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Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (Walt Disney Treasures)
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"Dr. Syn," which was based on British novels and legends explained on a fascinating documentary also included on disc one, is a Robin Hood or Zorro of sorts. But the difference is that Dr. Syn is a highly respected minister who completely fools the pompous bad guys. Yet, in this three-part series, the villains are fleshed out and not caricatured. The dignity and seriousness of the drama holds up beautifully today without the slightest sense of cliché.
In this 2-disc set, you get all three WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR hours with introductions by Walt himself, plus the edited feature-length version released theatrically in Europe in the 60's and then in the U.S. in the 1970's. But the aspect ratio of the original print has been restored for this release so you'll even see the television versions in more depth than before, with gorgeous restored prints and sound that especially brings out the lush musical score (I wish it was on a separate track!)
And speaking of music, you'll get to see who sings the haunting "Scarecrow" theme--Terry Gilkyson, who also wrote "The Bare Necessities," along with George Patterson and The Wellingtons. The only detail left out is that The Wellingtons are best known for singing the Gilligan's Island theme in its first season (there's more about them in "Mouse Tracks").Read more ›
Now, it finally gets its release and I can't wait!
Does anyone know if there any extras on it? A Leonard Maltin introduction and history of the TV series/Movie would be great.
Joth (Scarecrow) Gambold UK
Essentially an updated Robin Hood style tale set in the 1700s it's a great family movie. While it is a bit dated now compared to other swashbuckling summer blockbusters (after all, it was made for TV originally) it offers a simple moral story and excellent acting, especially by Patrick McGoohan, who plays the title role.
I loved this show as a kid, and it's well worth revisiting, young and old.
This is a laboriously baffling turn. I saw Dr. Syn advertised upon release and thought excitedly that I had my mother's Christmas all sewn up. But, like an idiot, I assumed a big ticket holiday release would at least last for the holiday shopping season before receding into that miserly Disney oblivion where so many of our favorites have languished over the years. As a result of my waiting nearly a month I had to shell out twice the msrp to make sure my mom gets a copy, and some are going on ebay for twice that!
So thanks Disney for the impressive Christmas tease. Oh, and while I'm at it, Thanks for Beverly Hills Chihuahua...you deranged psychos.
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Love the extra scenes. Great product. Too bad it was so hard to find.Published 3 months ago by Ann Greer
Purchased this classic when it was released. I owned a video store at the time and only purchased one copy but is as good as I remember from when I was a kid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles
if the tin box isn't important to you, you can get good copies of this series online if you know where to look.Published 12 months ago by Wayne Stovcik
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|Dr. Syn still available from many reliable sellers on Amazon||
If you did miss out on Disney's poorly limited release of the Scarecrow (big deal--in a tin), you can get it again--however, you will have to fork out about $500 and in addition to this DVD you will get 52 others that were released under the "Treasures" DVD releases. In a tin. Oh... Read More
Nov 16, 2009 by LJ Minor | See all 2 posts
|RIP Patrick McGoohan||
Don't forget Mary's dad in The Three Lives of Thomasina (book and characters created by Paul Gallico, movie created by Disney, charactors played by memorable actors including Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber and Elspeth March [the voice of Thomasina... Read More
Mar 16, 2009 by Kit | See all 5 posts
|$200 to $10,000????||
Somebody wants to make a nice little profit...... oh, excuse me. They figure if you want it, you gotta pay for it - has nothing to do with its scarce production numbers. It's not an antique.
I would want it because it was from a time in my childhood when my memories were great.
Not for its resale... Read More
Jul 1, 2012 by Frederick Zirin | See all 3 posts
|why was Dr.Syn discontinued by the manufacturer?||
The print run on this set was very limited - under 40,000 - and my guess is that Amazon simply has no more, with no more available from Disney. You might try another online retailer, or try in your brick-and-mortar stores, but I wouldn't wait too long.
Nov 30, 2008 by Jr. | See all 39 posts
|If Amazon is out of stock on Dr. Syn, try Barnes and Noble||
got my dvd today from best buy. a few other places it was backordered.
a snowy weekend with this disney classic !
Jan 9, 2009 by keith lauver | See all 4 posts
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