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The Adventures
of Tarzan

(1921)

 
coverThe Serial Squadron
2004 DVD edition

The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), black & white and color-toned black & white, 181 minutes, not rated.

The Serial Squadron, no catalog number, no UPC number.
Two single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R discs, full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) MPEG-2 format, 6 Mbps average video bit rate, 192 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 27 chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this well-produced DVD-R edition, which has been mastered from a good surviving 16mm reduction print, features a very-good full-frame video transfer at a natural-speed pace, with new video-based intertitles.

The Squadron producers have edited a 20-minute prologue for the serial from a good 16mm reduction print of the earlier feature film Tarzan of the Apes (1918) for this home video presentation.

The presentation is accompanied by a stereo music score of African instruments and flute by Roderick Jackson, with well-synchronized sound effects.

The disc also features scenes deleted from the 1928 10-episode rerelease of the serial, and a photo gallery (24 images, with details) which runs under a radio interview with Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs (5 minutes).

Despite its DVD-R manufacture, these discs have been produced at a professional, commercial-grade level. Silent film enthusiasts will make this a welcome addition to their collections.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Nostalgia Family Video
2010 DVD edition

The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), black & white, 46 minutes, not rated.

Nostalgia Family Video, 2323D, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, clamshell CD case, $14.99.
Release date: 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This edition was likely mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the feature film version of The Adventures of Tarzan.

The disc had no navigation menu, chapter stops or package artwork and was sold in a clear clamshell case.

 
NOSTALGIA FAMILY VIDEO has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other TARZAN FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

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

 
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