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Greatest classic Films Collection: Tarzan - Volume one (Tarzan the Ape Man / Tarzan Escapes / Tarzan Finds a Son! / Tarzan and His Mate)
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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.
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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 191203
- Director : Richard Thorpe, W.S. Van Dyke, Cedric Gibbons
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 6 hours and 21 minutes
- Release date : April 5, 2011
- Actors : Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller, Ian Hunter, Laraine Day
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B004H83INM
- Number of discs : 2
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DVD #1 Tarzan The Ape Man 1932/Tarzan Escapes 1936
DVD #2 Tarzan Ans His Mate 1932/Tarzan Finds A Son 1939
So if you want to see them in order, you need to swap them out 4 times.
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All films run the full length indicated on the IMDb listing. This means that Tarzan and His Mate includes the scene, often censored, with Tarzan and Jane swimming underwater, with Jane completely unclothed. (Well, actually, it is a body double, not Maureen O'Sullivan, doing the swimming for "Jane" -- and in all likelihood she is not actually nude but wearing a translucent body stocking, but still, it is only because the film was pre-Code-enforcement that MGM could get away with even that.)
There is an error, however, on the back of the keepcase: the running time of the third film, Tarzan Escapes, is listed as 95 minutes, when in fact it runs for only a little over 89 minutes. But 89 minutes was, if the IMDb is correct, the original running time, and the 95-minute claim is therefore wrong. This error appears to have been carried over from the VHS of Tarzan Escapes, which also claims to be 95 minutes on the sleeve but is only 89 minutes when actually played.
The films are grouped in twos on two DVDs, the first and third on one DVD, and the second and fourth on the other.
The chapter menus are detailed and good, and there are subtitles in a few languages, but there are no special features of any kind.
The quality of the prints is inconsistent. The oldest two show definite signs of age, especially the first, Tarzan the Ape Man. I have never seen a truly good print of the film. I imagine the crucial original elements are long since lost or corrupted. On the other hand, the fourth film in the collection, Tarzan Finds a Son, is almost pristine in quality. It does not appear that any restoration has been done on any of these films, but then, when you get four films for $11.95, you shouldn't really expect Criterion-level treatment of them. The important thing is that you have the first four films in the Weissmuller MGM sequence, and can watch them in order (albeit you have to rotate the DVDs to do so), confident that no scenes are missing.
MGM shamelessly reused footage across the series. One can see reused scenes, especially involving the wildlife and Tarzan's battles with animals, but also scenes of battles with natives and other scenes, in every film but the first. (And even the first film, though it obviously does not reuse earlier MGM Tarzan footage, makes use of stock footage of native African tribes.)
The acting in the films, following the scripts, is often stiff. Probably the first film has the best plot of the four, and of course it has C. Aubrey Smith as Jane's father, and you can never go wrong with C. Aubrey Smith. The supporting actors in the rest of the films are all reasonably good, but no one really stands out, probably because the writing is so formulaic that even a good actor can't do much with the parts. Maureen O'Sullivan, however, is consistently luminous, and really she is the one who carries the films.
When watching these films one has to remember that in the 1930s there was no internet, and no television. People had no regular opportunity to see pictures of far-off jungles, animals in the wild, etc. Part of the thrill of these films must have been the way they featured elephants, chimpanzees, cheetahs, lions, hippos, rhinos, crocodiles, wildebeest, etc. -- in what passed for natural habitat (though 90% of them must have been shot in the MGM backlot or studios). Some of the scenes are still arresting, and I don't know how they managed some of the stunts with wild creatures such as hippos. Of course, you have to put up with some weak special effects -- the crocodile Tarzan kills is obviously fake. But still, there are some convincing battles with the animals. The atmosphere of "darkest Africa" -- fearsome native tribes, etc. -- is achieved very well in the films as well.
All of these have a "B" picture feel about them, even if some of them were "A" pictures in terms of budget. But they are still entertaining, if you can get your head into the imagination of an audience in the 1930s. Parts of them doubtless seemed a bit stiff even to contemporary audiences, but other parts must have genuinely thrilled. I can still enjoy them. But they are not high art. Rather, they are the adventure films -- at some points very good adventure films -- of a more innocent age. They mostly succeed in their goal.