Rise of the Planet of the Apes DVD Review

by on December 31, 2011

in Entertainment

This is a DVD review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Rise of the Planet ofthe Apes on DVD and Blu-ray

The DVD packaging for Rise of the Planet of the Apes may by light on the extras, but the extras that are there, make up for it with the quality of the content.

Obviously when you get a DVD in my hands, I’m watching the movie again, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes starring James Franco and Andy Serkis, and directed by Rupert Wyatt, is incredibly rewatchable.  (Is that even a word?)  And watching it again I started noticing more Easter Eggs within the movie than the first time at the theater.

Caesar playing with the top half of a toy of the Statue of Liberty; The launching of the Icarus to Mars, and getting lost in space; The names of the apes and such; A quick blurb of a scene on a TV in the background with Charlton Heston in it.  And what not.

James Franco and Freida Pinto in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Also, coming into this movie a second time, though he blew me away the first time, I could concentrate more on what Andy Serkis delivered in his motion-captured performance of Caesar.  And it doesn’t disappoint.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a wonderful movie and the DVD packaged product has a few extras to supplement the DVD experience.

The first extra was “Deleted Scenes.”

On the DVD package, the collective of deleted scenes was pretty light.  There were only two quick bits, and I won’t spoil it for you, but they weren’t overwhelming.  They fell into the, “Huh.  Sure, that’s nice category.”

The next extra was the “Mythology of the Apes.”

Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes

This was a nice extra as it showcased a few details on how this prequel paid homage to the original movies and how scenes and moments from the original Planet of the Apes movie inspired some scenes within this new movie.

We learned that the drug name that Franco’s character creates is paying homage to the run-time of the first movie.  We saw what scenes from the original inspired moments and scenes in this prequel.  And what not.

Again, I’ll leave the discovery of further details for you to discover.  It’s fascinating.

“The Genius of Andy Serkis” DVD extra:

The different looks of Andy Serkis as Caesar in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

This extra is almost worth the entire price of admission, as we are shown how Andy portrayed Caesar throughout the movie.  This included reference to his facial featuring, his character behavior and on occasion, since he was too tall for some scenes, the second motion-capture player to portray Caesar in some scenes.

This was the hoot of the DVD.

Finally, there were theatrical trailers from this and several other movies.  One in particular, was a preview I had not seen before for Another Earth.  Wow, now more than ever I want to catch that movie somehow!

Andy Serkis as Caesar and James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re wondering if they pulled off a credible prequel to the Planet of the Apes movie franchise, I think they hit it out of the park and this DVD package of Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a wonderful item to add to your collection.

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