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on 14 June 2017
This is a really good film. I seem to remember watching it on TV a long time ago, but it's stood the test of time. Great acting by everyone. It's one of those "comfortable" films, if you get what I mean.
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on 1 May 2017
Best version out there still
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on 8 March 2017
A great vesion of the Tarzan Story
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on 13 May 2017
It's Tarzan. What more can I say.
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on 24 June 2017
bought this for a 95 year old lady friend. don't kid yourself that 95 year olds are past it.
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on 19 July 2017
I've been searching for this Tarzan film for ages and what a surprise when I saw it on amazon. Very happy with it.
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on 16 May 2017
loved it
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on 2 May 2017
Brilliant
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on 19 September 2014
Quality Film, full of rewatchable moments. Classic !.
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on 13 April 2014
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. The version used on this release is the same extended cut released on home video by Warner since the early 90s and runs around six minutes longer than it did theatrically.
Often maligned by critics ever since its release Greystoke The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes can be an infuriating experience but if you disregard the plot holes, odd pacing and uneven script there is much to enjoy here. First and foremost this is one fantastic looking movie. This was one of the first features to be shot in Super 35 and the cinematography is simply wonderful from the lush jungles of Cameroon through to the elegant sweeping English countryside of the third act. The special make up effects used for the chimpanzees by Rick Baker are incredible considering the era this was made and lets not forget the performances especially Christopher Lambert who manages to convey so much emotion despite hardly saying a word especially in the first two acts that you as the viewer do honestly believe he could have been brought up by the apes. Of course everyone knows the story of Tarzan lord of the apes and although this is a little different to your average Johnny Weissmuller flick there are plenty of reviews here on Amazon detailing the synopsis so I'll pass straight on to what is important when reviewing an older movie making its 1080p debut. How does it look and sound and is it worth an upgrade if you already own the movie on DVD.

The AVC encoded 1080p transfer is framed at the correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and put simply looks absolutely ravishing. The transfer was scanned from what appear to be near pristine elements and the results can easily be seen. Detail is remarkable in every sense so much so I found it hard to pick out one particular stand out scene. Everything from the thick jungle foliage through to the tiniest facial or clothing detail is reproduced exquisitely and depth is readily apparent. The interiors of Castle Greystoke in the third act show off how well this transfer deals with the intricate details of the antique furnishings really pulling objects out that would otherwise had been lost in a lesser transfer. Black levels are rich and deep essential for the gloomy jungle floors where light rarely reaches and the colours are vivid yet natural with the jungle greens benefiting the most. No over manipulation appears to have been used and the image retains a healthy amount of film grain and thanks to a massive 30mbps+ bitrate there are no compression or digital anomalies to distract from what is a demo worthy transfer and one of the best looking 80s films I have seen on the format.

The sound on Warner's Blu ray may not be as superior as the image but it certainly gives a good account of itself. Originally released in Dolby Stereo the track has been bumped up to modern 5.1 specifications and presented in a strong DTS HD MA mix. This lossless presentation provides ample stereo width across the front of the soundstage with plenty of effective left to right pans and ambiance. Dialogue is always centered and clear and foley effects have a nice amount of weight. The lavish score sounds rich and textured with good dynamic range and the LFE channel does pack a wallop when called upon. Surround effects can be limited but are mostly audiable during the dense jungle sections and to add general environmental effects as well as support to the music score.

The extras included on this American import are hardly extensive but do include an interesting enough but ultimately sparce and unenlightening commentary track with the director and producer of the movie which does leave lots of questions around this production unanswered. Also included is the original theatrical trailer presented In standard definition.

Greystoke The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes is a movie that is undoubtedly never going to be in any film fans top ten but for those with even the slightest soft spot for this often critically despised adaption this region free American import offers the best way to experience what is a extremely pretty picture of a movie in the best possible light.
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