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Hercules (Gold Collection) (1997)

Barbara Barrie , Danny DeVito , John Musker , Ron Clements  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 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, Animated, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R99S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hercules (Gold Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

"The Making Of Hercules" Featurette

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British artist/political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe was brought in to assist with character design, and he remained involved as an ongoing artistic advisor to the animators.

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52 of 57 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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18 of 19 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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top five best disney films July 12, 2005
Format:DVD
I've always been a crazy fanatic about greek and roman history and mythology. Even with the gross inaccuracies (sp??) it's maybe my second favorite disney movie beneath the lion king.

The chorus is perfect for classical literature and fits in well. There are a bunch of witty little lines and actions. For instance in one scene hercules is posing with a lion skin over his shoulder, which is obviously Scar from the lion king. The love story is very cute. Phil is a little annoying, but he's always very funny. Alotta greek monsters which are comically animated. Hades is hilarious and my favorite role for James Woods. Pain and Panic are great comic relief. Meg is a beautifully created character and presents a story of redemption. The ending is also very heartwarming.

If you can watch the film without whining and pointing out the mythological flaws (while still knowing enough mythology to understand some of the jokes) I would definitely suggest it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... April 4, 2009
Format:DVD
And That's The Gospel Truth.

I'm a big fan of all the Disney movies. The Disney Corporation has for just under a century, entertained generations with their loveable, funny and downright memorable characters and films. Historically, most people will prefer the old Disney film to the modern movies, but there's no doubting they still have their place.

Hercules was released during the rebirth of Disney ignited by the entirely computer animated Toy Story thanks to its collaboration with Pixar. You will be forgiven for thinking that Disney may have taken a bit of a step back reverting to the traditional hand drawn animation, but I'm sure there's a reason for that and it isn't entirely in 2D drawn animation. This particular movie was part of the Disney renaissance in which Disney reverted back to its classic ways of making movies based on classic characters and stories. Along with Hercules, other films in the Disney Renaissance were The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mulan amongst others.

The plot tells of the ancient Greek myth of son of Zeus, Hercules, half God and half mortal. On his birth, the bitter and evil brother of Zeus, Hades lord of the Underworld is forging a plan to become ruler of all the Gods. He is approached by the fates who tell him that he will win in his plan as long as Hercules does not interfere. Because of this, Hades sends his stupid minions, pain and panic, to kidnap baby Hercules and feed him a potion that will turn him mortal, once he's mortal the plan is then to kill him. All does not go according to plan as Hercules doesn't drink every last drop of the potion and playfully disposes of pain and panic. Alone and stranded on Earth, Hercules is adopted to be brought up as a mortal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
classic! Love this movie so much! If u have not seen it it in my mind is a must see!
Published 6 days ago by Emma May
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Everything worked. Was still sealed in plastic. My little brother watches it all the time! I am always skeptical on buying from the internet but this was great.
Published 11 days ago by DisneyLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney Movie
I bought this movie for my grandson, he enjoys any movie made by Disney. He continues to watch this type of movies.
Published 21 days ago by John L. Schafer
5.0 out of 5 stars children's movie
I bought this movie to watch with my grandchildren. We love movie time together. This is one of their favorite movies.
Published 1 month ago by believe
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love this Movie
The kids love this movie, they especially love the music. They are young so some of the content is over their heads but they enjoyed it anyway.
Published 1 month ago by Excited Mom to Be!
5.0 out of 5 stars "I won't say (I'm in love)" with this movie
Wonderful, if mythologically inaccurate, film from Disney. I'd watch this over and over just for the Hades parts. I really wish the TV show that followed would be released on DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family movie
Fun entertaining, good story line, great animation, a quality film.
Fun for the entire family including the kids & Grandkids.
Published 1 month ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I always have loved Disney movies. This was better than I expected. Got this for my Son's B-Day. We watched it together.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Darrow
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF DISNEY'S NEGLECTED AND UNDERRATED FILMS! WHERE IS THE BLU RAY...
Disney Studios 35th full length animated feature film Hercules is one of the studios most underrated and neglected titles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Was delivered in time and in very good condition, my daughter had a bunch of movies in VHS and we are replacing our favorites to DVD
Published 1 month ago by Jaydeane C Burnett
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