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The Black Arrow - The Complete Series [DVD] [1972]

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  • Actors: Simon Cuff, Dorothea Phillips, Gordon Rollings, William Squire, Robin Langford
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C0G5BY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All 20 episodes of the popular children's adventure series of the 1970s based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Episodes comprise; 'The Prophecy', 'The Leper', 'Richard Changes Sides', 'The Cattle Drive', 'The Chess Game', 'The Crossroads', 'The Last Arrow', 'The Stranger from France', 'Return of the Black Arrow', 'Sir Daniel at the Inn', 'Plot and Counterplot', 'The Ambush', 'The Holy Prioress', 'Peterkin', 'The Wedding', 'Trapped', 'The Stake', 'The Adventure of the Holy Finger', 'Captured' and 'Winner Takes it All'.

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So, it's 1972. You are a shaggy haired child, scuffed knees in short trousers and have a plate of Heinz beans and sausages on toast on your knee, in front of the TV. What's on? Well the Beeb would likely to be Noakes, Perves and Singleton, either making something out of a plastic bottle and cotton wool, but on ITV, there were programmes amongst some of the more suspect shows was Southern's Black Arrow. Based on an old tale, that is not overtly dissimilar to Robin Hood, but set a few centuries later, it is an enjoyable romp and ran for 3 seasons, up to 1975.

Of note here are the location shots (of which there are many and wonderful they are too) and a very young looking Nigel Havers. If TV from the 70s, or period dramas are of interest to you (and it isn't really a kids programme at all), then this is for you. It is surprising it missed the axe of those employed in the 70s to wipe shows, by is a welcome release none the less.
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Precursor to the bigger budget offering of the 80's and 90's. Views as an early Robin 'The Hooded Man' of Sherwood (Clanad and Jason Connery).
This was released in the era of great Children's TV series like The Tomorrow People, Shy, Children of the Stones, Arthur of the Britons mostly from ITV (I think!!) and The Legend of Robin Hood from BBC. Anyway, this stuff was our daily fare as young 'single channel' primary school kids. It started just after school was finished at 3:30pm and each episode only lasted 30 mins so enough time to eat and get ready to go out and play!! Oh those were the days --- which is important to remember when reviewing these series. Unless you are a TV history buff, or have some similar reason, there is really no point in watching these unless you saw them the first time around. They were low budget and cannot visually compete with today's offerings and to be honest that's not the idea. If they were good, then they've already been redone numerous times and as for the rest, well it's enough if they can help recall memories and feelings and the contentment of easier times (I think it's called youth!!!)
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I first came across this series in a TV re-run during the 1980s and loved it to the extent that I made this adaptation into my amateur graphic novel. I was only 9 at the time. I thought Black Arrow looked so much cooler in black than Robin Hood in his lincoln green outfit and tights. When I found out that this series had been released on Dvd I immediately logged onto Amazon and ordered a copy. Great dvd, pity about the lack of subtitles, still a collectible in my book! I do hope that ITV or related company releasing such memorable TV series would continue to release other ones like "Flight of The Heron" starring David Rintoule (Mr Darcy in the 1976 BBC TV adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice"). This series complements ITV's other TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped"(starring David McCallum)which is also about the Jacobite uprising. I am also waiting for the re-release of a digitally remastered TV adaptation of R L Stevenson's "Master of Ballantrae" starring Sir John Gilgud, Michael York, and Richard Thomas (directed by John Biggs and Derek Nice). Please please release these two TV adaptations SOON !!!
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By Timothy Kirrin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2016
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Discs one and two are not the most gripping viewing, the stories are slow and ponderous, the acting reminiscent of a school play (with the exception of the wonderful, eponymous hero played by Simon Cuff, who is also very easy on the eye) and overall it's a bit sluggish. Good for 70s childhood nostalgia but not the most enthralling way to pass an hour or two. However, Black Arrow really gets into its stride with disc three; two taut, exciting stories which are well written, well acted and fast paced. Believable characters, witchcraft and outlaws, and a dashing, dark avenging horseman make these latter instalments highly enjoyable viewing, with or without the nostalgia factor.
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it's with great pleasure I watch this old serie. I used to watch it on TV when I was a child in 1975. Of course if you have not already seen this series, you can find it a "old way" but the archery part is quite good, well I'm very happy that it has been released on DVD. Too bad there are no subtitle or add on.
The Three parts are not equivalent, if you like old series from the 70's try this one.
I would like to know who is the bowmaker.
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Three series in one collection, so good value. Production qualities are limited by the 1970s budgets and series 1 is slow and stilted and ham acted. Nevertheless it sets the stage for the much better series 2 & 3. The memorable theme music and Sally James of Tiswas fame appear in s2, Nigel Havers in s3. The story is based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson and adds much to it. An outlaw story set in the reign of Edward IV, during the Wars of the Roses, and generally pro-Yorkist. Richard duke of Gloucester, later Richard III, appears as an almost heroic character in several episodes, though is often referred to as "Crookback".
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This Series of short stories is set When the war osf the Roses took place and a mystry person who worked against evil ect,The series reminded me of when i was a child,its still very very good watch and enjoy
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