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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
For anyone who loves Joseph Campbell this DVD will be a must have addition to your collection. Campbell explains the similarities between all world religions skillfully and shows the underlying themes that connect us all. In the face of this our petty world squabbles seem infantile. This should be taught in every school, but until that day comes I will simply teach it here in my home. I am sure we will be all the better for for it. This is, for now, secret knowledge. Hopefully as time goes on more and more people will stumble upon it and his ideas will become familiar to more of us. His other books, DVDs, and audio CDs are all worth looking into or buying. Many of his ideas stem from concepts Jung theorized. Campbell takes much of it further and is easier to read. Jung often goes off the deep end and loses his way. Campbell is wholly consistent and weaves an intricate web of understanding for anyone who cares to grow. His works, besides bringing greater understanding to us about the world we live in and the conscious world we inhabit, can also be used to further help inspire and lead with mythological writing. I myself love to write fiction and have found his works invaluable beyond anything else. George Lucas used his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" to help him write Star Wars. It is no secret why the films resonate so well all around the world as a result. The underlying themes can be unlocked through reading Campbell's works.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This DVD is a Campbell resource that is meaty, enjoyable, and delightful. For those of us who, like George Lucas, consider Joseph Campbell our "Yoda," an entire series of lectures is like finding the Mother Lode. My only complaint about this DVD is the fact that it is Mythos I and I am trying to find the entire set!

It is my understanding that approximately 50 hours of Campbell video exists and I, for one, would like to see every scrap of it. The more complex the world becomes, the more cogent and significant are the lectures of Joseph Campbell. Please offer more. I would happily buy the entire set. I have watched Mythos I half a dozen times. Like Carl Sagan's Cosmos, this is a timeless, pertinent, important contribution to those searching for truth and meaning in an upside-down world.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2008
Buckle up for an extraordinary ride to the past, where customs and religious practices are not as arcane as we once thought them to be. Joseph Campbell takes us on a journey to meet the ancient gods of our ancestors and shows us how they metamorphosed into the gods of today. This is a wonderful series of lectures, illustrating common themes and motifs running throughout cultural and religious beliefs. In the final lecture, Campbell has the chutzpah to draw some fairly obvious but controversial conclusions, to which not everyone in the audience agrees. Some people still prefer to live in blind faith, but for those who are willing to take off the blinkers, this is a must see DVD.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2008
This fortunate product constitutes one half of the former Mythos. You will also need Mythos 2 in order to have the complete work. This is OK; in fact good news, as the original Mythos--now out of production--is expensive if you find it, Mythos 1 is not.

The content in this series is vital if you are looking for genuine insight into the human experience. Quite possibly the answers to solving many of society's/culture's/civilization's fundamental dilemmas may be peiced together from this knowledge herein. As the phenomenon of progress continues to change human life universally, there are many forgotten basic principals and truths to living life in harmony with itself that do not change. They are forgotten but not lost and you may find some in Mythos 1.

Paul Thomson
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
What are we all looking for? What do you call that thing sought after by science, religion and everything in between? And, why is it so illusive? When a friend recommended Joseph Campbells' book "the hero with a thousand faces", I knew from the title that it may be the book I was looking for because for years I had been noticing the similarities between the religions and the myths of the world which led me to believe that everyone everywhere is reaching for the same thing. After being blown away the the book mentioned above, I got Mythos 1. Since this DVD is over four and a half hours long, I was looking forward to watching it over a couple of weeks, a little at a time. Well, I watched half the first night, slept, woke up and watched the rest. Joseph Campbell is off the hook!

Whenever I consider taking in the views of any scholar, it matters a great deal to me the impression that I get of the type of person that he or she is. Is the motivation self aggrandizement, malice, concern for others? J.C. definitely falls into the third category. His compassion for humanity is extremely apparent and his main objective seems to be to demonstrate to all who will hear it that we are and have always been connected as one human group. There are no "others", just us. In subtle ways, he informs us that we each share a common mission: to draw upward, not tear down those around us, but in order to do so we must first take a journey to find a treasure that we must acquire in order to be of any assistance to others.

So as we venture out into the great unknown, what is it that we are seeking and, again, why is it so illusive? I guess the paradox is that the only way to find it is by looking outside your circle only to discover it within yourself. The treasure that we seek is found in humanity; it is one that has to be lost in order to be found. If we step outside of who we think we are, we find ourselves. And, if you find the Self, you are fit to help humanity; if you help humanity, you help yourself. This message is whispered in the works of Joseph Campbell.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
It was with cautious optimism that I (thankfully) checked this title out from my local library. I was disappointed within minutes with material which had little or nothing to do with the lectures: namely the narrator. It was sufficiently distracting to deal with her that I downgraded the overall score due to her performance. My thanks go to the other reviewers who corroborated this sensation.

That being said, the material presented by Campbell himself was engaging, approachable and very intriguing. It may be a big bite for a new viewer to take on, but it's a digestible one and anyone interested in the "Ologies" (psych, myth, anthropo, and socio) will find a great blending of these fields, which is no small part of his appeal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Mythos series is one of the better Joseph Campbell DVDs I've watched. It's simply him presenting a lecture, but that's as it should be. And what a great lecturer he is. He manages to engage you as a viewer even though you're not in the room with him. He exudes a passion and joy for his subject. Campbell also presents his material in a methodical order, going from Western to Eastern traditions. This allows him to present his work - including controversial views - as he sees fit, not as some interviewer asks him.

This series is "hosted" by Susan Sarandon, and while her comments aren't particularly informative or useful they're few and far between. 90-95% of each episode is Joseph Campbell with no other voices. I suspect Sarandon was thrown in because some marketing exec thought it would appeal to "dumb Americans."
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2009
Joseph Campbell is brilliant. Every sentence he utters should be pondered for hours. This video is great except for the awful narration by Susan Sarandan. There you hanging on Joseph's every word then SMACK and it cuts to Susan and some rediculous monologue. That pretentious cretan ruins the whole series. Thanks a lot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a must for Campbells students of mythology. He enlightens us with ancient wisdom once again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
I am in awe of the level of information this beautiful man had stored in his brain. I loved it when he would look up and grab some essential bit of information to include the subject of the moment. I love listening to him and the wisdom of the ages that flows so easily from him to us.
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