'Joseph Campbell - Mythos II'
(Joseph Campbell, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1997) 2008 / Acorn Media)
Overview: During the final years of his life, Joseph Campbell embarked on a speaking tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the "one great story" of humanity. These remarkable talks were filmed and are presented here in the order and manner in which Campbell himself intended, with enhanced images and in minimally edited form.
DVD Verdict: This second set is, in my opinion, more interesting than his Vol 1. His lectures on chakras and the tibetan book of the dead or just wonderful stuff. Too bad the JC foundation has no lectures of his perseptions of james Joyce on film or video [they do have a good book however] but his A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: Unlocking James Joyce's Masterwork ranks as one of the finest "translations" on that tome and the last volumn of the Masks of God is incredable.
Indeed, instead of studying the differences that existed between cultures, Campbell found the similarities between the world's religions. From there he shows that there are underlying themes that connect us all. According to Campbell "the material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment. A living, vital mythology deals with these."
To see Joseph Campbell's influence on our culture, one has to look no further than the Star Wars movie series. Writer and director George Lucas used his book Hero with a Thousand Faces as the basis and inspiration to write the storyline of Star Wars. It is because of this that the series was so successful. All of the underlying themes can be seen in Campbell's works.
You will not be disappointed in this series and since less than a year ago the set was going for as high as $100.00, it's a bargain now at any leser price!! Susan Saraden does an good job in her seques. This is not the place to blab about JC and his thoughts but I find that I go back and watch this series often and hear something new as I grow through the stages of my life - a constant source of thought provoking and inspiration and a remarkable look at human consciousness. If you have an open mind, this will expand it. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the following Programs:
1. The Inward Path—The core myths of the great Asian religions
2. Enlightened One—The Buddha and enlightenment, East and West
3. Our Eternal Selves—Yoga and transcendence
4. The Way to Illumination—Kundalini yoga and the seven chakras
5. The Experience of God—Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual journey that is death. Presented and Hosted by Academy Award®-Winner SUSAN SARANDON