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Disney's Hercules (1997) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 09 2014 - 11:32 AM

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#2 of 22 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted May 09 2014 - 11:41 AM

Finally time to replace my DVD that was released in 1999


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted May 09 2014 - 12:14 PM

Will there be new bonus features?


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Posted May 09 2014 - 12:42 PM

Will there be new bonus features?

 

Good question.

 

I've had the UK BD of Hercules for quite awhile now.  The features are weak (and poor).  One that comes to mind is a rendition of Go The Distance by Ricky Martin that looks like a VHS tape recorded in SLP mode.

 

I just checked.  The only other feature is a "making of" featurette.

 

The feature film itself looks great.  But I'd consider a double-dip if they piled on features that aren't present in the UK version.

 

I've also got the UK versions of 101 Dalmatians, Tarzan and Aladdin.


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Posted May 09 2014 - 12:46 PM

Huh Disney actually remembered this movie existed for once...



#6 of 22 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted May 09 2014 - 01:01 PM

It's kinda weird they left the main villain--Hades--off the front cover but included Pain & Panic. 

 

James Woods as Hades was an inspired casting choice. 


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Posted May 09 2014 - 01:09 PM

Good question. I've had the UK BD of Hercules for quite awhile now.  The features are weak (and poor).  One that comes to mind is a rendition of Go The Distance by Ricky Martin that looks like a VHS tape recorded in SLP mode. I just checked.  The only other feature is a "making of" featurette. The feature film itself looks great.  But I'd consider a double-dip if they piled on features that aren't present in the UK version. I've also got the UK versions of 101 Dalmatians, Tarzan and Aladdin.

I also got the UK Blus of Hercules and Aladdin but didn't get Tarzan because of the lossy sound or 101 Dalmatians because it's not widescreen. I hope the US remedies those issues.

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Posted May 09 2014 - 01:19 PM

I also got the UK Blus of Hercules and Aladdin but didn't get Tarzan because of the lossy sound or 101 Dalmatians because it's not widescreen. I hope the US remedies those issues.

 

Doesn't all the Disney documentation from the era say 1.33 for 101 Dalmatians? I remember because it oddly stands out from everything else from the era.


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Posted May 09 2014 - 03:15 PM

 

I've had the UK BD of Hercules for quite awhile now. .

Is it still enjoyable with the sub-titles? Or do you watched the dubbed version? I've never bought foreign imports, so I'm not sure what that would be...



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Posted May 09 2014 - 03:35 PM

...ya wise guy, ya!


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Posted May 09 2014 - 05:55 PM

I really liked this one.  The animation style took some risks and the Greek chorus is the best since Little Shop of Horrors.


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Posted May 09 2014 - 06:18 PM

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Hercules has special memories for me, it was was the first Disney film I worked on. So I definitely will be buying the blu-ray!



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Posted May 09 2014 - 06:27 PM

I've said it in numerous threads (and will again if I get to review it), for me Hercules is the most underrated of all the Disney animated films of the late 20th century/early 21st century.



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Posted May 10 2014 - 07:27 AM

I've said it in numerous threads (and will again if I get to review it), for me Hercules is the most underrated of all the Disney animated films of the late 20th century/early 21st century.

 

Its hard to be more ignored than The Black Cauldron.

 

...then again at least that got an anamorphic transfer back in the DVD days.



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Posted May 27 2014 - 07:02 PM

If you belong to the Disney Movie Club, Hercules and Tarzan will be shipping out on 6/10/2014, two months ahead of the retail release.



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Posted May 27 2014 - 08:27 PM

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Posted May 28 2014 - 08:21 AM

I agree, since here (Canada), you can get both movies for $36.99, plus free shipping.


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Posted May 28 2014 - 10:22 AM

I remember when this movie was the "flop" in theaters that ended the 90's Renaissance with a train crash.  

But like Treasure Planet, it's gotten a little bit of redemption on video since then, for the fact that John Musker & Ron Clements cannot make a bad film.

(And I'm only saying that out of courtesy to the Princess & the Frog fans.   ;) )

 

Case in point:

When Disney Parks had its 24-hour party on both coasts last week, with theme being that villain characters would take over the hero/princess spots after dark, next to the Frozen girls during the day, who had the longest two to three-hour lines of any character meet during the all-night hours?



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Posted June 15 2014 - 01:34 PM

My 2-pack has shipped from DMC. I'm really psyched.
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Posted June 16 2014 - 06:24 AM

I really liked this one.  The animation style took some risks and the Greek chorus is the best since Little Shop of Horrors.

Although the one in MIGHTY APHRODITE is pretty funny, too.







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