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Xena Warrior Princess:S1

Lucy Lawless , Renée O'Connor , Bruce Seth Green , Charles Siebert    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Just four minutes into "Sins of the Past," the first episode of Xena, you'll gladly follow the warrior princess anywhere. Taking on a gang of marauders, she leaps onto an upright spear embedded in the ground and, with a cry of "Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi," does a circular wall of death on their chests. A syndication phenomenon, this audacious 1995 series was a spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Lucy Lawless stars as Xena, dressed to kill in leather and breastplate. Her exploits are legend: "She came down out of the sky in a chariot throwing thunderbolts and breathing fire," remarks one awestruck boy in the first episode. Xena wants to bury her violent past, but there is no rest for the formerly wicked as she takes up arms (and feet) against any number of villains and mythological beasts. She is joined by Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), a young peasant woman who "is not cut out for this village life," and runs away from home to join Xena in her adventures.

As the series evolved, speculation was rife about the true nature of their relationship. Playful and provocative teasers in several of these episodes give this first season an unexpected erotic charge, as witness "Altared States," in which the two skinnydip, and later, a drugged Gabrielle, revived by Xena, looks upon her and gushes, "By the gods! You are beautiful." Other memorable episodes include "Callisto," which introduces the vengeful female warrior who would further bedevil Xena in seasons to come; "Prometheus," in which Kevin Sorbo guest stars as Hercules; "Chariots of War," in which Xena wears a dress (!), and "Warrior...Princess," in which Xena trades places with her look-alike, a Princess named--yes--Diana, who is the target of assassins. By the gods, Xena is an absolute hoot whose pleasures--stylized action sequences, cheesy special effects, tongue-in-cheek anachronistic dialogue--are anything but guilty ones. Clumsy packaging, lack of commentary, and less than pristine picture quality are minor drawbacks to this otherwise thrilling set. --Donald Liebenson

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In a time of ancient gods, ruthless warriors, and capricious kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess forged in the heat of battle. Relive the power, the passion, and the wild adventure of international icon Lucy Lawless's first season as Xena, a season that swept up audiences the world over and completely redefined the role of the female action hero. Season 1 on DVD includes the 24 jaw-dropping episodes that changed the world.

Episodes: Sins of the Past, Chariots of War, Dreamworker, Cradle of Hope, The Path Not Taken, The Reckoning, The Titans, Prometheus, Death in Chains, Hooves and Harlots, The Black Wolf, Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts, Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards, A Fist Full of Dinars, Warrior...Princess, Mortal Beloved, The Royal Couple of Thieves, The Prodigal, Altered States, Ties That Bind, The Greater Good, Callisto, Death Mask, Is There a Doctor in the House?



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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can you hear my disappointment? Oct. 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was thoroughly disappointed to find that these DVD's did not include closed captions nor subtitles. I have enjoyed watching the various Xena episodes over the years on TV where the CC's were broadcast. It's unfortunate that in the year 2003, when the technology is readily available, that so little regard is given the paying customer. I am one of the millions of hearing impaired persons that like to buy and view DVD's. I would certainly 'not' purchase any DVD in the future that did not contain either closed captions or subtitles. (At least foreign films, with non-English dialogue allow the viewer the opportunity of reading English subtitles.) If they want to sell more DVD's and be a 'responsible' company, then they need to do it 'right'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars loved the series, hated the DVD encoding Nov. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
There's been a lot of stuff, both positive and negative, about the Anchor Bay package of Xena on DVD. I've been watching it on a very good quality all-regions player (which has no trouble with other NTSC progs) in the UK and it's frequently awful. The soundtrack (which should be glorious) is disastrously out of synch from time to time (The Titans, Prometheus for example) and picture quality varies from OK to really awful. Don't believe anyone who tells you it's because Series 1 was shot on 16mm film instead of 35mm: believe me, 16mm should look terrific on the small screen. And there's no excuse for the out-of-synch-sound or poor quality DVD encoding.
On the plus side you get loads more extras than the meagre Universal/Playback versions available on this side of the pond, but at least the Universal DVD's are watchable.
A great series and good package spoiled by very poor quality control.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As much as I like Xena Aug. 21 2003
Format:DVD
I'm deaf and this DVD set didnt have caption or subtitles. I've been a hardcore nutball Xena fan from day one,and NONE of the VHS or DVD tapes have yet to have caption or anything of the sort. It is disappointing, I bought a 90 dollar DVD set, just to find out it wasnt captioned, and sent it back to only get 30% of what I paid for it. Many hardcore...and deaf, xena fans just like myself were disappointed, really disappointed, and season 2 shows no different. For you deaf people out there, do NOT get it! Unless you like just watching the action and not understanding or being able to see Xena's wisdom in caption, or subtitle, just like the hearing people can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"In a time of ancient gods, warlords, and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."
If you don't recognize the above, you've been in a distant land since at least 1995, and this review isn't really for you. But you should buy this collection immediately, because you're in for an entirely novel treat.
Xena: Warrior Princess is a spin-off series from "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", which followed 5 "Action Pack" (don't ask) Hercules movies. The Hercules and Xena stories are revisionist tales of antiquity. Most of the names are right ("Hercules" instead of "Herakles", and the Roman "Cupid" instead of Greek "Eros" are notable exceptions), but anachronisms abound. We first see Xena sitting on her horse, complete with stirrups (1000 years before their invention) and saddle horn (2000 years early). Xena's sword is bronze, but steel implements abound in an era when Indian Wootz steel was a commodity valued above gold. The wet countryside of New Zealand doubles for the dry Mediterranean clime of Greece. And barbarian warriors look suspiciously like Maori. Obviously the emphasis is on entertainment rather than historical accuracy. It's a good thing, too, because the entertainment value is outstanding.
The premise of the series is that Xena was a teenager living in the Greek village of Amphipolis when it was attacked. She rallied her neighbors to mount a successful defense. Then she took the surrounding towns to have a defensive perimeter. One thing led to another, and Xena was a warlord terrorizing the countryside. But, true to her original intent, she spared defenseless women and children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Xena BUT... Aug. 30 2003
Format:DVD
I enjoy Hercules and Xena very much BUT, there are a few things that really bugged the heck out of me on Xena's Season One.
First off, like previous reviews have stated, about half way through two of the episodes, the voices start to get out of hand and don't match the lip movements. If there are things I cannot stand it's bad dubbing. I don't think Anchor Bay should have any excuse for this "mishap".
Another thing, is the picture can get grainy in some parts, especially in some of the earlier episodes. But, in part, I do blame the type of film they were using during part of this season.
Lastly, there are no captions or subtitles. I was sitting here thinking "What the heck! This is the ONLY thing I own on VHS or DVD that does not have captions!" I'm grateful Anchor Bay released this, but my word, what were they thinking! I know several people who would have a fit over this one reason.
These are the type of things that are NOT easily ignorable. I've got every reason to get my money back from Best Buy until Anchor Bay releases newer editions with at least the voice problem fixed. Like I said, I'm grateful, but let's get it together, OK?
I can only hope that that Xena's Season Two will be improved and that Hercules' Season One is really worth my money.
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