TARZAN THE APE MAN REVIEWED
“Tarzan The Ape Man” is pretty close to being the worst Tarzan movie ever made. If you’re angry over the recent WB release, you need to get some perspective with this flick. The fact that the WB shield is associated with the film is the only reason it didn’t end up on MST3K. The fact that it was shot on the cheap shouldn’t dissuade you. In fact, you should see what happens when a color film in 1959 gets away with stitching in footage from Black & White and older movies into a color film.
Tarzans and Cheetahs change with great regularity, animals become rubber and the yell never sounds right. But, that jazz score by Shorty Rogers is amazing. I want it vinyl on yesterday, but it’ll never happen. The fact that the director helmed This Island Earth right before this film shouldn’t be lost on anyone. There is an expertise in shooting schlock here that I’d love to see applied to a Tarzan movie, but with a budget. For now, Clip Show Tarzan will have to be a curious rental or stream. I’d highly recommend watching it before seeing the recent theatrical release, as it makes for quite the double feature.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
RELEASE DATE: 6/7/16
- Video - 85%85%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Supplemental Material - %0%
The Plot Thus Far
Tarzan swings back into action in this thrill-packed adventure starring Denny Miller, Cesare Danova, Joanna Barnes and Robert Douglas. When a Watusi leads them to believe his distant homeland lies near an elephants’ graveyard, Colonel James Parker (Douglas), his daughter Jane (Barnes) and partner Harry Holt (Danova) embark on a hazardous trek to recover a fortune in ivory. Struggling through the jungle and heat, Jane is saved from a savage animal attack by a mysterious man of the wild (Miller). As the expedition travels through uncharted lands to a lost city fraught with peril and danger, their only hope of survival lies with the stranger who’s won Jane’s heart: Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. A Technicolor remake of M-G-M’s 1932 classic, Tarzan, the Ape Man was directed by two-time Oscar nominee Joseph M. Newman (This Island Earth) and features a score composed especially for the film by jazz legend Shorty Rogers.
These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD).; to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection (www.wbshop.com)