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on 1 June 2017
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on 29 November 2017
Love this show 💜
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on 16 January 2007
'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' is a TV-series that is nowadays often frowned upon or criticised for its clunky SFX, cheesy dialogue and general camp. But I can't help but love it, and I think I'm one of the few fans who prefers this series over its massively more popular spin-off, 'Xena: Warrior Princess', any day. So as soon as I got my hands on a DVD-player that could play Region 1, I also got my hands on this box set, which is vastly superior to its Region 2 counterparts in many ways.

The 5 TV-movies mark the beginning of our hero's journey and also introduce us to the main characters, including Hercules' best friend and partner, Iolaus, his mother, Alcmene, his (future) wife Deianeira and, of course, his almighty father Zeus.

I especially like the very first movie, "Hercules and the Amazon Women", in which we get our first glimpse of the wonderful lifelong friendship between Hercules and Iolaus, which for me has always been the heart of the series more than anything else.

Although the movies can get away with more in terms of blood, gore and swearwords, the 45-minute episodes feel generally darker, which has a lot to do with the fact that the season opens with the fiery death of Hercules' young family by the hands of his evil stepmother Hera, and his subsequent rage at the gods who let this happen to him.

It continues on a slightly lighter note, and these episodes are more family-friendly, tackling issues such as racism, bullying, gangs and arrogance. Towards the end of the season, with darker episodes such as 'Gladiator' and 'The Gauntlet', you might want to send the younger children to bed, though.

Some great episodes in this season: 'Pride Comes Before A Brawl', which Kevin Sorbo jokingly refers to as "Iolaus' PMS episode", in which Nemesis, the hitwoman of the Gods and childhood sweetheart of Hercules, is sent to kill Iolaus for the sin of pride, "The Warrior Princess", which introduced the world to Xena, who seduces Iolaus and turns him against his best friend, and the season finale, 'Unchained Heart' which sets up some great personal dynamics between Hercules, a reformed Xena, a vengeful Iolaus and a cowardly Salmoneus, as they join forces to defeat Xena's bloodthirsty general and his devine ally, wargod Ares.

Kevin Sorbo, though perhaps his acting might not be to everybody's taste, is in my opinion a perfect choice for Hercules. His magnetic and impressive physical presence and his deadpan delivery of humorous oneliners endeared him to me instantly. Michael Hurst as best friend Iolaus stole my heart straight away, and he remained my favourite all through the series. These two actors have a great dynamic between them that works perfectly for the relationship they are supposed to portray.

Anthony Quinn sadly only appears as Zeus in the TV-movies, to be replaced later in the series by different actors, but his performance is better than all the others put together, and I was sad not to see him return.

Fandom favourites such as Lucy Lawless (as Amazon general Lysia in 'Amazon Women', plotting centaur lover Lyla in 'As Darkness Falls', and later, of course, her most famous character, Xena), Renee O'Connor (who would later play Xena's sidekick Gabrielle, now portraying Deianeira, princess of Troy in 'The Lost City'), Robert Trebor (as Herc-worshipping slave Waylan in 'The Lost City' and later as series regular Salmoneus) make their debut in this season, and there are some appearances by actors who have since risen to stardom, such as Roma Downey (star of 'Touched by an Angel', who plays Amazon Queen Hippolyta and Hera in 'Amazon Women') and a young Lucy Liu (star of Hollywood films such as 'Charlie's Angels', here portraying enslaved Eastern princess Oi-Lan in 'The March to Freedom').

Some great extras on this DVD set include audio and video commentaries by its two lead actors, Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst. Mr. Hurst especially is very amusing and full of interesting stories. I personally found the video commentaries a bit redundant, as you simply see the actors sitting in front of a TV-screen, watching the episode, and you get to hear more on the audio commentary anyway. I'd rather have had audio commentaries on more episodes.

Overall, if you are or ever have been a fan, this box set is a buy you will not regret, and the start to a great collection!
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on 6 May 2013
One of the best DVD's I have seen, I am a great fan of Hercules and I have not seen any of films on the these two discs, if you see this DVD buy it you will love it.
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on 25 January 2006
I've been a fan of Hercules for a long time, but I've somehow never managed to see any of the first series, and only a couple of movies. So when I saw all five movies, and all episodes of the first series for less than a ten pounds I knew I had to get it. Like most shows, Hercules got better after the first series and is at its most rough here. Iolas is only a recurring character, Ares is largely incorporeal (or a skull on the moon) and there is less of the tongue in cheek humour that makes later seasons so great- but there is still a lot to love. Traces of the future comedic brilliance of Hercules, the origins of Xena and Salmoneus (as well as the actors who later play Gabrielle, Salmoneus, and even Iolas in other roles, along with *two* others from Lucy Lawless) , moments from the credits that you’ve seen a thousand times out of context, Hercules briefly wearing a different outfit… I could go on. There are also commentaries by Kevin Sorbo, and sometimes Micheal Hurst, on at least one episode per disc (making it about one in three), including “Video Commentaries” where they intercut the episode with footage of the actors watching them.
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on 11 February 2013
Dvd is in perfect condition I've watched all of them, great series but I mainly had it because it's where xena started and the 3 episodes she was in were the only xena ones I didn't have. Well impressed thankyou
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on 26 April 2012
Kevin Sorbo refers to these episodes as season 2 because he considers the 5 telemovies to be season 1. I call the movies season 0. But anyway, thats an unimportant issue. These episodes are where I was introduced to the world of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys when they first aired on Sky 1. The show has aged surprisingly well, despite the CGI creatures (which I thought were amazing when i was younger!) looking rather stiff and dated, yet still not as namby pamby as a lot of the movies that are turning up on the SyFy channel these days.

This season picks up from where the movies left off. After a pub brawl with his best buddy Iolaus, Hercules comes home to his beloved wife and children, only to see them killed instantly by a fireball sent from the wicked goddess Hera. Hercules vows to make Hera pay for killing his family, and begins his own personal war against her, but it doesn't take him long to realise that what he does to protect mortals from the cruelty of the gods has far more meaning than anything he does out of hatred towards Hera.

Kevin Sorbo as Hercules and Michael Hurst as Iolaus have great chemistry together, you believe they really are best friends who will stick by eachother throughout anything, whether its monsters from the underworld, gladiator contests or vengeful gods. Their friendship is really put to the test when Iolaus becomes infatuated with a certain warrior princess who tries to drive the two best friends apart and have them kill eachother!

Fans of Lucy Lawless will be delighted to know that this season also introduces the character of Xena, right before she heads off to have her own adventures in Hercules' highly successful and iconic spin-off series Xena Warrior Princess.

Other highlights from this season include Hercules' battles against a seductive Medusa-like creature called the She-Demon, a towering Cyclops, the monstrous Stymphalian Bird, a demonic hellhound called Greagas, an army of ghosts and a gang of powerful centaurs. Hercules also befriends the comical aspiring business man Salmoneus, and teams up with the mighty Atalanta to battle the forces of Ares.

The packaging is slightly odd, with some weird looking creatures depicted on the front cover that don't atcually appear in any of these episodes, but if you're in the mood for a light-hearted fantasy with some gorgeous New Zealand locales, creative monster battles and lovable performances, then lose yourself in these adventures set for a few hours. Unfortunately there are no interviews or commentaries, just the episodes in their uncut glory. Suitable for family viewing; the kids will enjoy the action, monsters and humour, while the adults will appreciate the generous amounts of bare skin on display.
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on 24 August 2010
when receiving the product I was initially confused as to the language on the actual box set but after sending an email to the sender they assured me it was in fact just the packaging that was in a different language the contents were all in English within a day so I opened and watched Hercules with great satisfaction. it was just as I remembered it but in even better quality without adverts at last lol. id definitely recommend this purchase and am looking forward to the next season from the same manufacturing company!
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on 18 November 2014
In the credits of every film there is the statement - "no animals were harmed in the making of this film". In the credits of every epsisode of this series you will find this altered to something like - " no fire-breathing 3 headed monsters were harmed....". This became a standing joke and sets the tone of the series. Light-hearted nonsense that kids and adults will love. Try it with your kids ( or without them ). Yes the effects are not up to todays standards but it doesn't matter - its part of the fun.
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on 21 July 2004
This is were it all started. Argubaly the most enjoyable and best tv show ever started with a made for tv film. Now you can watch it and the additional four films and the first 13 episodes of the hit tv show. A must for any fan and all those who want compelling viewing
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