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Robin Of Sherwood: Series 1 - Episodes 1-3 [DVD] [1984]

Peter Llewellyn Williams , Ray Winstone    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Llewellyn Williams, Ray Winstone, Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott
  • Writers: Richard Carpenter
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sound & Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTJR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,042 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When Robin of Loxley transformed into Robert of Huntingdon in the third series of Robin of Sherwood, many viewers were understandably confused. Michael Praed left the series for reasons that never really became apparent while Jason Connery clearly wasn't a replacement chosen for similar looks or performance. Across the 13 episodes of the third series, Connery's choice became slowly apparent. The magical stories frequently dipped into darker territory as much as they aimed for uplifting humour. The new Hood was at ease with both, while reuniting the merry band and ultimately wooing the fair Marion all over again. Connery turned in a very confident embodiment of the character, clearly bonding well with the established team of actors. Guest stars lined up to contribute alongside him. Memorable appearances include those of Richard O'Brien, David Rappaport, Matt Frewer, Patricia Hodge, Ian Ogilvy and Lewis Collins. (It's fascinating to speculate how different things could have been if the close-second casting choice of Neil Morrissey had been pursued.) The strangest aspect of the series, however, is knowing in retrospect that everyone's confidence and merriment was for nothing. Scripts were written in readiness for the fourth series, but then the studio went bankrupt. Cliffhangers therefore remain that will confuse viewers far more than the lead's replacement. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

Opening three episodes from the first series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (Parts 1 and 2)', Robin (Michael Praed) meets the men who will form his rebel band after being unjustly imprisoned by Guy of Gisburne. After making his escape, he rescues Lady Marion from sorcerer the Baron De Belleme. 'The Witch of Elsdon' sees the Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace) attempting to use alleged witch Jennet of Elsdon to render Robin and his men powerless.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 28 Mar 2005
By Mr. C. J. Thorpe VINE VOICE
This is probably the first series other than maybe repeats of the original Star Trek that really gripped me and it was something I just could not miss.
I always remember when I was a child getting excited each saturday afternoon waiting for this to come on and it was my first real escape into the world of Robin Hood.
But this is no standard Robin Hood like so many movies have done it. This is groundbreaking adding in new things that add to the rich tapestry of the Robin Hood legend.
It includes such things as the worship of the Celtic God Herne, something many of the rural people secretly still did back in those times and it had a Priest of Herne the Hunter who acted as a guide and wise man to Robin Hood. He saw Robin Hood's destiny.
There is also the addition of magic to this. It is never blatant and over the top. It is more subtle and adds to the stories rather than takes something away.
In all you get a vision of a truly mystical, supernatural Britain which is how many of the population would have seen it back then.
All the actors were also well cast and fitted well into the roles. I shall always think of the Robin Hood characters looking like these actors.
Of course there is still plenty of good action in each of the stories and gritty, realistic combat. Each story is well written and developed and explores many areas.
The Sheriff is a bit like a pantomime villain, yet despite this he somehow fits in perfectly and he can make you laugh whilst at the same time disliking him. Guy of Gisbon is a bit of a blundering fool in this yet at times you feel sorry for him.
Overall I think this is one of the best series out there and what's more it is British. It also is cheap so if you wish for something that is affordable and will give you many many hours of pleasure it is well worth buying.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Show 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This show is a true classic -- the best portrayal of Robin Hood yet to be seen in the eyes of many. It was made in the 80s, but that takes nothing away from it's content. "Robin of Sherwood" is not a fluffy show... it shows the hardships Robin and his men would've had to endure in Medieval Times, unlike other watered-down versions of Robin Hood. (Richard the Lionheart never knights and saves Robin from Prince John.) It's a British show, so of course our hero actually HAS a british accent. The acting is good, especially well is Michael Praed's (Robin Hood).
Robin of Sherwood combines adventure, a little romance, and even mysticism (the outlaws' protector and ruler of Sherwood is the god: Herne the Hunter). It's even enchanting.
Robin of Sherwood is my favorite show, and it is one of (if not THE) most historically accurate show to be put on the screen. It is, hands down, SUPERB, and WELL WORTH the money to purchase it.
Also, be careful not to fall off your chair when you first see Michael Praed. *wink*
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost 20 years old but still excellent 22 Jun 2002
By A Customer
The series impressed when it was screened almost two decades ago, and still continues to do so toady. Fine ensemble acting, good interaction between the players and excellent story lines help keep it fresh. The haunting theme music and supporting pieces by Clannad add to the overall excellence.
Gritty action sequences help portray realistically the harsh living conditions of the past and not glorify them as most (if not all) other productions of this legend have.
Michael Praed certainly takes some beating in the lead role, and the support cast is excellent too. For me, he made a much better Robin than Jason Connery who took over for the third season of this series.
The series remains unsurpassed so far, and is quite likely to remain so if the two Robins (Costner and that dreadful American series) after Robin Of Sherwood are anything to go by.
Definitely worth purchasing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin of Sherwood The Complete series 17 Aug 2005
Defiently value for money. It takes you back to the magic of when this brilliant series was on the television. I saw it by chance as it is now repeated on ITV3. The sound quality on the DVDs are now enhanced and you get little extras like the "bloopers" from both series that had me in stiches. Also there is the making of both series documentarys. Defiently worth the money and I would recomend this to anyone who was a big fan of this fantastic series. Bring it back please.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Impressive Today As Back Then 26 Jun 2002
By A Customer
This is a rare series that has stood the test of time. Re-watching the episodes does not bring about a "why did we like it back then?" feeling as with some other shows.
The gritty, realistic settings, beautiful locations, tight scripting and good interaction between the players make for an enjoyable watch. Throw in the haunting Clannad theme and supporting music and a winning combination that will be difficult, if not impossible, to repeat is created.
Michael Praed does a superb Robin, a performance that has, in my opinion, not been surpassed as yet. In comparison Costner's comes across as contrived and the less said about the dismal US series, "The New Adventures Of Robin Hood", the better. Some may prefer Praed's successor, Jason Connery, though I think he did not have as much on-screen charisma as the original Robin.
This collection is a buy to keep and would be better if the rest of Series 1 and Series 2 (when it is released) were acquired too, in order to complete the set. You don't have to be a Michael Praed fan to appreciate the programmes, but it's almost certain you will be one after watching them all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Robin of Sherwood
Was able to watch it, but quality a bit grainy, as filmed in the1980's. I had hoped with all the modern technology that the quality might had been better. Still good to watch
Published 4 months ago by Ange
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
I had the whole series on video but it was showing signs of age, this dvd set is a superb replacement with the added bonus of several extra options.
Published 5 months ago by mr chris john barrett
2.0 out of 5 stars Digitally restored???
I love the series, it's one of the best re-talk of the old story, and I have seen a lot of the adaptations, but I bought this for really stupid amount of money (my bad, of course),... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donnar
2.0 out of 5 stars The item looks pre owned, but sold as new.
The outer box was damaged, and the DVDs were loose in their cases. I had to give this as a gift and so didn't have time to change it, so I hope the DVDs were not damaged.
Published 19 months ago by Grossitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Well remembered, and still thrilling
I remember watching this series when I was attending high school in the early eighties. To me it has always been the ultimate Robin Hood, in fact most other versions whether in the... Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by Grey Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars a legend of robin hood a great tv series of the 1980s
a good tv series of the nineteen eighties this is one of the best robin hood film series to be on tv ever superb acting very good dont think this is ever been bettered.
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by Mr. Nigelecook
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a Con!
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, what isn't mentioned anywhere in the description is that this an imported version from Germany and everything is written in German! Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by Mr. N. Gibbins
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Warned.....
The complete series of Robin of Sherwood is excellent, and having the whole thing in one place is just what was wanted for a christmas gift. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by J. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, definitely a must-have!!
An excellent series in an excellent package. The best series ever about Robin Hood myth and its celtic background. Read more
Published on 2 July 2009 by I. L. Arzoz
5.0 out of 5 stars NTSC format available
The series itself, the casting is wonderful. These actors have such a hold on the characters that even the little moments are brilliant. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2005 by cadence
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