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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Product Description

All 26 episodes of the acclaimed action-adventure series

This acclaimed British series adds a bit of sorcery and mysticism to the swordplay and social justice that make the Robin Hood legend so enduring. Heading up the superb ensemble cast are Michael Praed (Dynasty) as Robin of Loxley, Ray Winstone (Beowulf) as seething-mad Scarlet, and Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisited) as the greedy, conniving Sheriff of Nottingham. In the final 13 episodes, Robert of Huntingdon (Jason Connery, Shanghai Noon) assumes Robin’s mantle. Shot entirely on location in England, the series also features an award-winning score by the Irish band Clannad.


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The depth of the show is really exciting and we seldom get shows like this today.

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Special Features

OVER 17 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES!
• 14 commentary tracks
• 4 retrospective documentaries
• Behind-the-scenes footage
• Behind-the-scenes documentary The Electric Theatre Show, with bonus footage
• Making-of documentary Clannad: Scoring Robin of Sherwood
• Outtakes
• Textless, U.S., and French credit sequences
• And more!

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Ray Winstone, Nickolas Grace
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 1320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180IPQW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ROBIN OF SHERWOOD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION" on IMDb

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It's been years since my old VCR recordings of this show pretty much wore out and bit the dust, so I was thrilled to find out it was available on DVD.
Robin of Sherwood was a favorite of my pre-teen years and has held up very well with it's combination of history,legend and fantasy. Some of the special effects are dated, but that's to be expected.
The real strength of the series was in the characters. It may have been the best cast version of the story. Clive Mantle is the best Little John, Phil Rose is the best Friar Tuck, and so on through the entire cast. There's even the addition of Nasir who, with his man of few words demeanor and two sword fighting style was just about the coolest thing a D and D loving 12 years old had ever seen.
I do think the quality fell off a little when Jason Connery joined the show, though not through any fault of his own. The writing focused more on plot then characters in that season and the chemistry suffered a bit from it. I would actually give the Michael Praed episodes a full five stars.
All in all I'm glad to have found it and any minor flaws in the series are far, far out weighed by its strengths. If you where a fan of the show you should definitely get your hands on a copy. Though given the price it's worth knowing it's available on Netflix. And I'm fairly certain fans of the Robin Hood legend in general will be more then pleased with this production.
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The series is excellent and faithful to the literary history surrounding the Robin Hood legends. Clannad's music adds a bit of authenticity, as does the use of magic and superstition, and the UK setting.

Acorn did a reasonably good job digitizing and adding subtitles to the original film. Colour was on the dark side, but nothing that can't be adjusted.

The poor packaging of the 'complete' set prevents me from giving it a perfect score. I like the look and the folding-book concept of it, but the casing is made of hard plastic, making it prone to chipping and difficult to remove the DVDs carefully without breaking or cracking them. I had a similar problem with the "I Spy - Four-Pack Collection" cases. So, take care to remove the DVDs lest you damage them permanently. You might consider alternative storage like a plastic CD envelope case, considering this DVD set is not cheap.

Aside from this, I highly recommend the complete Robin Hood set.
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I first discovered Robin Of Sherwood via the Public Broadcast System here in America. The local university channel carried it under the name Robin Hood. It was the best version of Robin Hood I had ever seen. I've seen several since, and in my opinion it is still the best by far. This may seem odd because of all the very unhistorcal magic, but this series comes closer to the spirit of the orginal 15th-century ballads than any other. In this version Robin is a yoeman rather than a disposessed noble. A couple of the original ballads are included in the stories, such as the tale of Sir Richard-at-Lea and the money he owes the local abbot. The acting is uniformly good and the interiors and exteriors feel real.

One of the fun parts involves the games. Robin and his men train themselves with archery contests and mock fights, and several episodes feature these games in various forms, all in fun.

It was the first version to have a Saracen character. Since then the movies and shows have all included one, none of them ever as good as Mark Ryan playing Nasir.

In my opinion it is also the only series or movie that gets King Richard right. The stories either center around the ransom collected when Richard was captured on his way home from the crusades or around the hope that all will be well when Richard finally returns. The only problem is that Richard was only back in England for a few months before he took off again to make war on France, where he was killed. If Richard saves the day for Robin in the fight against evil Prince John then what happens to Robin a year later when Richard dies and John becomes king? Robin of Sherwood gets around that by having Richard be portrayed (by the wonderful John Rhys-Davies) as the hard-bitten tyrant he was.
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I avidly watched this series back in the day when it was on our local PBS station. The beautiful countryside and good sets that look as it did in the medievel age add to the stories. It was a good move to shoot in England. The color is sometime smeary and not clear but I can overlook that. The music is fantastic. I love Clannad.I have to agree with the reviews that say the packaging is horrible. The discs are almost impossible to remove. I immediately put them in other sleeves which leaves me with a nice looking but not functional case that I can't use. That is a big waste. Reviewers who say the legend says this and the legend says that are missing the point that it IS a legend and in the retelling it got more fantastic and farther away from any truth that may have been in the original stories. No one knows who this man or men really were and how many followed him and what exactly went on. Since we'll never know who he was if he had a lady, who his men were (if any) we can't say the characters are wrong the stories not following the "original" legend or anything like that. I give the producers and writers big points for showing the Norman nobility as uncaring conquerors who barely tolerated living amongst the English types, who rolled over the serfs and peasants like they were nothing, and easily killed anyone they liked for any reason they liked. The abuses are clear and they don't whitewash the "Great King" Richard but show him as a Norman conqueror who historically spent almost no time in England only spoke French and could not care less what happened to the people. Unlike other Robin Hood movies where he comes in on a white horse and saves them from the evil King John, in the end he stayed gone and died far away never thinking of his "people".Read more ›
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