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Joseph Campbell – The Hero’s Journey + Sukhavati

(Special Interest/Philosophy/Myth)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



Joseph Campbell is best-known by many as the modern thinker on mythology and fantasy of the past who inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars possible.  However, he is a best-selling author with many top selling videos to boot.  Acorn Media has issued two programs from about 20 years ago.  The Hero’s Journey (1987) was made just before his passing and is part biography, part summary delving into his school of thought fitting nicely in about an hour.


Sukhavati (1988) is a longer compilation piece (78 minutes) that crossed archival and indirect footage with audio of his various lectures and readings.  Both are decent programs, but unless you are deeply interested in the subject, these shows will seem repetitious and uninteresting.  Since we have been swamped with nothing by myth and fantasy product, especially in the last seven years, this does not all seem as surprising, shocking or informative.


Campbell was an original in his time and most Fantasy genre fans are clueless as to his contribution to all the happenings he recently inspired.  Now that the Fantasy cycle is in decline in the classical sense Campbell describes, you can see at least how successful his efforts really were.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both discs are on the soft side, with older analog video recordings, particularly noticeable in film-to-tape transfers.  Color is a little muted and off, but it is watchable otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is mono hat stereo boosting barely helps.  Needless to say the combination shows its age.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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