Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan
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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (DVD)
This savagely beautiful and profoundly moving saga of a man caught between two very different worlds tells the story of Tarzan from his boyhood among the great apes of Africa to his return to Britain to take his place as part of the aristocracy. Based on the story Tarzan of the Apes 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
- All-new 20th anniversary digital transfer of special video cut, remastered in Dolby 5.1
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I am satisfied with the Blu-Ray transfer. The picture and colors look much like they did in theaters three decades ago as well as the fact that there is visible film grain. The sound is also excellent! I'm glad I finally own a really good copy of this movie!
Well, the Blu-ray release is a limited release by the Warner Brothers Archive collection, and apparently, there are not many copies around!. So if you love this movie like I do, hurry, before it becomes a collector's item selling for over $100 on e-bay! So I finally received my copy directly from Warners (3 months later than anticipated), and another from a third party with Amazon, because apparently it is temporarily out of stock in the Amazon warehouses. The film is indeed the extended version (137 minutes) with an Overture, and a prologue, before the main titles. The transfer from film to Blu-ray in PANAVISION is breathtaking, and the 5.1 DTS soundtrack is sensational. Not many special features: just the commentary by the director and the standard definition trailer. What happened there Warners?, the previous Blu-ray Archive releases like GYPSY, DEATHTRAP, etc had the trailers remastered in HD. I figured, a relativily newer film, would be easier to have the trailer in good shape to master in 1080p. In any case THANK YOU Warner Archives, for making this jewel of a movie available to us. It is hard to believe it did not warrant a general commercial release for it's 30th anniversary. It is still great to watch after 3 decades. I strongly recommend this film, especially in HD!