You know what your Blu-ray shelf is lacking? A scowling ape’s head. I feel pretty confident in declaring that, but if I’m wrong, then I congratulate you for being ahead of the scowling-ape-head curve. As for the rest of us, we’ll be able to remedy our scowling-ape-head deficit with the rather snazzy Caesar’s Warrior Collection Blu-ray set, which packs all sorts of goodies into a replica of Caesar’s intimidating mug. It’s available for pre-order this week both at Comic-Con and online, so now you folks in the midst of the San Diego chaos have a good reason to swing by the Fox Booth (#4229).
The Caesar’s Warrior Collection is a four-disc set that will include Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, and Digital HD versions of both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as “hours of special features.” The Warrior Collection also includes four collectible character cards and a 32-page “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” booklet that looks at WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica. The set lists for $129, but you can pre-order it now at Fox’s Comic-Con booth or via FoxConnect for only $99. There’s no official release date yet, but the set will apparently be arriving in time for the holiday season.
If you prefer mutant humans over mutant apes, Fox is also offering up X-Men: The Cerebro Collection, which bundles together the original X-Men trilogy as well as the prequel, X-Men: First Class. And earning the “Cerebro” part of its title is a limited-edition replica of Professor X’s signature mutant-finding headpiece. Maybe if it’s functional, it’ll help you forget about the existence of X-Men: The Last Stand. I’m assuming this is just a repackaging of the earlier releases, which is nice if you don’t already own them or just really want the Cerebro replica, but it is kind of odd to put out a new X-Men set without this year’s hit Days of Future Past. I’m sure they just haven’t had time to turn it around since the May release, but it feels like a missed opportunity, as its inclusion would definitely have made this more of a Comic-Con must-have.
Oh well, if nothing else it’s at least cheaper than the Apes set. You can pre-order it for $79.99. It doesn’t have a release date listed either, but I’m guessing it’ll be out later this fall…which, again, makes the absence of Days of Future Past seem kind of annoying. Plus, then they could have gone for a Sentinel head replica instead.
These two sets follow on Fox’s previous Comic-Con exclusive home-video announcements, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more to follow. Stay tuned.