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Robin of Sherwood - Michael Praed [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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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 for the first time in High Definition. Michael Praed stars as Robin of Loxley 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. With new HD transfers taken from the original film elements, the first two series are presented here at a quality level never previously seen. SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of Robin of Sherwood - exclusive documentary / Enhanced Dolby Surround track / Original mono track / Music only tracks for series two / Commentary with Richard Carpenter and Ian Sharp on Robin Hood and the Sorcerer and The King's Fool / Commentary with Robert Young and Paul Knight on The Swords of Wayland / expanded version of The Electric Theatre Show documentary from 1983 and unseen footage (HD) / Series out-takes / PDF material including Richard Carpenter's original treatment / Extensive stills gallery (HD) / Textless, French and US titles
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Distributor: Network Video, UK
Although over the years there have been many tales of the hooded man, Robin of Sherwood for many, remains the ultimate take on the legend. Robin Hood of the 1980's imposed a twist on the legend by adding mysticism and a Celtic soundtrack which fit the series like a glove. Perfectly written by Richard Carpenter and starring many generation actors of the time including Ray Winstone, Clive Mantle, and Michael Praed as Robin, the series instantly became a cult classic which still holds a strong following 26 years after the first episode aired. Marking the latest release, this Blu-ray disc was certainly an unexpected treat for the series many fans and was always going to make for an interesting review. Thankfully Network Video have released this set as region A, B and C so fans worldwide should have no issues of playback.
Robin of Sherwood has seen a variety of releases, dating back to original video cassettes featuring one or two episodes, to DVD releases of the complete individual series (of which there were 3) to a complete DVD box set. This new Blu-ray release contains all of the Michael Praed episodes which made up the entire first two series of the show, with each episode having been extensively remastered in high definition from the original 16mm prints. Certain collectors these days have stated that releasing a product which was filmed in 16mm onto Blu-ray is not a worthwhile exercise, however having experienced watching this series on DVD, I was actually awestruck in the difference of the 1080p print quality. The episodes are presented as transmitted in their original 4x3 aspect ratio and the enhanced detail available really shines through.Read more ›
There were a lot of jokes at the time that Michael Praed (as Robin) was even prettier than Maid Marion, but both suited the 'wood-spirits-cum-wolfs-heads' idea behind the show. Both Praed (and later Jason Connery) inhabited the role well, ably supported by a supporting cast that would be impossible to reassemble today (not least because of Robert Addie's untimely death). Much has been written about how this series provided a springboard for some cast members to move on to greater things - Ray Winstone in particular, has since worked with Spielberg and Scorsese.
Taking some dramatic and stylistic cues from John Boorman's movie 'Excalibur', this series sees Robin and his small band of 'Merries' not only battling the Normans, but also fighting to preserve pagan religion (as personified by Herne the Hunter) against a cynically politicized Christian Church.Read more ›
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Fantastic to see this again in such great picture quality for the most part. Nostalgia heaven.Published 3 months ago by Andy Warhol
Forget Costner,Bergin and Crowe THIS is the definative RH.A classic zlice of 80,s escapism.
The series was a joy to watch then,more so now for nostalgic purposes. Read more
Great quality even though made such a long time ago! This was my favourite Robin Hood series bringing such a great memory from the child hood. Read morePublished 14 months ago by K&G
Bought as a present for my wife who is a long time fan, writes fanfic and is a member of several appreciation groups. Apparently its perfect!Published 20 months ago by P. Holden
This is a fine example of British drama at it's best. Thankfully there are no concessions to the American market, and what we have is the best ever version of the Robin of Hood... Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by John Williams
I'm a very big fan of RoS. I started off with the VHS Video collection, then moved onto the DVD box sets. At the time I thought (as many people did) this would be it... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Mr Synthesizer
From memory, the episode sequence not correct. But... Good picture quality. Good 'extras'. Insightful booklet. The definitive version: buy itPublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by Simon
A legendary series about a legend... a top quality remaster in Blu-ray and an essential purchase whether or not you already own the dvd series.Published on 8 Aug. 2013 by Brian