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Adventures of Robin Hood - Series 1 - Complete [DVD]

Alan Wheatley , Bernadette O'Farrell , Terence Fisher    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Alan Wheatley, Bernadette O'Farrell, Alexander Gauge, Archie Duncan, Rufus Cruikshank
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00113NWVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on target 20 Nov 2005
The problem buying this package of DVD's is the internal conflict you face: Richard Greene's Robin Hood constitutes pure nostalgia, but how are you going to view it now you've reached more mature years and have experienced a half century of much more sophisticated broadcasting plus Hollywood hype and special effects? The answer, of course, is that you're going to enjoy every minute of it!
First, the black and white images have been beautifully translated to DVD. The picture quality is excellent, and if the theme tune sounds monotonous after a while, you can't complain about the technical quality of the product. In fact, it's quite exciting to see it so well presented when you're memories are of grainy pictures on a small screen. You get the first 39 episodes on five discs (there were 143 episodes made in all). Thirty-nine episodes … and no frills, no extras, just 39 episodes each 23-25 minutes long.
But what of the show? Nostalgia quickly gives way to sheer enjoyment. Oh, the acting is a bit cardboard in places … in fact, in a lot of places … and the fight scenes are a bit, well, amateur dramatics (but watch out for a bit of energy and passion in "The Highlander" episode). And did I mention that the acting is a bit "Thunderbirds" in places? But, that apart, and all that included, it's brilliant. A couple of quick introductory episodes set the scene and set up the Robin Hood legend, and suddenly Richard Greene fills the role and the tights.
It's very gentle, very middle class, very 50's, the accents very, well, BBC - despite its ITV provenance. It is dated and you accept that from the word go.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Series for 1955 6 July 2003
To the editor my main reason in writing at this time is that there are 936 minutes.I will be buying it soon.
The quality of the production was outstanding in it's time,I am yet to understand how they made the props seem so outstanding though there was a thatched building which was a church one programme then a house then a church.Richard Greene must have seemed a rather middle class type for 1200AD but he carried it well.Many well known people quested and in view of the destuction of so much television work the saving of the Sapphire Films work which was made with film is an excellent cameo of so many people.Look for Alexander Gauge as a doule chinned Friar Tuck.Alan Wheatley as an evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The outside filming was carried out often near Walton On Thames where Hannah Weinstein the producer had a farm the woodland used was not Sherwood Forest but it was excellent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Additional comment... 16 May 2009
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There is a long list of very helpful comments already available against the English DVD version of this series and I won't repeat them except to say that this American-issued set also provides excellent nostalgic entertainment.
The principal difference appears to be that the English set contains five discs whereas this one has only three (not the 4 listed) - but still includes the full set of 39 episodes. The listing also describes it as being in colour, but of course it's in black and white. The listing may since have been corrected.
The episodes appear to have been collected from various sources and vary considerably in print quality. Some still include some (American) sponsors' messages, and are well-worn with noticable scratches and spots, while a few others have been reprocessed to a like-new standard.
One episode (so far) even has the alternative title: "The Adventures in Sherwood Forest" (rather than The Adventures of Robin Hood)!
And you can't rely on the closing credits for information - they appear to have been tacked on at random (perhaps to get round some of the sponsors' messages), so that the cast list often shows characters and actors who don't appear in that particular episode. I've only watched the first disc so far, but am still looking forward to seeing young versions of Patrick Troughton, Thora Hird and Paul Eddington as well as many other familiar personalities who have risen to prominence over the years.
I well remember this series from my 'formative' years - but I hadn't realised how utterly gorgeous Bernadette O'Farrell was!
Most enjoyable - and a great purchase!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passes my test... 22 Jan 2008
I have a very simple test to see if something has stood the test of time. I put it on when I know my teenage kids are around and see if it draws them in or not. Few black and white productions pass this test. I tried it with this DVD, and somewhat to my initial surprise they liked it and now they want to see more.

As the other reviews have said, it's not the high production values (though actually they are not that bad for the most part) it's the strength of the storylines and many of the performances. Alexander Gauge as Friar Tuck has never been bettered in my opinion.

The DVDs contain just the episodes - no extras, which is a shame, I bet there were some wonderful out takes, but I guess in those days they were worthless and so not kept like they are now.

Anyway, I still love this and it engages my youngsters - so a big tick in the box for this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures Of Robin Hood - The Complete Series 1 [1955] [DVD]
I remember watching this series the first time around in the 1950s, and now that I have had time to watch series 1 I find it just as entertaining now as I found it years ago, and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hausfrau
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As far as I am concerned there is only one Robin Hood, and that is Richard Greene. I never missed an episode as a child and now I can relive each adventure again thanks the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by kate mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star nostalgia
This is really the start of all the television drama and entertainment series on ITV. Yes, these are unrestored and some of the episodes have better sound than others and the films... Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. FULLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood. The Complete First Season. (39 Episodes)
This 3 disc box set was sold as Region 1 NTSC (US Import), and the box cover does not state any particular region, however it played without any problem on my Region 2 only DVD... Read more
Published 18 months ago by giandougl
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood written and produced by World War II partisans
Surely THE classic, that doesn't have to rely on special effects because the storylines are the best you'll find. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by George Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate yo buy!
I bought this for my husband who remembers watching Richard Greene in this version of Robin Hood as a boy. It brought back more than good memories... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Joan Sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel
Oh, nostalgia. Of course the plot lines were thin, sometimes the continuity went walkabout, the sound isn't uniformly wonderful and some acting was wooden. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2010 by D. A. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood the first series

I remember watching Robin Hood when I was young many years ago at home. At that time we had a black and white TV set. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by mike 200
5.0 out of 5 stars robin hood with richard greene
"Robin Hood"This series is bringing back all my old memories. Much more enjoyable than 'prince of thieves', with better acting and more believable adventures and no american... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Mr. E. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable interpretation of the Robin Hood story
The representation of an historical period in a film or television series says as much about the period in which it was filmed as about the period it aims to depict, so this 1955... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by Mr. T. Harvey
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