Tarzan II on DVD
The boy raised by apes is back in this minor sequel to the
wonderful classic released a few years back.
It tries very hard to repeat the things that made the original so
great, but alas it falls short enough that it made us rush back and watch the
original again just to get the taste out of our mouths.
Okay, perhaps thats a bit of an exaggeration, because so far
as made for video releases is concerned, this one isnt bad. The animation
isnt as good as in the original, but its certainly better than a
lot of direct to video stuff and even TV-caliber stuff.
The story is set after the youthful Tarzan has been adopted by his
ape mother, but long before he grows to young manhood and meets Jane, so
its an episode of his growing up that wasnt covered in the original
movie. The story itself is a bit like the Lion
King in which Tarzan, discovering he isnt really an ape and feeling
that he has no worth, chooses a life of being an outcast. But rather than
finding it a no worries type of existence, he discovers new
challenges and new friendships that put him in good stead when he eventually
returns home to the ape family.
Disney has even brought back Phil Collins for some new songs, as
well as some rehashes of some of the great songs from the original. The new
tunes pale in comparison with the old ones, but at least they offer a feeling
of continuity between the two movies.
The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible,
which is exactly the way we like it and the picture quality is very nice, clean
and sharp and bright, though it doesnt seem as colorful as the original
Audio choices are Dolby Digital and dts 5.1 surround and the audio
quality is very good.
Extras include a Phil Collins Music Video, The Legacy of Tarzan (a
behind-the-scenes look at how Collins created the new music), Tarzan's
Matter-of-Facts which explains Tarzan novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs' ape
language. You also get the usual assortment of games and other activities that
make Disney DVDs such wonderful multimedia experiences for the ankle
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