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Tarzan (1999) Disney - Collector's Edition (2 Disc) [DVD]

Tony Goldwyn , Minnie Driver , Chris Buck , Kevin Lima    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close, Nigel Hawthorne
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
  • Writers: Bob Tzudiker, Burny Mattinson, Carole Holliday, Chris Ure, Don Dougherty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WA6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After viewing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote to Walt Disney about adapting his novel of an ape-man into a feature animated cartoon. Sixty odd years later, the tale is finally told with brilliant design work that looks unlike any previous animated film. The story is a natural for Disney since the themes of misunderstood central figures have been at the heart of most of its recent hits. Disney's Tarzan doesn't wander far from the familiar story of a shipwrecked baby who is brought up by apes in Africa. What gives the film its zing is its clever use of music (the songs are sung by Phil Collins himself rather than onscreen characters) and the remarkable animation. Deep Canvas, a 3-D technology, was developed for the film, creating a jungle that comes alive as Tarzan swings through the trees, often looking like a modern skateboarder racing down giant tree limbs. The usual foray of sidekicks, including a rambunctious ape voiced by Rosie O'Donnell, should keep the little ones aptly entertained. The two lead voices, Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan and Minnie Driver as Jane, are inspired choices. Their chemistry helps the story through the weakest points (the last third) and makes Tarzan's initial connection with all things human (including Jane) delicious entertainment. Disney still is not taking risks in its animated films, but as cookie-cutter entertainment, Tarzan makes a pretty good treat.

On the DVD: It's the dish--mistakes, unused footage, creative differences, embarrassing behind-the-scene stories--that makes collector's editions so much fun. Unfortunately, this goes against the Disney philosophy of picture-perfection, and this two-set disc shows it; only half of the new material is engaging. The other half of this second disc, the "Tarzan Archives," is a slickly produced filler--more publicity fluff than real insight on the development of the film and the animation process. Much better are the three abandoned scenes (with voices and storyboards), including a much fiercer opening and ending, plus dozens of sketches made over the years as the designers pursued the luscious look of the film. The original audio demos Phil Collins made for the film are also intriguing (mostly filled with dummy or place-holding lyrics). The new audio commentary (by the producer and two directors) is a "fireside chat" variety, hardly worth more than one listen. Two side-by-side comparisons of storyboards to final film are a great tool to show youngsters how the animated process works, as is animator Glen Keane's talks on animating Tarzan. Also for kids: a read-along book and trivia game. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

DVD Special Features

Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Widescreen 1.66:1 Ratio
Region 2, Dual Layer Format.
Dolby Digital 5.0: English
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired.

Over 1 1/2 hours of Bonus Footage on Disc Two:

History and Development,
From Burroughs to Disney
Early Presentation Reel
Research Trip to Africa
Music of Tarzan,
The Making of the Music
Tarzan Goes International
You'll be In My Heart Music Video
Strangers Like Me Music Video
Trashin' the Camp with Phil Collins & N Sync
Original Phil Collins Song Demo
Story and Editorial
Building the Story
Storyboard to film Comparison
Abandoned sequences - Introduction from Bonnie Arnold
1). Alternate Opening
2). Trek Discovers Human Camp
3). Riverboat Fight
Characters of Tarzan
1). Creating Tarzan
2). Animating Tarzan
3). Creating Jane & Porter
4). Creating Kala & Kerchak
5). Creating Terk & Tantor
6). Creating Clayton
Animation Production
Deep Canvas Process
Deep Canvas Demonstration
Production Progression Demo
1). Story Reel
2). Rough Animation
3). Cleaned Up Animation
4). Final Film in colour
Intercontinental Film Making
Trailer 1, 2 & 3
Read Alongs
Story read to you
Read by yourself
Trivia Game

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney still knows how to entertain! 30 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Being a Disney fan I am slightly prejudice, however sincerely this is a great film! The animation is superb bringing to life Tarzan, Jane and all the other 'secondary' Disney characters that usually steal the show. I found the film both laugh-out-loud funny as well as touching, hitting on genuinely important issues in an entertaining way. This film is a must for both the little and big kids of the family!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarzan Blu Ray Will You Collect?? 3 Oct 2012
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This is a first review for me, and was prompted to do so for two reasons. 1 Most of the reviews attached to this product listing are for the DVD set and NOT the blu ray! (Why do amazon do that??)and 2, the negative reviews of the transfer for those blu ray reviews that are out there.

So as someone who is an animation fan I thought I'd collect the "Disney Animation Canon" on Blu Ray especially as they are releasing them to build up a nice numbered collection. Having read a couple of reviews about flickering on the transfer of Tarzan, I was somewhat put off but decided to chance it anyway - all I can say is that if you look really hard for a small amount of flickering on the darker coloured gorillas you will find it - the thing is though, the quality of transfer is very good, well saturated colours, good sound, great sharpness, so I have a feeling that the "flicker" might well be in the technology used to "paint" in the first place rather than the transfer. That said you will have to look real hard for it and examine the film rather than watch it to even spot it! So if you are a fan of this film, Disney or animation in general, I'd reccomend it, and would not be put off by some other reviews! That said we all have our own opinions and standards!! Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the most sentimental Disney films 29 July 2008
By Stampy
A man, who has spent his whole life being raised by gorillas, must discover who he is and where he belongs when humans visit the jungle where he lives.

In perhaps one of the most underappreciated Disney films of the 90's, viewers are given an insight into the life of a man who must question who and what he is in the face of danger and humanity. The plot is a very romantic tale about the human spirit and has a very intriguing point of view upon humans, who are again in the darkness as villains in this Disney picture.

Tarzan embodies the good nature about the human spirit with a heroic and loyal ideology towards the lives of others, but the humans who come to investigate the gorillas such as Clayton are the epitome of evil, and through the use of good vs evil and loyalty does the plot excel as a sharp and sentimental story about finding who you truly are.

Humour is thrown in as good measure with the very enjoyable Jane, Terk and Tantor who all have their moments in this lovable tale.

Though the humour is frequently used throughout, this is one of the most serious Disney films of recent years, and that is shown through the use of man against animal, and the inhuman nature of the humans, a very serious issue and one particular shot towards the end when the gorillas are all looking down, all sitting peacefully in their trees, all quiet and minding their own business, shows them as they are, extremely beautiful animals who are being disturbed by a group of violent money thirsty selfish humans.

Its sad that there aren't many 2D animations being made now, as classics such as these look so brilliant and are basic, but with technology being so advanced, it is hard to see a way back into this brilliant format.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what DVD was made for. 3 Sep 2000
Every once in a while Disney release something special. Tarzan is indeed up there with the likes of The Lion King. This is Disney animation at its best with never before seen techniques that just blow you away. Driver and Blessed contribute some great voice work while Phil Colins' music is spot-on. The score music is also quite beautiful which adds to the great world that the animators have created. Disney have out-done themselves and Tarzan would be difficult to top. As for the DVD itself, this edition is the only one to buy with so much content. Like Men in Black and Fight Club this is how DVD's should be and it's what your player needs to be fed regularly !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film. Extras leave a lot to be desired 13 May 2004
Being an avid Disney DVD fan I've added this Collector's addition to my collection.
The film is very good and in the typical Disney mould. There's animal's that talk and Tarzan overcomes his enemy to get the girl.
The extra's leave a lot to be desired. There's how the film was made etc, but not much for the kids, like with say Beauty & The Beast Collector's Edition.
My tip is to buy the single edition, unless your mind is set on getting every Disney DVD like me...
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Disney animation has been making progress with leaps and bounds since The Little Mermaid, but the stories have been stuck in a rut for some time now. Disney made a wise move in taking the Tarzan novels as the base for this feature - we all grew up with the character, the stories are simple but compelling and animation allowed Disney to construct a picture far beyond the limits of human actors.
Disney put their best animators on to the job and they certainly worked miracles with the source. Their Tarzan is far closer to the character in the book - moving and acting like an animal, yet somehow human underneath. Disney have probably set themselves an impossible target in beating Tarzan's animation. Drawing a person is HARD, drawing one at 25 frames a second is nearly impossible, drawing a near naked man fighting a spotted leopard in and out of shadows is just breathtaking.
Much has been made of the vaunted use of computer graphics to build the Deep Canvas backgrounds - allowing the characters to move through the jungle in 3D. It deserves every accolade - the effect is flawless, never once looking like CGI but allowing the animators to have fun with the potential in their story.
The vocal talent is equally well sourced with Minnie Driver's Jane coming across as a far more interesting female character than any recent Disney woman. The 'Tarzan, Jane' sequence is a delight and works just as well as the classic scene between Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan all those years ago. And why has no one ever cast Brian Blessed in an animation before - he plays the villain like he was doing panto with great relish, although why none of the characters catch on he's a villain until much later is a mystery.
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