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Hercules [Blu-ray] (1997)

Barbara Barrie , Danny DeVito , John Musker , Ron Clements  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Barrie, Danny DeVito, Tate Donovan, James Woods, Susan Egan
  • Directors: John Musker, Ron Clements
  • Writers: Ron Clements, Don McEnery
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K5ZXJFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Experience HERCULES, Disney's animated classic from the creators of ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID, on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Nominated for an Academy Award(R) (Best Music, Original Song, "Go The Distance," 1997), this legendary family favorite is packed with colossal laughs and nonstop adventure. Taken from the gods as a newborn and adopted on Earth, Hercules is just an awkward pillar of strength trying to fit in. What he wants most is to impress his father Zeus. When Hercules discovers Hades' sinister plot to take over Mount Olympus, he goes from zero to hero and, with the help of his pals Pegasus and Phil, discovers that real strength comes from the heart!

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylistic & Comical Disney Romp March 9, 2001
Format:DVD
This is a great film for the kids and anyone interested in animation. The use of gospel music was a masterstroke and adds much to the livliness of the film as does the input from Gerald Scarfe, the mastermind behind Pink Floyd's "The Wall". His influence and artistic stlye are seen in every frame of the film and give it the most distinctive style and look of any Disney film since Sleeping Beauty. Highly original and beautiful. I espicially like the character design of Meg, they've made her to look like a walking grecian vase!
Story wise we've seen this a million times before, especially in all the recent Disney films. That said though, I still enjoy this film more than Aladdin, it's competitor for the funniest Disney film ever (that was until The Emperor's New Groove knocked them both out of the park). Children are sure to love the outragous humor, bright colors, music and light tone as well as the comical sidekicks (Pain and Panic) and monsters. Frankly, I'm confounded by the negative reviews here. Everything is done top notch except for the predictable Disney formula plot.
The DVD presentation is fantastic. The film is presented in widescreen, the colors are bright, blacks are deep and dark and the sound is crisp and clear. You couldn't ask for a better presentation. However, it lacks for extras. There is a 12 minute making of short that is somewhat insightful and a music video of Ricky Martin's Spanish version of "Go The Distance". Also included are a simple triva game and the storybook mode that's found on most Disney DVD's.
The crisp bright look of the DVD is enough to warrant a buy for a Disney fan, but add in the gospel music, humor, fantastical setting and daring animation style and you've got yourself a winner for anyone!
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99 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney lover and history graduate student December 3, 1999
Format:DVD
I am in graduate school for my masters in history and I know just about EVERYTHING there is to know about mythology and Greek culture and let me tell you, I LOVED this movie! All the people who hated it because of its inaccuracies should know that not ONE Disney movie has EVER been accurate. Cinderella's step-sisters cut their toes off to fit into the glass slipper. The Little Mermaid is supposed to DIE in the end. There is NO Gaston or dancing pots and pans in Beauty and the Beast. There is no wise-cracking genie in Aladdin. Hercules is NO different. But unlike those movies, the "true" story of Hercules is just plain awful. The story goes like this: Hercules is born after Zeus cheats on his wife. Zeus then has the baby feed on Hera's breast when she is sleeping. Then Hercules in a fit of anger kills his whole family, and spends his whole life killing monsters for his cousin as penance. In the end his second wife gives him a magic coat with which he burns himself to death because he cheated on her. Oh, what a great movie that would make! Honestly, the revamped story is VASTLY superior, and Disney did everything right as far as the geology of Greece, the architecture, the clothing, and many other little anecdotes. That's much more than I can say for any other version of Hercules including that god-awful Kevin Sorbo show. I see the movie more as a humorous look at ALL Greek myths. I think any student of Greek myths would agree. Sure the Gospel music was a bit much, but it fit the story beautifully.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory viewing for your son (or daughter) June 3, 2000
Format:DVD
Disney's grown up - to the point where each new animated release is sure to draw controversy and criticism from somebody; I personally was furious at the revisionism of Hunchback. I forgave them when this movie came out. Disney's Hercules is an experiment just like Fantasia, but many folks (it appears), disliked the tampering with Greek myth as well as the unfamiliar style and animation. But I've got lots of reasons to make it my new favorite Disney. First, Disney (in an incredibly bold move) hired Gerald Scarfe to design. His surreal yet powerful visions were always a highlight of Pink Floyd concerts; now they break ground in the same way that Little Mermaid did. While many of the characters appear weird and sketchy, their power seeps through every frame. And, as always, nobody does villains like Disney; Hades, Cerberus, the Titans, the whole Underworld - profoundly frightening in a whole new way. And Disney's forays into computer-generated animation again stop the show when Hercules battles the Hydra; even purists must agree to its power and brilliance.
Then there's the voice talent: James Woods predictably steals the show as Hades, whose wisecracks do little to hide his genuine evil. A close second is Danny DeVito as Phil, a satyr who's saddled with training the young and awkward Hercules to become a true hero; DeVito's given lots of jokes to tell, and only diehard stodges will fail to bust a gut at some of his remarks.
Which leads us to the music: I went out and bought the soundtrack because it was so good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this little story all the same
While it's not accurate to the Mythos from which it originated, I enjoyed this little story all the same. It was cute, in only the way a Disney movie can be.
Published 1 day ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
My boy's play it over and over
Published 5 days ago by R. P
5.0 out of 5 stars Disneys Hercules
Great picture and can be enjoyed in several languages.
Published 6 days ago by Samuel G. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A favorite movie now on Blu-Ray. Wonderful.
Published 7 days ago by Bonnie H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great movie!! DVD was in good working order and it arrived on time. Would definitely recommend it to others!
Published 10 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars HERCULES Still Goes the Distance
HERCULES still goes the distance. I took my daughter to see this when it was released and I immediately fell in love with this Disney film. Read more
Published 11 days ago by gobirds2
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transfer. One absence - we're missing the Michael ...
While we in North America are still waiting for Disney Inc. to get off its proverbial lump and release the rest of their catalog to Blu-ray, you can snatch up Hercules via this... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nick Zegarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is awesome. It is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!!!!!
Published 19 days ago by Cheeks Bros
3.0 out of 5 stars "All tip and no iceberg"
I'm only reviewing the film- not the dvd edition so skip on if that's what you're after. It's okay, not outstanding and nowhere near the same calibre as Beauty and the Beast or the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jacquie Jackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Got this as a gift for my friend's 2 little boys. They loved it. Good enough quality, heard no complaints.
Published 23 days ago by Stephanie D.
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