I've read a lot of reviews of these two films, HERCULES and HERCULES UNCHAINED, complaining about the picture quality. The fact is, this is so far the best of what's out there. I used to own VHS copies of both movies from VIDAmerica and Embassy Home Entertainment and the quality was no better. Yes, there is a widescreen version with a much better picture circulating, but IT'S THE WRONG VERSION! It's the European version with completely different voices used for dubbing, and in many cases different dialogue. Half the fun for me is listening to those great theatrical voices speaking the dialogue, most particularly Hercules' booming baritone. To get that, you must get the full screen copies with faded color and, in the case of the first movie, the animated opening that shows constellations forming until lightening strikes one and it becomes Hercules. That's the version we saw as kids, and that's the one offered on VCI's DVD.
VCI offers both movies on one disc for a cheap price. The DVD I received had no glitches of any kind, and the picture quality was no better or worse than I expected. Sure it would be great to have a restored, widescreen presentation of Joseph E. Levine's American version, but so far it doesn't exist. And with the European version out there, it may never exist. So take the movies for what they are - a way to rekindle our memories and fill in with our imaginations what the full screen versions leave out.