Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Bilingual) [4K Blu-ray + Digital Copy]
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June 13 2017
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Language : English, French
- Parcel Dimensions : 16.8 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm; 90 Grams
- Director : Rupert Wyatt
- Media Format : NTSC, 4K
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : June 13 2017
- Actors : James Franco, Andy Serkis
- Language : English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B06XSV53SW
- Country of origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,071 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before. At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator (James Franco), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned. Seeking justice, Caesar assembles a simian army and escapes -- putting man and primate on a collision course that could change the planet forever.
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So forget the originals and the 2001 version - as well you might in the case of the latter - because this is a whole new take on things, having no tie in with those films whatsoever.
James Franco plays Will Rodman, a scientist trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Not least so he can help his afflicted father [John Lithgow]. When work on chimps with a new drug yields unexpected results he is left with a baby chimp to care for. Who is eventually named Caesar. Caesar is very smart. A bond between humans and apes forms.
But when Caesar gets to see the worst humanity can offer, and when the drug trials lead to more unexpected developments, the future of two species might be changed forever.
Caesar is brought to life via actor Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit and cgi, a la Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies. The end result is just as good. He is a character you can't help but sympathise with and root for. It's very easy to forget at times that he's not a real creature.
Human wise Will Rodman has a decent amount of depth to him and James Franco acts the character well. Frieda Pinto takes the somewhat thankless role of his life interest and does catch the attention regardless of her character not being quite as deep as she could. And John Lithgow does tug at the heartstrings when portraying a man who simply can't remember any more.
The rest are cold hearted and ruthless or ignorant as required, but all are played well.
The film moves at a decent pace throughout. This is a 12 certificate film, thanks to some moments of violence and angry apes that might not be suitable for younger viewers. It all builds to a very satisfying last act which begins with a great punch the air moment. And has a few more during what follows.
Both a decent action movie when that kicks in, and a solid drama about the bond between two indiviuals, this is excellent movie making and an excellent way to start a franchise. Not least because although it's relatively self contained it does at the same time set a few things up to follow. The first of them in a pretty clever way. The second you will find out more about at the start of the end credits, so keep watching those.
There are two short scenes which are done with subtitles. There's no way to switch those off. But they are necessary. You'll see why.
There is also one great homage to the original.
Forget the 2001 version. This is an attempt at franchise rebooting that wholeheartedly succeeds. Which is why the sequel will be along shortly. And why I look forward to it.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English Spanish German Italian.
Subtitles: English Spanish Danish Finnish German Swedish Italian Norwegian.
There are no extras at all.
It begins with one trailer that you can skip via the next button on the remote.
And one that you can't get past like that, unless you use fast forward.
A very good storyline with current concerns and times but the mixture of almost cartoon like characters of the Chimps completely ruined it for me.
I was actually clock watching for the end hoping that it would get better. It didn't.
If you are looking for some film about talking monkeys and imprisoned humans then this is not the film you are looking for. This sets the story of how that film came to be. It is a sci-fi film that is believable and has some great characters. A brilliant cast, both seen and unseen (notably Andy Serkis who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and Caesar in this), brings this film together.
This movie, along with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is a worthy addition to any collection and having it on Blu-ray just makes it that little bit better.