Hercules

Hercules

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Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Cast: Ron Clements, John Musker, Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton

     
 

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This release of Hercules on DVD contains a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, but only the English track is closed-captioned. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials on this THX-certified disc include a featuretteSee more details below

Overview

This release of Hercules on DVD contains a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, but only the English track is closed-captioned. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials on this THX-certified disc include a featurette titled "The Making of Hercules." Fans of the film will greatly enjoy this disc, but there is nothing here to draw in the unconverted.

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As popping with winking self-parody as anything Disney has ever put onscreen, Hercules is a delicious send-up of the hero worship heaped on professional athletes, as well as the exuberant and often ridiculous cross-promotional marketing campaigns with which the studio is quite familiar. Using the type of anachronisms that served as a wellspring of sophisticated humor in Aladdin, Hercules turns its title character into an overnight sensation and media darling, complete with his own line of action figures and breakfast cereals. This type of winning self-awareness carries the picture through the familiar story and crisp set pieces that have become Disney's "if it ain't broke don't fix it" formula for success. The wonderfully angular animation jumps off the screen, and some of Disney's best vocal work yet adds contagious giddiness to this breakneck adventure. James Woods stands out as an alternately sarcastic and enraged Hades, while Susan Egan's readings drip with the kind of eyeball-rolling feminist wit that makes her one of Disney's strongest female characters. The studio's knack for casting comic relief continues its winning stride with minions Bobcat Goldthwaite and Matt Frewer, as well as the pint-sized satyr that's a perfect visual incarnation of the pint-sized actor who voices him (Danny De Vito). Hercules deserved to scratch out more than its $100 million domestic take, given the fertile world of Greek myths it conjures with such bursting colors and lampoonish sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2000
UPC:
0717951008732
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

"The Making of Hercules" featurette; English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; THX-certified; Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tate Donovan Hercules
Josh Keaton Young Hercules
Roger Bart Young Hercules (singing)
Danny DeVito Phil
James Woods Hades
Susan Egan Meg
Bobcat Goldthwait Pain
Matt Frewer Panic
Rip Torn Zeus
Samantha Eggar Hera
Barbara Barrie Alcmene
Hal Holbrook Amphitryon
Paul Shaffer Hermes
Amanda Plummer (The) Fates
Carole Shelley (The) Fates
Paddi Edwards (The) Fates
Charlton Heston Narrator

Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Musker Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alice Dewey Producer
Andy Gaskill Art Director
Kendra Halland Associate Producer
Ruth Lambert Casting
Donald McEnery Screenwriter
Irene Mecchi Screenwriter
Alan Menken Score Composer,Songwriter
Gerald Scarfe Production Designer
Bob Shaw Screenwriter
David Zippel Score Composer

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