"Don't buy this DVD! The quality of the transfer is really bad. I have a VHS copy of this feature with MUCH more clarity. Wait for someone to do the job right. I really wish Tarzan fans could be afforded the respect of QUALITY DVDs from film producers(this is a not-so-subtle hint to all those producers of future releases)."
Not even Crabbe on the cover!
W. Davis | West Haven, CT USA | 09/04/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'll leave the discussion of the film to other reviewers, but let me point out that the DVD cover pictured isn't even Buster Crabbe in Tarzan the Fearless 1933. It's Gordon Scott as Tarzan from Tarzan's Greatest Adventure 1959! What does this say about the people putting out this product--forewarned is forearmed!"
Buster Crabbe, the ultimate Tarzan
Pvp Group | Belfast, County Down United Kingdom | 08/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Buster Crabbe is the sexiest actor ever to play the loin clothed Tarzan. The movie though made in 1933, still remains entertaining 68 years later. This entry was originally made as a serial, but spliced together as a movie as well, so it could pit against Jonny Weismuller who was playing Tarzan for MGM at the time. Buster Crabbe reveals his sexy butt in this movie, no actor since has revealed so much! The movie is very straight forward, and has a quaint sense of innocence to it from an era of movies, that has long since gone. The picture is jumpy in parts, but this is to be expected as the movie is 68 years old. The images are sharp, a consistant and steady black and white throughout. Buster Crabbe gives a compelling performance as Tarzan, he makes the character more believable than any actor that has played him since. The original theatrical trailer is also included. So if you're into Tarzan, buy this, as you won't be disappointed. If your curious to see a vintage hunk reveal just a little more than you thought was allowed in those days, then this is for you. Hail Buster Crabbe!!! We love you!!"
Don't waste your money!
Michael Weisberg | New York | 12/14/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is just about the worst quality edition of this fun serial-feature that I have seen yet. Portions of the film are out of focus, the picture jumps, there is a large blue horizonatal video line that appears on the picture at times and the sound quality is simply awful. This company should be ashamed to release this copy."
Buster Crabbe in one-third of a 1933 Tarzan serial
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 11/04/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As is the case with several Tarzan films from the 1930s, "Tarzan the Fearless" was originally released as a 12-part serial. The interesting historical footnote is that theater were given the option of showing the first four chapters edited together as a feature film to get kids interested in the serial and apparently many theaters showed the "film" without ever airing the rest of the serial (or even the trailer for the next exciting episode). Apparently all that is left is the "film," which explains why "Tarzan the Fearless" is a prime candidate for the bottom of the heap of Tarzan movies. Tarzan is played by Buster Crabbe, who won the gold medal in the 400-meter free-style at the 1932 Olympics, one of three formers Olympians to play the Lord of the Jungle that decade.
The story (or the first third of it since the rest of the serial is apparently long gone) begins with Dr. Brooks (E. Allyn Warren), studying ancient tribes in darkest African when he is captured by the people of Zar, the god of the Emerald Fingers. Tarzan aids the doctor's daughter, Mary (Jacqueline Wells) in trying to find and rescue her father, along with everybody else who has fallen captive to Eltar, the High Priest of Zar (Mischa Auer). However, "Tarzan the Fearless" pretty much ends before it gets interesting after about 85 minutes, which is a blessing.
Keep in mind that this is a 1933 film, which means pre-code and explains the reason Tarzan's loin cloth is the skimpest you have ever seen (hopefully). Crabbe, whose previous film role was Kaspa the Lion Man in the Tarzan ripoff "Lord of the Jungle," is given little to do and is also in the running for the least articulate Tarzan of all time. So if it was not for purient interests, there would probably be no interest in this particular Tarzan movie at all."