Conclusion: Disney's Hercules has never looked or sounded better than it does on Blu-ray. That's great news for those wanting to own this charming musical comedy in the best quality available. Regrettably, though, this lightweight platter represents a major missed opportunity to surround this popular film with more substantial bonus material, even something readily available like an episode of the TV series.
Summary: Disney loves August. I don't quite understand the trifecta of late summer, Blu-ray and family entertainment, but the Mouse House has once again settled on August as the month du jour, unleashing another deluge of new releases. Four Walt Disney Animation Studios feature films are making their BD debut -- Fun and Fancy Free (1947), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.
Excerpt: It's no surprise that Evan Spiliotopoulos, the veteran of Hercules 's two credited screenwriters, has made a career out of penning direct-to-video Disney titles, as this sorry excuse for a summer spectacle—PG-13-friendly levels of gore and sexuality and a singular F-bomb notwithstanding—appears to have been scripted with undemanding toddlers in mind.
Excerpt: Oh, Dwayne Johnson. What are we going to do with you? No, seriously, what do we do with a musclebound superstar with a great smile and hulking biceps? The amateur moviemaker within us says, “A lot,” but Hollywood hasn't seem to have gotten the message. And now, Johnson is Hercules , a role perfectly suited for his doorway-darkening physicality and PG-rated sensuality. Except that's not the Hercules we're dealing with. No, this Hercules has issues .
Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous movie
29 July 2014
Excerpt: Most sword and sandal epics have occasional battle scenes interspersed with long periods in which the characters gossip, carouse, have love affairs and plot against each other. Hercules reverses the formula. Almost the entire film is taken up with fighting. Ratner allows only the briefest time outs between battles to explain what exactly is being fought over.
Summary: Brett Ratner, director of all three Rush Hour movies, buckles up for a sword and sandals beat-'em-up that starts off trying to put a real face on the Greek myth, only to surrender to the Hollywood gods and have a ball, with Hercules bashing everything from heads to horses. The ace up Ratner’s CGI toga is Dwayne Johnson, who, aided with little more than facial hair, a large spiky club, and muscles the size of Mount Olympus, lends this Hercules a likable persona, trapped...
Conclusion: If the animation lacks the richness of classic Walt, it consistently catches the eye, with the bold imagination of Brit graphic guru Gerald Scarfe consistently to the fore. But Hercules is first and foremost a parent-pleaser, which is a fundamental distortion of the Disney ethic.