While the latest chapter in the ‘Planet Of The Apes’ series, ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes,’ continues to shine in theaters with an impressive near-$400 million run, Disney and 20th Century Studios have announced exciting details about the film’s upcoming 4K Blu-ray release. Dedicated fans of the ape saga are in for a treat, as the release promises a wealth of additional features alongside stunning picture and sound quality.

Dropping on August 27, with a prior streaming debut on July 9, the 4K Blu-ray will be available in both standard and limited edition steelbook versions. The steelbook edition boasts original artwork by the talented Dylan Cole and is a visual feast that collectors will want to snag quickly. The standard edition is no visual slouch either, featuring aesthetically pleasing artwork that is sure to catch the eye.

The film will be presented in 4K HDR10 with Dolby Atmos sound, maintaining its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. While it’s a bit surprising that Disney opted for a 66GB disc over a higher capacity 100GB option, confident fans can rest assured that a sensitive mastering process should still yield impressive visuals.

Fans will be delighted with the array of extras on the 4K Blu-ray. Notably, the release will feature both the theatrical cut and an ‘Inside The Lens: The Raw Cut’ alternative version. This unique version allows viewers to watch the film in split-screen, showing the actors’ raw performances without finished VFX—a rare treat that highlights the actors’ skills, especially those of Freya Allan, who has spoken about the challenge of performing against green screens.

In addition to the alternate cut, the package includes 14 deleted and extended scenes, a comprehensive ‘making of’ documentary that spans the outdoor production in Australia, and even training at ‘Ape School’. The documentary showcases the blend of practical effects and motion capture techniques that brought this epic tale to life.

For those looking to dive deeper into the ‘Planet Of The Apes’ universe, Disney and 20th Century Studios will also offer a bundle of all 10 films in the series for $100 via select digital retailers, available alongside the digital release of ‘Kingdom’ on July 9.

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Source: John Archer