Judge David Johnson was a guest lecturer at Clown College. He was booed out of the funhouse.
The shaping of the Western tradition.
Joseph Campbell, the renowned writer, speaker, and philosopher, embarked on a speaking tour in the 1980s and here you go: two DVDs worth of lecturing!
I wish there was more I can give you, but that's what this set is, five hour-long lectures, soaked in content, sure, but fairly dry. Some nifty slides, photos, and cameos by Susan Sarandon break it up a bit, but make no mistake: what you're signing up for is 285 minutes worth of an elderly gentleman talking.
Obviously, this is geared to a specific fanbase, and if you find yourself interested in heavy-duty academic ruminating on the evolution of Western literary culture, there is great value housed on these DVDs.
Joseph Campbell: Mythos III consists of…
Thick stuff there. Though Campbell isn't an electrifying speaker, he is a fine transmitter of knowledge. If you're pining for the glory days of the campus lecture hall, and the subject matter appeals to you, pick up this set.
The DVD presentation is straightforward, starting with a full frame, VHS-quality transfers (it is what it is), and ending with a stereo mix. No extras.
Not Guilty. Most viewers will be bored out of their skulls, but this isn't for them. So why don't you leave us academics alone and go play your Call of Halo games?
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