About the Collection:
Herein lies the largest collected trove of Joseph Campbell material,
perhaps even more than you will find on the Joseph Campbell Foundation website itself (www.jcf.org).
If you are a fan of Joseph Campbell, you should know about the foundation.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation® was incorporated in 1990 as 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. They have the following goals:
1. Preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell.
2. Further his pioneering work in mythology and comparative religion.
3. Help individuals enrich their lives by participating in JCF programs.
The majority of this material copyright is held by the JCF, though some of it you won't find available from the JCF anymore as it has been discontinued or deemed not suitable in favor of a different lecture or series.
Campbell's ideas should be available to all, though please support the JCF in their goals of spreading Campbell's legacy.
About the Material:
The bulk of the material presented here has been previously available in some way, shape, or form.
There have been several previous Campbell collections made available from which some of this material has been sourced from.
This collection includes the best copies of all available material which could be located.
Some of the rarer data in this collection includes:
- Uncompressed DVD video files.
- Series II.2 and II.3 of the JCF Lecture Series
-The JCF lecture series (I and II) have been available in different forms:
- Series I was previously released as the six volume "Audio Collection."
- Series II.1 was previously released as the hard to find "World Mythology and the Individual Adventure" in two parts.
- Series II.2 and II.3 however have (to the best of my knowledge) not been available in any other form prior to this release.
- There are also some other rare items including the "Way of Art" tapes and the "Wings of Art" series on James Joyce.
** Please note that the entire collection may be broken up into more than one upload/torrent file.
** Please review the torrent title and description to ensure the download has the contents required.
About the Media Contents and Formats:
There are several media formats available for download in the collection.
Most will *NOT* wish to download the entire collection, as there is redundancy between some of the files.
This is true not just in the formatting of the data (MKV vs DVD5 vs DVD9), but also in the material itself.
Due to various copyright disputes and other issues, much of Campbell's material has been released in more than one form over the years.
As mentioned above, the JCF Lecture Series I is the same material presented in the six volume "Audio Collection" - just broken up into different sections.
Each folder will contain additional data regarding info and provenance of media when known.
What is important to note is that Joseph Campbell died in 1987 and therefore all of this material was originally recorded in standard definition. Most of it was originally mastered to VHS and Audio Cassette and later converted to DVD or CD.
Because of this, the MKV video and lower quality MP3 rips may in many cases be as suitable as the original sources for consumption due to the lower quality of the originals themselves.
In some cases, video has been converted to a lower quality (i.e. bitrates) when it appeared not to impact the original sources - be those the originally released material, or simply what was available.
In most cases however, especially with the audio, the highest quality available was kept and it is left to the discretion of the user should they wish to re-encode in a different format.
The decision was made to convert all non-DVD (VOB) video formats to h264/x.264/MKV format.
This was chosen as the newer format of choice (compared to older AVI or the comparable M4V/MP4) due to its slight advantages and its open source history.
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