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Tarzan and the
Golden Lion

(1927)
 

Directed by prolific B-film director J.P. McGowan, this feature-film entry in the Tarzan oeuvre features James Pierce in the leading role as the jungle man, and Boris Karloff in a minor role.

Grapevine Video 2008 DVD edition

Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927), color-tinted and color-toned black & white, 57 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $12.95.
DVD release date: 2008.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition from Grapevine Video has been mastered from a VHS videotape copy of an analog video transfer made from a very-good 16mm reduction print. The transfer likely dates to an earlier home video release from Grapevine on VHS. Telltale signs of VHS are seen in the darkish smears to the right of bright highlights in the picture such as those to the right of Dorothy Dunbar’s nose and chin in the still frame above. The print is OK, but the video transfer by way of half-inch analog videotape is not.

The film is accompanied by a custom music score performed on MIDI synthesizer, and new, video-based intertitles have been inserted throughout the film.

We slightly favor this edition because of its color tinting and toning, which dresses up the older video transfer.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
Alpha Video 2006 DVD edition

Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927), black & white, 59 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 5113D, UPC 0-89218-51139-3.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
DVD release date: 25 July 2006.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from the same video transfer made from a very-good 16mm reduction print as the Grapevine Video edition above. Apparently Alpha Home Entertainment felt it necessary to place a black bar at the bottom of the picture to mask the characteristic tracking misalignments that typically show up at the bottom of a VHS picture.

The intertitles have been replaced with video-based intertitles. If resetting the type is necessary to translate foreign language intertitles, we don’t think that it is necessary to try to emulate old film in new video intertitles.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on digital piano by Rachel Gutches.

The edition from Grapevine Video, noted above, looks slightly better than this one by virtue of its tinting and toning.

 
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Other TARZAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent era BORIS KARLOFF films available on home video.

 
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