Some of the animation in Lionsgate distributed Tarzan actually isn’t bad… if kept at difference otherwise close-ups tend to reveal the creepy dead-eyes. However, the story also isn’t that good, although unlike some, I actually don’t have many issues with the changes made, it’s just that what is there, to go along with clunky dialogue, isn’t all that enthralling.
Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Family
Lionsgate | PG– 94 min. – $19.99 | August 5, 2014
During an expedition to a remote African jungle, the Greystoke family’s helicopter crashes, leaving one survivor: a young boy J.J., nicknamed Tarzan. Raised by gorillas, Tarzan (voiced by KELLAN LUTZ) lives by the laws of the jungle – until he encounters another human being, the courageous and beautiful Jane Porter (SPENCER LOCKE). For Tarzan and Jane, it’s love at first sight – and the beginning of a thrilling adventure – as Tarzan uses his instincts and intellect to protect his jungle home and the woman he loves.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5
This release comes with a glossy slip cover and inside the case is a standard DVD Copy and a redemption code for the Digital Copy. Additionally, this is, at the time of this writing, a Wal-Mart exclusive release.
Becoming Gorillas (7:19; HD) is a pretty basic featurette containing some behind-the-scenes footage of the motion capture and some on-set interviews with the cast and crew.
The Making of Tarzan (11:01; HD) delves a bit further into how the project came to be and has more BTS footage and interviews.
Behind the Scenes with Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke (8:00; HD) provides some more footage with the two lead actors.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Tarzan swings onto Blu-ray presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and shown with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio. Like any new animated movie, the picture here is near pristine, colors are bright and have a certain pop and I noticed no obvious flaws such as artifacting.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is serviceable providing for clear dialogue levels coming through the center channel while the more action-oriented scenes do give some depth to this lossless track. It’s nothing profound but it’s more than adequate for the source material.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, some of the animation in Lionsgate’s Tarzan actually isn’t bad… if kept at difference otherwise close-ups tend to reveal the creepy dead-eyes. However, the story also isn’t that good, although unlike some, I actually don’t have many issues with the changes made, it’s just that what is there, to go along with clunky dialogue, isn’t all that enthralling. The Blu-ray at least has good audio and video transfers while the features are on the average side.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.