The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Complete Series [DVD]
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Richard Greene stars as television s most famous Robin Hood in ITV's first smash-hit series from the very early days of British commercial television. First seen in 1955, The Adventures of Robin Hood ran for 143 episodes and its worldwide success gave rise to a whole strand of swashbuckling heroes, including Sir Lancelot, William Tell and The Buccaneers.
Still shown around the world and highly regarded more than 50 years later, this series more than any other established a tone and style for the half-hour adventure format series, influencing every series that came after. This set contains the complete run of 143 episodes over 18 discs.
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Now, the series itself. It hasn't aged a bit. Frankly, I was not expecting to enjoy it as a mature man, having last seen it when I was nine years old or so. But enjoy it I did, and marvel at it as well. It is excellent in almost every way and if, occasionally, some medieval myth-making is seen here and there I can forgive it in the face of some extraordinary sets, fine photography and music, good writing and always professional acting by good casts.
Richard Greene was born to play this role and he did it so very well. Some reviewers have taken issue with his performance but I couldn't disagree more. Like Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes Richard Greene WAS Robin Hood, so thoroughly did he convince as the titular character.Read more ›
The episodes resemble mini feature films rather than a TV series. Some of the actors are obviously from the old Shakespearian school. The stories are well written, well presented and acted. The sets are convincing and evoke the period well. There are occasional instances of anachronism, where a nineteenth century farm cart may appear next to a medieval one, but it all adds to the charm, and given the limits of budget, one is always totally convinced that one has entered the middle ages and the world of Robin Hood.
The picture quality is very acceptable in the main, apart from the first few episodes, and does not interfere with successful viewing.(However, the quality is not up to the standard of the more expensive releases in Britain)
The episodes in this set were presented for the American TV market. Occasionally, one is treated to the name of the sponsor of the show, for example, Wildroot Cream - Oil, either at the start or end but not during the show.Read more ›
Considering this TV series is over 50 years old, the episodes stand the test of time very well & are exciting & entertaining to watch. It's also fun looking out for a host of well-known actors in what must have been very early roles for them. In Series Three, for example, Paul Eddington seems to turn up in nearly every episode, playing a different character every time!
A word of advice for those buying this box set, who haven't seen the series before: the prints used for Series One are very poor quality and not really good enough to release on DVD. Series Two to Four are much more consistent and better in quality, some incredibly good for their age. It might be an idea to start watching from Series Two to the end of the collection and watch Series One last. By then you'll have enjoyed the show so much that you'll forgive the poor visual quality of Series One!
Apart from this aspect, this collection represents such good value for money that you shouldn't let that stop you from buying this release. Overall, a very enjoyable series, even though I'm too young to remember it from the original broadcast!
Furthermore this is a thoroughly delightful series full of charm and warmth. Indeed the archive nature of the episodes make them seem as old as the legend of robin hood itself.
For an enjoyable glimpse into what seemed a gentler, kinder and more tolerant time in the 1950s when it was made, this series is hard to beat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series is brilliant and brings back old memories to early days of TV. It arrived in a very smart presentation box that is in itself a collectors piece.Published 5 months ago by Ray Ward
I bought this for my man for Christmas and we've been indulging ourselves in a bit of nostalgia! I was in love with Robin Hood when I was a kid (Richard Greene was such a handsome... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynda Hall
I don't know what other people's standards are of picture quality but the mill creek dvd set is crapPublished 7 months ago by D. Rawlins
This, as far as I know, is the longest running Robin Hood series. I enjoyed it far more than I expected to. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nadia