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The Adventures of Robin Hood [HD DVD]

Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Michael Curtiz , William Keighley    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
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Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing Technicolor adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor." Stocky Alan Hale Sr. plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks's silent version), Eugene Palette the portly Friar Tuck, and Melville Cooper the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin Hood, and his easygoing manner is a marvelous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker

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Never has Warner Bros.'s Technicolor classic looked as vibrant and lush as it does on this DVD. The restoration alone is worth the DVD's weight in stolen booty. But adding to its wealth are the pertinent extras that support the film's story, its historical background, its technical achievements, and the Robin Hood legend as a whole. Notable extras include Rudy Behlmer's commentary, which will tell you more than you ever thought you needed to know about the film. The "Welcome to Sherwood" documentary nicely balances the historical state of Warner Bros. studio in the late 1930s, the decision to make the film, its production, and its continuing success. There's even an hourlong documentary on the history of Technicolor, which is interesting and surprisingly scandalous. In closing, (and maybe the best of the extras!) are two classic "Looney Tunes" cartoons based on the merry prankster from Sherwood Forest. Simply stated: a great package for a perfect film. --Rob Bracco

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Robin Hood is the best! May 17 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The new Blu Ray film is realy quite wonderful.The fact it was made in 1938 without all the tiersome special effect of todays movies realy makes for a movie worth watching.The Colours Blu Ray brings out are realy stunning.Watch this and join Robin Hood and His merry band in sherwood forrest.An excellent buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I prefer purchasing new items as I like to know that I am receiving them in their original form. No scratches, or ripped covers, and shrink-wrapped for safety. That is how I ordered and received my Robin Hood DVD. The look is amazing and there are so many extras as well. My DVD arrived within ten days and the contents were more than I could have wished for. It is a very nicely put together package complete with scene index, Errol Flynn trailer gallery highlighting some of his most famous films, and a second DVD chock full of bonus materials. Included is the making of the movie, outtakes, classic cartoon Robin Hoods, and so much more. A gift to give yourself or anyone else that will last a lifetime. FIVE STARS!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie time March 13 2009
Format:DVD
Love this movie, it's an old movie and it's still good. Especially love it because it has 2 disc.....all the extras was great U learn the history behind the movie. I'll be watching it many more times too come.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The Adventures of Robin Hood [1938] [Blu-ray] [US Import] SPECTACULAR! ONE OF THE MOST SPLENDID ENTERTAINMENTS EVER DEVISED!

Dashing Errol Flynn triumphs in this lavish, fast-paced Technicolour® adventure version of the Robin Hood legend in this 1938 production of The Adventures of Robin Hood. A winner of 3 Academy Awards® which included Best Art Direction - Color [Carl Jules Weyl], Best Film Editing [Ralph Dawson] and Best Original Score [Erich Wolfgang Korngold]. It was also Nominated for Best Picture [Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke].

Doing many of his stunts himself, Errol Flynn is at his most athletic and romantic, but originally the role was intended for James Cagney. Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marion and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, Claude Raines as Prince John and a boisterous who's who of actors that pulled out all stops for the production. Plus Warner Bros. reunited Michael Curtiz, as their top-action film director. Welcome to Sherwood!

Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale Sr., Herbert Mundin, Melville Cooper, Una O'Connor, Ian Hunter, Montagu Love, Harry Cording, Ivan F. Simpson, Leonard Willey, Robert Noble, Kenneth Hunter, Robert Warwick, Colin Kenny, Lester Matthews, Lionel Belmore, Frank Hagney, Holmes Herbert, Howard Hill, Crauford Kent, Carole Landis, Leonard Mudie, Reginald Sheffield and Trigger [Lady Marian's horse]

Directors: Michael Curtiz and William Keighley

Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke and Jack L. Warner

Screenplay: Norman Reilly Raine, Rowland Leigh and Seton I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for all the right reasons June 24 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is a classic for all the right reasons. It has love, danger, twists and turns but best off (for me) is that it shows that blood, guts, gore and foul language are not necessary to truly make a good picture.
I love this movie and am really pleased to add it to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest movie Sept. 19 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really love this movie, thank you. One of the best movies ever, this is such a treat for me to own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie March 6 2013
By Marc
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This has always been one of my favourite movies out there. The added extras were a terrific touch especially about Errol's own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best Robin Hood ever March 1 2013
By Isaac
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Simply the best Robin Hood no one could play Robin Hood like Errol Finn.
Intense Sword play and wonderful costumes
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