RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Hits Blu-ray on December 13th; Will Contain 12 Deleted Scenes

     October 18, 2011


Fox has announced that Rise of the Planet of the Apes will hit DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download on December 13th. We previously reported that Rise of the Planet of the Apes re-shot its ending to remove a major character’s death.  We assumed/hoped the original ending would be included on the Blu-ray, but we still don’t have a definitive answer.  The Blu-ray contains 12 deleted scenes, and one of the scene titles hints that a character could die, but I’m not willing to confidently say that’s the original ending.  I’ll stick with assuming/hoping.

The Blu-ray also contains a healthy dose of other special features including audio commentaries, “Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries”, “Ape Facts”, and more.  Hit the jump for the press release, box art, and full list of special features.

rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-blu-ray-box-art-01Here’s the press release:


Evolution Becomes Revolution In The Critically-Acclaimed

Over $432 Million Worldwide Box Office Smash Arriving Globally

on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download in December

LOS ANGELES (October 18, 2011) – A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a battle unlike any other when RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES makes its worldwide debut on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 13th in North America and starting December 7th Internationally. From the Oscar-winning® visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings comes revolutionary new ground – a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

James Franco (127 Hours) stars as Will Rodman, a neuroscientist living in San Francisco trying 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 decides to raise him at home on his own with his Alzheimer-stricken father (John Lithgow; “Dexter”). 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.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), this special effects blockbuster features fantastic supporting performances from Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Brian Cox (Red), Tom Felton (Harry Potter films) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) in a ground-breaking performance. The RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes commentaries and more.

**Exact product configurations will vary by individual territories**

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray + Digital Copy (North America)
Feature Film
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
Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Character Concept Art Gallery
Three Theatrical Trailers


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