This Week’s Releases: Apes, Pandas, and Superheros! Oh My!

August had quite the surprise on their hands with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a story about an chimp that gets effected with a drug that is to cure alzheimers, but does more enhancing to the brain than possible. With great action scenes and unique special effects work, its no wonder this blockbuster hit is the highlight of this week and a good title to go with the past Ape films. Special features on the Blu Ray set include two audio commentraires from the director and writers, 12 minutes of deleted scenes with unfinished special effects, a collection of featuretts, galleries, and much more.

Another big highlight is DreamWorks’ successful follow-up, Kung Fu Panda 2 is another highlight for the week. Dragon Warrior Po continues his training on being a master of kung fu as him and the gang of other fighters go againts a new villian with a device that could bring an end to tradition. With stunning animation and plenty of action scenes, this is one CGI flick that is a great addition to the family. Special features on the Blu Ray set include a picture in picture commentary track, various behind the scenes featuretts, a few deleted scenes, a filmmaker’s commentray and a lot more.

And speaking of action packed, if its one overlooked classic that many should have its Joe Johnson’s The Rocketeer. Disney’s 1991 underrated cult favorite arrives on Blu Ray for the first time. The film centers a 1940s pilot that discovers a jetpack that can propel him in the air and creates a superhero identity. Released in honor of Joe Johnson’s adaptaion of Captain America, the “20th Anniversary Edition” couldn’t have been better timed. Early in the year, there was a special Q and A screening held to great acclaim for fans of old and new. While the new transfer is impressive, buyer beware, this “Anniversary Edition” is void of extras. For missing out on the opportunity is such a crime and even though things are somewhat promissing for Waren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, perhaps time should have been crafted into this DVD release.

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Considering my passion of films, I apprecaite reviewing them and recommending ones either some have heard of or know little about.

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