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|Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Greek Myths|
Actors: Michael Gambon, Brian Henson, David Greenaway
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
One of Jim Henson's finest hours was the Storyteller series that aired on HBO in 1987. As with his other non-Muppet creations (Labyrinth), Henson fills the screen with wonderful creatures that have a wisp of a J.R.R. Tolki... more »
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Darlene S. from FLORISSANT, CO
Reviewed on 11/9/2010...
This was another great DVD by Jem Henson. I do like the orginal better. Ther stories were done better on the first one. Still very good.
Complete your Jim Henson's The Storyteller Collection
Heidi Anne Heiner | SurLaLune Fairy Tales.com | 07/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last year, fans were thrilled to find Jim Henson's The Storyteller Collection on DVD for the first time featuring the fairy tales crafted for the series. Thanks to the success of that DVD, the Greek Myths are also being released this year. While the effects of the series are somewhat dated, the series is still spectacular, incorporating the genius of Jim Henson and those he gathered around him. Also note that the storyteller in this series is Michael Gambon, the new Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter movie.
To let you know what is on the DVD, here is the episode info provided by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment:
DAEDALUS AND ICARUS: Daedalus, one of the greatest inventors of ancient Greece, and his son Icarus are betrayed by cruel King Minos and must flee for their lives. To escape, Daedalus creates wings so they can fly to safety, but will the young Icarus heed his father's instructions or will their dreams melt away?
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE: The great musician Orpheus vows to bring back the soul of his beloved Eurydice from the depths of Hades. But the task he must complete to reunite with his love turns out to be as torturous as the fate he will have to endure.
PERSEUS AND THE GORGON: When the evil king threatens Perseus' mother, he must bring back the head of Medussa - who's stare will turn anyone who looks upon her to stone. Will the help of the gods be enough to aid in this seemingly impossible task?
THESEUS AND THE MINATAUR: With the help of a beautiful princess, Theseus tracks down the man-eating Minotaur, half-man, half-bull to prove his courage and loyalty. A fight to the death ensues, and a shocking secret emerges."
Immerse Yourself In Ancient Mythos...
Pamela A. Ligieri | USA | 07/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you are a Mythology major in a university or one who has become so familar in the subject that you consider yourself an expert, you are sure to love these myths-come-to-life retellings brought to the screen. Kept in the same vein as Jim Henson's The Storyteller series featuring John Hurt, this series is also told by a teller of stories represented by Michael Gambon and with as much ability to mesmerise the listener as his predecessor.The music (which is a crowning point, in my opinion) is weaved by Rachel Portman who, as always, delivers a lovely score marred fittingly with dark, forboding - yet bittersweet tones. In many instances such as in the tale of 'Orpheus & Eurydice', the climatic storytelling is accompanied by the score which successfully heightens the intensity of what will happen next. Everything set to music from Eurydice's 'birth' to Ariadne's furious curse when she realises Theseus has abandoned her is rapturously beautiful, chillingly haunting.The acting performances are also well worth mentioning, most notably that of Gina Bellman [Eurydice], Jesse Birdsall [Aristaeus] and Maggie O'Neill [Ariadne]. Whether it be the wonder found in new life, mischief or the sting of being betrayed, these things prove small feats to bring across by such seasoned performers as these.Having waited what seems forever for this program to come to DVD, I am ecstatic that it finally has. Remaining true to the original Grecian myths, this series will be cherished for ages to come in the homes of fantasy and mythology lovers alike."
Only 4 stories
sa92 | USA | 04/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was a little disapointed with this DVD when I discovered there were only 4 episodes. Apparently there are 9 stories on the original Storyteller DVD. I'm not sure why the difference, yet they're comparable in price.
The stories are pretty depressing and dark, although accurate and beautifully scripted, acted and directed. This would be an asset to any classroom learning about Greek myths.
The Storyteller series is so good I want it to go on and on forever. Four episodes just isn't enough."