Hercules The Legendary Journeys - Season 4

UPC: 0013131276190
Product Details
Description
In the colorful and quirky world of Hercules. Season Four offers yet another masterful collection of delightfully warped tales that, in classic Legendary Journeys style, combine the bold with the bizarre, the scary with the surreal, and the heartfelt with the humorous. This collector's set is packed with hours of interactive bonus material and enhanced by Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound to create the definitive viewing experience for the dashing demi-god's legendary adventures.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Television
MPAA Rating NR (Not Rated)
Actors Kevin Sorbo/ Michael Hurst/ Lacey Kohl/ Mark Raffety/ Bruce Campbell
Director Alan J. Levi/ Charles Siebert/ Chris Graves/ Gary Jones/ Gus Trikonis
Studio MCA Television
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member hbkhhh69 - Jul 14, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent acting with loads of humor and action. A good storyline and a fun series you watch watch over and over again.

Weakness: Not enough crossovers with Xena.

Hercules returns with his best friend, Iolaus, to face the those who we have never seen before. The season 4 dvd set is a really thrilling episode. Humor played a major role in the adventures of Hercules and Iolaus. The new characters are amazing and take you through a lot of fun and wild adventures. These myths and legends of Hercules include a selection of reality in the episode, "Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules" which was a very humorous one. You will not get such an argument from the story either. The suspense will not leave you unsatisfied because the story and the scripts written in the play are unforgettable. I really enjoyed the lines from "Stranger in a Strange World" from the evil Hercules, the Sovereign, in which there are two worlds and everyone on this opposite side of the world behave with opposite character traits. I must say that this is where the real fun begins. For the first time, we see Hera in full human form and a flashback of the young hercules is given an appearence. One of the best parts about viewing the dvd content is the video and audio commentary, along with interviews with the cast and the crew. Its exciting to hear about that the actors feel about the episode, what they think of the other characters and how they feel about them. Bruce Campbell is a plus in this series as well as the comedy that goes with it. I don't think he is the only reason that made this series funny, some of the episodes like Stranger in a Strange world were funny because stars like Kevin Sorbo were Fancy Free. As Kevin Sorbo would like to put it, this season of Hercules is a HOOT! The MSN chat of Kevin Sorbo which took place recently on Monday, July 12th revealed to us that Kevin's favorite season of Hercules was season 4 as well as mine. The fighting scenes and hero's actions draw much attention quickly to the the fans, but to even out the odds, there are always dramatic scenes as well. The stars of the show enjoyed shooting this series the most and its worth your money to purchase the set while it comes with exclusive bonus features. Xena Season 3 DVD set is really good to go with the story line of these 22 episodes, because it really puts a mark on what Rob Tapert is producing in the shows together at the same time. Altogether, this season is definately going to be added to my Hercules dvd collection, and you don't have to be a Hercules fan to purchase the set. Any SciFi-Fanatic would love to watch the episodes of season 4 over and over again.

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4 Star Review   By member manicmyk - Jul 13, 2004   

Strengths: Bruce Campbell appearances and directing, great sense of humor

In the tradition of Hercules The Legendary Journeys, that was established after it became a regular series as opposed to a run of two-hour made-for-tv movies, humor plays the largest role in this season. Improperly done, this would have fallen horribly flat but, as it stands and taken for what it is, this is easily the wittiest and most creative season of the series as Kevin Sorbo comes into his own as a comedic straight man/action hero. In the season opener, “Beanstalks and Bad Eggs”, Hercules and Autolycus (played brilliantly by Bruce Campbell) are out to rescue Lianna, who had been kidnapped by the giant Typhoon and taken to a castle in the clouds. Upon climbing a giant beanstalk, the two unlikely partners find Lianna in Typhoon's castle, caring for three golden eggs that belonged to the Harpies. Without spoiling the rest, the high points to watch are Autolycus’ explanation of the art of love and one of the classic lines of the series concerning the harpies. The usual mixture of Pop Culture references, legend, myth and fairy tale which, though strange bedfellows are somehow a great combination, permeate this seasons episodes. In “Hero’s Heart” we have a standard episode where Iolaus (Hercules’ sidekick played by the very talented Michael Hurst) loses his memory and ends up fighting his best friend. Although this has been done to death in the science fiction/fantasy genres, it plays well in the Hercules universe. There are three homages to modern cinema in this set. “...And Fancy Free” is Hercules The Legendary Journeys’ answer to “Dirty Dancing.” “My Fair Cupcake” is obviously based on “Pygmalion” which later became the musical “My Fair Lady” from which the title is derived and centers around the character of Autolycus and his former girlfriend. Thirdly, the high point of the season in movie rip-offs, “Men in Pink.” A completely undisguised send-up of “Some Like It Hot,” is worth the price of the set by itself. In what becomes in later seasons a reoccurring event, the episode “Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules” introduces us to “reality” as some of the many regular stars of the show take on the interesting task of playing the crew and production staff of Hercules The Legendary Journeys. It seems that after an earthquake in Los Angeles, Kevin Sorbo has disappeared and chaos insues. There are in jokes we only now as casual viewers become privy to in an incredibly enlightening commentary on this one. There are no lack of continuitous episodes and guest appearances from the sister series/spin-off Xena Warrior Princess but, at this point I felt the two series had diverged in respect to tone. Hercules, and rightly so, will always be heavily influenced by Sam Raimi and his unique sense of humor which is shared by series regular Bruce Campbell who directs a large portion of this seasons best. There are very good reasons that “cross-overs” were rare soon after these episodes though. When all is said and done, this is money well spent and I just watched them all on a lazy summer day and have no regrets about time spent. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the series while it was on or even want a little taste of the action and humor of the Spider-man movies. This is the same creative staff.

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5 Star Review   By member ILoveAres - Jul 13, 2004   

Strengths: Lots of the God of War

Weakness: Not Enough of Ares God of Love

Okay, I went out and bought my copy today, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, and I’m not disappointed. I’ve had a mini-marathon watching all of my favorites of this season (well, most of them anyway). I love these actors. And the story writers were genius. It’s so much fun to get to watch such highly entertaining episodes, such as these from season four of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Their comedies were hilarious, and the drama had me at the edge of my seat! I love that!! All I can say is that I will be telling all of my friends how much fun this DVD box set is!

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5 Star Review   By member GLFan - Jul 10, 2004   

Strengths: Such a Wide Array of Stories!

A wonderful cast and crew made for a wonderful show with a ton of flexibility. Hercules was able to do so much; they weren’t stuck in one particular genre. Season four shows just how able they were at humor and at tragedy, and everything in between. Some of their best work was done in this manner. ‘Armageddon Now’ is a great tragedy, and they were at their funniest with ‘Men in Pink’. This season really has a little of everything for every one. I extremely suggest this DVD box set for anyone who enjoys science fiction television.

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5 Star Review   By member Immortal_Kazushi - Jul 6, 2004   

Strengths: Great Acting and Wonderful Stories!

Weakness: None, In My Opinion!

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys had many wonderful seasons; however, season four is my favorite, and likely their best! There are just so many great episodes to enjoy in this season; far too many to name. It's enough just to have these episodes at my convenience, but added are the extras! I love the interviews; it's wonderful to hear what the people who made the show thought of their work! I highly recommend this set for all action fans!

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5 Star Review   By member Amazon_Bard - Jul 2, 2004   

Strengths: Apperances by Xena and Gabrielle!

Weakness: None!

Season four of the Big Guy is one of his best! This one is packed with wonderful episodes that I love to watch over and over again! My favorite parts of this season, though, are the crossover episodes with Callisto and Hope, and Xena and Gabrielle. This was such a great show. I highly recommend this DVD set to everyone who enjoys television!!

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Product Details
Description
In the colorful and quirky world of Hercules. Season Four offers yet another masterful collection of delightfully warped tales that, in classic Legendary Journeys style, combine the bold with the bizarre, the scary with the surreal, and the heartfelt with the humorous. This collector's set is packed with hours of interactive bonus material and enhanced by Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound to create the definitive viewing experience for the dashing demi-god's legendary adventures.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Television
MPAA Rating NR (Not Rated)
Actors Kevin Sorbo/ Michael Hurst/ Lacey Kohl/ Mark Raffety/ Bruce Campbell
Director Alan J. Levi/ Charles Siebert/ Chris Graves/ Gary Jones/ Gus Trikonis
Studio MCA Television
Summary
Product Title Hercules The Legendary Journeys - Season 4
Manufacturer MCA
Power Score 4.8 | 6 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B0001ZX0CY
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member hbkhhh69 - Jul 14, 2004   

Strengths: Excellent acting with loads of humor and action. A good storyline and a fun series you watch watch over and over again.

Weakness: Not enough crossovers with Xena.

Hercules returns with his best friend, Iolaus, to face the those who we have never seen before. The season 4 dvd set is a really thrilling episode. Humor played a major role in the adventures of Hercules and Iolaus. The new characters are amazing and take you through a lot of fun and wild adventures. These myths and legends of Hercules include a selection of reality in the episode, "Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules" which was a very humorous one. You will not get such an argument from the story either. The suspense will not leave you unsatisfied because the story and the scripts written in the play are unforgettable. I really enjoyed the lines from "Stranger in a Strange World" from the evil Hercules, the Sovereign, in which there are two worlds and everyone on this opposite side of the world behave with opposite character traits. I must say that this is where the real fun begins. For the first time, we see Hera in full human form and a flashback of the young hercules is given an appearence. One of the best parts about viewing the dvd content is the video and audio commentary, along with interviews with the cast and the crew. Its exciting to hear about that the actors feel about the episode, what they think of the other characters and how they feel about them. Bruce Campbell is a plus in this series as well as the comedy that goes with it. I don't think he is the only reason that made this series funny, some of the episodes like Stranger in a Strange world were funny because stars like Kevin Sorbo were Fancy Free. As Kevin Sorbo would like to put it, this season of Hercules is a HOOT! The MSN chat of Kevin Sorbo which took place recently on Monday, July 12th revealed to us that Kevin's favorite season of Hercules was season 4 as well as mine. The fighting scenes and hero's actions draw much attention quickly to the the fans, but to even out the odds, there are always dramatic scenes as well. The stars of the show enjoyed shooting this series the most and its worth your money to purchase the set while it comes with exclusive bonus features. Xena Season 3 DVD set is really good to go with the story line of these 22 episodes, because it really puts a mark on what Rob Tapert is producing in the shows together at the same time. Altogether, this season is definately going to be added to my Hercules dvd collection, and you don't have to be a Hercules fan to purchase the set. Any SciFi-Fanatic would love to watch the episodes of season 4 over and over again.

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4 Star Review   By member manicmyk - Jul 13, 2004   

Strengths: Bruce Campbell appearances and directing, great sense of humor

In the tradition of Hercules The Legendary Journeys, that was established after it became a regular series as opposed to a run of two-hour made-for-tv movies, humor plays the largest role in this season. Improperly done, this would have fallen horribly flat but, as it stands and taken for what it is, this is easily the wittiest and most creative season of the series as Kevin Sorbo comes into his own as a comedic straight man/action hero. In the season opener, “Beanstalks and Bad Eggs”, Hercules and Autolycus (played brilliantly by Bruce Campbell) are out to rescue Lianna, who had been kidnapped by the giant Typhoon and taken to a castle in the clouds. Upon climbing a giant beanstalk, the two unlikely partners find Lianna in Typhoon's castle, caring for three golden eggs that belonged to the Harpies. Without spoiling the rest, the high points to watch are Autolycus’ explanation of the art of love and one of the classic lines of the series concerning the harpies. The usual mixture of Pop Culture references, legend, myth and fairy tale which, though strange bedfellows are somehow a great combination, permeate this seasons episodes. In “Hero’s Heart” we have a standard episode where Iolaus (Hercules’ sidekick played by the very talented Michael Hurst) loses his memory and ends up fighting his best friend. Although this has been done to death in the science fiction/fantasy genres, it plays well in the Hercules universe. There are three homages to modern cinema in this set. “...And Fancy Free” is Hercules The Legendary Journeys’ answer to “Dirty Dancing.” “My Fair Cupcake” is obviously based on “Pygmalion” which later became the musical “My Fair Lady” from which the title is derived and centers around the character of Autolycus and his former girlfriend. Thirdly, the high point of the season in movie rip-offs, “Men in Pink.” A completely undisguised send-up of “Some Like It Hot,” is worth the price of the set by itself. In what becomes in later seasons a reoccurring event, the episode “Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules” introduces us to “reality” as some of the many regular stars of the show take on the interesting task of playing the crew and production staff of Hercules The Legendary Journeys. It seems that after an earthquake in Los Angeles, Kevin Sorbo has disappeared and chaos insues. There are in jokes we only now as casual viewers become privy to in an incredibly enlightening commentary on this one. There are no lack of continuitous episodes and guest appearances from the sister series/spin-off Xena Warrior Princess but, at this point I felt the two series had diverged in respect to tone. Hercules, and rightly so, will always be heavily influenced by Sam Raimi and his unique sense of humor which is shared by series regular Bruce Campbell who directs a large portion of this seasons best. There are very good reasons that “cross-overs” were rare soon after these episodes though. When all is said and done, this is money well spent and I just watched them all on a lazy summer day and have no regrets about time spent. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the series while it was on or even want a little taste of the action and humor of the Spider-man movies. This is the same creative staff.

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5 Star Review   By member ILoveAres - Jul 13, 2004   

Strengths: Lots of the God of War

Weakness: Not Enough of Ares God of Love

Okay, I went out and bought my copy today, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, and I’m not disappointed. I’ve had a mini-marathon watching all of my favorites of this season (well, most of them anyway). I love these actors. And the story writers were genius. It’s so much fun to get to watch such highly entertaining episodes, such as these from season four of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Their comedies were hilarious, and the drama had me at the edge of my seat! I love that!! All I can say is that I will be telling all of my friends how much fun this DVD box set is!

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5 Star Review   By member GLFan - Jul 10, 2004   

Strengths: Such a Wide Array of Stories!

A wonderful cast and crew made for a wonderful show with a ton of flexibility. Hercules was able to do so much; they weren’t stuck in one particular genre. Season four shows just how able they were at humor and at tragedy, and everything in between. Some of their best work was done in this manner. ‘Armageddon Now’ is a great tragedy, and they were at their funniest with ‘Men in Pink’. This season really has a little of everything for every one. I extremely suggest this DVD box set for anyone who enjoys science fiction television.

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5 Star Review   By member Immortal_Kazushi - Jul 6, 2004   

Strengths: Great Acting and Wonderful Stories!

Weakness: None, In My Opinion!

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys had many wonderful seasons; however, season four is my favorite, and likely their best! There are just so many great episodes to enjoy in this season; far too many to name. It's enough just to have these episodes at my convenience, but added are the extras! I love the interviews; it's wonderful to hear what the people who made the show thought of their work! I highly recommend this set for all action fans!

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5 Star Review   By member Amazon_Bard - Jul 2, 2004   

Strengths: Apperances by Xena and Gabrielle!

Weakness: None!

Season four of the Big Guy is one of his best! This one is packed with wonderful episodes that I love to watch over and over again! My favorite parts of this season, though, are the crossover episodes with Callisto and Hope, and Xena and Gabrielle. This was such a great show. I highly recommend this DVD set to everyone who enjoys television!!

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