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(Nov 11, 2008)
"On the southern coast of England/Theres a legend people tell/Of days long ago when the great Scarecrow/Would ride from the jaws of hell/And laugh with a fiendish yell." Okay, it may not be as catchy as "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," but anyone who was glued to their TV sets in 1964 to watch the continuing adventures and heroic exploits of Dr. Syn on the Disney anthology series, The Wonderful World of Color, should feel a shiver of excitement that goes beyond mere nostalgia at hearing this theme song again. Old-fashioned to be sure, but The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh is still a ripping yarn and rousing family entertainment with its unforgettable hero, despicable villain, galloping chases and breathless escapes. Grandly produced in England, this three-part miniseries is "a story of high adventure and heart," as Walt Disney states in his folksy and avuncular episode introductions. Patrick McGoohan (known at the time for his iconic role as John Drake on Danger Man) stars as Dr. Syn, who leads a double life as a mild-mannered village vicar by day, and a fearsome avenger known as the Scarecrow by night. The haunting burlap-masked Scarecrow is a folk hero to the villagers, who are overtaxed by King George III, and brutalized by his press-gangs, who violently shanghai men into Navy service. Only two know the Scarecrows true identity, his sexton Mipps (George Cole), and the local Justice of the Peaces son, John (Sean Scully, from Disneys The Prince and the Pauper). There is a love story between Johns older sister and conflicted and compassionate English soldier Lt. Brackenbury (Eric Flynn), but it doesnt slow things down or get too yucky. Over the course of three near-hour-long episodes, the Scarecrow foils attempts by his nemesis, General Pugh (Geoffrey Keen) to capture him, or intimidate villagers into giving him up. Leonard Maltin does his usual sterling job as enthusiastic host, who introduces the series, reflects on its place in the Disney canon, and credits the restoration efforts that made this pristine presentation possible. This two-disc set presents the miniseries as it originally aired, and also includes the widescreen feature film version that was released overseas. Disc one contains an interesting featurette about Dr. Syns historical and literary origins. Disc two features a segment about the British films that launched Disneys live-action feature film career. This welcome addition to the Walt Disney Treasures line does full justice to one of Disneys most wanted titles. --Donald Liebenson
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 4 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 8 months ago by Wayne Stovcik
Loved it. Great 3 part Movie for T.V. In color and the Movie that was at the Theaters. Costly but worth it. Great Disney Movie!Published 9 months ago by Bertha Karen Trigger
I love this Walt Disney movie!! But to all you fans out there, I just found this on-line for less than $18.00 in PERFECT condition!! $359. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clifford I. Olson
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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
|$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 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
|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 2 posts
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