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Robin of Sherwood - Set 2 (Blu-Ray)
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History meets myth in a critically acclaimed classic
Connoisseurs of the Robin Hood legend call this action-packed British series the standard by which all other adaptations are measured. Rich with authentic historical detail and cunning plot twists, Robin of Sherwood adds a bit of sorcery and mysticism to the swordplay and social justice that have made the heroic outlaw so endearing and enduring. In these tales, the young nobleman Robert of Huntingdon (Jason Connery, Shanghai Noon) assumes the mantle of the fallen Robin of Loxley. Guided by the forest spirit Herne, he reassembles Robin’s band and resumes the campaign against the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham. Children and adults will thrill to Robin’s feats of derring-do in the mysterious, misty depths of medieval Sherwood. With an award-winning score by the traditional Irish band Clannad, this set includes the final 13 episodes of the series.
Herne’s Son Parts One & Two - With Robin of Loxley dead and his band of outlaws scattered, the forest deity Herne chooses a new champion: Robert of Huntingdon, the earl’s son. But the privileged young man remains reluctant to accept Herne’s commission—until Lady Marion is kidnapped.
The Power of Albion - With outlaws once again ensconced in Sherwood, an infamous torturer known as the King’s Devil comes to Nottingham. The sheriff and Guy of Gisburne aim to discover the new outlaw leader’s identity by watching Marion, whose father has forbidden her to rejoin the band.
The Inheritance - Herne warns that Robin will encounter “the king that was and the king that is to be” and that he must choose whom to serve. Robin learns the prophecy’s full import when a mysterious young woman leads the band to a castle with a secret treasure.
The Sheriff of Nottingham - Tired of having taxes stolen, the king appoints a new sheriff: Philip Mark, known as the butcher of Lincolnshire. With Sarak, the Saracen executioner who serves as his bodyguard, the new sheriff terrorizes the villagers in his relentless hunt for Robin Hood.
The Cross of St. Ciricus - After Will becomes convinced that he has contracted leprosy, the band journeys to Croxton Abbey, where a cross has healing powers. En route they rescue a lady from highwaymen, and she makes an astounding confession to Friar Tuck.
Cromm Cruac - When Much severely injures himself in a forester’s trap, the band must carry him to the mysterious village of Cromm Cruac. There, the villagers’ hospitality seems suspiciously sweet, and the men begin to sense an underlying evil in the place.
The Betrayal - King John arrives in Nottingham with a new strategy to defeat Robin Hood: undermining his support among the people. Robert de Carnac, whom the sheriff calls “the Carnage,” abets the scheme by leading a group of bandit imposters and terrorizing villagers.
Adam Bell - The famed outlaw Adam Bell comes back to Nottingham and kidnaps the sheriff’s nephew. Having captured Much, the sheriff strikes a devil’s bargain with Robin: setting Much free in exchange for Robin’s help in returning the boy.
The Pretender - Queen Hadwisa plots revenge against her husband for planning to divorce her and take a French girl as his new queen. Against this political intrigue, Robin and his band meet a young man, Arthur, who claims to be a poor steward but seems to be much more.
Rutterkin - Newly arrived in Sherwood, Robin’s uncle, Lord Edgar, frames a poor old woman as a witch who cast a spell on King John at the request of the Earl of Huntingdon. He then sets a trap for Robin and his men when they attempt to rescue Robin’s father.
The Time of the Wolf Parts One & Two - As King John’s harsh new taxes threaten the people with starvation, they face an even greater threat. The evil sorcerer Gulnar, once in league with Owen of Clun, returns as the head of a lunatic wolf cult to ravage the land.
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The series originally ran for 4 seasons on British TV ... seasons one and two comprise "Part 1" (5 disks) of Acorn Media's DVD collection, and star Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley. Seasons three and four comprise "Part 2" (5 disks) of Acorn's DVD collection, and starred Jason Connery as Robert of Huntington. After wrapping at the end of season 4, the series went into syndication, and was re-aired here in the States in the late 1980's on Showtime ... I was one of the fortunate few who not only knew about the series back then, but also owned a VCR, so I was able to tape it - although the image quality of the masters used by Showtime was depressingly mediocre.
The series went on to develop a small but very loyal cult following. The soulful Celtic-themed music by Clannad (back when they were relatively unknown), the presence of old magic and myths comes to life (Herne the Hunter, Crom Cruac, witchcraft, etc.), and excellent performances by Ray Winstone (Will Scarlet -arguably the best actor on the series), Nickolas Grace (Sheriff of Nottingham), and Michael Praed (Robin of Loxley) all combined to make for a very enjoyable and nostalgic series. It just worked.
Now, here we are 20 years later, and at long last, this little known cult series has been re-released on high-quality DVDs (hooray !), so that it can be seen and enjoyed anew - not just by it's original fans, but by a new generation of viewers as well.
The filming stays to period and they did not scrimp on sets and extras. The cast is great and very believable.
What more can I say, than what I already have, the BEST of all the Robin Hood movies/series.
I recently purchased Season 1 and was afraid that I would never see the final chapters available on DVD on this side of the Atlantic.
Waiting till October is going to be very difficult.