With Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release moves these past few weeks it became clear that director David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan would likely get an early October home entertainment release window. This speculation was confirmed this past week with news that Oct. 11 has been selected as the street date for a four-SKU helping of this early summer theatrical hit.
The ARR works out to 102 days and ticket sales for this interesting spin on the Tarzan/Lord Greystoke stories, originally penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs (beginning in 1912), pulled in $124.9 million.
Planned for release are a 4K Ultra HD edition, two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs (one with a 3D viewing option … the premium is nine dollars) and a stand-alone DVD SKU.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment dropped the first of their $100 million-plus box office hits, Conjuring 2, on Sept. 13, which was followed by Central Intelligence on Sept. 27 — two weeks apart — so the Oct. 11 street date for The Legend of Tarzan is right in line with this skip-a-week release pattern … this leaves room for writer/director David F. Sandberg’s horror hit, Lights Out, to be available for the home entertainment market place in time for Halloween.
True Blood’s Eric Northman, Alexander Skarsgård (Battleship, Straw Dogs, Hidden, etc.), is the new Tarzan, while Suicide Squad’s Harley, Margot Robbie (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Wolf of Wall Street, etc.) is his mate, Jane. Others in the cast include Tarantino’s favorite villain, Christoph Waltz — who plays just that, the villain — and Samuel L. Jackson as an American diplomat/detective who is out to uncover a slave-running plot being fashioned by King Leopold of Belgium.
The film stands on its own as a member of the notable Tarzan film entries, beginning with Elmo Lincoln’s Tarzan of the Apes in 1918; Johnny Weissmüller as the most famous Tarzan, starring in a dozen films; Lex Barker for five; Gordon Scott for a half-dozen and Christopher Lambert in director Hugh Hudson’s 1984 film release of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (which is actually a pretty good double-bill with this new entry).
As to bonus goodies, all release version include five production featurettes — “Tarzan Reborn,” “Battles and Bare Knuckled Brawls,” “Tarzan and Jane’s Unfailing Love,” “Creating the Virtual Jungle” and “Gabon to the Big Screen” — and a PSA titled “Stop Ivory.”
In other release news this week from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Sept. 20 will see a Blu-ray promotion for three Stephen King-inspired productions getting new Hi-Def transfers.
Included in the mix is director Tobe Hooper’s 1979 two-part mini-series, Salem’s Lot. It arrives with a newly-prepared commentary track from filmmaker Tobe Hooper (he would later adapt King’s short story, The Mangler, for theatrical release in 1995).
Director Lewis Teague’s 1985 film adaptation of Cat’s Eye, starring Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Robert Hays and Candy Clark. Included as a bonus feature is commentary from filmmaker Lewis Teague (he also directed the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Cujo in 1983).
And the third entry in this Stephen King Blu-ray promotion on Sept. 20 is the 1990 two-part mini-series, It, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. The bonus feature with It is commentary from Tommy Lee Wallace, who is joined by actors Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, John Ritter and Richard Thomas.