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The Legend of Sherwood Forest,
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This review is from: Robin of Sherwood - The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
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. The legend, the visuals, the actors and the haunting music by Clannad is what sets this version apart from anything that has come before or since. This is a must have in your collection if you loved sitting down in the 1980s' at 5.30pm to watch "The Hooded Man" his Maid Marion played by Judi Trott with Nasir, Will Scarlett, Little John, Friar Tuck and Much rob from the rich to give to the poor and get one over on the Sherriff and Gisburne then this is for you!