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Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD]


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  • Boxed-product Weight: 82 g
  • Manufacturer reference: 5039036048712
  • ASIN: B006YVV166
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (583 customer reviews)
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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 21 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
What a very very good film this is. In `Rise of The Planet of the Apes', English director Rupert Wyatt has a stab at doing what Tim Burton failed spectacularly to do in 2001 - resurrecting the Planet of the Apes franchise. What Wyatt has created, against all the odds, is a thoughtful, intelligent and stirring piece which provides the perfect antidote to all the silly, lacklustre `Apes' films since Franklin J. Schaffer's classic original from 1968.

The film charts the rise of Caesar, an orphaned laboratory chimp, from timid youngster to a sort of revolutionary leader of his fellow Simians. Will Rodman (James Franco) is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company researching a new drug and potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease that reverses the damage to brain tissue, tested on chimps. The effect it has on these animals is to rapidly increase intelligence to an unprecedented degree. After one of the apes goes berserk and trashes the laboratory, the drug is rejected by investors and all but one of the chimps, the baby Caesar, are killed. Will takes the chimp home with him and raises it himself but continues to use the drug on his father (John Lithgow), an Alzheimer's sufferer. Needless to say things go awry, and Caesar is taken away to a special facility where a large number of primates are held in captivity. Along the way there are various maltreatments of Caesar and his fellow chimps at the hands of sadistic humans, all of which contributes to his rise to power. Here begins the most powerful section of the movie, as Caesar gains the trust of his fellow apes and then eventually begins to command them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The word reimagining is a much-abused one in movies, but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is such a superb example of how a disappointing film can be remade as a genuinely satisfying one by approaching the same basic story points from a very different angle. This isn't the conquest of the planet but the first step, and one that begins with the best intentions before escalating along with the genetically-enhanced chimp Caesar's growing intelligence. It manages to be both smart and entertaining, packing a lot more into its 105-minute running time than many a more bloated blockbuster and fits in firmly with the original series of films, from the references to Taylor's lost mission being launched to the origins of the plague that, in Conquest, was held responsible for the death of all domestic pets but here seems more dangerous to humans. And it's satisfying that, true to the Lawgiver's scrolls, it's the word No that is pivotal. Just as satisfyingly, it doesn't overdo the sly references to the original that are there to be discovered rather than hitting you over the head with them - Charlton Heston on TV, Caesar's mother sharing the same name the apes give Taylor in the original (Bright Eyes), an elderly orangutan called Maurice.

Abandoning prosthetics for mocap for the apes, the special effects are superb, allowing Andy Serkis to give another of his remarkable creature performances that was sadly ignored yet again at awards season while at the same time being far more convincingly simian than even the great John Chambers could manage. These apes look and move and behave like primates even in the exhilarating finale when the simian Spartacus re-enacts a moment from Kubrick's film before the impressive Golden Gate showdown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Director: Rupert Wyatt.
Production Company: 20th Century Fox.
Writers: Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa.
Rating: 12a.
Running time 105 minutes.
Budget: $93 million.
Box office: $481,800,873.

Bluray.
Region B/2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1.
Number of discs: 1.
Classification: 12a.

Blu Ray Quality.
Crystal Clear 1080HD Resolution Transfer.
5.1 DTS Master Audio.
Comments.
I found this Blu ray picture to be a sharp colourful vibrant picture with stunning 5.1 DTS sound & worth upgrading or purchasing on to Blu ray.

Extras.
Deleted Scenes.
Mythology Of The Apes.
The Genius Of Andy Serkis.
Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries.
Scene Breakdown.
Audio Commentaries.
The Great Apes.
Concept Art.
Composing The Score With Patrick Doyle.

Cast.
Andy Serkis as Caesar.
James Franco as Dr. Will Rodman.
Freida Pinto as Caroline Aranha.
John Lithgow as Charles Rodman.
Brian Cox as John Landon.
Tom Felton as Dodge Landon.
David Oyelowo as Steven Jacobs.
Tyler Labine as Robert Franklin.
Jamie Harris as Rodney.
Ty Olsson as Chief John Hamil.
David Hewlett as Douglas Hunsiker.
Karin Konoval as Maurice/Court Clerk.

Trivia.
1)Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an early title for Battle for the Planet of the Apes.
2)Writers Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa credit their son Joe with the idea of the "supplicating gesture" Caesar & the other apes use to establish authority.
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