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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD, 2011)

Rupert Wyatt, James Franco, Freida Pinto | Theatrical release: 2011 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a sci-fi movie about a chimpanzee tested for a drug that has been developed as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Initially, the drug proves to be super-effective, when the chimpanzee subjected to that particular drug shows exceptional IQ results. Thus, excited and intrigued, the scientists put forth the request for human testing. This, later on, is declined by the board when the same chimpanzee attacks its handler in front of the committee. However, the scientist and the handler discover that the reason behind the attack was not related to the drug and was merely a result of the motherly instincts of the female chimpanzee, who was trying to protect her offspring. The plot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes revolves around this offspring, whose intelligent is comparable to its mother's, and who is taken away from its loving human owners to an ape sanctuary. The young ape, Caesar, then frees his fellow captives by treating them with the same medicinal drug, and leads an army of chimpanzees against the human race. In addition to qualifying as a sci-fi movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes can also be categorized as an action movie and as a thriller. The DVD offers excellent audio and video quality, with AC-3 and NTSC formats and subtitles in English and Spanish. Furthermore, the DVD of this sci-fi movie offers special features such as deleted scenes, information about the mythology of the apes, and theatrical trailers., THE ESCAPIST director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this PLANET OF THE APES prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind.

Product Details
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543749851

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID110879411

Editorial reviews

3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he movie has its pleasures....Caesar, to begin with, is a wonderfully executed character, a product of special effects and a motion-capture performance by Andy Serkis..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (08/05/2011)

"Smart, fun and thoroughly enjoyable....[It] entertains without insulting your intelligence."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (08/05/2011)

4 stars out of 5 -- "[With a ] jaw-dropping crescendo, a spectacular bout of gorilla warfare..."
Total Film - Neil Smith (10/01/2011)

"Employing bleeding-edge technologies in the service of old-fashioned entertainment....RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES settles into a playful stretch."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (08/05/2011)

3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]creenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver expertly create a compelling quandary that forces viewers to acknowledge that this is no conventional hero-villain conflict..."
Box Office (08/04/2011)

"The cautionary tale feels surprisingly fresh and entertaining....With its skillful blend of live action and motion-capture technology, it's a handsomely made prequel..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (08/05/2011)

"[The movie] swings into flights of kinetic fantasy that blow the collective mind."
Wall Street Journal (08/05/2011)

"[T]his present-day thriller revolves around one intelligent ape..."
Sight and Sound - Andrew Osmond (10/01/2011)

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Created: 01/02/12

Do not mess with the ape!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD, 2011)

A perfect prequel for one of the most ideallic science fiction movies. It tries to send some messages through out the movie, just like the original.
Caesar, the ape with the increased intellingence, gave me some spooks a couple of times.
The leading actor gave a adequate performance, to my surprise.
Recommended to all the fans of the franchise and to sci.fi. lovers!

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Created: 02/07/12

Outstanding movie, truly a cinematic tour-de-force.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I have to be perfectly honest and upfront before I review this movie. I know that I am going to be slammed about this, but I am not a fan of the original movies. I loved the concept, but even as a kid I could see the faults in the way the movies were originally presented.

With the advances in technology since the originals were released, we are finally at a time and place where the true potential of great stories like The Planet of the Apes can be unleashed.

A good friend of mine has Alzheimer's and seeing the way in which the apes evolved was both uplifting and awe-inspiring.

The most amusing thing I noticed (and this may be purely co-incidental) was the fact that Congress passed a law restricting the practice of testing drugs on chimpanzees around the time this movie was released. Makes you wonder if they know something we don't or if they are all so incredibly stupid that they all saw the movie and think it is real.

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Created: 01/23/12

The Best Yet!!!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD, 2011)

I bought this DVD because I saw it in the movies and it was awesome. This DVD is hands down, the best movie of 2011. Theres nothing I really disliked about this DVD. it could have had a little more action in it though from the humans vs apes. A lot of this movie has the same things as the first planet of the apes but just better and more realistic. The first planet of the apes had them talking all along the whole movie. This movie, made it more realistic and Ceaser talked only three times and the words were short and sweet. The creator of this one deserves an award!!!!!

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Created: 02/09/12

Very good movie. Lots of action

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD, 2011)

The Apes are at it again. Very good movie, and keep you guessing what is next? Action movie. Starts very slow,and I wonder who the animals are at time. Men or the Apes. It end with a opening for the next Ape movie. I have a collection of them all, and this is one of the better ones.

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Created: 03/28/12

Poignant and realistic action film.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (DVD, 2011)

Excellent film. Raises some interesting ethical questions. Should scientists try to cure disease or are some things [death and Alzheimer's] simply inevitable? The main character, a scientist, wants to help people with Alzheimer's but winds up making things worse. Cesar, the genetically-enhanced intelligent chimp, rebels against the brutal way humans treat apes; he leads an uprising, but by "playing God" with the apes, is Cesar repeating the mistakes of his human "father"? Both have good intentions, but the result is still death and destruction. Since the original films, special effects have improved to where these apes look real, not like people wearing costumes. The result is more serious and less satirical, though there are moments of humor, including a line borrowed from the original: "Get your stinking paw off me, you damn dirty ape!"

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