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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Saucy Fellow!" - The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938) on BLU RAY
I've proudly owned the American 2DVD set of this 1938 classic for years now (in a handsome card wrap outer) and hold it in huge affection. So I was looking forward to the BLU RAY upgrade - and WOW is the only appropriate reaction.

This 2008 American BLU RAY reissue is a sweetheart and is thankfully free of all that Region Coding crap - so it won't give anyone...
Published 13 months ago by Mark Barry

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Having had the DVD of this restoration for some time I had high hopes for the Blu Ray but am really really disappointed. I expected colours pinging off the screen, solid blacks, glorious reds and greens! But the movie is if anything of worse quality than the dvd, and the extras look like vhs quality. Had I only known.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. P. T. Bale

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Saucy Fellow!" - The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938) on BLU RAY, 17 Mar. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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I've proudly owned the American 2DVD set of this 1938 classic for years now (in a handsome card wrap outer) and hold it in huge affection. So I was looking forward to the BLU RAY upgrade - and WOW is the only appropriate reaction.

This 2008 American BLU RAY reissue is a sweetheart and is thankfully free of all that Region Coding crap - so it won't give anyone playback problems (REGION FREE).

But what hits you head on when the film starts - is the Technicolor (which at the time was relatively new). The picture quality is truly fabulous - deep reds, striking blues, crimson, gold, velvet cloaks, jewelled gowns, lace veils, the forest feast with Maid Marion, multi-coloured flags and livery draped over horses, the archery tournament - gorgeous the whole lot of it. Even Errol's green tights will raise a smile.

There's the zippy dialogue of Claude Raines ("saucy fellow") and the snarl of Basil Rathbone ("I'll run him through...") and of course the most loveable rogue who ever pointed a bow and arrow at a fat rich Lord - Errol Flynn looking like he's enjoying himself way too much for a man living in 1191.

But all of these pale against Olivia De Havilland - the classiest and most beautiful actress who's ever turned down a knavish rake with a fierce ardour in his trouser area. To see her in the outtakes - and on set - smiling and laughing with Errol and the rest of the cast is an absolute blast. In 1959 she went to see the film in a re-run - and was overwhelmed at how beautiful it looked and how entertaining it still was. She determined to write Errol (who legendarily asked her to marry him twice - and she rightly turned down the notorious rake) and let him know that his great moment was still thrilling audiences - but she never did - and alas three weeks later he succumbed to illness and was gone...

The huge amount of BONUS MATERIAL that came with the 2DVD set is all present and correct - centrepiece of which is two indepth documentaries (hosted by film historians Rudy Behlmer and Leonard Maltin). They go into every aspect of the lavish $2 million dollar production - the stars (James Cagney was first suggested), the sets and the location (spraying trees green in the fall), the huge amount of clothing, the massive lights needed to fuel the Technicolor Process, biogs on the two Directors Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, the hands on genius of Producer Hal Wallis, each one of the supporting actors profiled, the sword fighting...it's incredibly comprehensive.

Warner Brothers are to be praised for this - a masterpiece of entertainment given a masterful release on BLU RAY.

2018 will see its 80th Anniversary - so maybe then we'll finally see a UK release for Sir Robin of Loxley and His Band of Merry Men (and one tasty woman) - and with some properly classy packaging and not just a crappy clipcase?

It's a corny phrase I know - but they really don't make 'em like this anymore (complete with daring do and buckles that swash). Do yourself a solid and buy this classic on BLU RAY - then keep it for a rainy day to cheer yourself up...
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem in every sense of the word, 26 Jan. 2004
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Marc Haegeman "Marc Haegeman" (Gent, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This double DVD-set is a gem in every sense of the word. Of course, the 1938 movie itself hardly needs an introduction anymore. It is by far the best screen adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men ever made. Cast to perfection with Errol Flynn as Robin, Olivia De Havilland as Maid Marian, Basil Rathbone as the villain Guy de Gisbourne, Claude Rains as the scheming John Lackland, Alan Hale as Little John and a host of inimitable character actors, shot in awesome Technicolor, with a rousing score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and masterly directed by William Keighley and Michael Curtiz, it still stands as one of Warner Bros. finest moments.
For this DVD release picture and audio have been restored and digitally transferred, and I must say that the picture quality, sharpness and colour are simply mind-blowing and completely belying their age.
The special features spread over the first and second disc are all of great interest. Film historian Rudy Behlmer provides significant audio commentary to the movie. There is a documentary about the making of the movie, and features that will learn you everything about the cast, the crew, and even the figure of Robin Hood and his many movie adaptations. From the movie itself there are a few outtakes and bloopers. Not to be missed by anyone interested in Hollywood history is a revealing documentary about the development and fame of Technicolor (narrated by Angela Lansbury). And much more, turning this set into a surefire investment that will provide many hours of home movie pleasure.
In short: highly recommended.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect swashbuckler plus great restoration and extras, 31 Mar. 2006
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This is a wonderful DVD for all lovers of this flawless version of Robin Hood.
For the first time they have managed to tame the highly over saturated Technicolor of the original film, and we can see it with a natural colour balance revealing masses of previously hidden detail. As a result all our favourite bits of the film are better that ever, the perfect cast of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Raines, and the music of Korngold, the magnificent sets.
But it wasn't originally planned like this, and the excellent special features and commentary by Rudy Behlmer provide endless detail and fascinating facts. In addition there are light hearted extras,, two Robin Hood inspired Looney Tunes, two other shorts and a varied and not always relevant section called "Night at the movies 1938".
A wonderful re-issue of a wonderful film.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Classic!, 5 Oct. 2003
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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Probably the greatest adventure film ever made. From start to finish, it is quite simply superb. The most expensive film ever made at the time, and it shows it too. Wonderfully cast, Errol Flynn as Robin Hood; the beautiful Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian; ably supported by Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy de Gisbourne and Claude Rains as the evil King John. It has everything; romance; fantastic set pieces; (the scene where Robin Hood is rescued from the gallows has to be seen to be believed,) and fight scenes which are superbly directed by Hungarian director Michael Curtiz. Even simple scenes where King Richard the Lionheart (well played by British actor Ian Hunter) who reveals himself to the outlaws in Sherwood Forest is very moving. And accompanied by a rousing music score by Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Movie makers can and should learn from this because everytime you see it, you learn something new. The updated Kevin Costner version is dull by comparison, mainly through Costner's lack of charisma. The Costner version showing Robin Hood asking his men to swear an oath to King Richard in the forest is painful to watch as it seems dull in comparison to the wonderful Errol Flynn version of the same scene which never fails to bring a lump to one's throat.
Picture quality is very good too, marvellous technicolor for its time. About time it was released on DVD though, with a digitally remastered soundtrack. It will be a must buy; cannot wait for that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 16 Sept. 2008
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just watched the blu ray version of this classic movie, and i must say for most part it looks positively stunning! considering its age it puts many modern films to shame! and with plenty of extras to keep most movie fans happy its a great example of what can be done with the extra space that blu ray discs have to offer.Th Adventures of Robin Hood [Blu-ray] [1938] [US Import] oh just to confirm the disc came from america and is region free playing without any problems on my playstation 3.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BluRay More money less value, 6 Feb. 2010
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The BluRay version is simply an upgraded version of the DVD however it appears to lack all the extras supplied with the DVD so looks great but another film industry rip off long live DRM!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swashbuckling Supremo, 2 Oct. 2011
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Errol Flynn was, and still is, the Daddy of swashbuckling. This vintage 1938 epic leaves no doubt. Forget any re-makes; this is the business

Also starring Olivier deHavilland as femme-fatale Maid Marion, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains at their most scheming. They and a great support cast bring this timeless fable to life.

By rights; it's almost a musical. All that's missing are a few good songs. Certainly it's a comedy adventure, with Flynn's typically debonaire devil-may-care portrayal of the hero, and his whimsically choreographed ambushes and tricks. But there's a good balance. The wickedness of its arch schemers provides plenty of suspense, whilst the vigorous combat scenes have to be seen to be believed. No special-effects or CGI here. This was a no-expenses-spared production and it shows. Modern audiences may find the thigh-slapping bonhomie bordering on the camp, but remakes featuring Richard Greene, Kevin Costner and Mr Grunt are dull and unimaginative by comparison.

The DVD features a fully restored digital print that, although not quite perfect, is still wonderful to see. The sparkling Technicolours are undiminished and the sound is loud & clear. Korngold's anthems and bombastic fanfares are a wee bit tiring on the eardrums, but otherwise it's solid gold. And there's so many extras that it required an additional disc to contain them all.

This `Special Edition' is genuinely classic cinema from the golden days of Hollywood production. For less than a fiver it's an absolute steal. Thank heavens TV screens have finally grown big enough to do it justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood, 2003 2 disc special edition - The day is saved by Errol Flynn in one of his most spectacular performances, 27 Aug. 2010
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In 1938 Hollywood decided to revisit the legends of Sherwood forest, bringing the adventures of everyone's favourite outlaw to the silver screen with Errol Flynn and glorious technicolour. Nottingham would never be the same again.

There have been many Robin Hoods over the years, some of whom have even managed to speak with an English accent. But for my money Flynn's portrayal is the most entertaining (though I have yet to see Russell Crowe or Douglas Fairbanks' portrayals). With a cheeky smile and easy manner he charms his way across the screen and into Maid Marian's heart. With some spectacular stunts and entertaining sword play he saves the day, the girl and the King's throne. It Hollywood fantasy at its most absurd, but it does exactly what it sets out to do and delivers 98 minutes of fun that leaves you wanting more.

We all know the story. King Richard the Lionheart is away fighting the Crusades, leaving his evil brother (Claude Raines) in charge, aided and abetted by the dastardly Sir Guy (Basil Rathbone). They soon hatch plans to drain the Saxon peasants dry and steal the throne for John. Up steps Robin of Loxley, who sets himself up as the people's, and the King's, champion. Going round the countryside saving the helpless peasants, he meets and falls for Maid Marian (Olivia De Havilland, and who can blame him?). There is a series of skirmishes with John and Guy until the film reaches the big climactic final showdown, which features one of cinema's most famous sword fights between Flynn and Rathbone.

When I first took up fencing, my instructor used to shout at me to stop `Flynning' it and fence properly. It was when I saw this film that I realised what he meant - the fencing is very showy, and anyone really fighting like that would be run through in nothing flat. But boy, is it entertaining! Added to which is the inventive camera work, where only the antagonists shadows are seen. It's a fitting climax to the film.

One other mention must go to the score - it's big, epic, sweeping and suits the action admirably.

If the film has any drawback it is the hamminess of some of the villain's performances. Raines and Rathbone are a little too pantomimish at times, almost twirling their moustaches and laughing evilly. It fits in with the general feel of the film though.

This is an excellent release of the film. It is presented in a beautifully cleaned up picture, with the colour really vivid and alive. The soundtrack has been treated with similar care and comes through really clearly. The two discs are stuffed with extras, documentaries about the film and the technicolour process, contemporary short films and cartoons. Some are interesting, some not so. They are all garnish to the main feast which is the excellent film.

So, buckle up your swash, put this in the DVD player and sit back for 98 minutes of good old fashioned family entertainment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Damn their black hides! I'll lash them till they bleat!" Robin Hood, 25 April 2010
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We are watching a 1.4 million dollar early production of "Robin Hood" (1922).
The sets were the most expensive at the time.

King Richard the Lion-Hearted (Wallace Beery) oversees a tournament just before the great crusades. The winner of course is a knight, The Earl of Huntingdon (Douglas Fairbanks.) What does he win? The right to be Richards's right hand man in the Crusades. Richard knowing that the Earl is woman shy forces the winner to be surrounded by every female available.

While the king is away on the Crusades, his brother has a plan in process to usurp the thrown and practices his evil ways on the people of England.

Can no one save them? Is there no leader to champion their cause against oppression?

This is the KINO international film.
We are all familiar with the most popular version of Robin Hood and this film pretty much follows form. However (it just may be from watching it nearly a century later) Lady Marian Fitzwalter (Enid Bennett) looks like a sixties hippy. Whoever picked the music? The film is almost better off without it; this is some sort of electronic concoction.

Of course after the fact better versions of the story were filmed. However, that cannot distract that this one was a biggie in its day; the premiere was held at Grauman's brand new Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

To get a better background on the story I suggest you read about the cinematic history of Robin.
Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts by Scott Allen Nollen (May 1999)

Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 12 Nov. 2012
`You're a bold rascal, Robin - I like you!'

So says the villainous Prince John - wonderfully played by Claude Rains - but don't you believe him, because Robin Hood aka Errol Flynn doesn't and within five minutes, in the action-packed sequence which follows, we, the audience find out why.

When Allan Dwan directed Doug Fairbanks in his film of Robin Hood in 1922, it was probably thought it couldn't be bettered. Sixteen years later, Michael Curtiz proved them wrong because this is the quintessential Robin Hood film. It makes one wonder why anybody has tried to better it; understandable, of course, if Jack Warner's first choice of James Cagney had been cast in the title role but - fine actor that he was - thank goodness he wasn't. So the producers who thought that years later, the likes of Kevin Costner was up to the task should have remembered the old homily: `If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

No, this film is timeless with a whole crop of wonderful actors playing the goodies and the baddies and Korngold's terrific music sweeping the action right along. It was good enough to keep my five year old grandson transfixed to the screen; now he jangles his teachers and school-chums with, `It's not Normans I hate; it's injustice!' just, I suppose that many kids have done since ... well, 1938.

Never seen it? See it. Seen it before? See it again on this superb two-disk DVD; you won't be sorry.
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