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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (The Xena Trilogy: The Warrior Princess / The Gauntlet / Unchained Heart) (1995)

Lucy Lawless , Kevin Sorbo , Bruce Seth Green , Jack Perez  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Robert Trebor
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, Jack Perez
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783226276
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (The Xena Trilogy: The Warrior Princess / The Gauntlet / Unchained Heart)" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Lucy Lawless makes her debut as the beautiful and deadly princess Xena in this awesome, sword-wielding action adventure. Xena plans to kill Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) in order to gain control of the region Arcadian. Part of her lethal strategy included convincing Hercules' best friend, Iolaus (Michael Hurst) to join her army and turn against his loyal comrade! Xena Trilogy contains "The Warrior Princess", "The Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart".

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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not Xena... April 15, 2002
I bought this DVD for one reason only: I am a HUGE Xena Fan, and the opportunity to watch the genesis of the show was too good for me to miss. However, it's not what many people may expect.

Even though I hold no grudge against the Hercules series (in fact, I must say I quite enjoyed it), is not a secret that, as a whole, it was the lighter side of the coin. This "lightness" is clearly seen in these three episodes. If you're looking for the dark, moody atmosphere that made Xena famous, then you may be disappointed. Hercules, more than a hero, is a "do-gooder", and the show is filled with a deep sense of morality, not moral. However, is interesting to see how Xena was turned to the way of good by Hercules and Iolaus. Lucy Lawless is great as Xena, although you can clearly see that she was not the experienced actress she has become since, and the character of the Warrior Princess lacks the depth that she reached in her own show. Is impressive also how incredibly young she looks. It must be because of her hair color (lighter brown instead of jet-black, and the fact that she looks so little next to Hercules). Also, as you all know, Gabrielle is missing, and that's a real shame.
The DVD itself is not a good deal. The image and sound quality are very good, but the absence of chapter stops is a terrible mistake. Also, the Special Features only include Bios and Filmography of Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Lucy Lawless (Xena). Where the hell is Michael Hurst (Iolaus)?. After being side by side with Hercules, he surely deserves some credit. No featurettes, no picture gallery, no nothing! That's quite a waste of the storage capability of the digital era and the producers deserve a slap on the wrist for that. On the good side, however, I applaud the use of Spanish Subtitles.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, What a Start! June 8, 1999
By A Customer
Anyone who is a fan of HERCULES and/or XENA will like this three episode set. It is the start of something special, that is to be sure. And as many a fan has said: "If there wasn't a Hercules, there wouldn't be a Xena". Never has a statement been truer. Especially when you see The Warrior Princess not so heroic beginnings through these episodes. She's a beautiful woman-warrior who must be caught and turned to good or the known world will pay a price. Hercules is the one to help her mend her evil ways. Interestingly, as we start, Xena uses her womanly wiles (especially on poor Iolaus) to great effect to get what she wants. Later, in her own series, that is just about the LAST thing (a not so feminine) Xena will resort to. The lead actors are all wonderful. Sorbo, Lawless and Michael Hurst as Herc's duped best friend go all out. The adventures and emotions supplied are well displayed and acted. There is extra added footage to these tapes, the most interesting segment being an extended and quite steamy (although still fit for a younger audience) love scene between Xena and Hercules. A scene where Xena is beaten through a gauntlet is intense. Salmoneous (Robert Trebor) also appears in the last two segments and is a riot. His "Xena theme song" shouldn't be missed. All and all, a good triolgy and a bonus for fans of either show. Let's hope more H:TLJ series episodes make it onto the market.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The DVD could have been better December 18, 1999
By A Customer
This DVD is a great bargain and convenience in terms of having all three episodes on one DVD. The three-story arc is fabulous, and the acting by Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless and Michael Hurst is excellent. However, the quality of the DVD left me disappointed. I felt it is not quite as sharp as other DVDs I own (though it is still far superior to the VHS version), there are no memorable special features, but most damning is the lack of chapter stops! This means you cannot view any particular scene directly. You can only start at the beginning of each episode, and then you are forced to fast-forward to a particular scene (much like VHS). That ignores one of DVD's best features: instant access. Still, I'm happy I own it, I just wish they had done a better job by including chapter stops (as, for instance, the excellent Avengers DVDs have).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Xena fans June 13, 2003
How many of you have watched the first episode of Xena, and said to yourself, "this doesn't explain how she became good at all!"? Or how bout picking up on references later in the series about Xena's past relationship with Iolaus and wondering "when did that happen?" Then you should really see these episodes.
Though Lucy Lawless has appeared in 2 other roles on "Hercules: the Legendary Journeys", these are her first three in the role of Xena. The three eps come from the first season (or second if you count the 5 tv movies that preceded the show), the last of the three eps being the season finale.
If you're looking for campy Xena silliness, this is not for you. These are rather serious and dramatic, focused on the relationships between Xena, Iolaus and Hercules. Most importantly, it explains how Xena evolves from a ruthless warrior into an agent of good. I personally prefer the more serious Xena episodes anyway, so I loved these. Even if you've never watched Hercules, you won't feel left out. And Herc fans will enjoy the ever-fluxxing attitudes of the main characters that make this collection like a work of art. Ok, maybe not a "work of art", but still pretty awesome.
The only qualms I have with this dvd is that there are NO extra features (save language selections and short text bios on Sorbo and Lawless). Also, everytime you load the dvd it starts playing "The Warrior Princess" (the first episode on the disk) automatically, so if you want a different one you have to go to the menu. Otherwise, it's great!
So before you blow [money] on Xena season 1, get this disk first to wet your pallet with some old-fashion kick-butt action!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wish Hercules and Xena were a couple :-)
This is the best Hercules and Xena dvd ever. Has extended make out scene between Hercules and Xena not showed in the seasons of Hercules or Xena dvds. Read more
Published 2 months ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Very good item for who loves Xena and Hercules! The action, the suspense and the actors' perfomance are fenomenal! It just make you get more and more hooked on it!
Published 3 months ago by Stela P. Souza
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these eps
Its been years since i have seen these episodes so happy to finally own these episodes hercules was where my favorite show started from so happy to own theses episodes!!
Published 7 months ago by Angela Trevino
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
What is not to like? Great episodes that led to a great series. Lucy and Kevin are wonderful and Michael is also great.
Published 12 months ago by Misty Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
I like everything about this series xena. She is so great on acting and love all the action. I will recommend this to my friends.
Published 14 months ago by B. Escobar
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to watch
Had never seen these episodes till recently, and although I'm not as much a fan of Hercules, my whole family loves Xena's show and it's great getting to see her origins.
Published 21 months ago by Lisa Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars love the oldy
love to watch everything as discribed plays great brand new love deff buy from again perfect love it great quality
Published 21 months ago by Vic
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Footage!!!
I see some reviews saying this "isn't worth the money" and "just buy the season one set" but for any dihard fan... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Panda04
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercules (The Xena Trilogy)
Wow! I had been looking for this set for a long time and was just about to give up, but there is was on just waiting there with it's awesomely low price tag. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Xena!!!
These episodes were great. They were the oldest episodes with Xena on the Hercules series. These episodes introduced Xena before she had her own series and before she and... Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by carson.2797
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