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  • Actors: Robert Hoffmann, Fabian Cevallos, Erich Bludau
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PFT1NM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All thirteen episodes of the classic children's serial in a four-volume box set. In episode one he starts his search for sustenance on the island, while in the second episode he builds a tree shelter. In the third episode the wreckage of his ship washes ashore so he sets about salvaging anything that he might be able to use. While he searches he makes a new friend - Dick the dog. In episode four, the shipwrecked Crusoe discovers valuable items and treasure aboard the wreck of the Esmerelda, and finds a cave which he turns into a new home. In the next episode he attempts, somewhat unsuccessfully, to make some furniture for his new abode, and in the sixth episode his shelter burns down. In episode seven, Robinson attempts to construct a canoe to escape from the island. episode eight sees him developing his pottery, breadmaking and basket weaving skills, while in episode nine he holds a banquet to celebrate the third anniversary of his arrival. Finally, in episode ten Robinson has to defend his island paradise against cannibals, rescuing one of their prisoners and naming him 'Friday'. In episode eleven, Robinson attempts to make Friday into his manservant, with little success. Episode twelve sees Friday return after Robinson's thoughtlessness drove him away, and in episode thirteen Robinson and Friday make their escape from the island. Also included is the French language version of episode one.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John T. Harper on 27 Jun. 2007
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Quite simply, this series is a rite of passage for any knowing individual. With each episode, Crusoe's existential relationship with Nature unfolds. Crusoe's touching respect for Friday's untainted morality is one of the high points of the series. That a savage, equipped with reason and innocent eyes, can call into question some of the deepest beliefs of Western civilization. Terrific ! Watch and learn without hesitation !!!
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. D. Baldwin on 30 Jun. 2007
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Oh dear. I must thank Network for finally releasing this on DVD but they could have spent some money on restoring the print to remove the scratches and specks (as has been done with the Laurel and Hardy films to great effect). Also it would have been nice to have biographies of Jean Sacha (director), Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi who provided the memorable music, Lee Payant (the true voice of Robinson) who lived with his partner Gordon Heath in Paris and ran L'Abbaye folk club in St-Germain-des-Pres in the 1960's . I give this 5 Stars only because in whatever print quality the excellence of the original production of this definitive version of Robinson Crusoe shines through and because Network have saved it .
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowden on 25 Feb. 2008
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In the mid-sixties, in the UK at least, a memorable part of children's evening television was this adaption of Defoe's famous novel, spread over 12 x 25 minute episodes. Shot mainly on location in the Canary Islands,`Robinson Crusoe' boasts fine location work and evocative camera work and, for many, it remains the definitive version for the small screen.

The first episode of the series deals with Crusoe's shipwreck and initial landing on his island. Flashbacks within this and the other first few episodes bring his story up to date, as he recalls his restless youth, then his apprenticeship as a law clerk, his running away, his capture into slavery, his adventures as a plantation owner and so on. This is a neat way of incorporating the progress of the original novel. Then his solitude is broken with the arrival of his companion, man Friday, and their relationship grows. So structurally the series divides into four: shipwreck and arrival; the establishment of Crusoe and his cave home, initially with flashbacks; the rescue and education of Friday then, a brief epilogue, with the two of them writing his story back in England. This last section, with the first shipwreck, neatly `book ends' the main action. But what really binds all 12 episodes is the overwhelming presence of Crusoe, as narrator `author' of his own story, whose easy-going charm and inquisitiveness is an ideal embodiment of youthful ambition.

Crusoe's sojourn on his unnamed island is an adventure. But it is also an education, forced on him by circumstance. In his youth he is restless, `a rash young man, full of arrogance'. He disagrees with his father about the path his life should take (a dissatisfaction which eventually leads him to leave home).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Gleave on 29 July 2007
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This DVD is great. I remember watching this as a kid and even now it is entertaining. It is in black and white but I don't have a problem with the quality, looks fine to me.

Worth buying.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2007
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Ahhhh, I'm ten years old again and all it took was this dvd.

Kudos to Network for releasing this, even if it still looks about as rough as when it was being shown 30 years ago.

What matters is that it's here, complete, for fans to own, without having to search for copies of copies of copies on the auction sites.

In the mid-sixties who would have believed a serialised European co-production of one of English literature's finest adventure novels would over forty years later STILL be the best version?

No praise of course is too high for the music which with its unforgettable main theme and numerous emotional motifs is as close to a perfect soundtrack as exists.

Much credit is also deserved for the entire lavish looking production, and the highly committed central performance of Robert Hoffman can't be underestimated. Aided by the eloquent narration he depicts a Crusoe who's both rash and resourceful, courageous and vain, and whose English pride is eventually tempered by acquired qualities of humility and compassion.

Still a joy, even without the prospect of six weeks' school holidays ahead..
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hegarty on 15 April 2008
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Although The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was on British TV from 1965,I first saw it at the age of 6 in 1971.Even at that young age,it made an impact on me,so when I heard it was coming out on Dvd,I couldn't wait.First let's get the bad points out of the way,as a few reviewers have already mentioned,the print is "grainy" at times and really,a bit of money could have been thrown at this release to enhance its presentation.Some more extras would have been nice,such as info on all the actors,film crew etc,maybe a few photos showing the island in the present and yes I know that there is a town there now where it was filmed.One intriging thing about the extras was the colour photos,in which I saw pictures of scenes and characters not in the filmed version ie:there seems to be a scene showing Robinson help a friend to elope,does this mean that there are deleted scenes somewhere?.Grumble over,this was a joy to watch storywise.This is the definitive version,as I watched it,so many memories came back,the great music,one of the best ever soundtracks to a tv series,moves you and thrills you depending on the action.As an adult,I could appreciate Robert Hoffman's acting more.As he is dubbed,Robert acts with his body and face to tell the story effectively.He will always be remembered by many generations for this portrayal.I also for the first time realised how good that Lee Payant's commentary is,his voice gives the story its soul to Hoffman's heart.The story might not appeal to many of today's children which is a pity but it will live long in the memories of those lucky to have seen it.The only other bad thing was that where once it took a summer to watch the story,I now had watched it in a weekend and my adventure was over.Maybe as Robinson Crusoe says at the end "one day,I will return to my island".Maybe next year I'll return.
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