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Robin Of Sherwood: Series 2 - Episodes 5-7 [DVD] [1984]

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  • Actors: Peter Llewellyn Williams, Ray Winstone, Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle, Judi Trott
  • Writers: Richard Carpenter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sound & Media
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066NSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Closing three episodes from the second series based on the legendary outlaw. In 'The Swords of Wayland (Parts 1 and 2)', Robin (Michael Praed) leads his men to defend a distant village from swordsmen the Hounds of Lucifer. 'The Greatest Enemy' sees the Sheriff (Nickolas Grace) making a monumental effort to trap Robin after being threatened with dismissal by King John. When the band are successfully ambushed only Robin, Marian and Much manage to escape.

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When Robin of Loxley transformed into Robert of Huntingdon in the third series of Robin of Sherwood, many viewers were understandably confused. Michael Praed left the series for reasons that never really became apparent while Jason Connery clearly wasn't a replacement chosen for similar looks or performance. Across the 13 episodes of the third series, Connery's choice became slowly apparent. The magical stories frequently dipped into darker territory as much as they aimed for uplifting humour. The new Hood was at ease with both, while reuniting the merry band and ultimately wooing the fair Marion all over again. Connery turned in a very confident embodiment of the character, clearly bonding well with the established team of actors. Guest stars lined up to contribute alongside him. Memorable appearances include those of Richard O'Brien, David Rappaport, Matt Frewer, Patricia Hodge, Ian Ogilvy and Lewis Collins. (It's fascinating to speculate how different things could have been if the close-second casting choice of Neil Morrissey had been pursued.) The strangest aspect of the series, however, is knowing in retrospect that everyone's confidence and merriment was for nothing. Scripts were written in readiness for the fourth series, but then the studio went bankrupt. Cliffhangers therefore remain that will confuse viewers far more than the lead's replacement. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is probably the first series other than maybe repeats of the original Star Trek that really gripped me and it was something I just could not miss.
I always remember when I was a child getting excited each saturday afternoon waiting for this to come on and it was my first real escape into the world of Robin Hood.
But this is no standard Robin Hood like so many movies have done it. This is groundbreaking adding in new things that add to the rich tapestry of the Robin Hood legend.
It includes such things as the worship of the Celtic God Herne, something many of the rural people secretly still did back in those times and it had a Priest of Herne the Hunter who acted as a guide and wise man to Robin Hood. He saw Robin Hood's destiny.
There is also the addition of magic to this. It is never blatant and over the top. It is more subtle and adds to the stories rather than takes something away.
In all you get a vision of a truly mystical, supernatural Britain which is how many of the population would have seen it back then.
All the actors were also well cast and fitted well into the roles. I shall always think of the Robin Hood characters looking like these actors.
Of course there is still plenty of good action in each of the stories and gritty, realistic combat. Each story is well written and developed and explores many areas.
The Sheriff is a bit like a pantomime villain, yet despite this he somehow fits in perfectly and he can make you laugh whilst at the same time disliking him. Guy of Gisbon is a bit of a blundering fool in this yet at times you feel sorry for him.
Overall I think this is one of the best series out there and what's more it is British. It also is cheap so if you wish for something that is affordable and will give you many many hours of pleasure it is well worth buying.
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This show is a true classic -- the best portrayal of Robin Hood yet to be seen in the eyes of many. It was made in the 80s, but that takes nothing away from it's content. "Robin of Sherwood" is not a fluffy show... it shows the hardships Robin and his men would've had to endure in Medieval Times, unlike other watered-down versions of Robin Hood. (Richard the Lionheart never knights and saves Robin from Prince John.) It's a British show, so of course our hero actually HAS a british accent. The acting is good, especially well is Michael Praed's (Robin Hood).
Robin of Sherwood combines adventure, a little romance, and even mysticism (the outlaws' protector and ruler of Sherwood is the god: Herne the Hunter). It's even enchanting.
Robin of Sherwood is my favorite show, and it is one of (if not THE) most historically accurate show to be put on the screen. It is, hands down, SUPERB, and WELL WORTH the money to purchase it.
Also, be careful not to fall off your chair when you first see Michael Praed. *wink*
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The series impressed when it was screened almost two decades ago, and still continues to do so toady. Fine ensemble acting, good interaction between the players and excellent story lines help keep it fresh. The haunting theme music and supporting pieces by Clannad add to the overall excellence.
Gritty action sequences help portray realistically the harsh living conditions of the past and not glorify them as most (if not all) other productions of this legend have.
Michael Praed certainly takes some beating in the lead role, and the support cast is excellent too. For me, he made a much better Robin than Jason Connery who took over for the third season of this series.
The series remains unsurpassed so far, and is quite likely to remain so if the two Robins (Costner and that dreadful American series) after Robin Of Sherwood are anything to go by.
Definitely worth purchasing.
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I recently purchased the complete box set of dvd's and watched every episode with much pleasure and delight. Wonderful to relive my youth when this series first appeared on TV. Both Michael Praed and Jason Connery played Robin with such feeling, just how I imagine him to have been. Supporting cast were excellent too along with the beautiful and haunting music by Clannad. Totally untouched by the passing of time, I can really recommend this box set.
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Defiently value for money. It takes you back to the magic of when this brilliant series was on the television. I saw it by chance as it is now repeated on ITV3. The sound quality on the DVDs are now enhanced and you get little extras like the "bloopers" from both series that had me in stiches. Also there is the making of both series documentarys. Defiently worth the money and I would recomend this to anyone who was a big fan of this fantastic series. Bring it back please.
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I'm always amazed by how many North Americans remember this series. Mention Robin Hood, and this series almost always comes up in conversation - even though it only aired on PBS and obscure cable outlets in the US and Canada.
Certainly writers remember Robin of Sherwood, concepts and characters from this series have been reused and recycled by other movies (hello, Mr. Costner), TV series and novels. Upon seeing it, a friend of mine remarked "Oh, so this is what every version of Robin Hood in the last 20 years has been stealing from!"
Great writing (by Richard Carpenter, mostly, not Richard O'Brien who was only a guest baddie in a few third series episodes), great chemistry by the cast. It does look a bit 1980s-dated now, but the important elements have stood the test of time better than nearly anything from that era.
This series is deservedly remembered.
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