Subsequent episodes address topics such as “The Message of the Myth,” “Sacrifice and Bliss,” and “Masks of Eternity.”
Campbell is charming and has an easy-to-listen-to voice even with a very mild lisp which, as Chaucer said, “makes his English sweet upon his tongue." Although his stories and information are often supplemented with stunning art work, video clips, and graphics, a casual viewer would find this series dry and one that is hard in which to maintain interest. Most of the visuals are of two men sitting talking.
For those who persevere, an unexpected surprise is the benefit of self-examination. Whether you buy all of Joseph Campbell’s ideas, theories, and explanations, they will all challenge your status quo and offer ample opportunity to question yourself and where you are with these issues.
Each disc offers several bonus features including a conversation with Campbell from Bill Moyers’ Journal not previously aired, an interview with George Lucas, photo galleries, and profiles of Campbell’s influences.
Would I buy Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers? Yes. Campbell said that “by saving yourself, you save the world.” I’m ready to try. Dr. Fleming doesn’t speak for me. It will be released on September 21, 2010.