Xena: Warrior Princess - Season One
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Make way for one of the fiercest and most dynamic woman warriors to ever grace the TV screen as all 24 Season One episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess come to DVD. Lucy Lawless is Xena: a smart, tough, and fearless fighter who travels the dangerous roads of Ancient Greece defending the innocent from the forces of darkness and seeking redemption for her cruel misdeeds of the past. Along for the adventures is her devoted friend Gabrielle (Renée O’Connor), a compassionate girl who hopes to be a warrior one day, and other legendary figures, including the formidable Hercules (guest star Kevin Sorbo). Combining impressive displays of mythology, fantasy, and martial arts, it’s an iconic show that set the bar for all female action heroes.
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# Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 "Sins of the Past" Doug Lefler Robert Tapert, R. J. Stewart September 4, 1995 (1995-09-04)
Xena renounces her warlord past and begins burying her weapons. She later retrieves them to save a group of villagers from being sold into slavery. Gabrielle convinces Xena to allow her to travel with her.
2 "Chariots of War" Harley Cokeliss Josh Becker, Jack Perez, Adam armus, Nora Kay Foster September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)
When Xena is injured during a fight, the widowed Darius and his children look after her. Xena is left with the dilemma of whether to settle down with them or continue her fight to protect the innocent.
3 "Dreamworker" Bruce Seth Green Steven L. Sears September 18, 1995 (1995-09-18)
Morpheus kidnaps Gabrielle so he can make her his bride. In order to be married, Gabrielle must lose her "blood innocence". Using her wits, she manages to avoid causing any blood shed. Xena enters the dream world so that she can save Gabrielle, but while there she must battle her own evil side before she can accomplish her rescue.
4 "Cradle of Hope" Michael Levine Terence Winter September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
When a baby is prophesied to inherit the throne, King Gregor and his councilor, Nemos search for the newborn babe. Meanwhile, Xena and Gabrielle meet Pandora, while searching for the mother of an abandoned baby.
5 "The Path Not Taken" Stephen L. Posey Julie Sherman October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
A weapons dealer kidnaps a princess so he can profit from the resulting war between two feuding kingdoms. Xena pretends to be the ruthless warrior she once was, in order to gain access to the dealer's base. While there, Xena meets an old lover, Marcus. Marcus prevents Xena from rescuing the princess, but later sacrifices his own life to save her.
6 "The Reckoning" Charles Siebert Peter Allan Fields October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
Ares plots to get Xena back into his fold by framing her for the murder of some villagers and organizing a lynching. Xena is put on trial and Gabrielle sticks by her throughout. Xena fools Ares into thinking she is joining him again, and he brings the dead villagers back from the dead.
7 "The Titans" Eric Brevig R. J. Stewart October 30, 1995 (1995-10-30)
When Gabrielle reads from an ancient parchment, she unwittingly awakens three Titans, who believe that she is a goddess. While Xena works to stop Hyperion from awakening a whole army of Titans, Gabrielle searches for the parchment that will send the Titans back into slumber.
8 "Prometheus" Stephen L. Posey R. J. Stewart November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06)
When people begin losing their healing ability, Xena and Gabrielle discover that Hera has chained Prometheus. Xena goes through a number of trials in order to gain a sword that will break Prometheus' bonds. She and Gabrielle team up with Hercules and Iolaus, both Xena and Hercules know that whoever uses the sword will die and they argue over who will use it.
9 "Death in Chains" Charles Siebert Babs Greyhosky, Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster November 13, 1995 (1995-11-13)
King Sisyphus has taken Celesta, Hades' sister hostage so that she cannot take him to the Underworld. Hades asks Xena for her help in freeing his sister. Xena and Gabrielle must rescue Celesta before she dies.
10 "Hooves and Harlots" Jace Alexander Steven L. Sears November 20, 1995 (1995-11-20)
When Gabrielle risks her own life to protect the dying Amazon princess, Terreis, she is given the princess' Right of Caste, which effectively makes Gabrielle the heir to the current Amazon Queen, Melosa. Ephiny, one of the Amazons begins teaching Gabrielle the ways of the Amazons as she will one day be their queen.
11 "The Black Wolf" Mario Di Leo Alan Jay Glueckman January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)
When an old friend of Xena's lands herself in prison, Xena also gets herself arrested so that she can rescue her. Gabrielle begins a food fight so she can get into prison to help Xena.
12 "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts" T. J. Scott Roy Thomas, Janis Hendler, Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster January 15, 1996 (1996-01-15)
The ongoing war in Troy prompts Helen to contact Xena for her help in ending it. When Xena arrives she finds that she and Helen are in the midst of a plot orchestrated by Helen's brother-in-law.
13 "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards" Jace Alexander R. J. Stewart, Steven L. Sears January 22, 1996 (1996-01-22)
Gabrielle travels alone to Athens so she can enter a bard competition. The prize is a place at the Academy of the Performing Bards. While there she helps another bard who is under pressure from his father to succeed.
14 "A Fistful of Dinars" Josh Becker R. J. Stewart, Steven L. Sears January 29, 1996 (1996-01-29)
Xena and Gabrielle join a group of outlaws to prevent them from obtaining Ambrosia, which can turn a mortal into a god.
15 "Warrior... Princess" Michael Levine Brenda Lilly February 5, 1996 (1996-02-05)
When Xena's look-alike, Princess Diana, is under threat from assassination, Xena takes her place. While living with "the little people", Diana realizes that there is poverty in the kingdom, something that she is shocked to discover. Meanwhile, Xena plays matchmaker with Diana and the brother of her betrothed.
16 "Mortal Beloved" Garthy Maxwell R. J. Stewart February 12, 1996 (1996-02-12)
Hades's Helmet of Invisibility is stolen by Atyminius and Hades calls for Xena's help. Xena convinces him to return Marcus to the land of the living so they can retrieve the helmet and restore order to the Underworld.
17 "The Royal Couple of Thieves" John Cameron Steven L. Sears February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19)
Xena joins Autolycus, the "King of Thieves" so they can recover a chest, which contains the world's most powerful weapon. They disguise themselves as an assassin and his lover, and Xena has a fight with the real assassin.
18 "The Prodigal" John T. Kretchmer Chris Mannheim March 4, 1996 (1996-03-04)
When Gabrielle journeys home to Potidaea, she discovers that her sister, Lila is angry at her for leaving her at home all alone. The village is also under attack from a warlord, so Gabrielle uses what she has learned while traveling with Xena, teaches the villagers how to defend themselves.
19 "Altared States" Michael Levine Chris Mannheim April 22, 1996 (1996-04-22)
Xena and Gabrielle must protect Icus, whose father believes he must be sacrificed. Xena discovers that Icus' older brother, Maell has fooled his father into believing he is the voice of the god he worships.
20 "Ties That Bind" Charles Siebert Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster April 29, 1996 (1996-04-29)
An elderly warrior, Atrius shows up claiming to be Xena's father. When he is captured and tortured by a village, Xena takes an army and almost slaughters the whole village. Then Atrius reveals himself to be Ares in disguise attempting to win Xena back again.
21 "The Greater Good" Gary Jones Steven L. Sears May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06)
Salmoneus asks Xena for her protection from an evil warlord. Xena is struck by a poisoned dart and dies, leaving Gabrielle and Salmoneus to save the day.
22 "Callisto" T. J. Scott R. J. Stewart May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13)
Xena has to battle the fierce woman warrior Callisto, who is bent on revenge for the death of her family.
23 "Death Mask" Stewart Main Peter Allan Fields June 6, 1996 (1996-06-06)
Xena meets her brother Toris, who has joined the army of the warlord who attacked Amphipolis and killed their brother Lyceus years before. Xena works hard to keep Toris from committing murder or being murdered himself before she can bring the warlord Cortese to justice.
24 "Is There a Doctor in the House?" T. J. Scott Patricia Manney July 29, 1996 (1996-07-29)
Xena and Gabrielle rescue the pregnant Ephiny from the battlefield and take shelter in one of Asclepius' temples, finding it full of casualties. While there, she gives birth to her centaur son, Xenan. Xena tends to the wounded and Gabrielle is mortally injured while helping out.
Just today i got this in the mail. I really cant complain about the fact that are no special features because the first dvd did have quite alot and I never really saw them. This set is much smaller than before and is the size of a normal dvd case. Ive read reviews where people complain about resolution on this dvd but people must understand that this season was filmed on 16mm which means it will be grainy, with that said however, it is much less grainy and better in picture then from the other dvd. Also, this DVD has SUBTITLES!!!!!!! Something never seen before on a xena dvd. So, is this a great DVD? Yes. But, if you already own the other dvd, i see know point in buying this. Unless your like me, a die hard fan, you need to have both. So i have the orginal dvds (1-6) and now i have the new dvd(1) and when season 2 comes out in March(?) ill buy that as well. So all in all, if you dont have season 1, or if u do and just want this like me, buy it. Also, if u never heard of xena in your life and somehow stumbled upon this, BUY IT! i garrentee you will love this show!
Thought I might just share this so that users may know about the differences.
The two DVD compared are the new release DVD by Universal Pictures and the out of print Anchor Bay release. These two DVDs were tested using a full HD TV (like it's really going to matter anyway).
Well, to be honest, I can't really see any major difference. Okay, there's a bit of differences. The universal release is much brighter than the anchor bay release; they also added some blur effects. For some scenes, the blurriness and brightness seems to make it lot better and it looks appropriate; however, most of the time, the anchor bay release seemed much more defined and real. As for the graininess, it's pretty much the same.
When it comes to DVD menus, the anchor bay release is a lot better. The universal release showed only the logo and went straight to the menu. Conversely, the anchor bay release had this intro before revealing the menu. The menu of the universal release was just a still picture of Xena, similar to the one on the cover. The anchor bay one has motion pictures in the background and cool effects. One of the best things about the universal menu is the ability to play all, aside from that, nothing really fancy at all.
The winner for this category can be debated. For me, the universal release wins. Yes, the universal pictures has no behind the scenes or any video or audio commentary, neither did the anchor bay. The anchor provided pictures and a CD that had character bios and a screensaver. But the best thing about the universal pictures release is subtitles. Yep, that's right, Xena finally has subtitles!
Anchor Bay wins this category. I really love the cool book style the anchor bay release has. The universal pictures is just a standard DVD case; although, the pictures on it are good. The disks of the anchor bay release has pictures on it, but the universal release only had a few printings and showed more metal. This category can also be debated. Some people, like me, likes the whole fancy aesthetic book style kind of thing and some people like simplicity and portability.
I can't really compare the audio, because as one plays, I completely forget about the other. I think that's everything. Have fun shopping.
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