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War for the Planet of the Apes (4K Blu-ray)

The epic film series continues in the most impressive and action-filled entry yet.

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While I have yet to finish watching the original Planet of the Apes movies from the 60’s and 70’s, I absolutely loved the Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot from 2011 and the 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. With those breaking box office records, I already knew another one had to be on the way, which brings us to the most thrilling one yet with the War for the Planet of the Apes 4K UHD Blu-ray. Featuring impressive special effects that are made even better thanks to HDR and Ultra High Definition, along with great characters and storytelling, you’ll want this release to fight it’s way into your 4K library.

Movie critic Chris Pandolfi reviewed the theatrical release earlier this year, and you can check it out for all the plot details and such while I’ll just go into my take on the film, the special features, etc. As with the previous film entries, I loved watching this one as this trilogy is among some of the best, hardcore sci-fi I’ve seen in some time. From bringing the battle between apes and humans for dominance to a violent head here, to all of the numerous, well acted and touching dramatic moments throughout, there’s always something exciting and moving going on that’ll keep you glued to your seat. Any who have watched the previous movies already know how impressive the special effects are and how Andy Serkis perfectly captures the apes and their movements. Thanks to 4K UHD and HDR, these effects look even better than ever and help pull viewers into the action and conflict like never before. Then there’s the amazing audio that makes sure every moving piece of dialogue is heard along with every thunderous boom of bass when the action kicks off.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also plenty of special features to go ape over, starting off with audio commentary by director Matt Reeves. Here he goes into the production of the film, how he handled certain shots and scenes, and much more. There’s also quite a few “Deleted Scenes”, a little over twenty minutes of them in fact that show off some interesting bits that were left on the cutting floor, “Waging War for the Planet of the Apes” follows the film series up to this one and shows how the conflict has slowly but surely built up, “All About Caesar” goes into some of the amazing work Andy Serkis does behind the scenes to bring Caesar to life, while “WETA: Pushing Boundaries” shows how the special effects company keeps pushing their craft as technology evolves, “Music For Apes” features the always awesome Michael Giacchino and the work he’s done for all of the ape films so far, “Apes: The Meaning Of It All” features a discussion with some of the cast and crew about how the series became a huge success and why, and there’s a few other extras here that’ll keep viewers busy long after the movie goes off.

Those who enjoy hardcore sci-fi and the previous apes films will find picking up War for the Planet of the Apes is a no-brainer. Amazing special effects made even better in 4K UHD with HDR highlight an impressive film filled with moving drama and thrilling action that’s brought to life with a great cast. Throw in a ton of interesting special features, and you have a release you’d be bananas to pass up on.