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A Five Star Classic!,
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This review is from: The Adventures Of Robin Hood [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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.