Tarzan from Warner - Full details inside
Warner Home Video have now revealed their full plans to bring three very different portrayals of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famed “Lord of the Apes” to Region 1 DVD on 8th June 2004. The most beloved “classic” Tarzan adventures are found in a four-disc set featuring all six Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan films on three discs, with a fourth disc of extra content, including the new documentary Silver Screen: King of the Jungle. The “modern epic” Tarzan arrives in a 20th Anniversary all-new digital transfer DVD with Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell. The last of the trio is the “erotic” Tarzan -- the 1981 remake of Tarzan the Ape Man, featuring Bo Derek and Miles O’Keeffe.
The Tarzan Collection starring Johnny Weissmuller will sell for $59.92 SRP; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes and Tarzan The Ape Man will be priced at $19.97 SRP. Full details follow...
The Tarzan Collection starring Johnny Weissmuller - This four-disc set contains all six of the MGM movies in which Olympic gold medallist Johnny Weissmuller and the incredibly beautiful and talented Maureen O’Sullivan starred together as Tarzan and Jane. Arriving just in time to commemorate the anniversary of Johnny Weissmuller's 100th Birthday this set will also boast a fourth disc exclusively devoted to bonus features.
Tarzan The Ape Man – In their first film, Tarzan meets Jane when she arrives in Africa to join her father’s ivory hunting expedition. Smitten, Tarzan kidnaps Jane. After she manages to escape she can’t stop thinking about the “Lord of the Apes.” When a tribe of pygmies traps the expedition, Jane sends Cheetah to bring Tarzan, who rescues them with the help of his elephants. This time he captures her heart and as the film ends, she chooses to stay.
Tarzan And His Mate - Recently inducted by the Library of Congress into the National Film Registry, Tarzan And His Mate is considered one of the few Hollywood sequels that surpassed the original. In this adventure, Jane’s father returns to Africa to continue his search for the elephant burial grounds, hoping that Tarzan will help him. When Tarzan refuses, Jane’s father decides to continue anyway and the members of the expedition soon find themselves in grave peril. The popular crocodile battle sequence is used here for the first time and many fans of Tarzan agree this is the best film ever made about the “Lord of the Jungle.” The DVD release contains the original uncensored “pre-code” version of the film, containing the notorious nude swimming scene which was deleted prior to theatrical release.
Tarzan Escapes – Jane’s cousins try to convince her to claim a fortune bequeathed to her back in England. The action accelerates when their unscrupulous guide attempts to capture Tarzan and turn him into a sideshow attraction to entertain the public.
Tarzan Finds A Son! – Cheetah finds an infant left alone after his parents die in a plane crash and brings the baby home to Tarzan and Jane. They are delighted to take him in and raise him. Five years later a search party comes looking for “Boy” who happens to be an heir to a multi-million dollar fortune. The tree house is rocked when Jane defies Tarzan to lead the search party and “Boy” back to civilization. On the way they are captured by hostile natives and after a breathtaking escape by “Boy,” Tarzan and the elephants rescue everyone.
Tarzan’s Secret Treasure – Jane and “Boy” are kidnapped by evil villains who want Tarzan to lead them to a treasure in gold. Jane, “Boy” and the villains are then captured by wicked natives and once again Tarzan and his elephants show up to save the day!
Tarzan’s New York Adventure – A circus owner smuggles “Boy” out of the jungle and brings him to New York to perform in a show. Jane and Tarzan follow to get their son back. A custody trial is held during which Tarzan is jailed after becoming violent in the courtroom. He escapes, finds the circus and rescues his son with the help of the circus elephants.
The bonus features on this disc total 88-minutes and will include:
- Silver Screen: King of the Jungle, an all-new feature length documentary about Tarzan on screen, featuring interviews with Maureen O’Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., as well as several noted film historians and “Tarzan experts.”
- Vintage vault treasure: Jimmy Durante as Schnarzan the Conqueror (from Hollywood Party)
- Two shorts featuring Johnny Weissmuller
- 1. (The filming of “Tarzan Finds a Son!”)
- 2. Rough Dough
- Theatrical trailers of all six Weissmuller/O’Sullivan films
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes - This extraordinary saga explores the dual nature of Tarzan as he struggles to repress his wild jungle instincts and become the civilized heir to an Earldom. The film stars Christopher Lambert as the darkly intense Tarzan and Andie MacDowell who made her movie debut as Jane Porter in this lavish production directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire). The film also stars Sir Ralph Richardson in one of his final performances along with Ian Holm.
- 20th Anniversary digital transfer (2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen)
- Commentary by director Hugh Hudson and associate producer Garth Thomas
- Theatrical trailer
- Soundtrack re-mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
- Languages: English & French with Subtitles in English, French & Spanish
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- English Dolby Surround
- English, French and Spanish subtitles
- Theatrical Trailer