Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

warforplanetofapesbluStudio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 2017
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Run time: 130 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD
Region: 1

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” focuses largely on the human characters while “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” seemed to share screen time equally between human and apes characters. In “War for the Planet of the Apes”, the apes are very much the center of the story. Not all the apes can speak yet, so much of this plays almost like a multimillion dollar silent movie. Yet, at no point does the story ever feel like it’s missing something. I have no idea what the budget of this film was, but the apes that are nearly omnipresent for the 140 minutes screen time look completely real.

So far, all I’ve done is praise technical achievements. The story here is simple, Caesar (Andy Serkis) wants peace for the apes and wants to end the bloodshed between humans and apes. However, when a human Colonel (Woody Harrelson) attacks Caesar’s family Caesar pursues the path of revenge and follows the footsteps of Koba (Toby Kebbell) from the previous movie. Despite the War in the title, this is all a very personal tale for Caesar and how his plight tells us if the apes are worthy of survival. In contrast we have the Colonel, whose plight is just as personal. Despite the fact that the Colonel is played very much as a villain, his reasons seem almost logical. He’s fighting not just against the apes, but against fate. A fight he will do anything to win and his path will determine whether humanity is worthy of survival.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. ‘WOTPOTA’ has to be one amazing looking film on Blu-ray with how realistic the CGI apes look in high definition on Blu-ray. At the end of the day, not only is this film awe inspiring in terms of story but that it is also a jaw dropping film. Colors are absolutely eye popping and jump off the screen like you would not believe. Details are fantastic, especially with the CGI looking so realistic that at times I forgot that the apes were CGI. Black levels are deep in this film and stand out very nicely with the color palette used. There are plenty of dark scenes throughout that still hold up very well with details. There are some scenes where there is also some slight grain throughout, but is never intrusive.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. If I thought the video was impressive, the audio mix is out of this world. The thundering bass stood out as one of the most positive aspects of the audio mix in my view. It was so perfect sounding, which I haven’t heard such great bass in a Blu-ray film. Then add the dynamic sounds coming from the rears in the soundfield. It was balls to the wall action in the soundfield anytime there was action. Dialogue through the center channel is very clean and crisp. It sounded like pure bliss to my ears.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Matt Reeves
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Waging War for the Planet of the Apes [HD]
  • All About Caesar [HD]
  • WETA: Pushing Boundaries [HD]
  • Music for Apes [HD]
  • Apes: The Meaning of It All [HD]
  • The Apes Saga: An Homage [HD]
  • Concept Art Gallery [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailers [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think this is a great ending to a great series, ending with a well deserved and bittersweet ending that ties up Caesar’s arc very well. I hope the series continues, maybe with a remake of “Planet of the Apes”, but we’ll wait and see what happens.
Overall Rating: 9/10