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Robin Hood is probably the most legendary and well known character in the world. His exploits have been seen across the world in books, films, TV shows and even computer games. But what is the truth about this enigmatic man? Russell Crowe plays the fictional movie character expertly but the REAL Robin Hood is far more exciting than any fantastical Hollywood Film.

Did Robin Hood, Maid Marion and the Outlaws really exist?

Where did these tales originate from?

What is the amazing truth to the Legend and Myth?

In this film, best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Philip Gardiner goes on an amazing journey into the heart of the timeless tale of the Hooded Man. He travels back thousands of years and unlocks the mystery and the myth. This film was shot on location in Sherwood Forest, England which is the very same place that Robin Hood and his band are said to have called their headquarters. Gardiner is joined by a cast of real life outlaws including the present day Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Featuring dramatic reconstructions and amazing Special Features with beautiful music, produced by James Earnshaw and musical group No Redemption, this film is a must see for all fans of real life adventure and fantasy.

Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood s Most Filmed Legend, 70 minutes plus Special Features, RYE 1073

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  • Actors: Philip Gardiner
  • Directors: Philip Gardiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, 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: Reality Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347ZYFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Hauser on April 18, 2010
Not surprisingly, you don't get the whole truth in this documentary, but it's a good survey of where the Robin Hood legend might have come from. The disinherited noble, wrongly banished to Sherwood Forest, pursued by the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, could have been based on a dozen actual men with names similar to Robin Hood, and who lived anywhere from the 12th to 15th century in Nottinghamshire. So even if it's impossible to pin down a single person, this film is convincing on how the legend grew out of pagan folktales of wood sprites, trickster forest deities and hobgoblins. Add unrest and uncertainty and an active commentary by poets and balladeers, the myths and legends continued as a means of collective memory. If you've read Joseph Campbell, a lot of this will be familiar, and it doesn't seem so important whether Robin Hood was fictional or not. Highlights of the film are the shots of castles, churches and cathedrals in the area, and of course, Sherwood Forest itself. Less entertaining are the re-enactors, who aren't given much to do. (Except for a couple of music videos at the end.) Make sure you keep the disc rolling to the 20-minute sub-documentary after the main one which showed Nottingham now (and Little John's grave.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Read A Review on March 23, 2010
I just finished watching Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend. This is a documentary by Philip Gardiner. I found it to be very thorough in the investigation as to whether Robin Hood was a man, a mixture of fact and fiction throughout history, or purely fable.

It's filmed quite nicely with present day actors in costume portraying Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Robin's band of men. Excellent photos of artifacts, medieval ruins and the Sherwood Forest accompany the documentary. There are also sword fights, sober moments, and merriment between Robin and his group, keeping the viewer entertained. I never found myself bored and the 70+ minutes were over before I knew it. This film certainly rivals anything I've seen on the History channel.

During the documentary, Mr. Gardiner explores records in history, while comparing folklore against it to see whether or not Robin Hood truly lived. No stone is left unturned. So, was Robin Hood real or a mythological man? The viewer will have to judge for him/herself after watching this film. I tend to believe there's a little bit of Robin Hood in all of us.
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Who isn't somewhat intrigued by the notorious Robin Hood? Having just recently watched Russell Crowe in the latest silver screen portrayal of the legendary folk hero, I too was drawn to this documentary in hopes of learning a little more about the man behind the legend. While I will admit the footage in this documentary looks more like a promotion for a modern day Renaissance Festival and the music is a tad unnecessary, the material presented by the narrator was insightful. The theories raised behind whether Robin Hood was fact or fiction or a combination of both, were interesting although I would have liked to have seen more of how these theories relate to Hollywood adaptations as the title would suggest.
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By Lotte on May 23, 2010
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I was disappointed in this video. There is music throughout the entire film which was quite annoying when all you want to do is listen to the narrator. The re-enactors have very little to do, it got tiresome seeing Robin and Marion walking past the same tree over and over. There was very little about the film versions of Robin Hood which is more what I was looking for. If you want the story of Robin Hood's springing from mythologies and religions of different cultures then you might enjoy this but I would advise you to borrow it from the library or someplace else first.
The True Story of Robin Hood is more entertaining.
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By Meredith Reynolds on November 19, 2012
This DVD was a really interesting look at the story of Robin Hood. After watching, I now feel that Robin Hood is probably a combination of actual historical figure and myth. I definitely have a new perspective on the subject, and anyone who finds the story of Robin Hood as interesting as I do would do good to watch it!
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By Shane on May 18, 2013
I saw one of the Robin Hood movies as a kid and have been hooked ever since. I guess I had always looked at pretty much on the surface level so it was cool to see a dvd that went in depth on the background and meaning behind the story. Even if you've never read Robin Hood or seen the movies I would still recommend this
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The first 15-20 minutes or so, they actually talk about Robin Hood and links to historical figures/dates. After that, well... it goes down hill fast. The film suggests links to Hindu, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies and gods. In short, don't buy this. Ye've been warned...
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