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Apes Part Three: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 7, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"Beneath The Planet Of The Apes" picks up where the original film left off. Another astronaut named Brent crash-lands on the planet looking for the original explorer, Taylor(Charlton Heston). Heston didn't really want to star in this sequel, but chose to take a limited role.

Heston's Taylor character falls through an invisible mountain early in the film, and instead of his rescuer being taken to where he was last seen, he is taken to the ape colony. With a little help, he comes upon an underground colony of mutant humans who have mind control powers and have developed a weapon capable of mass destruction.

Good acting and the return of solid makeup effects mark a sequel that's not quite as impressive or creative in terms of story, but still manages to be entertaining and fairly fast-paced.


The DVD

VIDEO: The picture quality is about equal to what was displayed for the first film. Again, this is a THX-approved transfer, but like the rest of the films in the series, it was done before Fox started doing anamorphic transfers. So, what we have here is a 2.35:1 non-anamorphic transfer that looks strong, but has a few little flaws that pop up.

Sharpness is generally very good, and detail (as with the first film) is strong, as well. A few scenes seem slightly soft and a little bit lacking in clarity, but for a film of this age, it looks quite pleasing. Not a terribly colorful film for the most part, the colors that are presented are fine, not looking faded or showing other flaws. Flesh tones are natural, as well.

There are some problems, but they're not too distracting. Some slight marks on the print used and minor shimmering is all that's noticable here. No pixelation is apparent. Definitely respectable.

SOUND: The film's audio is not presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, like the original movie's was. The Dolby Surround soundtrack isn't too bad; it's a little thin at times, and the surrounds hardly get used. The musical score does sound fairly natural, and dialogue is clear and clean. Not bad, and doesn't suffer from any distracting flaws.

MENUS:: Menus are even a little more impressive than what was offered with the first film, with a well-animated main menu and animation of going through a tunnel between menus. Sub-menus are also animated.

EXTRAS: Not a whole lot: trailers for all of the "Apes" films as well as a promotional trailer for the set. Also included is a small cast/crew bio set as well as a minor photo gallery. A web-link is also included. Same as what was included for the first film.

Final Thoughts: Another good looking presentation. ONLY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE "EVOLUTION" BOX SET. NOT SOLD AS A SINGLE FILM.

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