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Rise of the Planet of the Apes [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton
  • Directors: Rupert Wyatt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Finnish, Danish, German, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: Spanish, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (901 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E09TYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,595 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From WETA, the creators of Avatar comes the ultimate sci-fi re-boot--Rise of the Planet of the Apes. An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

"Hands down the best blockbuster of the year [2011]" ****--Daily Star Sunday
"A must see movie… ape-solutely brilliant" ****--The Sun
"9/10, a must-see sci-fi action blockbuster"--Daily Star
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A galaxy's worth of nihilism buried under a 70s Velveeta topping, The Planet of the Apes series stands today as a dark marvel of pop cinema, a group of wildly variable films that combine to form a giant inescapable kiss-off to the human race. (That said message was able to withstand such distractions as ever-cheapening makeup and Charlton Heston loudly pounding sand makes its achievements even more impressive, really.) Boasting a keen awareness of its predecessors' particular charms and a gem of a central CGI performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for a rather miraculous summer movie: a big-budget special effects extravaganza that also delivers a killer backhand. Sort of redoing 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the film follows the events set in motion when a bereaved scientist (James Franco) attempts to create a cure for Alzheimer's, resulting in a supernaturally intelligent chimp named Caesar. The old bit about science tampering in God's domain quickly applies. Director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) displays an admirable sense of pacing, deftly levying the escalating action scenes with small character moments from the likes of John Lithgow and Brian Cox. That said, the film belongs to Caesar, whose path from wide-eyed innocent to reluctant revolutionary generates the ironic pulp empathy that gave the original series such a kick. Watching the climactic confrontation on the Golden Gate Bridge, it's distressingly easy to figure out which side to root for. Chuck Heston would no doubt grit his teeth in approval. Note: Those skeptical that this revamp could wholly retain the original's doomy backbeat would do well to stick around during the end credits. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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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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I first saw the recent "Rise Of ..." on satellite, and thought it was very good. With the new sequel coming, I wanted to watch it again so it was fresh in my mind before seeing the sequel, and when I found this DVD with the original Charlton Heston film included for a very reasonable price, it was a no-brainer.

I very much enjoyed watching the original once again. It is many years since I did so, and it has inevitably aged, but is still nevertheless highly enjoyable, although of course that enjoyment is now limited by the fact that there cannot be many people left on the planet who are in total ignorance of the twist at the end, which was a huge part of this film when it first came out. I was lucky enough to know nothing of the story when I first saw the film, and when you don't know it's coming, the impact and shock of that ending is really huge, and it remains for me one of the greatest cinematic moments, etched indelibly on my memory for ever.

The recent film is a very clever attempt at a prequel, explaining how the rise of the apes began. I was slightly surprised at how clumsy and unreal some of the cgi ape animation looks when given the chance to analyse it a little more thoroughly on a repeat viewing, but this doesn't detract too much from a very good story. I must say too that, given the current news surrounding Ebola and its daily inexorable spread, the ending credits of this film are rather chilling to watch.
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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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Enagaging, thought-provoking and genuinely releavant to society today. As the human race seeks ways to prolong life and simultaneously cause massive loss of life across the globe, the apes rise to take over the world. This is the premise behind for me, one of the best films of the year. A crucial point to make here is that this is NOT a remake. It stands alone as a top quality, intelligent film which paves the way for the original premise.

I grew up with re-runs of the original franchise. Good old Charlton Heston's iron jaw becoming slack at the sight of old Madamne Liberty rising from the dersert sand of 30-oddth century earth remains an iconic image in my mind. The studios saw the power of the sequel and perhaps went on too long, with less money each time to throw at the story-line and actors. Roddy MacDowall at least made a name for himself in ape make-up as the franchise moved to TV.

I won't mention the ridiculous Tim Burton disastrous re-boot. Oh sorry, I just did. Let's just forget that one and focus on Rise.

We begin as hunters capture chimpanzees in Africa. Said chimps are then transported to USA so intelligent men can pump them full of drugs. James Franco leads the human cast as a scientist in search of a cure for Alzheimers which afflicts his father, played by John Lithgow.

Down at the lab, things go wrong. The suits are looking for revenue from creating super clever apes and extending human lifespan, the scientists are looking to get their name in a journal for providing drugs to prolong life. The end result is that James Franco ends up taking a baby ape home to play with. Now the thing is with brilliant minds is that often they don't have an awful lot of common sense.
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