The surprise success of the US summer season, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has been announced for a December release on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This will include an international release of 7 December (date via EzyDVD) and a North American release on 13 December (sourced from ComingSoon). It will contain a whopping 12 deleted scenes, 2 audio commentaries and multiple featurettes.
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, scientist Will Rodman (James Franco, Your Highness) is on the cusp of a cure for Alzheimer’s developed by testing an experimental drug on apes. The results are phenomenal, increasing both the intelligence of the apes and Will’s hopes of finding a cure for his ailing father (John Lithgow, Leap Year). When the experiments go awry, the lab director orders the apes destroyed, and Will finds himself in the care of the baby chimp Caesar (a motion-captured Andy Serkis, Burke & Hare). Quickly realising that Caesar is more intelligent than other apes, Will continues to work in secret. Until, that is, Caesar is ripped away from his human family, and is thrust amongst an abused ape population at an animal shelter.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is not only an amazing special effects achievement, but a gripping and emotionally engaging blockbuster to boot.
The North American specs are as follows, they may differ for the international releases:
- Feature Film
- Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
- Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
- Deleted Scenes
- Alpha Gets Shot
- Will’s Meeting with Lab Assistants
- Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles
- Caesar Plays with Bicycle
- Caesar Questions His Identity
- Caesar Bites Off Neighbors Finger
- Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus
- Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie
- Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge
- Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba’s Attempted Revenge on Jacobs
- Caesar Pushes Helicopter
- Koba with Shotgun
- Pre-vis for The Future
- Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen
- Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis
- Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene
- A New Generation of Apes
- Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
- Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Ape Facts
- Character Concept Art Gallery
- 3 Theatrical Trailers
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is released in Australia on 7 December 2011 and the US on 13 December 2011. You can also support The Reel Bits when you preorder the Blu-ray via Amazon.