War for the Planet of the Apes was an epic conclusion to the Cesar trilogy. It was apparent in theaters, but watching the movie on Blu-ray further exemplifies how far the performance capture technology has come in making realistic apes.
The landscapes are stunning too, from forest to beach to snow. You see all the detail of the Ape fur, their faces and emotive expressions. We spend the most time in the prison camp and it’s loaded with detail. Every cell, courtyard or barracks has a unique texture that’s palpable in HD.
23 minutes of deleted scenes mostly have Serkis and co. in mocap suits, and a full open frame. It’s remarkable how easy it is to suspend disbelief that they are still apes. Even without the finished rendering, it’s in the body movement. The scenes add to life in the prison camp and conflict with the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). None of them are necessary but they’re interesting.
Thorough Laurent Bouzereau extras take us through all the aspects of behind the scenes filmmaking.