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91






Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 105 minutes
Genre: Sci-fi

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: James Franco, Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Music by: Patrick Doyle
Written by: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 13, 2011







"Evolution becomes revolution"



Film Synopsis:

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.





My Take:

Will Rodman (James Franco), a neuroscientist living in San Francisco is working to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by testing on chimpanzees, giving them a human level of intelligence. After a test subject’s baby, Caesar, is orphaned, Will takes him at home and winds up raising him on his own with his Alzheimer-stricken father. What begins simply as a continuation of his experiment quickly turns into a problem for Will, as Caesar is taken away from him 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 lead to the rise of the planet of the apes.

Rise of the planet of the apes takes a different approach by starting at the beginning of the ape franchise mythos. It begins with Caesar and Will, an orphaned baby ape and a pharmaceutical chemist that are thrust together by difficult circumstances and come to establish a close relationship based trust and familial bonds. Caesar is the product of drug enhanced hyper intelligence passed on to him by his late mother and as such sees the world around him with a heightened sense of awareness that is manifested both emotionally and intellectually. As a result Caesar sees himself as more than what the world sees him as, a pet. Despite the fact that he is loved by and loves Will, Caesar struggles with feelings of resentment under the umbrella of ape subordination. It’s when he is taken from Will and suffers maltreatment at a local primate sanctuary that Caesar comes to understand his place and what must be done.

I saw Rise of the planet of the apes in the theater with my son earlier this year. Now I must admit that my initial reaction when hearing of its release was one of apprehension. I am not one that despises the Tim Burton film starring Mark Walberg but it did little for the franchise. As a kid I loved watching the original Planet of the apes which starred Charlton Heston and company. The subsequent releases got worse and worse and watered it down. This film eschews the sociopolitical footings of the original series in favor of a contemporized narrative with a humane perspective and focused character development. The screenplay is pitch perfect while the slick production elements and strong performances, especially by James Franco and Andy Serkis (via motion capture) enhance the proceedings. I really enjoyed “Rise…” and look forward to the next installment of what looks to be an excellent re-imaging of a beloved film franchise.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 90



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Rise of the planet of the apes comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

This 35mm film rendering on Blu-ray looks terrific and boasts rewarding high definition video that exhibits high level detail and definitive sharpness that brings out the lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal that can be visually stimulating. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Contrast is boldly applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and brightens whites without washing away detail. Blacks are rich, gradational and dynamic which makes them pop nicely during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. This is a pristine and reference quality presentation that looks great.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has excellent dynamic range, detail rich clarity and makes ample use of the entire surround platform to drive the film’s elements. Patrick Doyle’s excellent music score, coupled along with well integrated discrete and ambient sound effects, play an intricate role in the presentation. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is noteworthy. The low frequency effects channel is active as the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the palpably rich bass and dynamic impact associated with the action based sequences. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. This audio mix compliments the video presentation and sounds great.



Bonus Features:


  • Audio commentary by director Rupert Wyatt

  • Audio commentary by writers Rick Jaffe & Amada Silver

  • (HD) 12 deleted scenes

  • (HD) Mythology of the apes – 7 minute featurette

  • The genius of Andy Serkis – 7 minutes featurette

  • (HD) A new generation of apes – 9 minute featurette

  • (HD) Scene breakdown

  • (HD) Character concept art gallery

  • (HD) Breaking motion capture boundaries – 8 minute featurette

  • (HD) Composing the score with Patrick Doyle – 8 minute featurette

  • (HD) The great apes – Documentary (3 segments totaling 22 minutes)

  • (HD) (3) Theatrical trailers

  • BD-Live: Live Extras – “Ape school” 2 minute production featurette

  • Bonus DVD of Rise of the planet of the apes

  • Digital Copy


Final Thoughts:

Rise of the planet of the apes is a reinvigorating shot in the arm for a popular film franchise. It features a retooled story, capable direction, and slick production elements that are perfect for scratching that intelligently crafted, well enacted, sci-fi/drama itch felt by genre fans. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox in a technically proficient offering that is sure to please audio/video enthusiasts. The supplemental package includes a pair of audio commentaries, concept art, deleted scenes and a look behind the scenes at the production. I look forward to the next film installment and highly recommend that you check out Rise of the planet of the apes on Blu-ray.









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" As a kid I loved watching the original Planet of the Apes which starred Charlton Heston "

Just pointing out a couple typos in your otherwise excellent review.
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Greetings,

Corrected. Thanks Kilgore..

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I can't wait to see this one. I really liked the Original, and the last one. Thanks for the review Ralph.

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Thanks again Ralph for the review, I saw this two weeks ago on Blu-ray and I thought it was a great pop corn flick!!!! Not a purchase for me but I really did enjoy it especially the scene on the bridge.

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I loved this movie. I thought it re - invented the franchise perfectly. I look forward to more.

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This movie was just....awesome!!

The make-up and special effects were incredible. Definitely have to have this for my collection.

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Man, you can really write your a... off. The review was excellent, and as you can tell, I thought the movie was great too. In fact, I enjoyed the movie so much that it left me wanting for more. I rented this movie from Blockbuster, but I need to own it, so I'm on my way to Walmart to purchase it.
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I picked this up on it's release date... Great review as always King P !
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omg this was a lame one... dragged on and on... last one was much better.
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I picked this up on it's release date... Great review as always King P !

+1. I loved how this one set up the (presumed) sequel, which I can't wait for.
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How have you guys rented this film? It doesn't release for rental until the 20th, I thought?
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How have you guys rented this film? It doesn't release for rental until the 20th, I thought?

You thought wrong. It was available a couple of days ago or so.

Net Flix won't have it till the 12th though.

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Just saw the movie and must say......great lead in to another movie and to cement the orgin of a great line of state of the art flicks.

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That's a bummer that only Blockbuster seems to have this for rental. Vudu? nope. Amazon streaming? nope. Netflix? Not even close. Blockbuster Express? Nope.

Since when does Blockbuster get an exclusive rental?
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I just got to saw this and it was AMAZING.

It's always fun and entertaining to see the havoc that can ensue when science gets out of control.

Watching the apes intelligence evolve throughout the film was incredible. Great all around movie.

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I agree 100% with what Ralph says. This is actually one of my favorite films of the year. I think it will be in my top 10.
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I did not like of the original series, but I was intrigued by the trailers for this one and headed off to the theater to have a look. Wow! Just a great movie in every way and I am looking forward to the sequel.

Great review as always Ralph.

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Once again I find myself agreeing, overall, with your review Ralph. I did think it lacked sharpness and clarity in some of the scenes in the lab and the ape jail though, but thankfully these didn't consume too much time. The CGI really stood out with staggering details and realism...simply amazing!

Sometimes I'm prone to eject the Blu-ray as soon as the credits start to roll; I'm sure glad I kept watching this time or I would have missed the last shot that really sets up the upcoming sequel.

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Liked this one. But when the apes shared a scene with people they looked too phony, although together alone they seemed fine. The writers seemed to respect the originals enough and that was appreciated.

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That's a bummer that only Blockbuster seems to have this for rental. Vudu? nope. Amazon streaming? nope. Netflix? Not even close. Blockbuster Express? Nope.

Since when does Blockbuster get an exclusive rental?

Well, it's been available via HD OnDemand since Tuesday

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Well, it's been available via HD OnDemand since Tuesday

Which system? I just looked on DirecTV and don't see it listed lol
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That's a bummer that only Blockbuster seems to have this for rental. Vudu? nope. Amazon streaming? nope. Netflix? Not even close. Blockbuster Express? Nope.

Since when does Blockbuster get an exclusive rental?

Blockbuster gets rentals 28 days before Netflix on many rentals such as those released by Fox, Universal, Warner and some Sony releases as well.
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Blockbuster gets rentals 28 days before Netflix on many rentals such as those released by Fox, Universal, Warner and some Sony releases as well.

I know, and I hate it. But usually my other sources get releases on the days they come out...I have been renting quite a bit from Vudu recently since the PQ is so good with their HDX streams.
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I thought the first hour and ten minutes was simply fantastic and mesmerizing. Unfortunately the third act falls apart a bit and took a five star movie and made it a 3.5 or 4 with the silly (IMHO) ending.

I agree with your technical scores Ralph...well done!

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I thought the first hour and ten minutes was simply fantastic and mesmerizing. Unfortunately the third act falls apart a bit and took a five star movie and made it a 3.5 or 4 with the silly (IMHO) ending.

I actually thought the first half was paced a bit too slow and was thankful for the action-packed second half. I was impressed with the increasing intelligence given to Caesar and when he went to the lab to get the serum for the other apes I found myself cheering him on. The very last scene (right after the credits began to roll) really got my juices flowing and I can't wait for the next installment!

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The problem I had with the third act was how the apes kept multiplying. I live in the Bay Area and there are nowhere near that many apes in our zoo's etc. It just seemed inconsistent to me. Furthermore, when the apes kept jumping through windows right and left and didn't have a scratch on them, well....I think you get my point. Regardless, I would recommend the movie to anyone who wants to see a most intelligent film with a great story.

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The problem I had with the third act was how the apes kept multiplying. I live in the Bay Area and there are nowhere near that many apes in our zoo's etc. It just seemed inconsistent to me. Furthermore, when the apes kept jumping through windows right and left and didn't have a scratch on them, well....I think you get my point. Regardless, I would recommend the movie to anyone who wants to see a most intelligent film with a great story.

Agreed....there was definitely a "suspension of disbelief" required for those scenes.

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Agreed....there was definitely a "suspension of disbelief" required for those scenes.

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Agreed....there was definitely a "suspension of disbelief" required for those scenes.

....but >90% of all movies require this.


Wondering if the sequel(s) to Rise will also be prequel to PotA and not a remake of?
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