War for the Planet of the Apes will hit Blu-ray on October 24, 2017, and the disc comes packaged with numerous special features for fans to enjoy. Released in July, the film marked the end of one of the most acclaimed blockbuster trilogies of the 21st century, sending the character of Caesar off on an emotionally poignant note. While critics praised the movie (read our review), War unfortunately did not fare as well at the box office as its predecessors. Worldwide, it grossed $365.5 million (the lowest in the rebooted series), a byproduct of facing some tough competition during its run.
The movie didn't do as well commercially as Fox might have hoped, so they're hoping Apes finds a second lease on life when it comes to home media. Since War premiered over the summer, the expectation was it would be available on digital and Blu-ray in the fall, just in time for holiday shopping. Turns out, that's precisely the case, and fans don't have to wait much longer to see Caesar take on the Colonel again.
20th Century Fox recently announced War for the Planet of the Apes comes out on digital HD October 10, 2017, with the physical Blu-ray following two weeks later. The movie will be available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD versions. The supplemental material primarily consists of deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes detailing the making of the film. You can check out the full list in the space below:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
- Barrier Wall
- "I Owe You One"
- "A Great Man"
- "Do Not Lose Hope"
- The Colonel's Speech
- Malcolm and the Dinosaurs
- "I Am Like Koba"
- "Waging War for the Planet of the Apes" – In-depth documentary on the making of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
- "All About Caesar"
- "WETA: Pushing Boundaries"
- "Music for Apes"
- "Apes: The Meaning of it All"
- "The Apes Saga: An Homage"
Of these, the look at WETA Digital may prove to be one of the most fascinating for cinephiles, as the visual effects company employed revolutionary techniques to bring the ape characters to life via performance capture. The modern Apes films are noteworthy for their engaging stories and brutal action, but the extremely photorealistic CGI is arguably their most famous aspect and the main reason the movies themselves work so well. The in-depth documentary should make for an interesting watch as well, hopefully giving viewers a comprehensive examination of War's process. Sometimes, pieces like this can be fluff and light on juicy details, but since War ended the trilogy, it'd be nice to see everything out on the table.
Much like Transformers and Star Trek, the Apes film franchise is in a state of flux given that War did not meet expectations in theaters. Director Matt Reeves had expressed his hope for additional installments in the series, with Bad Ape in particular laying the foundation for where those stories could go. The future of the property most likely depends on how well War does on home media, a situation similar to Pirates of the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see what happens, but at least fans will always have a terrific trilogy.
Source: 20th Century Fox