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Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

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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


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really awesome movie! (spoiler-free) Dec 22 2011
Format:Blu-ray
It's nice to see Hollywood producing good, quality movies. This is a classic example of how to get it right. The acting is top-notch and the story is believable. A lot of effort was put in to give this film a realistic, real-world feel. And I should also mention that the special effects are incredible.
I'm trying to avoid giving away any spoilers!
It's pretty obvious where the film is heading if you know anything about the previous Planet of the Apes films. As an origin story, this film really sets up the stage. Apes are the good guys. Humans are the very bad guys. But you knew that already!
This is a good movie for men and women. Snuggle up during this holiday season, get a lot of popcorn and enjoy one of the best films of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two opposable thumbs up March 3 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
2011 may go down as the year of remakes, reboots, and sequels. We had Footloose, The Thing, Straw Dogs, the end of the Harry Potter series. We had great prequels such as Xmen First Class, the best of the series, and now we have Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Having seen the first POTA with Charlton Heston, the fish out of water, topsy turvy, apes rule the planet is hard to emulate and surpass from a storytelling point of view, as is the mythology of the original story, with the enlightened though cruel apes having their own spin on the evolution of the planet.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes begins the mythology, shifting west from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge. Scientists have a positive intention, such as finding a cure for cancer or alzheimers, and making money in the process, yet exploiting innocent creatures to do so. When this gets out of control we have unintended consequences.

The mythology of the birth of Caesar under unusual circumstance, to a mother dosed with performance enhancing drugs parallels the birth of Moses, who would grow up to lead his people out of Egypt (San Francisco) to the promised land (Muir Woods). Human hubris, leads to the fall of humanity and the rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Following the purging of the 12, Caesar as a baby, is discovered not in the rushes but in a cage, and secretly raised by a scientist (James Franco, and his girlfriend (Freida Pinto). We know that he has extraordinary abilities, that must be kept under wraps. Nevertheless Caesar has to contend with his own instinctive nature, and acting with the intention to protect gets into serious trouble. Caesar observes, and learns from his mistakes. When we see a recurrence of a similar situation he handles it differently.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and impressive Nov. 20 2011
By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes feels almost like a well-constructed mini-series or film trilogy condensed into a single, streamlined movie. It is part techno-thriller, part family drama, part prison movie, and part revolutionary film. On top of it all, it is also a Jurassic Park-style cautionary tale and, of course, the set up for what promises to be an entertaining franchise reboot. Most of all, though, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that manages to make special effects work for the story rather than the other way around.

The plot is deceptively and predictably simple: The hunt for a cure for the Next Big Thing (in this case, the cure for Alzheimer's) leads to an unexpected Obviously Dangerous Thing (here, really smart apes).

But the plot is just the foundation upon which a well-designed, satisfying story is built. The relationships between Caesar the super ape (Andy Serkis), Will Rodman the kind but misguided scientist (James Franco), and Will's ailing father (John Lithgow), are engaging and lend the movie its emotional core.

The prison scenes are harrowing and punctuate Caesar's character arc from not-quite-human-but-pretty-damn-close to revolutionary leader for the voiceless uber-minority. These Shawshank-like scenes also serve to imbue the ape characters with humanity their keepers lack.

The escape and take-over scenes are suitably rousing, bringing to mind such films as Gladiator, Braveheart, and Cobra Verde.

It is no surprise that PETA gave the film its dubious thumbs up, given the above-mentioned Save the Animals theme. But its approval was officially given in recognition of the fact that no living breathing apes were used in the filming of the movie. At all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Michael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
First off, I was never a fan of the franchise. I like sci-fi but always found this franchise, well- lame. What makes this movie worth watching for me is that it VERY surprisingly takes the time to develop both the human and more importantly the "ape" characters- so that when things hit the fan, you're emotionally invested. Once the action kicks in (and it does it ever kick in), it's at times ludicrous but fun. The occasional stupidity of the action scenes seem inconsequential as the simians are so well developed and even likeable, that its easy to look past. I'm still amazed at how the main chimp demands sympathy but conveys such menace at the same time. I never thought I'd say this about such a franchise, but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed how this led right into the previous movies that were...
Veri interesting. Especially the reasoning for testing on the apes in the first place.
Which in turn works to most of their favor.
I am an animal lover. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Mohan
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Tim Burton's
If you (like me) were appalled by Burton's "un-Burton" adaptation of Planet of the Apes, "Rise" should give you a much deeper and better appreciation of this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Simon Bergeron
3.0 out of 5 stars And you thought the swine flu was bad
As with all presentations there are promoters as distracters.

The product has a sound story. The story stands alone; or if you will can be a prequel to the ape series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was one of the best mvies I have seen in a long tlme I have the whole set now and to me this one should have been produced a head of all the rest it brings in the whole aspect... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad dvd
I ordered this DVD Blu-ray and started to watch it only to get 3/4 of the way through and the disc skipped. I returned it and got another one only to have the same thing happen. Read more
Published 9 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars great planet of the apes movie
this movie is just plain awesome. I love the development of the main character/monkey ceasar. great planet of the apes movies, one of my favourites.
Published 11 months ago by camiam98
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie well worth what I paid. The packaging in the box it came it could have been a little more padded but it works!
Published 12 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars rise of the planet of the apes is great
rise of the planet of the apes is great. love the scene where planet of the apes is playing on a tv in the background. fast shipping
Published 14 months ago by mary payne
5.0 out of 5 stars The new rise of the planet of the Apes DVD
Film super, livraison en temps, note de remerciement à l'intérieur de la pochette du DVD, très gentil de la part de l'expéditeur. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeannine T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Rise of The Planet of The Apes
The product was defective. The dvd kept freezing. I'm not sure what the problem is. The movie itself is great. Read more
Published 16 months ago by deborah
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