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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan - Volume One (Tarzan the Ape Man / Tarzan Escapes / Tarzan Finds a Son! / Tarzan and His Mate) (2011)

Maureen O'Sullivan , Johnny Weissmuller , Richard Thorpe , W.S. Van Dyke  |  NR |  DVD
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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan - Volume One (Tarzan the Ape Man / Tarzan Escapes / Tarzan Finds a Son! / Tarzan and His Mate) + TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan, Vol. 2 (Tarzan's Secret Treasure / Tarzan and the Amazons / Tarzan's New York Adventure / Tarzan and the Leopard Woman) + The Tarzan Collection Starring Johnny Weissmuller: Volume Two (Tarzan Triumphs / Tarzan's Desert Mystery / Tarzan and the Amazons / and the Leopard Woman / and the Huntress / and the Mermaids)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Ian Hunter, Laraine Day
  • Directors: Richard Thorpe, W.S. Van Dyke, Cedric Gibbons
  • Format: Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 381 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H83INM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Many actors have slipped on a loincloth and swung from a jungle vine, but nobody reached the treetops of Tarzania quite like Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic swimmer. And Tarzan's greatest Jane was Maureen O'Sullivan, who moved into T's treehouse for six films at MGM, all collected in this splendid boxed set. It is possible to find these films hokey... but only if you have absolutely no feeling for the magic of early-sound pictures, or no joy in the gee-whiz, Saturday-matinee wonder of Tarzan's prelapsarian lifestyle. To say nothing of the surprisingly overt running theme of (implied) hot jungle sex.

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932), made with the blessings of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, establishes the basics of the series (and uses extra Africa footage MGM had compiled for Trader Horn). There'd been many Tarzans before, but Weissmuller's buff bod and innocent charm won over audiences. Tarzan and His Mate is generally considered the best of the lot; it is also the sexiest, especially after the restoration of a hotsy-totsy nude swimming scene. The formula still works in Tarzan Escapes, which brings Jane's cousins out for a visit to the Mutia Escarpment, with its elephant-powered elevator for Tarzan's pad. (Always keep in mind that this is Africa of kiddie imagination, not the real deal.) Tarzan Finds a Son! introduces Johnny Sheffield as Boy, and stirs up the nest. --Robert Horton

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TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932) The first teaming of Johnny Weissmuller as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Jungle Lord and Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane sets a high adventure standard and includes an exciting sequence of elephants rescuing Tarzan and Jane from pygmy captors. TARZAN ESCAPES (1936) A vile bwana has Tarzan caged and ready to ship to England for display as a sideshow freak. Can steel bars hold the ape man? Catch fascinating glimpses of Tarzan and Jane’s jungle domesticity, including their dazzling treehouse. TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934) This second Weissmuller/O’Sullivan film includes footage edited shortly after the movie’s original release, including a playful skinny-dip sequence. Tarzan also subdues a rhinoceros, wrestles a crocodile and rescues Jane as she’s besieged by lions and warriors near a sacred elephant burial ground. TARZAN FINDS A SON! (1939) There’s a new cry in the jungle – the cry of an infant. A baby that survived a plane crash is adopted by Tarzan and Jane. John Sheffield debuts as Boy and outside intruders trigger a family rift igniting a crisis of kidnap, rescue and reunion. DISC 1: TARZAN THE APE MAN and TARZAN ESCAPES DISC 2: TARZAN AND HIS MATE and TARZAN FINDS A SON! Languages: English & Français • Subtitles: English, Français & Español.

Customer Reviews

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories May 30, 2011
I watched these movies with my father and brothers on Sunday afternoons. We were farmers and Sunday afternoons were our only day of rest and these films and other "old" movies were an anticipated treat. These DVD's are clear, complete and have scenes I do not recall from my childhood! Watching these movies floods my mind with wonderful memories of a simpler, less complicated life.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan Rules May 6, 2011
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The TCM collection of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies gave me sharp, clear, excellent DVDs of some of my favorite childhood films. Even as an (alleged) adult I love watching them.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, fun films....never get old. April 13, 2012
By dino
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These are great! Johnny Weismuller is not a good actor, but he really doesnt have to be in these. This collection are by far the best of the
Tarzan films. Maureen O'sullivan is the best Jane. There are two more Weismuller/O'sullivan films that are not on here, and are also good. My wife doesnt like them, but I love them. They are well done, and fun to watch. I've seen each of them several times and never get tired of them. Ok, so he swings on vines that if you look closely, are like the ones trapeze artists use, and he swings freely without hitting anything, kills lions and hippos with his knife....but hey, he's Tarzan after all! They are fun and pretty well done actually. (and you've gotta love Maureen O'sullivan).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movies at its best !!! September 24, 2012
By Pedro
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This Tarzan collection are classic movies at its best !! My personal opinion Johnny Weismuller will always be the best Tarzan ever,
This is a must have!!!! A great addition to any ones classic movies collection...
Highly recommend it !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Weissmuller November 21, 2012
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This is the BEST Tarzan ever! Very good set! Enjoyed every movie! TCM Greatest Classic Films are the best! 5 Stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEEEEEEE ! October 6, 2012
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I grew up watching Tarzan movies every Sunday afternoon. Of course Johnny Weismuller is (in my opinion) the definitive Tarzan. I HIGHLY recommend this series to ANYONE, young or old. A fun ride for all.
Now, about Amazon. Excellent service. I have never (yet) had any complaints about either Amazon or any of the companies that I have purchased movies or music from. The speed with which they ship is "fantastically fast". I'm so glad that I found Amazon. Whenever I order something from them, I am almost 'giddy' with anticipation. The ONE time I had to return something (not the fault of either Amazon or the reseller) I received excellent service. Again, highest ratings to everyone. Thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan: Johnny Weismuller October 4, 2012
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Johnny Weismuller was the best Tarzan ever! I have been waiting for these movies to become available on DVD at a decent price. The product is well put together technically. I plan to get all of his Tarzan movies on DVD and add them to my collection. I will enjoy these movies for a long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan Collection Vol 1 September 26, 2012
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Great Tarzan Collection. I have always been a fan of the Weissmuller roll of Tarzan. And Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, well there's no other like her. Worth having in any movie collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tarzan
This collection was so wonderful to watch we all had a good time enjoying all of them wish their were more I really did have a good time. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by hiroko
5.0 out of 5 stars Weismuller is the BEST
the old Tarzan movies may be hokey compared to the movies of today but they are still fun to watch
Published 17 hours ago by Gramps
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories
I loved watching Tarzan as a child every Saturday before going out to play. I still love watching and amazed at some of the things that they were able to get past the censors. Read more
Published 13 days ago by kitty1964
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
four of Tarzan's best films
excellent picture and very clear
very satisfied and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Tarzan movies
Published 16 days ago by joseph rahwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan lives on.....
This is a terrific 4 disc set. I bought it for my Mother who is bedridden and she missed her old movies. The quality was good and mom enjoyed them so much. Read more
Published 22 days ago by The Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars great memories
I chose five stars - my dad and I used to watch it on sunday mornings - he is no longer with me but I cherish those moments
Published 27 days ago by rodport
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old film footage.
I have some VHS recorded tape of the Weissmuller Tarzans, but not all of these. Having it on disc makes it easier to jump to another portion that with tape and some of my old... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward T. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This was a gift for my father in law and he absolutely loved it. We loved the price and the quality.
Published 2 months ago by jesus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection of Weissmuller Tarzan Movie Classics
Johnny Weissmuller is still the 'classic' Tarzan. They've tried many times to revive the franchise, but none have stood the test of time like Weissmuller's 'TARZAN'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars TARZAN
TARZAN at his best with the true Tarzan-his chimpanze Cheeta and his lady Jane....this collection even features the nude swimming scene with Jane-A MUST SEE!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by jay herron
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