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The Men of Sherwood Forest


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  • Actors: Don Taylor, Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore, David King-Wood, Douglas Wilmer
  • Directors: Val Guest
  • Producers: The Men of Sherwood Forest
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Films
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BI2ID6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Produced by Michael Carreras, "The Men of Sherwood Forest" is a 1954 Adventure film directed by Val Guest, starring Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore, David King-Wood and written by Allan MacKinnon. ...The Men of Sherwood Forest

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Newbould on 19 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Don Taylor stars as Robin Hood in this 1954 Hammer film directed by Val Guest. In this fairly entertaining movie, Robin and his band of merry men have to battle evil villains and help King Richard to return to his rightful place on the throne of England.

There are some original touches in this film that set it apart from other Robin Hood movies. For instance, Friar Tuck (Reginald Beckwith) is portrayed more as a gambler/con-man who likes to cheat people out of their money rather than just the usual food and drink-loving glutton and instead of Maid Marian there is Lady Alys (Eileen Moore) as the feisty main heroine and Robin's love interest.

My main criticism of this movie is the performance of Don Taylor as Robin Hood. Sure, he looks the part and he is fine during the action scenes but sometimes his acting is not all that great (perhaps they should have renamed his character Robin Wood) and I think that in general he lacks the charm and charisma of some other actors who have played the role. Maybe I am just jealous though because in real life Don was married to the beautiful Hammer actress Hazel Court!

By the way. "Carry On" fans should be able to spot a young Bernard Bresslaw as a castle guard in this film and Will Scarlett is played by John Van Eyssen who was also in Quatermass 2 and went on to play Jonathan Harker in Hammer's 1958 film version of Dracula.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand on 19 May 2013
Format: DVD
THE MEN OF SHERWOOD FOREST 1954 R2 DVD (Spanish Import)
Original English soundtrack with Spanish and Portuguese Optional Subtitles.

This was the first Robin Hood film that Hammer Studios released onto the cinema circuit, the second being `Sword of Sherwood Forest' 1960; 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.

THE MEN OF SHERWOOD FOREST was the first film by Hammer Studios to be made in colour and starred the American actor Don Taylor in one of his last film roles before leaving acting to become a director.

I never saw this film until the early 1970's when chance had it that it was showing as a second feature at a BAOR cinema in Berlin and I had been trying to locate a copy ever since. As far as I am aware this Spanish Import is the only quality DVD available, but it is an excellent disc with the original English sound track, plus Portuguese and Spanish optional sub-titles.

The story is not the usual retelling of the basic Robin Hood legend but has Robin, portrayed with great energy by Don Taylor, involved with the ransoming of Richard the Lion Hearted from prison in Germany and foiling an attempt on his life by his brother John Lackland, and the villain of the film Sir Nigel Saltire played by Douglas Wilmer. The supporting cast contains several Hammer Studios stable stalwarts including Patrick Holt and John Kerr but the real scene stealer is Reginald Beckwith as a rather unconventional Friar Tuck.

I have just watched all three Hammer films again and enjoyed them again; this particular film is at best seldom seen possibly even rare now and as with many short run European pressings is quite pricy, but if you are a Robin Hood collector it is a must for your film library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 13 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
"Men of Sherwood Forest" was Hammer's first effort in Technicolor (and NOT in B&W as mentioned in the Amazon description). This is also one of Val Guest's first efforts in action/adventure and I must say that the British director does the Robin Hood legend proud. The film is a very enjoyable mix between action and comedy, and is enhanced by the energy of the lead actor Don Taylor. He really fits the bill of what we should expect from the hero, with this hint of wickedness to boot. Reginald Beckwith steals the show as Friar Tuck and the film tends to demonstrate what we guessed all along: the Brits invented the casino! Douglas Wilmer makes for a very good villain, and the production values of the movie are quite impressive despite the low budget (castles, forest and medieval streets are all credible and varied enough). Add a couple of original touches (the fact that the bad guys' helmets hide their face completely, making them look more like Star Wars stormtroopers than Notthingham soldiers) and the energy permeating Val Guest's enthusiastic direction, and you get a very good movie, to enchant those long winter evenings: recommended.
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