Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (DVD)
This savagely beautiful and profoundly moving saga of a man caughtbetween two very different worlds tells the story of Tarzan from hisboyhood among the great apes of Africa to his return to Britain to takehis place as part of the aristocracy. Based on the story Tarzan of theApes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
For the 20th anniversary of this adventure, the DVD delivers a new remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack and digital transfer of the extended edition that has been on video for years. This additional footage (about six minutes) includes an opening scene with the apes and a key sequence when Tarzan starts his trek to civilization. The only bonus feature is a lackluster commentary track with director Hugh Hudson and producer Garth Thomas. They talk about how their craftsman made the sets blend well with location shooting, but no aspect of the film's checkered history--from a star's voice-dubbing to Robert Towne taking his name off the film--is mentioned. Instead, we get lots of talk about the character's interior monologue, which is pretty apparent. The DVD does include the fantastic original trailer. --Doug Thomas