|CENTURY CITY, Calif., (July 8, 1998) -- Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the
theatrical debut of the landmark sci-fi classic, Planet of the Apes,
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) releases the spectacular,
original movie, fully restored and THX-certified for the first time, on video
for a limited time only. Baby-boomers, sci-fi fans and avid film collectors
alike will enjoy this groundbreaking suspense-filled adventure about a world
where primates rule and man is feared and loathed as both enemy and slave.
Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and James Whitmore headline this
must-have collection, available at retail on August 18.
As part of the anniversary celebration, TCFHE has also re-mastered and
THX-certified the four exciting Planet of the Apes sequels, including Escape
from the Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Conquest
of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Planet
of the Apes Collector's Edition is available as a five-pack for $49.98 U.S.
($59.98 Canada) in pan and scan and in widescreen for $54.98 U.S. ($64.98
Canada) and individually (pan and scan only) for 414.98 ($16.98 Canada). Single
units on widescreen are available only with the original Planet of the Apes
and are priced at $19.98 U.S. ($22.98 Canada). As an exclusive gift to consumers
who purchase all five films, Fox is offering a brand new, full-length
documentary feature, Behind the Planet of the Apes. Hosted by Roddy
McDowall, this exciting one of a kind collectible contains intriguing
behind-the-scenes footage as well as actor and filmmaker interviews. Each of the
Planet of the Apes videocassettes, both pan and scan and widescreen
editions, feature the original theatrical trailer. Additionally, the widescreen
editions also include an exciting two minutes of behind-the-scenes footage on
Critically and commercially acclaimed, Planet of the Apes was awarded
an honorary Academy AwardŽ for Outstanding Make-up Achievement and nominated
for Best Costume Design and Original Score. The film was so successful that in
addition to the four theatrical sequels, a 1974 television series, a 1975
animated television series, a variety of books and novelizations and one of the
largest licensed merchandise campaigns of its time were created.