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Jason and the Argonauts (Full Screen)

Jason London , Frank Langella , Nick Willing    Unrated   DVD
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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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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.

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Jason and the Argonauts 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A rousing adventure tale! Highly recommended! March 21 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies Ever Made
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Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Joseph Fitzgerald
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Published on June 1 2003 by Eileen Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Well.............as far as I could see anyway.
I didn't get to see all of this movie when we watched it in school. However, what I saw I thoroughly enjoyed. Read more
Published on April 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a dazzler - boring cast
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 more
Published on Feb. 10 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Siiiggghhh.....The Original Was Just SO Much Better.....
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 more
Published on Nov. 2 2002 by Erik Morton
4.0 out of 5 stars Too good for TV!
Along with "Merlin" and "The Odyssey", "Jason and the Argonauts" is one of the greatest fantasy mini-series ever made by Hallmark Channel. Read more
Published on July 27 2002 by lobohombreriera
4.0 out of 5 stars If only they had thought about it more...
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 more
Published on May 4 2002 by D. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough Voyage to take
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Published on March 21 2002 by R. M. Fisher
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