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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Polish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

40-page booklet with extensive production notes

PLUS OVER 8 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES!
Blu-ray (Discs 1-3):
Five episode commentaries
Behind-the-scenes documentary (37 min.)
Photo galleries containing nearly 500 images (24 min.)
Music-only tracks for four episodes
SDH subtitles

Bonus DVD (Disc 4)
Two documentaries about the making of Series 1 and 2 (102 min.)
New featurettes for three episodes (23 min.)
Outtakes (16 min.)
Textless and foreign credit sequences (11 min.)
PDF material including PR, Richard Carpenter’s original story treatment, and several scripts


Editorial Reviews

"The definitive version of the story" --The Washington Post

Transports you to another place and time for thrilling clashes of good and evil

The centuries-old legend of Robin Hood was never more vividly brought to life than in this acclaimed British series. Combining history with elements of magic and mysticism, and set against a backdrop of gritty medieval realism, Robin of Sherwood has captivated fans of all ages. Heading up the superb ensemble cast are Michael Praed (Dynasty) as Robin of Loxley, Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) as seething-mad Will Scarlet, and Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisited) as the greedy, conniving Sheriff of Nottingham. Shot entirely on location in English castles and countryside, the series boasts an authentic atmosphere enhanced by an award-winning soundtrack of haunting melodies by the Irish band Clannad. Includes all 13 episodes in Series 1 & 2.

Original episode order as intended by series creator

This Blu-ray was created from a high-definition transfer and restoration of the original program elements. While it represents a vast improvement in picture quality and level of detail over previous releases or transmissions, viewers may notice variable quality due to the inherent limitations and age of the original elements.

Customer Reviews

First, the picture quality on this Blu-ray is excellent.
Lotte
The writing, directing, casting, acting, and cinematography, not to mention the musical score by the Irish group, Clannad, is excellent.
I. Stewart
Saxon England, as well as Norman, had been Christian for many centuries.
Peggy Stone

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Lee Freeman on April 23, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As other reviewers have said, Richard Carpenter's Robin of Sherwood is THE definitive TV retelling of the Robin Hood ballads. This series had it all. The characterizations were spot-on, and you actually care about them. The villainous Lord High Sheirff of Nottingham, Robert De Rainault, his brother Abbot Hugo De Rainault, and their steward, Sir Guy of Gisbourne aren't one-dimensional stock villains; Carpenter made them three-dimensional people who're evil for a reason. The locations are stunning, the costumes authentic (except for the obviously fake chain-mail and the aluminum shields of De Rainault's men-at-arms), and the theme and incidental music by Irish Celtic folk-rock band Clannad is ethereal and mysterious, beautifully haunting, joyous and playful-everything the show needed. I highly recommend the sound track, I only wish they'd realese all of the tracks used in the show (there are four or five from season three that aren't on the sound track).

The show presents the more popular and recognizable 12th century Robin Hood rather than the 14th and 15th century outlaw of the original medieval ballads.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By The Hegemon on December 27, 2006
Format: DVD
I have been waiting years for this series to be available on Region 1 DVD. The series is a re-telling of the adventures of Robin Hood. A mystical slant has been incorporated into many of the plots but is really not a main focal point except for a couple of the episodes. The cast is outstanding and their interaction is the drawing card of the series. Robin in the Hood is played by Michael Praed (Robin of Loxley) for eleven episodes. When he left the series, he was replaced by Jason Connery (Robert of Huntington) for the remaining thirteen episodes. The transition from one Robin to the next was done gracefully and with dignity. Judi Trott is a joy as Marian and does an amazing job in expressing her devastation at the loss of the first Robin and her slow, reluctant but ultimately growing love of the second Robin. What really sets this series apart from many others, for me, is the comaraderie between the characters: Loutish, kind-hearted Little John; surly, quick to anger but willing to do anything to protect the weak Will Scarlet; humorous, voice of reason Friar Tuck; rarely speaking, deadly assassin Nasir; simple, gullible Much. If you are a fan of television series that make you wish that you were part of the gang (ex. Firefly, The Paper Chase) then this is a series for you.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By I. Stewart on January 1, 2007
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The DVD release of this series for U.S. viewing is a dream come true. This is, by far, the best conceptualization of the Robin Hood mythos to date. The writing, directing, casting, acting, and cinematography, not to mention the musical score by the Irish group, Clannad, is excellent. The entire cast is totally believable, and the powerful, omni-present, yet often understated, pagan aspect of Hern, the patron god of Sherwood forest, adds a much needed spiritual dimension to the rob from the rich, give to the poor stereotype.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2007
Format: DVD
I love a good Robin Hood story as much as the next person. In fact, I like many of the various KINDS of Robin Hood stories. There is as much pleasure to be taken from watching Kevin Costner stealing from the poor ( blissfully unaware that while he does so, Alan Rickman is stealing the movie from him) as there is to be found in the new PSP Crew that currently inhabits Sherwood on the BBC. However ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is for those who like to engage their cerebral organ as well as the visceral ones while watching a program. This version is well cast, providing the required eye candy for both sexes, sumptuous in setting, and provides the basis in woodland myth that allowed the Robin Hood character to be developed and to become a part of storyland history ( interestingly enough, the new ROBIN HOOD on BBC also takes a chance on this, hoping to hook younger viewers with the cast and then seduce them into thinking about a man's motivation to do good by exploring Robin's thoughts and feelings about serving with Richard in the Crusade to"retake" the Holy Land). For any reader willing to take a chance on a Robin story that is more than just a good adventure yarn, this is the series for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Sawyer on March 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Like lots of other reviewers of this item, I've waited a long time for this classic 1980's British TV show to come to Region 1 DVD and now that it's finally available I'm ecstatic! For me, "Robin of Sherwood" is the definitive version of Robin Hood, so much so that I've never even cared to watch Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" movie, nor the recent big-budget adaptation by the BBC (okay, I have watched Disney's "Robin Hood" though). Furthermore, I would go so far as to say that it is one of the finest, most entertaining shows ever produced for television. The acting is first-rate, the writing is very often strong, the directors take full advantage of the locations (be it in a forest or a castle, with some beautiful scenery shot on film mostly in the north and west of England), the lighting is perfect, and the characters are believable, three-dimensional people with whom the viewer can sympathize. On top of all this, and despite Amazon.com's own review, the title music and incidental music provided by Irish Celtic band, Clannad is wonderful and perfectly enhances the atmospheric mood of many a varied scene. I couldn't imagine any other music to accompany the show.

Another aspect of this show that makes it so great is the fact that it marries the legend of Robin Hood with some mythical themes, such as Robin's relationship with the `ghost' of Herne the Hunter, said to have once been a huntsman employed by King Richard II. Robin turns to Herne for advice and guidance from time to time making Herne something of a father figure for the young outlaw. Medieval superstitious beliefs also add to the mythology and occasionally play a part in some of the storylines, particularly witchcraft.
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