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Robin of Sherwood - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Praed, Nicholas Grace, Ray Winston, Jason Connery
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 1300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00439ST3Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A benchmark of quality television drama in the 1980s and arguably the definitive interpretation of the Robin Hood legend, this BAFTA-winning series is presented here in its entirety - complete and uncut. Michael Praed and Jason Connery star in Richard Carpenter's influential and highly acclaimed re-working of the classic myth. Combining equal parts high drama, historical accuracy and atmospheric mysticism, Carpenter's reboot pitched a band of not-so-Merry Men against a decidedly brutal and waspish Sheriff of Nottingham. With a haunting theme from Clannad, strong scripts and outstanding performances from Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott and Nickolas Grace, to name a few, Robin of Sherwood was, and remains, a worldwide hit. SPECIAL FEATURES Enhanced Dolby Surround tracks Music-only tracks on selected episodes Commentaries with Richard Carpenter, Ian Sharp, Robert Young, Paul Knight, Jason Connery, Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle, Nickolas Grace, Anthony Horowitz, Sid Roberson and Esta Charkham The Electric Theatre Show documentary from 1983 The Making of Robin of Sherwood five-part documentary Out-takes for all three series Robin Hood 1-2-3 Screen Swordplay It s Showtime promotional short from 1985 TV-AM location report Clannad promo for Robin the Hooded Man Foreign and Textless titles Esta Charkham s Photo Retrospective Stills Galleries

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I love this series, owned a few older format dvd copies I'd got second hand but when this reconfigured box set came out with 8 discs, I thought fantastic, I'll get it. It really is a fabulous show, I loved the whole programme when it first came out & now, nothing has ever compared to it. But, & this is a BIG but, it is the 21st century, the dvds have been done up, look & sound better, but why on earth are there no subtitles for those of us with hearing problems?? I have ancient Ealing comedy films on dvd that few now know yet they have subtitles. So why on earth doesn't the dvd of this BAFTA award winning, world renowned series have no subtitles? That is a serious mistake.
The series however is no mistake, it is fantastic, enthralling & the out-takes the best ever! But come on producers, it is the 21st century, there is NO excuse for dvds of such popular series to not have subtitles.
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2011
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Robin of Sherwood is an imaginative version of the famous 12th Century legend Robin Hood. Here Robin is "Robin of Loxley". His adventures begin when his home at "Loxley Mill" is destroyed by Norman soldiers. Robin wants revenge and sets about getting it.
This series was produced in the 1980s and it was created by Richard Carpenter who earlier had worked on the series Dick Turpin.
Robin of Sherwood is a fabulous series. There are some great original stories and ideas here. And the DVD set brings together all of the episodes from all of the series as well as some good special features.

Robin of Sherwood weaves the legend of Robin Hood together with pagan beliefs that people of the 12th Century would no doubt be more familiar with. Seeking revenge, Robin encounters mystical "Herne the hunter" a sort of spirit protector of nature and the oppressed Saxon folk. A shamanic figure who is believed to be a forest spirit representing the powers of light and goodness, inspiring and protecting the Hooded Man. Herne appears as a man with a Stag's head.
Here Herne appears to Robin as a man wearing a stag's head. He tells him that he has chosen him to be the peoples champion and to be the son of .Herne. He endows Robin with the sword Albion. Robin then becomes "The Hooded Man" also known as Robin in the Hood, and better known as simply Robin Hood.
Lady Marion, Maid Marion of Leaford (Judi Trott), Little John, (Clive Mantle) Will Scarlet, (Ray Winstone) and Friar Tuck, (Phil Rose) are all familiar characters that join Robin. Also in this version we get the wonderful character of "Nasir" (Mark Ryan). A Saracen assassin, who had been captured in Palestine by Baron de Belleme, and brought back to England to work as his henchman.
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I have always loved the legend of Robin Hood, but for me the ultimate telling of this story was done in an original way by the genius that was Richard "Kip" Carpenter who previously wrote Catweazle wanted to re-do a new modern take on the tale and made it more gritty and real but by adding a touch of magic with "Herne the Hunter". Take a look back at a young Ray Winstone who made Will Scarlett more tougher than the previous versions that have portrayed him as a wimp in the Hollywood take on this classic, also see a character that was never there originaly but made up by "Kip" for the show was Nasir brilliantly played by Mark Ryan and was stolen to be used in the Kevin Costner version with the Saracen being played by Morgan Freeman. All the episodes from series 1 to 3 are spread out over 8 discs with commentaries from actors and producers and directors. Michael Praed is still the best Robin Hood but credit also goes to Jason Connery as well because it was hard for people to see him as the character seen as Michael did such a great job setting the show up from the start. For me the best Sheriff of Nottingham Nikolas Grace with Robert Addie as his inept second in command Guy of Gisburne were the best double act out of all the versions their has been. The most recent series with Jonas Armstrong that never even had Friar Tuck never worked for me and it lost something that Richard Carpenters version will never have. Look out for guest stars such as John Nettles, John Rhys Davis, Reece Dinsdale, Ian Ogilvy, Patricia Hodge, Rula Lenska, Lewis Collins, Richard O' Brien and many more. If like me all your VHS tapes are worn out from watching this stunning show over and over then get this set where the visuals are much clearer than the VHS tapes.Read more ›
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A classic television series, this still holds up well despite the many years that have passed since its original airing. Including pagan beliefs and Celtic traditions, this series has a wonderful dimension of the magical and mysterious. Though there is obviously some dating, it remains an interesting and captivating take on the legend of Robin Hood.

There is some ropy acting, mainly from bit-part players that only appear in an episode to two, but the main cast are great in the first two series. I don't usually like Ray Winston, but he makes a convincing Will Scarlett. If Michael Praed were Robin in the 3rd series this would have been a 5 star review, but unfortunately Jason Connery's acting leaves a lot to be desired.

The extras are interesting and the sound quality of this reconfiguration is good.

So, if you enjoyed it when it was on or want a tale of Robin Hood with some mystique and can cope with the effects and directing being a little dated, then this is definitely worth investing in. A very enjoyable series.
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