HERCULES (1997)

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Hercules” has really developed the shelf life for some of the younger readers. Most of the college aged kids that I regularly poll keep hanging onto the portrayal of Megara. Ok, I ask. What about Megara makes the film work for you? She’s her own person and she doesn’t follow around Hercules like a wimpering waif. That’s great, but what else does she do? She’s still a weak female who sells her soul to Hades to save a lover that never cares for her. Ultimately, Megara has to be rescued from Styx by Hercules. That’s some feminist hero you’ve got there, Millennial Leaders of Tomorrow!

Forget about Tate Donovan and Megara, the real lead of the film is James Woods. James Woods’ role as Hades is one of his strongest and he relishes the material in a way that Sterling Holloway used to do in the Golden Era. The musical choices presented in the film continue to confound me, as the gospel styling of the Muses feels like it was an attempt to make the film far more marketable. If anything, it represents the worst aspect of Disney in the 1990s. Let’s take any culture’s mythology and try to carve it into something that will please the most people. Somewhere Michael Eisner’s ears are burning, as I call out his siren song.

The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy, a sing-along, featurette and a Ricky Martin music video as the special features. The A/V Quality looks a world better than the DVD. The 1080p transfer makes the far more stylized hand animation pop onscreen. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track makes the surround effects come to life. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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