Fantastic Fest

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fantastic Fest to screen the original, uncut version of CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!

With all of the hoopla regarding the announcement of the schedule and our last batch of titles, we also want to draw your attention to a special one-time only screening taking place during Fantastic Fest 2008 that is sure to excite fans one the sci-fi movie franchise that started them all!

40 years ago, Franklin J. Schaffner's PLANET OF THE APES stunned moviegoers everywhere with its vision of a world where man was ruled by apes, and its four sequels paved the way for the modern blockbuster movie franchise. Unlike those modern-day movie franchises, however, the PLANET OF THE APES films were all distinctive, intelligent movies that stood on their own while all telling the story of the inevitable downfall of man and the birth of the planet of the apes.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in J. Lee Thompson's CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the toughest, most violent and political of the entire series and one of the best science fiction films of its time. Test audiences in 1972 were shocked by the film's violence and call for revolution, so much so that the film was cut by over 9 minutes for fears of earning an R rating from the MPAA. For over 35 years this version of CONQUEST languished in the Fox vault, unseen by human (or ape) eyes, and now, the original, uncut version will be receiving its world premiere at this year's edition of Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., running from September 18 - 25, 2008 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX.

This one-time only screening will be free and open to the general public on Saturday, September 20, at 12pm. Following this, Fox Home Entertainment will make this version available exclusively in the PLANET OF THE APES 40 Year Evolution Blu-Ray Collection available in stores on November 4th. The Fantastic Fest CONQUEST screening will be in 1080p HD, making this the first public high def screening of any of the APES films, and will preceded by Fox DVD giveaways and previews. Come witness the birth of the PLANET OF THE APES like you've never seen before - before anyone else does!

This screening is sponsored by Fox Home Entertainment.

Important dates have been announced for the 4th Annual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, September 14, 2008: Fantastic Fest online begins
Thursday, September 18, 2008: Fantastic Fest begins
Saturday, September 20, 2008: 2009 Festival Badges go on sale
Monday, September 22, 2008: 2008 Fantastic Fest Awards Ceremony

For more information about Fantastic Fest, please visit our official website:

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States featuring over 100 films from over 30 countries. The event highlights the best new sci-fi, horror, fantasy and genre films, as well as choice classic and obscure cult titles from all over the world. The festival director and head programmer is Tim League (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema), with additional programming by Harry Knowles (Ain't It Cool News), Todd Brown (, Blake Ethridge (Cinema is Dope), Karrie League (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema), Zack Carlson (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema) and Lars Nilsen (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema). Fantastic Fest is a supporting member of the prestigious Melies European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation and a founding member of the North American Fantastic Festival Alliance. Fantastic Fest is sponsored in part by Gamecock Media, AMD, Fosters, Embassy Suites, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, CITY OF EMBER, DVD Empire, Best Buy, Dark Sky Films, Envy Magazine, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Texas Film Commission, Image Entertainment, Viz Pictures,, Book People, Room Service Vintage, Media Blasters, Big Top Candy, Austin Chronicle, The Onion, Fangoria Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine,, Ain't It Cool News, Smitty's Market and Louie Mueller Barbecue.


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