Hercules - The Legendary Journeys (Season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
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This Hercules Collection contains:
- Hercules - The Legendary Journeys Season 1
- Hercules - The Legendary Journeys Season 2
- Hercules - The Legendary Journeys Season 3
- Hercules - The Legendary Journeys Season 4
- Hercules - The Legendary Journeys Season 5
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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!
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. Let's hope it makes an example.
Beside all this, The Xena Trilogy makes a pretty decent acquisition, but I'm afraid it will only be good enough for true die-hard Xena fans who MUST see how their favorite female hero came to life.
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