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New on DVD: 'Joseph Campbell and the The Power of Myth', 'Spartacus'
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 9/24/2010 12:01 AM

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"Joseph Campbell and the The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers"

When scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers sat down to discuss Campbell's life work, the interview caught the public by surprise. Within time, it was seen by millions on PBS and captivated the nation. It is considered one of the greatest interviews ever recorded, as Campbell shares his wisdom on how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. The beauty of Joseph Campbell and this series is that everyone can understand his words and his insight. He taught at Sarah Lawrence College for 40 years and inspired many artists. Among them is George Lucas, who credits Campbell with helping to inspire "Star Wars."

The six episodes are: "The Hero's Adventures," "The Message of Myth," "The First Storytellers," "Sacrifice and Bliss," "Love and the Goddess" and "Masks of Eternity." The bonus features include never-before-released conversations, Moyers' interview with George Lucas, a 12-page viewer's guide, profile of Campbell's influences, photo galleries, Bill Moyers biography and excerpts from the film "Sukhavati."

"Directors: Life Behind the Camera"

Thirty-three directors share their knowledge of the art of filmmaking as well as details of their own careers in this terrific program. Film clips and interviews with actors are included along with information on each director. You can also choose a topic and go to a director for their answer on the subject. Featured directors include Robert Altman, Tim Burton, Wes Craven, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and others.

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Season One"

This original series was the biggest to hit the Starz network and its most successful. The show is a mixture of the film "300" and the TV show "Rome," only better. It is brutal to watch at times and leaves nothing to the imagination.

Torn from his homeland, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield), a warrior, is captured by the Romans and enslaved. As a gladiator, he fights for his life on a daily basis, while plotting revenge. Awesome visuals make this series stunning to watch, and the plot is mesmerizing.

"ELO: Live in London"

The Electric Light Orchestra - led by singer, songwriter and producer Jeff Lynne - was a unique band in the 1970s. They had many hits that are included in this program, which was recorded live at the New Victoria Theater in London. Some of the songs are "Showdown," "Can't Get It Out Of My Head," "Strange Magic," "Evil Woman," "Nightrider" and "Poker."

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