What can I say? I remember watching this as part of my A-level studies a few years back and being thoroughly entertained by it. Possibly for all the wrong reasons, but satisfied nonetheless.
If you're expecting a lofty, classical affair in line with I, Claudius of Gladiator, you will be disappointed. Similarly, the interpretation of the original text veers in places, but not to a point of distraction for casual viewers.
Ultimately, whilst some of the acting is cringeworthy in places, what you have here is a wonderfully arch and over-the-top presentation of one of the best Greek epics. Slick, silly and packed with special effects and indulgent performances, this is Classics for the Xena generation. And, with so few takes on the material available on DVD, this is certainly a worthwhile purchase.