REVIEW: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
OVERVIEW: The King of the Jungle returns when “The Legend of Tarzan” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (“Diary of a Teenage Girl,” HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, which is based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs. Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub produced the film, together with David Barron, Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig. Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, Keith Goldberg, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “Point Break” via purchase from digital retailers.Fans can also own “The Legend of Tarzan” via purchase from digital retailers beginning on September 20.
The Blu-ray disc of “The Legend of Tarzan” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar are required. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment that aren’t Dolby Atmos compatible.
SYNOPSIS: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
Hey Moviegoers, for this review you are getting treated to
two reviews for the price of one. You'll get both Cine
Marcos and Priscilla reviews in this one review, so here
we go . . .
He is no normal man. He was thought to be an evil spirit,
a ghost in the trees. No man ever started with less.
A tale as old as time told again, but this time it is
a sequel with an embedded retelling of the original story.
Many argue that there is a lack of originality in movie
making these days. There are too many remakes, sequels,
prequels, series, etc. But you have to admit that certain
stories need to be retold with today's cinematic
technology, acting, and overall movie making abilities.
This is one of those cases and they did it right. Plus,
it's not just a Tarzan redo, it's a rare sequel, so it's
an extension of the well known story. It is a period piece
which keeps the story grounded but still chock full of the
adventure you'd expect from any Tarzan episode. This time
we find Lord John Clayton (Tarzan) in London at first and
then he returns to Africa. The change in scenery is
palpable. Once he's back, it doesn't take long for his
"skills" to be tested. The cinematography and filming
locations used throughout this film are breathtaking and
appropriate. It reminded me a lot of King Kong, the most
recent one, in a good way. Another good aspect of this
film was the job well done with regards to casting. At
first I was a little skeptical of Alexander Skarsgård in
the title role, but as usual, I was proved wrong. He gives
us a believable Tarzan which was my main concern. My
relatively new crush, Margot Robbie, gives us an empowered
Jane that was very well done. I love me some Sam Jackson
in just about any movie, but his role here was a little
awkward for me. He does have an important role but it also
incorporated some comic relief that was probably
unnecessary, especially from him. He is too larger than
life to be the comic relief. Now, once again, one of the
strongest performances was given by Christoph Waltz. I say
once again because pretty much any movie he's in he stands
out. He is just sooo good at being cold, deviant, and
violent. He is scary good. And putting all this together
is Director David Yates primarily of Harry Potter fame.
Yeah, he did good. Well, let me stop here and give
Priscilla a chance.
Ok, let me give you the "Tarzan geek" version of this
review. Let me start by letting you know that as a kid, I
spent a lot of summers as Jane. What I mean to say by that
is that my brother, cousin and I would spend our summers
at grandma and grandpa's house truly pretending, no,
believing we were Jane, Tarzan and boy (sometimes cousin
would be Cheetah, but don't ask me why). That said, we saw
every Tarzan movie, every Tarzan TV show, and even read
Tarzan comic books! My favorite Tarzan of course is the
classic Johnny Weissmuller. In my childish mind, he really
was this all braun, very little brains kind of wildman,
not an actor. Decades later, 1984 to be exact, I had to be
there on opening day when Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan,
Lord of the Apes came out. Christopher Lambert was
awesome, not that every critic agreed, but to me it was
Tarzan! He had the muscles, wild good looks and played the
animalistic part of Tarzan very well. Unfortunately, this
was based in England where Lord Greystoke has returned to
the family castle where they worked hard to acclimate him
to civilization and the Jungle was missing.
comes 2016 and after waiting so long, here is Tarzan!
Cinemarcos calls this a sequel and I have to agree that it
is. This is Lord Greystoke, going back to Africa and
reconnecting with his jungle, his people, and fighting for
what is right. Alexander Skarsgård is my new favorite
Tarzan, he plays "gentle wildman" so well. I didn't even
recognize him at first. He was just Tarzan to me. Where
this story varies is with Jane, played by Margot Robbie,
but I will let you find out more about their love story
when you go see this film, and see it you must. Their
connection is animalistic but in a good way. I also am a
huge fan of Samuel Jackson, but feel that his part in this
film wasn't truly necessary. I have to mention a small
part, that of Chief Mbonga, played by Djimon Hounsou, a
true African. I'm sorry, I just like looking at him. But
seriously, he plays evil Chief well but there is a
compassionate heart in there. As my husband mentioned,
Christoph Waltz never disappoints. I keep saying that I
love to hate him and he confirms that even more in this
film. His is as cool as a cucumber all the while
orchestrating his evil plan. This movie obviously gets my
"Tarzan geek" stamp of approval.
By Cine Marcos and Priscilla
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0,
Latin Spanish, Canadian French
Subtitles -English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
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BATTLES AND BARE KNUCKLED BRAWLS
TARZAN™ AND JANE’S UNFAILING LOVE
CREATING THE VIRTUAL JUNGLE
GABON TO THE BIG SCREEN
STOP IVORY PSA
Director: David Yates
Writer: Adam Cozad
Genre: Action Adventure
Duration: 1hr 49 mins
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård
Rory J. Saper
Producer: David Barron
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Rating:PG-13 for sequences of action
and violence, some sensuality and
brief rude dialogue
Release Date: October 11, 2016
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