TARZAN (1999)




A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.


“Tarzan” sticks in my memory due to South Park making fun of Phil Collins after his Oscar win for the film. The film is fairly typical Tarzan adaptation that makes Jane a Brit for the first time. Brian Blessed gets the room to chew scenery, while only Lance Henriksen shines as an animal voice. But, there’s not enough Pulp literary nerds out there that will obsess over literary origins like me. So, I’m here to tell you that your memories of the late 90s Disney film have been left intact.

Disney has a weird relationship with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. They either go super serious and pretty close to the source material ala John Carter or they just wing it like with this Tarzan. If anything, it goes to show you that there’s no pleasing everyone. But, I do have to call out how graphic Brian Blessed’s death came out. It wasn’t anything to do with what we saw, but how animation allows certain actions to be staged. Originally, the plan was for Tarzan to kill Clayton on his ship. But, the creative team wanted to make sure that Tarzan had an advantage to make sure that Clayton’s death made sense. That’s great and all, however it made things seem pretty dark for a kiddie film.

The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, featurettes and a Phil Collins music video as the special features. The A/V Quality is an incredible improvement over the DVD. The 1080p transfer makes the first use of Deep Canvas come across as strong as the theatrical presentation. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track pops at the right moments. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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