Thursday, October 18, 2007

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Many early science fiction films are now, quite inadvertently (and in most cases undeservedly), objects of camp attention: we laugh at the silly makeup, tin-can special effects, and the naive "high-tech" dialogue. Planet of the Apes is no such film. Its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of hyperrational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissention, centered in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic fingerprints of Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all his own, and time has not dulled the monumental emotional impact of the film's climactic payoff shot. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, you owe it to yourself to check out this stone classic, and even if you do, see it with fresh eyes; and don't be surprised if you get the chills all over again... and again... and again. Amazon

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File Info:

Total Size CD 1 (MB) ....: 687,87 MB
Total Size CD 2 (MB) ....: 688,74 MB
Video Length CD1 .......: 00:56:56
Video Length CD2 .......: 00:50:35
Video Codec Code ...: XVID
Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate ......: 1305 KB/s
Resolution .........: 720 x 288
Framerate ..........: 25 FPS
Color Depth ........: 24 Bits
Audio Codec Code ...: 8192 (0x2000)
Audio Codec Name ...: FAST Multimedia AG DVM (Dolby AC3)
Audio Bitrate ......: 384 KB/s (CBR)
Channels ...........: 5 Ch
Sampling Rate ......: 48000 Hz

[Buy Planet of the Apes - The Legacy Collection]




Gizbert said...

No speech sound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BlindW@cher said...

Try these codecs:

Gizbert said...

Hi. I stand corrected. I didn't get the voices with vlc on the PC, but my media Harddrive plays it well, thanks for this post, great! :)

Frederico Augusto Casarsa de Azevedo said...

Parts 4 and 7 of cd2 are broken!


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