Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN Blu-ray Combo Pack

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is based on the “Tarzan” stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The movie was directed by David Yates and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Ella Purnell, with Jim Broadbent, and Christoph Waltz.

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot 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 (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

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We’ve gotten so many different movies about Tarzan over the years that include live-action and animation but this is the first live-action feature that we’ve gotten in a few decades. I wondered how The Legend of Tarzan would appeal to the new generations that aren’t as familiar with the character as our grandparents were, but the movie far exceeded my expectations. David Yates captured so much movie magic telling this story that went in a different direction than the previous incarnations. The movie starts off with a more domesticated John Clayton III who left his past in Africa to live a posh life in Victorian England with his wife Jane. He gets invited/lured back to the Congo that ends up being a total setup for revenge from this old enemy. The line is crossed when Jane gets kidnapped and Tarzan’s animalistic instincts take over to save the one he loves and can’t live without. This leads to an epic showdown between the Lord of the Jungle and his enemies who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Okay, I really liked this story for The Legend of Tarzan that was a fresh take on the classic character instead of the same old stale rehash that has been told over and over again. It’s a mixture of fantasy and historical events that is smart and thought-provoking. Sure, we get to see him as an infant and what all happened to him through brief flashbacks but the bulk of the movie was a fresh new adventure. David Yates did a fantastic job telling this story and the cast was amazing. Alexander Skarsgård impressed me as the legendary character as did Margot Robbie. After watching the extras I found out that the entire movie was filmed on a Warner Bros. sound stage and backlot in England and the whole thing looks like it was filmed on location. This is one of the most impressive green screen productions that I’ve ever seen so a major kudos goes out to the SFX team, David Yates and his cinematographer. This is really impressive!

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs have a flat black finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Legend of Tarzan ended up being such a great watch that far exceeded my expectations. David Yates did an amazing job and captured everything he needed to make this movie such an entertaining and exciting adventure. The two lead characters were played by Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie and there was some serious chemistry between the two of them which made me enjoy these characters even more. I wasn’t sure how Skarsgård would pull off this classic character but he really nailed it. Besides the amazing cast, there’s also the fantastic world that was created for this action-packed adventure that was shot entirely on a sound stage and backlot. Even though the movie was shot like this, there’s still some impressive camera work throughout the watch that captures the beauty and excitement that this movie offers. I’ve seen at least ten Tarzan movies in my life and this one is easily my favorite! This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on October 11th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release includes six featurettes that cover everything from introducing this classic character to a whole new generation, to the making of the feature.

  • Tarzan Reborn (15:10)
  • Battles and Bare Knuckled Brawls – Tarzan vs. Akut (05:15) – Boma Stampede (04:53) – Train Ambush (04:57)
  • Tarzan and Jane’s Unfailing Love (06:01)
  • Creating the Virtual Jungle (15:16)
  • Gabon to the Big Screen (02:28)
  • Stop Ivory PSA (01:30)
  • Digital HD Copy
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