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  • Actors: Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Nikolas Grace, Judi Trott, Clive Mantle
  • Producers: Paul Knight, Esta Charkham
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039O1UDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 26 episodes of the Robin Hood legend starring Michael Praed and Jason Connery, presented here with new digital transfers, Dolby Surround track and a superb line-up of special features.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Robin of Sherwood is an imaginative version of the famous 12th Century legend Robin Hood. Here Robin is "Robin of Loxley". His adventures begin when his home at "Loxley Mill" is destroyed by Norman soldiers. Robin wants revenge and sets about getting it.
This series was produced in the 1980s and it was created by Richard Carpenter who earlier had worked on the series Dick Turpin.
Robin of Sherwood is a fabulous series. There are some great original stories and ideas here. And the DVD set brings together all of the episodes from all of the series as well as some good special features.

Robin of Sherwood weaves the legend of Robin Hood together with pagan beliefs that people of the 12th Century would no doubt be more familiar with. Seeking revenge, Robin encounters mystical "Herne the hunter" a sort of spirit protector of nature and the oppressed Saxon folk. A shamanic figure who is believed to be a forest spirit representing the powers of light and goodness, inspiring and protecting the Hooded Man. Herne appears as a man with a Stag's head.
Here Herne appears to Robin as a man wearing a stag's head. He tells him that he has chosen him to be the peoples champion and to be the son of .Herne. He endows Robin with the sword Albion. Robin then becomes "The Hooded Man" also known as Robin in the Hood, and better known as simply Robin Hood.
Lady Marion, Maid Marion of Leaford (Judi Trott), Little John, (Clive Mantle) Will Scarlet, (Ray Winstone) and Friar Tuck, (Phil Rose) are all familiar characters that join Robin. Also in this version we get the wonderful character of "Nasir" (Mark Ryan). A Saracen assassin, who had been captured in Palestine by Baron de Belleme, and brought back to England to work as his henchman.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Tennant on 18 Oct. 2010
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Of all the adaptations of Robin Hood that I've seen so far (some I haven't seen yet), the HTV-produced Robin of Sherwood from the 1980s is in my opinion the best of the lot. This adaptation is true to the Robin Hood legend with great storylines and the actors who played their characters were a true fit to them, compared to the actors in the BBC's adaptations with Jonas Armstrong which were a bit on the cheesy side.
Back to Robin of Sherwood, the first two series with Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley/Sherwood were great because it actually had the main character in the show, whereas in series 3 Jason Connery (son of Sir Sean Connery) was brought in to the show as Robert of Huntingdon who later became the second Robin Hood because Michael Praed left the show after two series. The third (and final) series was good enough to watch, although if I have to be accurate, I would say that it perhaps wasn't quite a patch on the first two. But still, I would highly recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of the Robin Hood legend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By weatherwitch on 4 May 2013
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I love this series, owned a few older format dvd copies I'd got second hand but when this reconfigured box set came out with 8 discs, I thought fantastic, I'll get it. It really is a fabulous show, I loved the whole programme when it first came out & now, nothing has ever compared to it. But, & this is a BIG but, it is the 21st century, the dvds have been done up, look & sound better, but why on earth are there no subtitles for those of us with hearing problems?? I have ancient Ealing comedy films on dvd that few now know yet they have subtitles. So why on earth doesn't the dvd of this BAFTA award winning, world renowned series have no subtitles? That is a serious mistake.
The series however is no mistake, it is fantastic, enthralling & the out-takes the best ever! But come on producers, it is the 21st century, there is NO excuse for dvds of such popular series to not have subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vanessa phillips on 26 Dec. 2013
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One scene stayed with me over the years, Robin Hood, alone and surrounded by enemies, firing his last arrow skyward. His death was heartbreaking, but I remembered it.
To my mind this is the definitive version of all Robin Hood tales on film, entertaining though some of the others are. In the 1980's I was thrilled watching. Tender love story, mystical ancient forest, Clannad! I could root for mud-spattered, vulnerable - rather than merry - men and woman fighting a hopeless cause, fighting just because it was right to. (Would be nice to be able to say we live in a fairer society today, but do we?) Not all episodes were to my taste, the demonic element could at times verge on the OTT, but some episodes were totally compelling, such as The King's Fool - which sees the return of a king, a far cry from Tolkien's Aragorn and the traditional Richard saves the day!
It's great to be able to watch it all again on DVD and be thrilled again. And there are excellent extras. Refreshingly many of the locations used are real, such as the splendid tithe barn in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire - now empty..
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Spidernick on 3 May 2010
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If, like me, you were disappointed in the BBC's mess of a version of the Robin Hood myth (with its political correctness, modern in jokes, etc., etc.) then treat yourself to this set which shows you how it should be done.

Combining elements of the classic Robin Hood myth with pagan myths around Herne the Hunter, and even elements of Arthurian legend, this series created at atmosphere which was totally devoid in the BBC's recent version. Nikolas Grace was wonderful as the Sheriff of Nottingham and this programme launched/enhanced the careers of now established actors such as Ray Winstone and Clive Mantle. Michael Praed was a much better Robin than the rather wooden Jason Connery, but the wonderful stories meant Connery's contribution didn't detract from the whole.

There are also some great guest appearances, ranging from Rula Lenska to Lewis Collins. Phil Davis appeared regularly as Prince, then King John, also to great effect.

Clannad's haunting music serves to add to the atmosphere of the programme and their CD with the is worth buying in itself.

I've no idea what the extras on this are like, but whatever their quality this set is worth getting just for the stories themselves.

'Nothing is forgotten, nothing is ever forgotten'!
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