( also 2001:A Space Odyssey).
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  24. Mistermono

    Mistermono Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Charlton was on a dystopic science fiction roll in the late 60s/early 70s: Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, Soylent Green.
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  25. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    After the original, saw two sequels. "Beneath" was kinda okay. Not great. And the next one was lousy.

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