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Tarzan of the Apes
(1918)
 

This first film adaptation of the Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs stars Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan and Enid Markey as Jane.

2009 Alpha Video DVD edition

Tarzan of the Apes (1918), black & white, 60 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 5867D, UPC 0-89218-58679-7.
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: 28 July 2009.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 5 / audio: 3 / additional content: 4 / overall: 4.

This budget edition has been mastered from from a 16mm reduction print produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises. The print is contrasty, with blasted-out highlights and plugged-up shadows, and flecked with dust and scratches.

The film is accompanied by a hokey music score composed and performed on synthesizer by Don Kinnier. Embarassing.

Once again collectors will make a compromise between chucking away their low-quality VHS videotape copy of Tarzan of the Apes and acquiring a high-quality digital home video edition that is really worth collecting. This cheapy edition is barely an upgrade.

 
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