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The New Adventures of Tarzan: Complete 1935 Serial

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Complete 12-episode serial of The New Adventures of Tarzan! Total Running Time: 4 hrs

Episode Menu: New Adventures, Crossed Trails, Devil’s Noose, River Perils, Unseen Hands, Fatal Fangs, Flaming Waters, Angry Gods, Doom’s Brink, Secret Signals, Death’s Fireworks, Operator No

Our story begins in Africa, where three explorers are preparing to venture to the deep jungles of Guatemala in search of a statue known as the "Lost Goddess." The figure is not only studded with precious jewels, but also holds the secret for a powerful explosive formula. Meanwhile, Tarzan learns that his beloved friend D’Arnot is lost in the Guatemalan jungle, so he joins the others on the ship. Once in Guatemala, the action begins! Tarzan joins forces with Martling and finds D’Arnot, but PB Raglan’s evil character emerges. Raglan gets the statue, while the others are captured by natives and held hostage. Viewers will love how Tarzan rescues everyone and pursues Raglan to get the statue for Martling and Ula!

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  • Actors: Frank Baker, Herman Brix, Harry Ernest, Ula Holt, Lewis Sargent
  • Directors: Edward A. Kull, W.F. McGaugh
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pop Flix
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H7J9IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree VINE VOICE on June 22, 2008
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I suspect that the title of this production, "The New Adventures of Tarzan," has been confusing to some folks since it was only "new" in 1935 when Edgar Rice Burroughs himself produced it!

What we have here is an old "cliffhanger" of twelve episodes which were originally shown at theaters, one week at a time, to run alongside main feature films. The idea was to keep you "hanging" so you'd come back the next week to see what happened -- someone was always about to be heinously knocked off at the end of each episode, (except for in the last one).

The story is this: Tarzan and his companions, headed by Major Martling, go head-to-head in the Guatemalan jungle against the nefarious P.B. Raglan in an effort to secure "The Green Goddess," a priceless ancient artifact which also contains the formula for a super-explosive. Of course, the Green Goddess is in the hands of first one and then another of the two factions and it becomes clear that only Tarzan can finalize its possession for the good guys. There is also a sub-plot of Tarzan going to the region for the priority purpose of rescuing his old friend, d'Arnot.

This film was actually shot on location, for the most part, in Guatemala where the action is supposed to have taken place so that is a big plus of this film. Herman Brix, a 1928 Olympic shot-putter, plays Tarzan but he later changed his name to Bruce Bennett and went on play roles in films like "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) and, "Sahara" (1943). His "Tarzan yell" sounds a great deal like Minnie Pearl's "How-deeee!!!" but, other than that, he makes for a pretty believable jungle hero.

The episodes of the serial are entitled:

1. New Adventures
2. Crossed Trails
3. Devil's Noose
4. River Perils
5. Unseen Hands
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Glass on December 28, 2008
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I have read all of the Burroughs Tarzan books. As much as I've enjoyed the various film incarnations of the character from the '40's through the '60's, none of them were as close to the character as written as is Herman Brix in this serial. Brix was chosen by Tarzan's creator ERB himself. The film was produced under ERB, Inc auspices. As such, this 1935 serial closely conforms to the novels in structure: back and forth between competing expeditions at cross purposes, a lost city, death traps, coincidences, and a hurricane at sea.
I have sought out THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN for many years. I viewed it first as a 2 cassette VHS set. I graduated to the 2003 2-disk DVD from Best of Cliff Hanger Serials then to the 1-disk 2005 edition from Alpha Home Entertainment. Each time I was disappointed in the muddiness or flaring of the prints. When I saw that the Pop Flix Family edition was "Digitally Re-mastered/Sound Enhanced" for such a reasonable price, I could not resist buying yet another release of this serial classic. This is the best rendition of this film that I've seen to date.
CAVEAT: Although this print has been re-mastered, it is not fully restored. There are still scratches, less than a minute that repeats itself in Chapter 3, and some clipped sound towards the end. However this is the first print consistently viewable throughout so that one can actually focus on the story.
A ragged French aviator comes to Africa to find Tarzan. He was on a flight with Tarzan's great friend D'arnot in Guatemala when their plane goes down in a storm. The aviator parachutes only to watch D'arnot ride the plane down only to be captured by strange savages. The aviator goes into the jungle with George [a flunky comic relief - Lewis Sterling] in search of Tarzan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claude L. Parish on April 10, 2010
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I have been looking for this serial for a long time. It was just as good as I remembered it and arrived well before the due date.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harvey M. Quackenbush on April 21, 2007
This is the worst Tarsan movie I've ever seen. The Tarzan yell sounds more like a hog calling contest. The acting isn't just bad it's totally rotten. Tarzan attacks no less than three and more than six men at a time by himself which is a bit farfetched. This is truly and injustice to the writer of the tarzan stories
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