Jason and the Argonauts (Full Screen)
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Inspired by the Greek myth, the story begins when the fearless explorer Jason returns to the kingdom of Thessaly to make his rightful claim to the throne, but the gods proclaim that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. Consulting Hera, the Queen of gods, Jason recruits the Argonauts to crew his ship, and they embark on their eventful journey.
Is your classical Greek rusty? This is just the thing--a feast of epic Greek mythology--and the classic tale of Good (Jason, Theseus, Hercules, Orpheus) versus Evil (angry gods, Poseidon, Harpies, the women of Lemnos) is a great introduction. The plot has been entertaining people for thousands of years and is still going strong--now strengthened by great special effects and good acting. Sure, some people will think this version isn't "high culture" enough (it's a bit reminiscent of The Clash of the Titans), but those folks should probably be reading Bulfinch's Mythology instead of watching TV anyway.
The DVD includes a "making of" documentary, "notable and quotable," detailed cast and crew information, scene access, and Dolby surround sound. Even hard-core fans of Ray Harryhausen's 1963 stop-motion-animation version will find room in their hearts (and DVD libraries) for this one. Although the basic plot elements are the same, the two versions achieve very different (and both quite enjoyable) effects. The new Jason and the Argonauts is something kids and adults can all enjoy. --Tara Chace
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But while Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet get credit for working the ancient sources into this telling of the tale, the problem is that the end result misses the magic of the Harryhausen version. The problem is twofold. First, the tenor of the story has contradictory impulses. On the one hand we have the active participation of the gods, with Hera (Olivia Williams) and Zeus (Angus MacFadyen) aiding and hindering Jason in his quest as they work out one of their frequent marital spats.Read more ›
The movie is about a boy named jason who's father is murdered and uncle takes over the kingdom, he must in order to claim his right to the thrown get the Golden Fleece. Zeus and Hera are especially important making the task easier yet more diffictult. Jason gathers together some comrads to travel with him. They have an extraordinary adventure. There is inner turmoil, jelousy, love, passion, sadness and comedy along the way. The love story twist is especially something most people can relate to.
The movie should be watched by children above age 10 due to some adult content and violence. Overall very well done, with a few errors here in there like every good movie. There is no real famous actors in the movie making it more enjoyable and truer to the actual story of Jason and the Argonauts.
First,It's Romance -gladly only two small sexual parts of adult scenes- almost turn it into a nightmare. I never heard or read in my whole life such a humiliating adulterous scene from the true Argonauts Scripture. Damn, I hate the sex part so much!!
Second,the scripture told All(I say it again ALL) the Argonuters return home safely including Argos and Hercules and there the story ends, where Jason feasting at his palace with the argonauters! I never read that Argos, owner and maker of the Argonauts and Hercules die in such a pitiful way after their return!. Not just that, Hera is NOT Hercules' mom and she HATES Hercules and Zeus is ASIDE with Jason. Such a bad thing it alls turned to a nightmare.
But again I Praise Hallmark Team for another piece of art.I can't resist It's a great design adventure. 100% as Fantasy indeed, 0% as value of mythology. Start to read mythology books, Hallmarkers. This time read it carefully, and you won't find any fakeness for such precious high-valued-art. It's true Myth made by man ant illusion. But you don't realize it took part at civilization.
By the way...Why Harpies,or should I say Sirens (Let's teach that old antique island prophet to spell, that it was not H-A-R-P-I-E-S, It was S-I-R-E-N-S...)was thin as paper and bad looking if they have the everlasting-food-prospered table?
I admit I was expecting some cheesy, low budget, badly-acted made-for-tv series but was pleased to find an entertaining film that stays faithful to the original myth. Add to that a strong cast, good production values and impressive special effects and you have a film that you will want to watch again and again.
The story centers on Jason (Jason London), who returns to reclaim his kingdom from his uncle, Pelias (Dennis Hopper). In order to regain the throne and save his mother's life, Jason agrees to sail to Colchis and obtain the golden fleece. With a crew that includes Orpheus, Atalanta, the mighty Hercules and the shipbuilder Argos, Jason faces many dangers on his quest for the fleece. The argonauts encounter the bronze giant Talos, the women of Lemnos (led by their queen Hypsypile - Natasha Henstridge), blind Phineas (Derek Jacobi) and the frightening harpies, the clashing rocks and more. When Jason arrives in Colchis, he falls in love with the lovely Medea (Jolene Blalock) but must face more challenges (including its ruler, King Aertes - Frank Langella) before he can leave the island with the fleece.
This version is more faithful to the myth than the 1963 film. For instance, Orpheus, Atalanta, Castor and Pollux make their appearance here. Also, this version shows what happens when the argonauts return home and has a better, more tightly woven ending than the original. The special effects are impressive and I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes bickering between Zeus (Angus MacFadyen) and Hera (the lovely Olivia Williams). I also thought that this version's Hercules (Brian Thompson) was a lot more convincing than Nigel Green from the original.Read more ›
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This movie is based on the classic Greek myth. As it begins, Iocles is being invaded by King Pelias(Dennis Hopper) and his soldiers. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by Joseph Fitzgerald
True to the story, good cinematography, and nifty transitions however the acting by Jason and Pelias was downright painful to watch. Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by Craig Floyd
I've used *Jason and the Argonauts* in my freshman English classes (high school) after our unit on the *Odyssey*. Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Eileen Cunningham
I didn't get to see all of this movie when we watched it in school. However, what I saw I thoroughly enjoyed. Read morePublished on April 15 2003
The cast wasn't all that great. The acting was a bit weak like they couldn't get into their roles. The evil king (Jason's stepfather) one of the key characters was really poorly... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
Now I must say that I had rented this with pretty high expectations; after all, Hallmark's recent TV miniseries of Greek mythology "The Odyssey" was a first-rate adventure that I... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002 by Erik Morton
Along with "Merlin" and "The Odyssey", "Jason and the Argonauts" is one of the greatest fantasy mini-series ever made by Hallmark Channel. Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by lobohombreriera
No matter what anyone says, this film is by far & away superior to the 1962 Todd Armstrong movie. I own both on DVD and watched them on consecutive nights for comparison. Read morePublished on May 4 2002 by D. Roberts