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Jason and the Argonauts (Full Screen)


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  • Actors: Jason London, Frank Langella, Natasha Henstridge, Derek Jacobi, Olivia Williams
  • Directors: Nick Willing
  • Writers: Mark Skeet, Matthew Faulk
  • Producers: Chris Thompson, Dyson Lovell, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert Halmi Sr.
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U28P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,903 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23 2003
Format: DVD
As someone who teaches Classical Greek & Roman Mythology it is impossible for me to sit through something like the 2000 mini-series "Jason and the Argonauts" without constantly thinking about its fidelity to the myths of antiquity. Certainly this new version works in more members of the Argos crew than the 1963 film version with its Ray Harryhausen stop motion animation that is one of the beloved films of our youth. This time around there we have not only the mighty Hercules (Brian Thompson) aboard, but also Orpheus (Adrian Lester), Atalanta (Olga Sosnovska), Castor (Omid Djalili) and Pollux (John Sharian). We also have Jason (Jason London) and the Argo visiting the land of the Amazons and other details from the epic poem written by the third-century poet Apollonius of Rhodes, as well as the relationship between Jason and Pelias (Dennis Hopper) taken from Pindar. There is also a hint of the Medea (Jolene Blalock) that Jason will get to meet in the tragedy by Euripides. The only complaint is that unless you know the background on most of these characters you have no way of appreciating who is sailing with Jason. A prime example is when Orpheus mentions losing Eurydice but does not tell of how he almost won her back from Hades. Meanwhile, Atalanta seems to be interested in Jason (what would Artemis say?).
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.
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By A Customer on April 27 2006
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Ok here is what I have to say the fellow reviewers are forgetting that the actor who plays Jason is a relatively newer actor and he is doing what the script wants him to do so...if you want to try the roll feel free to do so but do not go on scoffing about things you have not done yourself.
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.
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True to the story, good cinematography, and nifty transitions however the acting by Jason and Pelias was downright painful to watch. King Pelias couldn't even pronounce Queen Hera's name correctly. Other actors were good.
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I've used *Jason and the Argonauts* in my freshman English classes (high school) after our unit on the *Odyssey*. I thought it would complement the *Odyssey* nicely by expanding the students' understanding of the Greek concept of the hero while exposing them to another Greek myth, *Jason and the Golden Fleece*, on which this is based. (It takes liberties, but....) The special effects are not up to the standard kids have come to expect from movies nowadays, but they're passable, and the kids really did get into the story line and the characters.
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I must say I enjoy it,It was a good movie untill some...things tickled me:
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?
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I was pleasantly surprised to find this version of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS as a worthy successor to the original film starring Todd Armstrong.
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.
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