What to Watch for in ‘Rise of Planet of the Apes’ Reviews

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Of course the reviews of this week’s prequel, “Rise of Planet of the Apes” will refer to the previous movies and I look forward to seeing how many references to the earlier films they find in this one.  I’m guessing it will be just about impossible for anyone to review the film without mentioning the current (and superb) documentary, “Project Nim,” the sad true story of a chimp that was raised by a family and used in language experiments and then subjected to unspeakable treatment in medical testing and then condemned to miserable solitude in the animal refuge that was supposed to be a loving home for him.

I’m going to keep an eye out and if there is a critic who does a particularly good job of bringing in these references (extra credit for bringing in the non-canonical Tim Burton “Apes” movie with Mark Wahlberg), I’ll put in a link.

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Contest: Planet of the Apes Blu-Ray Box Set

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

In honor of this week’s release of the new “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” prequel, I have something really spectacular — one copy of the 40th anniversary Blu-Ray box set of the classic Apes series: “Planet of the Apes,” “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” “Escape From the Planet of the Apes,” “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.”  The first disc has commentary by actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Natalie Trundy, and makeup artist John Chambers.  Extras include make-up tests, costume design sketches, trailers, and backstage footage.  You’ll even get a close-up look at props like the Apes newspapers to see what they were reading.

Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Apes” in the subject line and tell me your favorite character in the series.  Don’t forget your address!  I’ll pick one lucky winner August 8, 2011.

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