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  • Actors: Richard Greene, Peter Cushing, Niall MacGinnis, Nigel Green
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00295PG6C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Naturally you’d expect Hammer Films to make a Robin Hood movie, and of course it would star Richard Greene, who played him so memorably on TV for five years. But, add none other than Peter Cushing as the Sheriff of Nottingham and then have it directed by Hammer ace Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula), and you’ve got much more than just another swashbuckler. Robin and his Merry Men must go undercover when they learn of a plot to assassinate the Archbishop of Canterbury, and plenty of action and intrigue ensue. Beautifully shot in color and MegaScope, and featuring such reliable British actors as Nigel Green, Niall MacGinnis (Curse of the Demon), a young Oliver Reed and James Bond’s Q himself, Desmond Llewelyn, this is a rare and delightful chance for young and old alike to see a home-grown adaptation of England’s best-loved populist hero.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
As a child, I had a beautiful book of Robin Hood stories which I used to read by torchlight under my bedclothes when my parents thought I was asleep. It was a big, hardbacked book; filled with brightly colourful pictures and printed in fine romantic Gothic. As a result - as well as shocking eyesight - the wronged Sir Robin of Loxley, defiant elf, became an early hero of mine.
That won't mean anything to you, bargain hunter, but believe me when I tell you that 'Sword of Sherwood Forest,' of all the Robin Hood movies I've seen, is the one that comes closest to capturing the spirit and stylised sumptuousness of my glorious book.

Hammer movies always look good, like they were following an imaginary brief to make up for low budgets with Constable-worthy scenery - but this one is truly exceptional.

Richard Greene plays Hood as a stereotypical, square-jawed hero, and Sarah Branch is delicious as a (VERY) reluctant Marian - but it's the villains on this vivid stage that make the work interesting. Peter Cushing is superb as the conniving Sheriff of Nottingham; a role pre-empting one of his best performances as the similarly shady and conspiritorial Dr. Namaroff in 'the Gorgon'. Richard Pasco (CBE, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and, fascinatingly, husband to Barbara Leigh-Hunt of Hitchcock's 'Frenzy') as his accomplice, the shifty-faced Earl of Newark; and a young, squeaky-voiced Oliver Reed as the nasty back-stabber Lord Melton. And this is probably why 'Sword of Sherwood Forest' was filmed on location in Ireland rather then Bray Studios: the amount of scene-chewing these three get through would've endangered the next batch of production.
Cushing in particular, is a riot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand on 19 May 2013
Format: DVD
SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST 1960 DVD 2011

This was the second Robin Hood film that Hammer Studios released onto the cinema circuit, the first being `The Men of Sherwood Forest' 1954; the last being `A Challenge for Robin Hood' 1967. Although Hammer is best remembered for the horror movies which dominated the genre from 1958 to 1980 the studio also produced a large number of period dramas and even a couple of westerns, filmed in Italy.

SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST was made as a direct result of Richard Greene being released from his contract for the `Adventures of Robin Hood' series which came to an end after a six year run, longer than any other British television series at that time. The film is often considered to be the first `film of the TV series' and although Greene was the only member of the original TV cast to transfer with his original role several of the actors in the movie had previous appeared in the television series as guest stars.

I remember seeing this film when it was first released on the cinema and later when I started to collect Robin Hood books and films was disappointed that I was unable to ever locate an 8mm copy but added it to my collection as soon as the VHS version was released and have now replaced that with this DVD.

This rather unassuming little movie has attracted quite a large amount of negative reviews over the years, far more than it deserves. By today's standards, yes it is probably rather tame, there is no really gratuitous violence, and no bad language or nudity, it is the film of the TV series and an icon of the costume dramas of the era.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. E Rivers on 9 Oct. 2003
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This film is one of only 3 robinhood films that Hammer studios have produced,and at there famous Hammer studios. You can't go past Peter Cushing as the sheriff of nottingham, he plays the part excellently, and of course Richard Greene as Robin Hood,the most famous Robin of all, this movie is a must for Hammer fans and serves as a change from the Hammer horror films, like Night Creatures 1961, Devil ship pirates 1964, pirates of blood river 1962, Hammer again have shown there the best for these sort of films, the movie is in classic Eastman colour, a Hammer Favourite, and has all the classic Hammer stars such as Oliver Reed,[ Curse of the werewolf}Richard pasco from {The Gorgon}stars as Evil prince John, this film has many familiar faces from other Hammer films. Nigel Greene also stars as Little John who was hercules in {Jason and the argonauts} 1963, the story is faithful to the original adaption, but with the touch of Hammer Directer Terence Fisher it makes this film a one of a kind, Not to be missed, my only regret is this film is presently not on dvd, however keep checking because it may appear on dvd at any time, in the meantime enjoy the vhs version, as i said this is a must for Hammer Fans, regards Deke.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Sword of Sherwood Forest is directed by Terence Fisher and written by Alan Hackney. It stars Richard Greene, Sarah Branch, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Nigel Green, Oliver Reed and Niall MacGinnis. Music is by Alun Hoddinott and cinematography by Ken Hodges.

One of Hammer Films’ Robin Hood movies that reinvents the legend with some lively swashbuckling glee. Plot is kind of incidental, this really is about some good honest family entertainment involving sword fights, bow and arrow skills, political machinations and some costume malarkey. There’s a good story here, based around a dastardly assassination plot that Robin and his merry men get dragged into, this part of the pic is well written and directed with assuredness by Fisher, one of Hammer’s greatest directors.

Richard Greene reprises the role of Robin that he played in the popular TV show The Adventures of Robin Hood, and whilst he is unlikely to be at the top of anyone’s favourite Robin Hood portrayal lists, he’s comfortable in the tights and engages heroically enough in all the right places. Cushing is the class act on show as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, and Branch is fetching as Marian, though the sparks never fly between herself and Greene.

Sadly there’s irritants that stop the film pushing through the forest to breathe fresh air with the best of the other Hood outings. So much focus is spent on Robin the man, his merry men barely get a look in to impact on proceedings. Which when you have Nigel Green as Little John amounts to a crime of a wasted opportunity. The choreography for all the fight scenes is adequate enough, but it lacks dynamism, while Oliver Reed may be enjoying himself greatly, but he adopts an accent that I don’t think has been invented yet!

Still, lots of fun here regardless. 7/10
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