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  • Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close, Nigel Hawthorne
  • Directors: Kevin Lima, Chris Buck
  • Writers: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Stephen J. Anderson
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 363 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000AAF1TU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Swing into action and adventure with Disney's original classic, TARZAN(R), packed with fun-filled bonus features and award-winning music such as the memorable "You'll Be In My Heart" and "Trashin' The Camp." Disney's magnificent animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's story of the ape man begins deep within the jungle when baby Tarzan is adopted by a family of gorillas. Even though he is shunned as a "hairless wonder" by their leader, Tarzan is accepted by the gorillas and raised as one of their own. Together with his wisecracking ape buddy Terk and neurotic elephant pal Tantor, Tarzan learns how to "surf" and swing through the trees and survive in the animal kingdom. His "Two Worlds" collide with the arrival of humans, forcing Tarzan to choose between a "civilized" life with the beautiful Jane and the life he knows and loves with his gorilla family. Filled with humor, heart, and hilarious fun, TARZAN(R) is an unforgettable adventure you'll watch again and again.~~TARZAN(R) Owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. And Used by Permission. TARZAN (C) Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.|With 47 previous movie adaptations, TARZAN(R) is said to be the second most-filmed subject in Hollywood history (topped only by DRACULA) and one of the all-time most popular with moviegoers.|To help prepare them for the film, the directors and a group of artistic supervisors set out on an African safari in March 1996, touring the animal reserves in Kenya, visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda, and observing Bwindi's Impenetrable Forest.|The city of Tarzana is named after "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs' 550-acre Tarzana Ranch, which he later sold to housing developers.|Reportedly, Burroughs was never satisfied with the various screen versions of his book, but according his grandson Danton Burroughs, the Disney version would have pleased his grandfather.

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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. Sixtysome 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 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. (Ages 5 and up) --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
While this movie has its good moments, they are cancelled out by so many annoying things put in simply to entertain those under three years of age. Disney's light treatment of the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a self-conscious one, as evidenced from their trailer which deliberately kept out all the juvenile antics in an effort to make the adaptation look more serious and faithful, thereby not offending Tarzan devotees until after they paid to get in theaters."Disneyfiction" of classic works is not a new thing, but it didn't really kick into high gear under Jungle Book, which turned Rudyard Kipling's dark work about the dark jungle into a groovy musical with little to no plot. (For a much better adaptation, check out Chuck Jones' "Mowgli's Brothers.") I'm a fan of Disney films, animated and live-action, but I'm pretty selective in what I buy. If the spirit of the original work is there, and the cutesiness and annoying sidekicks are kept to a minimum, then I can enjoy it. Disney's Tarzan falls somewhere in the middle, hence my middling rating.

The art is cartoonish in the extreme, with Tarzan faring the worst but even Jane looks like a baboon in profile. All scenes with Rosie O'Donnell's character "Terk" and her posse of young apes and the elephant "Tantor" are as irritating as they are unnecessary to the plot. O'Donnell's voice is grating on the ears and I don't understand why Disney would ever want to inflict her on a potential audience. The film's two main protagonists also underwhelm in the voice-acting department, with Tarzan sounding dull and bored most of the time and Minnie Driver's Jane being too much of a British caricature--especially annoying when the character is supposed to be an American.
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This Disney movie is really well loved. I love all Disney stories, like Jungle Book, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Atlantis, Emporer's New Groove.

This movie to me is delightful, and it's a very touching tale about family and finding where you belong. It's very well done and the animation was amazing. Tarzan flying around the tree tops is still beautiful to watch now as it was when I was younger and was blown away by how crazy it looked. You toss in a wonderful Phil Collins soundtrack (some people don't like that it wasn't a Disney original soundtrack, but I don't mind one bit Collins nailed it).
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

Tarzan flew onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The transfer is fairly pristine, with bold splashes of colour, vivid primaries, inky black levels and carefully balanced contrast. Detail is pretty striking as well. There was concern about macroblocking, especially in gorilla’s fur on close-up. I would expect this defect would be magnified in my 12-foot wide screen. To my pleasant surprise, there was no macroblocking seen at all. Overall, the transfer is quite pleasing. (4/5)

AUDIO:

For some unknown reasons, Tarzan only comes with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 track, not LFE track. I am slightly disappointed in this Disney’s decision. The sound is still very good, especially when the music of Phil Collins kicks in, as each musical instrument (particularly the drums) comes across as separate and distinct sounds. The fidelity and dynamic range of this track is simply wonderful. I was just wondering what if the LFE channel was added, the drum beat will be even more outstanding. You’ll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins won Best Oscar Original Song. Dialogue is very clear. The choice of voices for Kala (Glenn Close), Kerchak (Lance Henriksen), and Terk (Rosie O’Donnell) is simply outstanding. Kala’s voice at the mother is oh so very soothing. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 The signature "Tarzan yell" is provided by Brian Blessed, the voice of the film's villain Clayton.
2 Did you notice that when the gorillas pick up Professor Porter and turn him upside-down, a beanbag toy of Little Brother from Disney's Mulan (1998) falls out of his clothes?
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Tarzan is another along with Hercules of the older, late 90's Disney flicks to finally make it to Blu-ray and I couldn't be happier. Unlike Hercules which is strictly a goofball comedy along the likes of Aladdin; Tarzan is a much more serious (though still lots of fun) look at what happens when a man is forced to look seriously inside himself and realize that he may be more than just an Ape. That is the essence of this animated movie.

So it starts out with his parents being lost at sea, their struggle to build a new life in the jungle and finally being adopted by the Apes. And happily enjoying his life until Jane, her eccentric father and their hired guide stumble upon this idyllic existence. It's a clash of two cultures and has never been done better. It's serious and dramatic when it needs to be, screwball comedy when it needs to lighten the mood but always remains a family movie with a true heart whether that family be human or gorilla. In overall quality of storyline, I'd put it right up there with Beauty & The Beast, Mulan or The Lion King.

Animation is top notch as well for an older movie and on this new Blu Ray edition it has never looked better. Video is crisp and clean, and whatever the animators put into the original animation is there for all to see. The Dolby Digital track of the original edition has been boosted to a 5.0 DTS-Master Audio for the English track. (Yes you read that right, it's a 5.0 NOT a 5.1 track!) However the bass still sounds full and fine and the music of Phil Collins is as good as ever! As is the wonderful English dub especially of Jane which with her English accent is dead on! As for the rest of the audio tracks? There is also an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Pro-logic track and Dolby Digital 5.
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