Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 2
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Also loved the extra disc with the Rob Tapert interview (he gets wonderfully emotional at one point with regards to his creation) and outtakes (etc. - and I had absolutely NO tech problem with this extra disc as was mentioned by another reviewer) and the single episode discussion/over-view done by Kevin Sorbo, including "The Apple" and "Cast a Giant Shadow" were just so much fun to listen to -- BUUUT ... Where was Michael Hurst this time? He was the co-star of the show yet there were no episode commentaries from him as there was in Season One and that just seemed so wrong. His presence is sorely missed this time. Hope to hear him in the Season Three DVDs!
Nevertheless, the GREAT stuff out-weighs the missing and I highly recommend this DVD package to any fans. LOVED IT!
2 All that Glitters--King Midas has turned his kingdom into a gambling/pleasure palace after several years of drought/crop failure causing all the people to remain poor.
3 What's in a Name--Hercules' half mortal brother (Iphicles) uses his name.
4 Siege at Naxos--Hercules and Iolaus must return Goth to Athens for trial.
5 Outcast--Lyla is married to Deric a centaur. She is murdered by the Creatons, who believe in purity of lineage. Deric goes on a murderous revenge rampage and Hercules must stop him.
6 Under the Broken Sky--Salmoneus takes over his brother-in-laws pleasure palace. Hercules reunites Lucina (a veil dancer) with her husband, Atticus, who is pursued by Pilate, an evil man.
7 The Mother of all Monsters--Echidna, the mother of all monsters, wants to kill Hercules, who killed all of her children. She uses Demetrius to woo Alcmene (Hercules's mother) so she can watch Hercules dies.
8 The Other Side--Hades falls in love with and kidnaps Persephone. Hercules is reunited with his deceased wife and children.
9 The Fire Down Below--Salmoneus is tricked into stealing Hera's hidden treasure. Nemesis returns to kill Salmoneus for his thievery.
10 Cast a Giant Shadow--Typhon (a giant), Echidna's husband, is set free by Hercules. Merkus seeks revenge on Hercules for killing his brother Demetrius.
11 Highway to Hades--Hades wants King Sisyphus returned to Hades. A widow, Daphne, is separated from her husband Timuron on her wedding night. King Sisyphus wants to replace his current wife who is barren with Daphne as she can have children.Read more ›
The only downsides: the series' first "clip show," and the fact that the second season commerative coin is no longer included for free (mail-in card for it plus S&H). But all and all, a nicely done second season.
This review is for the 5-disk version. It is by Deluxe Digital Video, the same company that makes the Murder, She Wrote and Rockford Files sets. Although I have looked for it repeatedly, because they are recorded at 4-hour format, I have never noticed any video degredation in those sets.
The same cannot be said for Hercules. The video quality is terrible!
One of the things about Hercules is that it is a visual delight, the scenery, the costumes, the good-looking men and women, the computer generated special effects. The video on the 5-disk version is horribly overcompressed, full of rectangular, blocky artifacts that greatly detract from the pleasure of the viewing.
I paid $35 each for seasons 3 and 4 several years ago. The 7-disk version is now only $5 more than the 5-disk version. It's worth at least twice as much. In addition to the video quality, the 7-disk version also has extras. The 5-disk version has none. Even though I already bought the 5-disk version, I just bought the 7-disk version.
Do yourself a favor and don't bother with the 5-disk version.
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The show is great as always but the video quality is pretty bad, much worse than the previously released 7 disc set for S2.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Figueiredo
What can I say bad about this series? Even with it's cheesy need to have every episode end with a happily ever after, and it's even cheesier graphics, I still love this classic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristine Twigg
This is a really great show that tells about the many journeys of Hercules that involve ancient Greek gods and all sorts of different mythical creatures. Read morePublished 5 months ago by naomi
I I used to enjoy this show when I was a kid and now I can enjoy it againPublished 9 months ago by Kathryn Todd
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