» 3 Discs
» 1 Loose Single-disc Digitray
» Tin Case (with 2 glued on digitrays)
» Plastic Slipcase
» 20 200 copies (numbered)
» Planet of The Apes (movie)
» Audio commentary by director Tim Burton
» Audio commentary by composer Danny Elfman
» 8 Enhanced Viewing Mode Sequences
» DVD-Rom Contents
» - Script-to-screen Comparison
» - Web links
» DVD, R2, PAL
» 2.35:1 Anamorphic
» English DD 5.1
» French DD 5.1
» French DTS 5.1
» English, Dutch, French, Greek
» HBO First Look Special: The Making of Planet of the Apes
» Ape School
» Costume Tests
» Shooting on Location
» Scoring the Film
» Ape Stunts
» Screen Test
» 5 Deleted / Extended Scenes
» Makeup, group and movement tests
» Gallery of multi-angle features
» Trailers & TV-Spots
» Music Video
» Still Galleries
» DVD, R2, PAL
» The First Saga (documentary on the original films)
» Planet of The Monkeys
» DVD, R2, PAL
» 4:3 Fullscreen
» English DD 2.0
» English, French, Dutch, Italian, German, Spanish
» Planet Of The Apes
» Tim Burton
» Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti
This release comes in a very thick and well made tin case. It's the same style as the one used for Donnie Darko in germany but in this case (yeah, clever use of words, I know) they've fused the sucker with a digipack instead of going with the much simpler keepcase-design.
Encasing the tin is a wonderful semi-transperent plastic slipcase which feels very luxorious. But there's something strikingly odd to this slipcase as well. When you compare it to the pretty much identical slipcase done for the german tin case release (which is just the same, but only holding two discs), you'll find that the french version is lacking the special features text and specs that should be printed over the rectangular blue-ish box on the middle of the back cover. (This design flaw is not a major deal for me but it does look a bit strange).
Opening up the case we have a background made from paper on each side of the case. On top of this, they've taken a typical type of digipack-glue (you know, the kind that can be peeled away without leaving any marks) and placed to digitrays on them. This works very well but I hear you asking yourself "Hey, whatabout the third disc?". And well, here comes the tricky part and maybe the only part that's a bit of a let down. The final disc (exclusive to this release) is nestled on a completely separate digitray (glued on to a separate piece of cardboard). This is a pretty ok trick but I kind of wished they would have gone for a full flip-style digistack instead, as it would have made it a bit easier to work with. As for now, the separate piece can just be placed inside the box and lay there. Pretty OK but it seems like kind of an emergency solution if you ask me.
The selling point for this set would be the third bonus disc not found on any other region (the documentaries on disc 3 are not present on any other special edition for this film alone, but it's possible that they appear in the ultimate collection version).
As far as disc 1 and 2 goes, there's nothing here to make these discs stand out over those released around the world.
But it's stilla very nice edition with some good documentaries as well as two feature length commentary tracks.
The numbering is printed on a semi-transparent sticker (See picture; It says "20th Century Fox, Home Entertainment" - That's all part of the sticker so you CAN take it off if you feel like it) on the frontcover of the tin-case. It's kind of hard to read as it's printed with black and placed on a pretty dark background. However, I managed to make out that my copy is number 8917 out of 20200 copies in total.