Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec 13, 2011
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie scene

Caesar knows the score in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a battle unlike any other in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s reboot (or re-imagining or whatever they want to call it these days) of the beloved science-fiction/action film franchise.

The movie stars James Franco (127 Hours) as Will Rodman, a neuro-scientist living in San Francisco who’s trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by testing a drug that will build brain cells on chimpanzees. After a test subject’s baby, Caesar, is orphaned, Will decides to raise him at home on his own with his Alzheimer-stricken father (John Lithgow, Blow Out). Caesar quickly shows signs that the drug that was in his mother has worked on him, giving him a human-like intelligence. But the living arrangement becomes a problem when Caesar is taken away from Will and forced to live in a primate facility. As Caesar’s intelligence continues to grow, he begins to stake his claim as the leader of his new primate counterparts, which will ultimately result in, well, a world populated by apes.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), the movie co-stars Freida Pinto (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Brian Cox (Red) and Andy Serkis (King Kong). More importantly, it features stunning visual effects from the team behind such razzle-dazzle fare as Avatar and the Lord of the Rings films.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ combination of stars, special effects and a fresh take on an old story proved to be a potent one: Opening wide in U.S. theaters in August 2011, the movie grossed an outstanding $175 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain a number of bonus features, including the following:

  • Deleted Scenes

○ Alpha Gets Shot
○ Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants
○ Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles
○ Caesar Plays with Bicycle
○ Caesar Questions His Identity
○ Caesar Bites Off Neighbors Finger
○ Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus
○ Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie
○ Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge
○ Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs
○ Caesar Pushes Helicopter
○ Koba with Shotgun

  • Pre-vis for The Future
  • Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen
  • Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis
  • Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene
  • A New Generation of Apes
  • Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
  • Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Ape Facts (Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Orangutan)
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
  • Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
  • Character Concept Art Gallery
  • Three Theatrical Trailers
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.