Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
Beneath the Planet of the Apes DVD (1970)

James Fransiscus and Chuck Heston may run into some hideous mutants "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", but there's nothing deformed about the DVD release.

Out of all the sequels, this one boasts perhaps the best picture quality. Fresh, clear, and transferred from an excellent print, the movie hasn't looked so good since release. There is a little grain in some occasional shots down in the 'subway' scenes, but it's hardly worth mentioning.

The orchestral score gets a good run of the speakers, courtesy of a 2.0 surround mix that also adds some atmospheric effects to the already sinister underground moments.

Extra features include the trailers of all the 'Apes' films and a teeny tiny stills gallery with some behind-the-scenes shots of make-up (ape make-up, not Boots counter stuff, you understand).

"Beneath the Planet of the Apes" is available as part of the Planet of the Apes Collection.

Region: 2 and 4
Chapters: 24
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2:0 (surround)
Extra Features: Scene selection, "Planet of the Apes" film series trailer gallery, stills gallery, animated menus, multiple language subtitles and English for the hearing impaired.

End Credits

Director: Ted Post

Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, James Gregory, Linda Harrison, Charlton Heston, Victor Buono, Paul Richards

Length: 95 minutes

Cinema: 1970

DVD: 08 October 2001

Country: USA