Not since Disney’s animated take on Tarzan have I seen a great version of bringing the classic book character to life on the big screen. Now David Yates of Harry Potter film fame teams with Warner Bros. once again to bring us The Legend of Tarzan, which gives us an action packed and drama filled spin on Tarzan that will have fans of the character and those new to him swinging from vines soon enough.
Chris Pandolfi has the plot details and more in his review of the theatrical release of the movie, so I’ll just jump into my thoughts on the film and the special features included on the disc. I’ve been wanting to see this ever since it hit the theaters and I’m glad to say the wait was worth it and it’s one of the best adaptations of the beloved character that I’ve seen. Skarsgård and Robbie do a wonderful job portraying Tarzan and Jane as they bring a special chemistry to the couple that you can feel as you watch. I also enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson and his character helping out Tarzan while throwing out a funny quip or two, and Christoph Waltz doesn’t disappoint as he plays the quiet yet deceptively powerful villain along with Djimon Hounsou that makes for a nice combo the lord of the jungle will have to overcome.
Audio and video wise, this Blu-ray delivers as Warner Bros. did a great job with the high definition transfer. The visuals come in clean and clear as does the audio that’s filled with plenty of thunderous booms and bass when the action starts. There’s also a few special features to swing into once the adventure ends such as “Tarzan Reborn” that features the cast and crew discussing the history/lore of Tarzan and how this movie makes some updates to the legend. “Battles and Bare Knuckled Brawls” goes into how some of the key fight scenes were choreographed and filmed, “Tarzan and Jane’s Unfailing Love” is a touching piece about the romance between Tarzan and Jane, “Creating the Virtual Jungle” has some of the the cast and crew going into the challenges of filming in the African jungles, and of course the extras wouldn’t be complete without a PSA discussing endangered elephants and stopping the ivory trade.
I really enjoyed The Legend of Tarzan as it’s the best take I’ve seen of the character since the Disney animated film. It has just enough action and jungle thrills for fans of the older films and shows, but enough drama and romance to appeal to newcomers and those looking for an interesting spin on the story. Whatever the case may be, this movie is sure to have you letting out Tarzan’s signature yell and swinging from vines in no time.