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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
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
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
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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie ....second DVD is amaaazing! July 14 2004
By A Customer
This is more a review of the package than the movie , which is a classic and extremely well presented on disc one....vivid colors , crisp images....not a complaint there....and the bonus features are very good....a comprehensive set of Errol Flynn movie trailers...WB night at the movies....(an exhausting Rudy Belmer commentary track that will have you gasping for air).
the SECOND disc is just ridiculous in its amount of archival coverage..
a wonderful documentary on the movie
a great feature on the history of Technicolor....
two very fun looney tunes cartoons with a Robin Hood theme...
outtakes from the movie!
home movies shot during filming!
a long lost Errol Flynn movie about yachting..
and a positively thrilling short film about archer Howard Hill...
and more.
HOURS of fun and informative viewing on disc two alone!
Warners should be congratulated for such a comprehensive set ....buy this and encourage them to keep this type of content coming!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By forrie
Warner Brothers (WB) Studios has begun meticulously digitally restoring its action classics of the 1930's & 40's under the "Two Disc Special Edition" Series. This 1938 TECHNICOLOR (awesome) film "The Adventures of Robin Hood" starring Errol Flynn, Olivia deHavilland, Basil Rathbone & Claude Rains is still the best rendition of this fictionalized English tale.
Warner Brothers has given us with this 2 Disc set the complete movie theatre experience circa 1938. DISC 1 - First we get a complete "Night at the Movies" program. Introduction by film critic Leonard Maltin explaining for your 10 cent investment what you got in a 1938 movie house. Next the entire continous show with; coming attraction, news reel, Bugs Bunny Cartoon, short subject feature and then the main feature, "The Adventures of Robin Hood". This is a totally ingenius idea!!! Also on Disc 1 - you have 12 Errol Flynn movie trailers and finally an indepth feature commentary by film historian Rudy Belhmer.
Disc 2 - Includes 3 hours of everything about Robin Hood, the movie, the stars, documentaries, cartoons, and a most informative documentary about TECHNICOLOR and why even today it still was the best color process ever.
I love this fun filled DVD set. My hat is off to Warner Brothers for their dedication to the golden age of Hollywood and bring back the grandest of movies for us to see again & again better than their original release. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures of Robin Hood
Excellent DVD!! I received it in perfect condition and was very satisfied with the movie. Made watching it that much more enjoyable!!
Published on Nov. 21 2011 by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's injustice I hate, not the Normans...Men, if you're willing to...
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD" (1938) (102 min/Color) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2011 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars "Damn their black hides! I'll lash them till they bleat!" Robin Hood
We are watching a 1.4 million dollar early production of "Robin Hood" (1922).
The sets were the most expensive at the time. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie....
This was a really wonderful and fun movie to watch. It is obviously dated but that just adds to it's charm. Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains and Erroll Flynn are great in this film.
Published on June 22 2010 by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Errol Flynn's best films
As I said before, there had been many film adaptations based on the famous tales of the English folk hero Robin Hood and his Merry Men since 1908; all of them very different too. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2008 by Frances L. Arsenault
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun for everybody(1938 version)
i really liked this movie.it has pretty much all you could ask for.it's funny,action packed,with good dialogue.the acting is probably better than in a lot of today's movies. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood by Richard Greene is the real thing
I am 52 and when i was younger my idol for Robin Hood
was Richard Greene. But i think i will still buy this film as
reffering to customer critics it looks very good.
Published on April 4 2006
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