These damn dirty apes are at it again, for the first time! As we said in our review, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best movies of summer 2011.
This is one of those films that you want to see the behind the scenes of to see how they made it all come to life. The special features do really focus in on the special effects. The Genius of Andy Serkis describes why Rise of the Planet of the Apes worked so well. Andy Serkis was not only an actor playing Ceasar, but he was the leader for all the motion capture actors. A New Generation of Apes focuses in on how they transformed the live actor performances into digital ape performances. The Scene Breakdown allows you to view a scene from different stages of development. Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries talks specifically about the Golden Gate Bridge scene and how performance capture had previously speaking never been used in an outdoor environment like that before. For those of you that have your Bluray player connected to the Internet you can stream or download a video about the Ape School. It does go into more detail about the specifics of the actor’s suits and their movements.
There are various other special features listed below, but one thing that they don’t entirely have is one that gives you an overview of the production itself. It’s not entirely needed considering how well and in-depth they do go into the unique production elements of this film, but it’s simply something that would have been nice to have.
Character Concept Art Gallery lets you view concept art of the apes.
The Great Apes breaks down the various animals that were included in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and teaches you about their behaviors in real life.
Usually speaking videos about how the score was composed tend to be pretty dull. Patrick Doyle makes his Composing the Score video very entertaining. Listening to the stories of how he came up with the music is actually interesting.
There are two separate audio commentaries one with the director and another with the writers.
There are about 12 minutes worth of Deleted Scenes. What’s neat about these deleted scenes is that you’ll see the performance capture actors doing their acting instead of the digital apes for the most part.
Mythology of the Apes focuses in on how Rise of the Planet of the Apes fits into the universe of Planet of the Apes. They even talk about the various easter eggs that are planted in the film for Planet of the Apes fans to find.
Also the second disc contains the DVD and digital copy.
Clearly the Rise of the Planet of the Apes Bluray is packed with special features. Definitely recommend that you go out and buy it.