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Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior (2014/Lionsgate/A&E/History Channel DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Documentary: C+

Hercules, a man, myth, legend or pure fiction? One of mankind's oldest legends, but who was he really? Known for his twelve labors, feats of strength, and bravery he was considered the hero among heroes, but ultimately, what was the purpose of the legend of Hercules? A man/god to be idealized or worshiped? A political pawn of political with religious purposes? The History Channel's new Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior (2014) program tells these tales of Hercules with traces of evidences of his existence and then lets you decide if he was fact or fiction.

Arriving the capitalize on several new action features (neither apparently any good) on Hercules, the Greek mythological hero that was said to be the son of Zeus, a therefore demi-god. He was blessed with supernatural strength and became a legend. He faced various trials, challenges and even gods, monsters, and demons. While there is evidence of ancient Greece and it's ruins, was Hercules's a made up hero to inspire ancient Greeks or just a childhood bed time story for mothers to tell their children? Taking cultural, historical ideas into consideration we get a better understanding, why this character and his legend still lives.

Hercules was considered the Superman of his time and can be still found in even today's modern movies, films, even his own TV series (including a few animated ones), but this show takes a serious look into why we still tell his stories. Sure, we all enjoy heroic tales and adventure of good versus evil, and it teaches us various virtues and morals, but Hercules was not only a legend but a symbolic representation of the Greek culture, it's ideals and the beliefs it stood for. This program is broken into 3 parts, part one told the legend/story of Hercules, part two takes a look into real evidence/places of how much the story is true or false, and part three takes into the religious culture of Greek gods into consideration.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital sound are average, but passable and there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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