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The Real Robin Hood (2010)

Ridley Scott , Russell Crowe , M. David Melvin  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Dominic Kinnaird, Lockhart Ogilvie
  • Directors: M. David Melvin
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, M. David Melvin, Brandon Carroll, Christopher G. Cowen, Dan Gates
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EQN63A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Real Robin Hood" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Who was Robin Hood? Did they really have tights in the Middle Ages? While making the 2010 feature film, director Ridley Scott also produced this special documentary to separate reality from Hollywood. It explores how Robin Hood the myth was really a composite character made of several real men and what those dark times were really like. 2010/color/94 min/PG/fullscreen.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Terrific documentary on Robin Hood, aired by the History Channel as counter-programming to mark the release of the Russell Crowe movie. History Channel is really good at that. Examines the origins of Robin Hood, the roles of each of the principles in his group of Merry Men, political relationships of the era including an explanation of Robin's status as a yeoman, an excellent demonstration of weaponry available to people of the era, and more. "Must have" for those with an interest in the medieval and in one of the greatest heroes in English history. You will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FOLKLORE OR REALITY? March 23, 2011
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This documentary was made along with the movie "Robin Hood" starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Through reputable historians, the DVD takes a look at several parts of English history that show that "Robin Hood" probably existed, mainly through verbal stories handed down through the ages, and by establishing that certain members of the "Merry Men" actually existed. References were also found about "Maid Marian." The weapons expert displayed the weapons of the age, and how they were so lethal and vicious, e.g., staffs, swords, daggers, clubs, axes and of course, the longbow supposedly used so skillfully by Robin. We now know where the word "Hood" for criminals likely came from. The movie also clearly illustrated the high powers and authority, representing the noblemen, possessed by the Sheriff in every district.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well produced but lacks real detail May 5, 2011
By bozinoz
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More an advert for the Russell Crowe movie than an insight into the historical Robin Hood. Good production values make it watchable but as a bona fide doco it is a bit lacking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History channel marketing for the Film Robin Hood July 30, 2013
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I saw this show on the History Channel as the movie was being released.
It uses bits and pieces from the film to illustrate points in the
narration. I really liked the TV show, saw the Film Robin Hood and
then purchased this DVD. I learned a good deal from watching this.
If you have an interest in this period of history, buy this DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 15, 2010
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This CD explains the weapons and tactics of that era.
Watch it before you watch the movie.
You'll get more out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who was the real Robin Hood? February 18, 2014
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Interesting compilation of facts and background regarding the Robin Hood legend. A pleasant diversion for anyone interested in the time period.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great January 23, 2014
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Really just and ad for the Crowe movie. About half of this is excerpts directly from the movie. The rest was eggheads with accents trying to impress us with their edumacation (and talking about the movie). I love Robin Hood and I love to learn about him. I didn't like this. The movie wasn't great either, but expect a sequel since the movie left off where the most well known part of the Robin Hood story begins. The movie was really just speculation on what happened to Robin Hood during the crusades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirtion August 17, 2013
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A lot of good historical and mythical information here. I finally understand the historical perspective of Robin Hood. I also learned what a Buckler was, and other historical tidbits I can use is my own writing. I bought this so I can watch it over and over to glean all the details and get inspiration for my writing of historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Efren Diasanta
2.0 out of 5 stars it's not what I thought it was
I thought this would be A movie, it's not, it's more of A commentary on Robin Hood, his existence, the times in which he lived, the things going on at that time, so, it wasn't an... Read more
Published 12 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to viewing this again.
Watched this on television years ago. When finished with the Robin Hood DVDS I've ordered recently I'll enjoy this even more without the commercials.
Published 13 months ago by allen scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Research of the Robin Hood myth
I saw this on the H2 channel and knew I would want to add it to my collection. Contains quite a bit of information on the possibility of the "real" Robin Hood, and also... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Marina
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Something silly to watch on long cold nights in winter. As a history major I found this promotional piece fun and the movie a colourful take on the legend. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anna M. Haskell
5.0 out of 5 stars A DOCUMENTARY WORTH HAVING!!
Published 19 months ago by F. K. WILLDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality check
I loved the way it not only explored the background of the Robin Hood legends, it gave me a very vivid sense of what England and the world were really like back then--how they... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This documentary really delves into the origin of Robin. Fascinating that our last names are often derived from occupations. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Gerry Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars More than you want to know, but that's good
This was perfect for my high school classroom. It went right along with the history and the literature of this sturdy legend. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by Jack Andrews
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