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Robin Of Sherwood - The Complete Series 2 [1984] [DVD]

Mark Ryan , Steve Dent , Alex Kirby , James Allen    Parental Guidance   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Ryan, Steve Dent, Mark Lewis, Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle
  • Directors: Alex Kirby, James Allen, Robert Young
  • Writers: Richard Carpenter
  • Producers: Esta Charkham, Patrick Dromgoole, Paul Knight
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066NSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The second series of Robin of Sherwood sets up both a sense of melancholy for the impending departure of Michael Praed and excitement for his imminent replacement by Jason Connery. These seven episodes are the very best of Praed and co, building upon their established camaraderie and making forest-frolicking seem like TV's best ever gig. "The Prophecy" has a running thread of back plot that will explain Praed's Doctor Who-like transformation to Connery (and all so he could cameo in Dynasty). Mystical Herne predicts the death of a great king, but the merry men are more interested in the introduction of new semi-regular Prince John (Philip Davis).

The series becomes braver as it continues by delving deeper into the black arts and exploring such matters as anti-Semitism and pagan beliefs. Gisburne's schemes to capture the bandits grow more desperate, while Herne's advice grows more cryptic and Marion's love for Robin grows stronger. All of which builds to the excellent two-part "The Swords of Wayland" and its coda "The Greatest Enemy". Now prepare yourself for something completely different.

On the DVD: Robin of Sherwood's first box set was going to take some beating, but this second series set is as good as anyone has managed for a TV show on DVD. The digital transfers and new Dolby soundtracks (with optional original mono and music-only tracks) are fantastic. The commentary on "The Swords of Wayland" from the director and producer is insightful and endearing. The third part of the behind-the-scenes documentary, still interviewing everyone involved, is consistently fascinating and runs 42 minutes. Add to that two galleries of stills with 156 pictures, seven minutes of outtakes and, for curiosity value, the French and American versions of the Main Title sequence. You can tell some real heart has gone into this release. --Paul Tonks

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Complete second series of the 1984 television telling of the evergreen Robin Hood stories. In 'The Prophecy', Prince John arrives in Nottingham with a masked captive, whom Robin (Michael Praed) and his band determine to rescue. 'The Children of Israel' sees the Sheriff attempting to murder a Jewish merchant to whom he owes a vast sum of money, while in 'Lord of the Trees' Guy of Gisburne hires a band of killer mercenaries in order to kill Robin once and for all. 'The Enchantment' sees Robin fall under the spell of evil enchantress Lilith. In 'The Swords of Wayland (Parts 1 and 2)', Robin leads his men to defend a distant village from swordsmen the Hounds of Lucifer. 'The Greatest Enemy' sees the Sheriff (Nickolas Grace) making a monumental effort to trap Robin after being threatened with dismissal by King John. When the band are successfully ambushed only Robin, Marian and Much manage to escape.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin and the gang return. 16 Feb 2005
As great as the first series was, I consider series two to be the true highlight of the entire Robin of Sherwood saga. All the faces are back from the first series, even Guy of Gisburne who had a rather an unpleasant finish in the last episode of series one. Although the director of the previous series, Ian Sharp, didn't figure, the magical, mystical nature of the first instalment is still present here in abundance. What makes this series stand out is the truly fantastic level of storytelling, as the plot to each episode is top notch. 'The Prophecy' has the evil Prince John arriving in Nottingham with a mysterious prisoner who Robin must rescue. 'The Children of Israel' surrounds a family of jews who are persecuted by the sheriff, and Robin decides to help them. Then we have 'Lord of the Trees', which sees Gisburne hire a vicious band of mercenary soldiers to try to hunt Robin down. Then we have 'The Enchantment', which sees the return of the Baron de Belleme from the first two episodes of series one. The Baron commands his servant to try and bewitch Robin. Then we come to the true masterpiece of the entire series, the two-part episode 'The Swords of Wayland', which surrounds an evil coven of devil
worshippers who try and bring Lucifer into the world. I remember this episode scared the hell out of me when I was little, and even now it maintains a high level of horror, as well as adventure and excitement. Finally, we have 'The Greatest Enemy', the ending of which you will not believe... But on the whole you've got seven episodes of superb quality, intense excitement, and blazing action. Highly entertaining. Watch out for superb guest appearances from Philip Davis as Prince John and John Nettles (yes! Bergerac himself) as Peter De Leon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green-tinged nostalgia 6 July 2002
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I loved Robin of Sherwood when it was on the television way back in the mid-eighties. I thought my appreciation may have dimmed with the years but although the film quality shows it's age, all the series are still a total joy to behold.
It must be said that some of the acting is decidedly pantomimic (the Sheriff, Marion, even the fabled Robin himself on occasion) but some of it is very fine indeed. The relationship between the Merry Men is fantastic - they bicker, they playfight but you know they would fight to the death to protect each other. Isn't this camaraderie the very thing that holds the legend of Robin Hood together?
This series was the first to add any mystical interpretation to the legend and it works. There is little overt magic and sorcery but it is ever-present and only enhances the look and feel of the series.
The final episode featuring Michael Praed as Robin is one of the most moving pieces of television I have ever seen. His exit was handled extremely sensitively - the young hero cut down in his prime by the cruel and vicious Sheriff.
The DVD extras include a 'Making of' documentary which is well worth a look. All the actors are there (it'll shock you how some of them have aged!) except Jason Connery but maybe they are saving him for a documentary when Series Three comes to DVD. They all talk fondly of the time they spent together in the greenwood and the fact that they still meet up makes you feel they still are the Merry Men! May Herne protect them!
But, as our hero says, 'Nothing is forgotten, nothing is ever forgotten.' Television to savour over and over again, this is the best dramatisation of the Robin Hood legend ever to be filmed. Not only that, but nearly 20 years on, it's unlikely to be bettered.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mike Praed was, in all honesty, deeply fab in this role, even if his activities post-Robin have been patchy at times. The rest of the merries (Clive Mantle, Ray Winstone, Jusi Trott et al) are brilliantly cast and turn out a fab performance. The 2 part story with all the davil worshipping stuff is great and the last episode (where Robin old Loxley gets it in the back, front, side...well, everywhere really) is one of the best hours of tv ever. The price of the box set is worth this episode alone!
Also, there is more of a mystic pagan element to this series than you could shake a stick at. If this presses buttons for you, then this is a good reason to get your groats out!
Music...brill (by Clannad), visuals and acting fab, locations (Ester Charkahm, take a bow)...everything brill. One of tv's successes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is ever forgotten 27 May 2002
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Part 2 of Richard Carpenter's definitive treatment of Robin Hood. Nothing since has rivalled this version of the Robin Hood legend - it effectively takes authenticity (unlike Kevin Costner's Robin, this one does not wear Hair Mousse) in terms of the environment and the motivations of the characters, and mixes it with adventure and romance in a way that seems realistic. The spiritual aspects of the Robin Hood legend are also ever-present (particularly in the form of the two-parter 'Swords Of Weyland' and in the form of 'Herne The Hunter') and yet they never distract the viewer or demand more suspension of belief than is appropriate. This box set is worth buying for the last story alone : If you've seen it you won't need me to tell you. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Of A Good Thing 19 July 2002
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Second outing for this hit HTV series that saw further development of the key characters.
Michael Praed's Robin emerges as a noble, yet utterly human hero, capable of swashbuckling deeds yet ultimately vulnerable to human vices such as loss of temper and faith, as depicted in the 'Children Of Israel' episode. He finally succumbs to man's greatest enemy in the finale, but exits with a bang rather than a whimper, probably doing lots for his ongoing fan following.
Judi Trott's Marion is now fully acknowledged as one of the boys (or should that be men?), but shows a tender side when she meets her father, once presumed dead in the Crusades. This aspect also comes through when Robin is savagely done in by the Sheriff in the season's finale, which is an all time great in television, being emotional, but not overly so, yet paving the way for a smooth transition into the third series, where a new Robin takes over.
The merry men are also seen to bicker amongst themselves, but are always rallying round to a common cause when the occasion warrants. It may sound cliched, but the continuing good chemistry among the players never leads to this feeling when the episodes are watched.
The Sheriff and Sir Guy emerge as villians, but we also get to see another side to them - Sir Guy actually feeling love for a Jewess ('Children Of Israel') and the Sheriff getting the shivers when the once dead Simon De Belleme is brought back to life ('The Prophecy').
Some will feel that this season went too much towards the black magic/pagan side of things, but this was the way of life back then, so the treatment emerges to reinforce the living conditions of the period. Robin & Co are as scruffy as ever, the villages gritty and even the castles come across as bleak, dank and damp places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
I am so glad I spotted this set, I really loved the series and look forward to watching again... .
Published 23 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series.
A nice collection to have, which brings out the day to day social living of Medieval times, as well as the adventures of an historic English legend. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Soul Supply
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered it - awesome.
The music, the atmosphere, the lush green forest, the enormously fun-to-hate Guy of Gisburne, all the outlaws, magic. 80s heaven.
Published 7 months ago by Lance Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Of Sherwood 2
Terrific Series, excellent partake of a mythical legend.
Brings back wonderful memories, didn't realise at the time how good this series would becomerecommended to all
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Alun Healing
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my grandson
Bought for my grandson who thoroughly enjoyed. Service top class as usual.
Many thanks. Will do business again im sure
Published 18 months ago by grey crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
You can't get much better than the two Michael Praed series of this classic show, each episode is well written, well thought out and the storylines keep you interested from start... Read more
Published 19 months ago by _andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Like series 1 - excellent
I don't know if Robin Hood (Robin in the hood) ever really existed, but I find this series (all 3 series in fact) so very entertaining, visually beautiful and atmospheric. Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by mt tutor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series hits its Stride
After being slightly disappointed -- if satisfied from a purely nostalgic point of view -- by the first series, I was delighted that the second series lived up to my memory and... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2003 by HLT
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent interpretation of the legend
Probably the best dramatization of the Robin Hood legend out there. I've been searching for this for AGES. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2003 by Anthrophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb!
I was only 9 or 10 when Robin of Sherwood first came out and always remembered it as an excellent series but upon buying this DVD I didn't realise it was so good! Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2003 by Andy
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