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Hercules (2005)

Paul Tefler , Sean Astin  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Tefler, Sean Astin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T1ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Paul Telfer, Sean Astin, Timothy Dalton. The classic tale of the legendary, half god-half man, son of Zeus is retold in this feature-length, made-for-TV epic sporting a star-studded cast and based on the popular hit miniseries. 2005/color/127 min/NR/fullscreen.

Hercules is the enjoyable, full-length version of a truncated television miniseries starring Scots actor Paul Telfer in a revisionist telling of the mythical Greek hero's life. Reputed to be the son of Zeus and Hera-worshipping priestess Alcmene (Elizabeth Perkins), Hercules is born a fraternal twin but half-brother to Iphicles (Luke Ford), son of Amphitryon (Timothy Dalton). Though he is raised under the latter's protection and counsel, Hercules has an unrelenting streak of bad luck that finds him accused of murder, rape, and the killing of his own children. With such a black cloud hanging over him, Hercules seeks redemption through his famous Labors. Sean Astin, Leelee Sobieski, and Leeanna Walsman co-star in a complex story of intrigue, revenge, and hope, full of gleaming swords and fairly good special effects, including a passable centaur and multi-headed hydra. Written by Charles Edward Pogue (Dragonheart). --Tom Keogh

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware: This is the cut version October 17, 2005
This passable movie would have gotten three stars, but it lost a star due to the release version being offered.

Before I get to the time issue, let me just say that this was an entertaining movie. I've read other reviews complaining about its inaccuracies, which frankly I don't care much about as it's a myth that happened thousands of years ago. If you want a night of action, adventure, and cheap CGI, pick up this DVD. BUT...

NBC was originally supposed to air this as a two-night four-hour miniseries (roughly 180 minutes minus commercials), but decided instead to butcher the movie and fit it into a three-hour timeslot (roughly 135 minutes minus commercials), which is what you're given in this DVD. Sci-Fi recently aired the four-hour miniseries in its entirety, with all the cut scenes intact. If you haven't seen the miniseries and don't care mcuh for what was cut, then you might as well get this DVD. But if you were like me and actually saw the original cut, wait for LionsGate and Hallmark to release the original 177-minute version.

In Australia and Europe, the film is released in its original 177-minute version, so if you have a multi-region player, I'd suggest importing from there.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Be forewarned, I'm a big fan of 'Hercules, The Legendary Journeys' and 'Xena, Warrior Queen' so anything new on this mythical hero automatically starts off with the expectation of being a - 5 Stars - production.

This Hallmark Entertainment made-for-television production presents a much darker and somber tale of the "Son of Zeus" than what the fans of Kevin Sorbo have grown familiar with. Hated by his Mother Alcmene (Elizabeth Perkins), High Priestess to Hera and twin brother Iphicles they both unsuccessfully plot to kill Hercules (Paul Telfer). They even enlist the aide of his new wife Megara and his three young sons. When their plan fails and results in the deaths of the three children Hercules is blamed and is banished from the Kingdom. In an attempt to redeem himself he agrees to be tested by his betrayers and undertakes a series of all but impossible tasks, or "Labors." That is, almost impossible for anyone but Hercules!

Hallmark has certainly not given us the definitive version of the God/man but it is a good one. It has better than average special effects, a competent storyline and a strong cast of character: Timothy Dalton, Elizabeth Perkins, Sean Astin, the lovely LeeLee Sobeiski and Paul Telfer as Hercules.

*Special message from my seventeen year old daughter for all the young girls out there:

"Check out Paul Telfer, HOTTTTTT......!"
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Powerful Message! September 12, 2006
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I'm shocked at some of the reviews here; I just finished watching this on Sci-Fi, and rushed online to see if I could order the DVD. This is also the first review I have ever felt motivated to make, after years and years of purchasing at Amazon.

IMO this is one of the best done Hercules movie I've ever seen, primarily because the message. The point of the movie was not the heroics, nor the political intrigue, nor the subplots, nor the eye candy (though, I have to admit Paul Telfer was certainly that! then again, I've always been partial to dark hair and blue eyes... *purr*) or about the special effects. It was about an ordinary man (the movie hints that he is not actually a demi-god) who, through his actions and determination, fought back against the prevailing beliefs of his day, to come to the ultimate self-realization: I, AND NO ONE ELSE, DETERMINE MY DESTINY.

I watched this journey with my 10 year-old son, and in addition to the above, found example after example of courage and morals demonstrated. (Wish it was a little less gory in spots though.) The second biggest lesson my son took away from the movie was how Hercules, though it wasn't completely "his fault", took full, unremitting responsibility for his actions, and made every effort to make full restitution and make the wrong right. In contrast, we have the dumb-butts who took no responsibility at all for their actions. Wow!

Granted, the CGI effects were, in my opinion, poor, but this was a B-grade movie. Also, it is not exactly true to the Hercules mythos, but then again, they had to take artistic license to keep this from being hours and hours long. If you can ignore those two facts and any preconceived notions, and look at it as a STORY, then you will like it I think.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this but I have the Region 4 release which was released in a widescreen presentation on a 2 disc set with a running time of 170mins. A full 3 hours with no ads. The Region 1 version clocks in at 127 mins on a full screen edit which does the production no favours. I think the American release has shortchanged its customers and can't understand these vast discrepancies unless its a censorship issue?

Minotaur1001, Melbourne Australia
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hercules August 27, 2006
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Great movie. Excellent special effects and great actors. Gives a great story to the Hercules legend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good adaptation! April 9, 2006
By Lisa
This movie seems to be one you either love or hate, and I must say I truly enjoyed it. As one critic said it was a "B" movie, but it was very good nevertheless.

I really enjoyed the acting- it was very good. I loved the wife Megara, who was very good (even though she was "evil"), and Herc's mother. Herc was pretty good himself, and Leelee (his nymph) was very good, she truly stole the film.

Though there was quite a few inaccuractes, (such as only 6 labors were preformed as opposed the 12), it was still a pretty good movie, albert a T.V. one.

The only serious critic I would have to say is the obvious animation. It was really surprising to find that this movie was made in 2005-the animation looked like something out of one of the older Star Wars Movies.

This was a really good T.V. movie. It's definatly renting material, but I wouldn't buy it(unless it was on sale or less than $10)
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