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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Ralph Richardson , Ian Holm , Hugh Hudson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, James Fox, Andie MacDowell, Nigel Davenport
  • Directors: Hugh Hudson
  • Producers: Lord of the Apes Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 101.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L21QO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Belgium released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Mono ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Romanian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. Soon after, a family of apes stumble across the house and in the ensuing panic, both parents are killed. A female ape takes the tiny boy as a replacement for her own dead infant, and raises him as her son. Twenty years later, Captaine Phillippe D'Arnot discovers the man who thinks he is an ape. Evidence in the tree house leads him to believe that he is the direct descendant of the Earl of Greystoke, and thus takes it upon himself to return the man to civilization. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Ceasar Awards, Oscar Academy Awards, ...Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greystoke 3 July 2005
Format:DVD
For me this is the definitive Tarzan film, no other adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burrows books comes anywhere near and for pure authenticity reasons alone this film is a superb version.
What, I think, makes the film so good is its very subtle, almost subdued angle on the Tarzan legend. There's no beating of the chest and vine swinging acrobatics. There's no wrestling with crocodiles or "Me Tarzan, You Jane!" dialogue. Instead it takes a very realistic approach, giving real thought to how a human raised by apes might behave. It is also a very obvious forerunner of the some of ecological thoughts that we now take as part of everyday life. Who is the savage in the film? The Apes or the Victorian population? Is our society really any advanced from the wild in terms of respect for others or in terms of cruelty?
The performances of the various actors are with one exception, superb. Christopher Lambert was perfectly cast as the taciturn, sad eyed Tarzan. He brings gentle steel to the role and he virtual "unknown-ness" at this point in his career was a boon. Ian Holm is likewise excellent as the explorer who finds Tarzan, Phillippe D'Arnot. Ralph Richardson quite possibly steals the show with such a tenderhearted performance as the Earl of Greystoke and fully deserved his posthumous nomination for an Oscar. As I say the one blimp on the landscape is that of Andie MacDowell. I scratch my head every time I see her in any lead role and still cannot for the life of me figure out why she has had such a successful career, even though nowadays we mostly see her in the advert breaks! It's not surprising her voice was dubbed over by Glenn Close, it's just a shame she wasn't replaced totally.
One final plaudit for the film is the superb costumes and actions of the apes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars king of the swingers 12 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
One of the most popular figures of (pulp)fiction and the movies was finally taken seriously in 1984's epic Greystoke. Having read all 24 books- more than once- and grown up on the B-movie Tarzans fron Johnny Weissmuller to Mike Henry, and not forgetting the 6os TV Tarzan Ron Ely, I remember how excited I was when the Greystoke project was announced. Was I happy with the result? Well yes and no. The film looks fantastic - the jungle scenes are atmospheric and beautifully filmed. The apes were a revelation and still look good today despite the onset of CGI effects. Christopher Lambert was supremely well cast in the title role, a good decision to move away from the muscle-bound image of the character, and he brilliantly portrays the central dilemna of a man caught between two very different worlds. Best of all is Sir Ralph Richardson, in his last screen role, as Lord Greystoke - Tarzan's grandfather. My only reservation really was the overriding bleakness of the film. Tarzan is orphaned early on,loses his ape mother to hunters' arrows, his grandfather and his ape father. Apart from Tarzan, Jane, D'Arnot and Lord Greystoke everyone seems particularly dislikeable, selfish and seedy as "civilisation" is found wanting alongside the lore of the wild. It all becomes rather over-wrought and melodramatic. That said, I would heartily recommend the film as it raises the story to a higher level and tackles some weighty ideas. Having waited so long for its tranfer to DVD it is a pity that so few extras are included. The film is the same as the theatrical cut, and that which was available on video, despite extra scenes being available including an alternative ending. The audio commentary is amiable enough, if rather self-congratulatory, but rather technical - more anecdotal stuff would have been good. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO MONKEY BUSINESS 14 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
A GREAT CLASSIC VERSION OF THE TARZAN STORY.
I TOOK MY STEP SON TO VISIT GREYSTOKE HOUSE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT A FEW WEEKS AGO, I AM NOT SURE IF ITS THE RIGHT GREYSTOKE, BUT IT MADE ME TELL HIM THE LEGEND AND STORY OF TARZAN, HE IS 10 AND HAD NEVER SEEN THIS MOVIE, AND KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE STORY, SO I BOUGHT THE DVD. HE LOVED IT, JUST AS MUCH AS I DID WHEN I FIRST SAW IT. ALSO AS WE HAD VISITED THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM IN LONDON LAST SUMMER, IT WAS ALL VERY RELIVENT.

A FAB FILM, FOR ALL THE FAMILY TO ENJOY, IT HAS AGED FAIRLY WELL, AND IS A GREAT YARN TO BE ENJOYED ON A WET SUNDAY INFRONT OF THE FIRE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two films in One 7 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
Other reviewers have commented that this is the most faithful adaptation of the original book to have appeared on screen, and I won't argue with that, never having read it.
Certainly the first half of the film lives up to its promise. The recreation of the murky jungle of the Belgian Congo is perfect, making you feel as if you've walked into the pages of a Joseph Conrad novel. The characterisation is wonderful - David Suchet stands out in a small but unforgettable part as a corrupt and louche Belgian tradepost manager-cum-white slaver, and Ian Holm as the trader/explorer who discovers Greystoke is similarly note-perfect. An unforgettable moment is where the explorers chance upon a tribe of pygmies living in the derelict carcass of a dead elephant - one of the most perfect pieces of cinema that I've ever seen.
However, it all goes downhill once the action shifts away from the Congo and to Britain, where Greystoke is taken to claim his inheritance. We have the obligatory love story, with Greystoke rescuing his simpering love-interest from the clutches of a Victorian Music Hall-style villain, intent on the Greystoke inheritance. There are the (would-be) comedic attempts to turn the Apeman into an English country gentleman (kippers and custard, quite literally). Ralph Richarson turns in a good performance as the Lord of the manor from whom the Apeman will ultimately gain his inheritance (a performance not dissimilar to the one he played, as God, in "Time Bandits" and one which, come to think of it, is not dissimilar to almost every other perfromance of his that I've seen). Everyone involved does their damndest to make it work; but once the location is moved from the Congo, all dramatic tension is lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Vasoula
4.0 out of 5 stars Greystoke region free Blu ray review.
Hugh Hudson's muddled but gorgeous looking adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan legend arrives on a region free Blu ray disk as part of the Warner Archives collection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. E. A. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan
The best Tarzan movie since Gordon Scott's movies in the 50s. This Bluray is not region A but region free. Why they dont state this fact i dont know?
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Rm Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
very good and quick service and we enjoyed the film
would recommend and be happy to use again, thank you
Published 10 months ago by D. L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good service, arrived on time in perfect condition. This is the best film version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs 'Tarzan of the Apes' so far. highly recommended
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Huw Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan Lord Of The Apes [1983]
I have been wanting to add this to my collection of DVDs for some time and just never got round to it - now I have and I am not disappointed. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by D. McFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Greystoke
i love this film ,i still get upset set when i watch it ,a good family film ,but not for to young children as might grt upset ,but a great film
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by smkybo
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated Very Badly
I went to see this when it first came out because I had grown up loving the Johnny Weissmuller films (particularly the original MGM classics) but I was ready for it to be adapted... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Numinous Ugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan of Greystoke, Christopher Lambert DVD
Christopher Lambert is amazing in this fantasy film, the whole film was believable and very enjoyable, I especially like his 'ape' antics.
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by H. Meacock
3.0 out of 5 stars greystoke , the tarzan legend
I'm surprised as I've been shopping with Amazon for about two Years ( Britain and US as well ) and have NEVER had any problem . Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Winston Smith
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