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The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Richard Greene, Alan Wheatley, Bernadette O'Farrell, Alexander Gauge, Archie Duncan
  • Directors: Bernard Knowles, Ralph Smart, Dan Birt, Terence Fisher, Lindsay Anderson
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • 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: 18
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 3575 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006BVCC4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Let me get this point out of the way immediately. Some reviewers mention the variable quality of the film image on this series and conclude that since the show is 50+ years old that is to be expected. These shows were shot on rich, beautiful 35mm black and white negative film, and I assure you that if this dvd had been mastered from the 35mm ORIGINALS the quality would have knocked your socks off. They would have glistened and gleamed and had razor sharp focus and sound. This dvd set was mastered from copies of copies and much of the image quality was lost. Perhaps one day, if this series once again captures the imagination of viewers some enterprising dvd producer will go to the vaults where the originals are being stored and use them for a new transfer. We can but hope...or dream.

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.
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Please be aware - this review is for the Mill Creek DVD set, not the Network DVD set, which was issued some time after my review. Amazon seemed to have lumped the Mill Creek reviews in with those of the Network reviews. here is my Mill Creek set review - Going back some fifty years since last seeing it, the series is both enjoyable and revealing. All the episodes were recorded between 1955 and 1960. Well known names from British film and TV make appearances, for example Thora Hird and Leslie Phillips, Nicholas Parsons, plus Paul Eddington (Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister) and Alfie Bass. Many actors appear weekly in different roles. This is quite amusing, and it must have been fun for the actors themselves. The regulars are Robin, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Little John and Friar Tuck.

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.
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The Robin Hood box set arrived from the U.S in 12 days, which was quicker than I was expecting. The product was sealed & no damage was sustained en route.

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!
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I couldn't believe that I could get decent copies of this series for less than £20, and I nearly didn't buy it. However although the series is recorded in Extended Play, the 143 episodes are of good quality, and therefore represent exceptional value.

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.
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