Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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For those interested in the movie's plot (though if you don't know it by now), this 1973 Disney film follows the adventures of the classic Robin Hood story (though all the characters have been replaced by Disney animal versions), where he and his pal Little John are constantly thwarting the plans of Prince John, his servant Sir Hiss, and the rotten Sheriff of Nottingham. It doesn't follow the original legend too closely, but then, Robin Hood is a walking, talking fox, so don't expect historical accuracy. Made during Disney's less 'talked about' era (the void between Disney's untimely death and the song stylings of Elton John), the film is still a delight for adults and children. At least, I like it, but critics and animation buffs seem to have some issues with it (not the least of which is a segment where several sequences reuse animation from other Disney films). It's not as plot intensive and tightly told as Disney's later films, but it has quite a few memorable sequences and some great one-liners ("Oo-de-lally! A CROWN!").
But onto the DVD and its features.
VIDEO: The film is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio, making it widescreen. However, (and this is where the purists may take offense), the film was initially created in 1.37:1 aspect, thus making the fullscreen version available on the previous Gold Collection release the 'correct' video standard (a viewing of the widescreen next to the fullscreen does, in fact, show cropping at the top and bottom).Read more ›
Everyone knows the tale of Robin Hood. Forced to be an outlaw, though always loyal to King Richard, Robin Hood fought against the usurper Prince John. Robin Hood sheltered and protected poor people and redistributed wealth from the rich to the needy poor. Robin Hood performed these deeds from his base in Sherwood Forest.
Though we have seen this movie with many different great actors, this version has excellent comedy and very good animation. Robin Hood is appropriately swashbuckling and handsome, and Maid Marian is beautiful; both characters are drawn as foxes. In fact, all the characters in this movie are animals, as Alan-A-Dale points out at the beginning of the movie.
This film has its share of great actors. Englishman Brian Bedford provides a perfect voice for Robin. Monica Evans, who also appeared in "The Odd Couple," voices Maid Marian. The role of Maid Marian was the last for Monica Evans. The incomparable Peter Ustinov ("Quo Vadis," "Blackbeard's Ghost") voices both Prince John and King Richard. Terry Thomas ("Tom Thumb," "The Abominable Dr. Phibes") is the voice of Sir Hiss. Roger Miller is the minstrel Alan-A-Dale. Miller also provided the songs for this movie. Andy Devine (who had more than 180 movie and television appearances dating back to the 1920's) voices Friar Tuck. Pat Buttram ("The Rescuers," "Back to the Future III") voices the Sheriff of Nottingham and George Lindsey ("The Rescuers," "The Andy Griffith Show") voices Trigger.
Disney has released several versions of this movie.Read more ›
As to the transfer, it is quite good and much improved over the Gold Collection release. The colors are crisper and there are less artifacts that can be seen.
I must admit that I enjoy Disney's Robin Hood quite a bit. It's not the best film in the Disney stable but it is enjoyable and has its charms. Roger Miller's music adds a nice touch and gives this English tale a bit of an infusion of Southern and Western charm (Western charm is also added by Andy Devine and Pat Buttram - two men associated with the old westerns). This, combined with the use of animals in all roles, makes Disney's Robin Hood a unique twist on the tale and one of the more enjoyable films. It may be Disney's best animated feature to be released in the 1970s, a decade that was Disney's worst for animation as the company was trying to find itself after Walt's death.
There's one notable complaint in the reviews here about the ending, a take I have to disagree with. This DVD does provide what the alternate ending would have been and, frankly, the way it ends as is is superior.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seriously one of the best movies ever made! The humor is appropriate for both grown-ups and children. The subtleties are hilarious. I love this movie!Published 1 day ago by redbash
My daughters current favorite movie. She watches it a couple times a week.Published 4 days ago by Arosenstiel
This is one of few old disney movies i love since i was kid. Its still funny to watch even now. Im glad that its on blu ray so i dont woery about it get scratch or skipsPublished 9 days ago by LJA
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is anyone else having trouble with the Robin Hood digital copy not showing up in their UV que? I just redeemed it in Vudu, which means I should see it in my flixster collection, since that allows for direct download to mobile device.
never mind.. i see its not available on Flixster app.. I... Read More
Sep 14, 2013 by C. Striemer | See all 10 posts
|Is there not a slip case?||
Response from Amazon Rep: "I have checked your order and I can confirm that the item does not include a slipcover. However, you don't have to worry, I have escalated this issue to our appropriate team, so that they can conduct a thorough investigation about what happened and to make sure... Read More
Oct 30, 2013 by sobotadj | See all 7 posts
|is the Spanish dub latin audio or Spain audio?||
There's never been a dub for this film produced in Spain. Dubs for Disney animated features in Spain begun in 1991, and only "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Cinderella" have been re-dubbed since. Unfortunately, Disney always uses the Latin American dubs for their... Read More
Aug 19, 2013 by Taran Wanderer | See all 2 posts
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