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Joseph Campbell & Power of Myth With Bill Moyers (25th Anniversary Edition) (1987)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4E8E1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS FEATURES
  • New introductions from Bill Moyers for each episode, extended conversations with Campbell from Bill Moyers Journal (105 min.), selections from Moyers’ interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas (33 min.), and more
  • 12-page viewer’s guide
  • Profiles of Campbell’s influences, episode photo galleries, and Bill Moyers biography

SDH subtitles
Program previously released on DVD
Contains materials some viewers may find objectionable

Editorial Reviews

With new and expanded bonus features

“Fascinating” —The New York Times
“Compelling” —The Wall Street Journal

As seen on PBS

The seminal PBS series on world mythology
“Dazzling and still potently relevant” —San Francisco Chronicle

Joseph Campbell taught for nearly 40 years at Sarah Lawrence College; he authored and edited scores of books and inspired generations of scholars and artists.

Journalist Bill Moyers distinguished himself at PBS, CBS, NBC, and Newsday; his many honors include lifetime achievement Emmy® and Peabody awards.

Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, heroic figures, and pop culture.

Now featuring newly recorded introductions by Bill Moyers, this series demonstrates that, despite superficial differences between cultures, all stories are humanity’s story.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The newest edition (2013) to own, with updates/additions December 28, 2012
Emmy journalist Bill Moyers with his celebrated documentary style, interviews Joseph Campbell (death 1987) over his life-long devotion to uncovering origins and uses of age-old myths. Campbell, a professor, talks the language that a novice on the topic can understand. His search for myths from all over the world, amid every civilization, and throughout the length of history itself, has been pared down to less than 6 hours in 6 episodes. But it's enough to inspire further investigation, and for those interested, more reading from author Campbell.

Even Moyers occasionally appears amazed, disconcerted, and/or mystified by Campbell's answers to his elementary questions. Campbell adds many personal anecdotes in his responses, along with bits of his vast mental data base of myths. Even humor. It's obvious he could spend hours answering every question. He attempts keeping it simple enough for the average intellectual to grasp. It became one of the most popular PBS presentations of the 20th century. If you've not seen the earlier DVD release, this new 25th edition, is definitely the own to own.

Campbell bring up faith, himself claiming none, but he saw a connection among many, if not all, forms of religion through recurring versions of the myths he uncovered in his life of research. Some will question placing a myth into the context of their components of faith. But religions of all kinds are often about beliefs, and many of them are scientifically not provable. Thus, religion is a faith. Unfortunately, we can't not record what Joseph Campbell found to be true as he physically passed out of his world of myth. It appears that Moyers was not giving up on his protestant faith, but that connection sure did produce some lively discourse between the two men.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Myths Come to Life February 4, 2013
Mythology is one of my favorite subjects. We can learn so much about the people of the past and how much we really all have is common by looking at the myths of the past. In Joseph Campbell And the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, he delves into the myths, legends and symbols of eastern and western civilization. You might think watching a lecture for hours would be boring, but I found myself glued to my seat as I ingested the knowledge Mr. Campbell had to share. He touched on all my favorite topics from world religion to heroic figures in history. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys philosophy or mythology.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well worth it April 7, 2013
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The new Dvd was very well worth it. I would scan back and forth as I was catching concepts JC had expressed in ways I had never thought of. Be sure to view the whole thing first before you start breaking it down. JC is so knowledgable and insightful as to how our lives are the myth. And how our traditions are shaped by the myth. I had no idea I would get so much out of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic July 4, 2013
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I nearly bought this 25 years ago in VHS tape but it was just too expensive. So now here it is in DVD format as an anniversary edition. I purchased it for a fourth of the price, and it's a format that will outlast VHS by a lot of years. .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Joseph Campbell was a brilliant expert on comparative religions. This series of interviews with Bill Moyers is an illuminating analysis of the similarities and differences among religions across all cultures. Even if you do not believe in any higher power, Campbell's observations on death, mysticism, parallel fables and other topics covered are well worth the time. You will leave with a much deeper understanding of religion, appreciation for the similarities among cultures and, if you are a believer, insights into the universality of many of your own beliefs. Having taken a comparative religion course in college and carried an appreciation for that topic since then, The Power of Myth was a great way to rekindle that interest decades later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great May 2, 2013
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Naturally, the video quality is not up to today's standards, but these discussions and Joseph Campbell are still fascinating, especially from a Jungian point of view. Well worth having and watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Myth June 28, 2013
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I first saw this series in the early mid-80s and in re-visiting them now is just as wonderful as it was then. I LOVE this interview and all the information. It is just the greatest!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional June 16, 2013
The 20th century Master of Myth
Joseph C takes us on an eternal journey . A must view for all people over 30.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Buff
I ordered this item as a gift for my brother who is a pastor and a fan of Joseph Campbell. This series forces many to think "outside of the box" and appeals to both the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Doug Savick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series of interviews
This is a life-changing interview by Bill Moyers with Joseph Campbell. I watch it again and again! I also teach this with my classes, and it truly opens the eyes of my students.
Published 1 month ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
Originally saw this when it aired on PBS ,have been waiting for the DVD set, amazing how all these different cultures separated by time and distances have converging creation... Read more
Published 1 month ago by stephen p smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series
I wish more people would see this series as it would answer many questions about how religion came to be.
Published 2 months ago by Love to Read
4.0 out of 5 stars The Power of myth is a work everyone should experience.
This is an outstanding work of scholarship and Joseph Campbell is the acknowledged master of the interpretation of myths and their significance for mankind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
I teach high school students and there is nothing like Campbell to get them thinking about larger connections they can make to the world. Just love this! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Campbell Dvd
Have not finished yet but very deep. Started watching with my daughter. She is not as familiar with Star Wars as that is shown in the first section. Very interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S P
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Expanding!
What a great man Joseph Campbell was... He had and unusual understanding of the human mind... and the ways in which we are influenced by what goes on around the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to survey Joseph Campbell's views on myths.
This guy inspired George Lucas and many others with a schema for myth building. I am a writer of fiction and wanted to assure I understood where Campbell was coming from. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard E. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5 Stars Are For Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers For Asking The...
I have had the book Power Of Myth for many years, but this DVD set is a major improvement. Campbell and Moyers do a good job of explaining the various forms of mythology found in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zarathustra
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