Blu-Ray News #394: The Tarzan Vault Collection (1918-1935).

In August, The Film Detective is dragging three early Tarzan pictures out of the deep, dark video jungle and giving them new life on Blu-Ray.

Tarzan Of The Apes (1918)
Directed by Scott Sidney
Starring Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French, Gordon Griffith, Eugene Pallette

The first Tarzan film ever made. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel of the same name was published in 1912, and this is still held up as the most faithful film version of the character. The swamps of Louisiana doubled for the jungles of Africa. The film was a hit, and Elmo Lincoln would continue as Tarzan.

Adventures Of Tarzan (1921)
Directed by Robert F. Hill & Scott Sidney
Starring Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine, Scott Pembroke, Frank Whitson, Lillian Worth

This 15-chapter serial was Elmo Lincoln’s third, and final, time as the Lord Of The Jungle, though he’d have small parts in a couple of the 40s Tarzan pictures.

The New Adventures Of Tarzan (1935)
Directed by Edward Kull & Wilbur F. McGaugh
Starring Herman Brix, Ula Holt, Ashton Dearholt, Frank Baker, Lewis Sargent

This 12-chapter serial was filmed on location in Guatemala, which brought with it a ton of problems, from financial and romantic woes to disease and impassible roads — and interference from MGM, which by this time was in the middle of their Johnny Weissmuller series. (Read up on this one sometime — it’s got quite a production history.)

Herman Brix made a name for himself at the 1928 Olympics, and they say he was considered by MGM before they cast Weissmuller in 1932’s Tarzan The Ape Man. Brix would later go by the name Bruce Bennett and he had a long, successful film career.

You can count on The Film Detective to make things things look as good as possible — and to load ’em up with extras. There are commentaries, documentaries and more. This is gonna be a good one, folks!


Filed under Bruce Bennett, DVD/Blu-ray News, Johnny Weissmuller, MGM, Serial, Tarzan, The Film Detective

4 responses to “Blu-Ray News #394: The Tarzan Vault Collection (1918-1935).

  1. Walter

    Toby, this is really good news from THE FILM DETECTIVE. They are doing good work for us to enjoy. I’m a Tarzan fan from way-back and look forward to these future releases.


  2. Bert Greene

    For some trivia about Tarzan’s two ‘silent-era’ Janes here, Enid Markey popped up a bit as an elderly lady in 1960s tv-shows, and was a co-star in the 1960 sitcom “Bringing Up Buddy.” Louise Lorraine was briefly the wife of cowboy star Art Acord, and also appeared in a good number of silent westerns. She can be seen to good effect in the fine Universal b-western “The Stolen Ranch” (1926), an early directoral effort by William Wyler, starring cowboy Fred Humes.

    Looking forward to this release. I’m very fond of the 1935 serial, and I think Bennett makes a superb Tarzan, more like the one I envisioned when reading the novels as a kid. The location-work in the serial is jaw-dropping, adding a neat sense of danger and unease.


  3. graham

    I just bought a Tarzan collection with Johnny Weissmuller,but I’m not a fan of silent films


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