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Robin Hood: Season 1 (2006)

Jonas Armstrong , Lucy Griffiths  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonas Armstrong, Lucy Griffiths, Richard Armitage, Keith Allen, Sam Troughton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQQ4DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robin Hood: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on five discs
  • Commentary by actors Gordon Kennedy and Lucy Griffiths, executive producers and co-creators Fozz Allan and Dominic Minghella, and composer Andy Price on Sheriff Got Your Tongue?
  • Commentary by actors Gordon Kennedy, Lucy Griffiths, and Richard Armitage, and executive producers and co-creators Fozz Allan and Dominic Minghella on Parent Hood
  • Commentary by actors Richard Armitage, Jonas Armstrong, Sam Troughton, and Anjali Jay, and composer Andy Price on Tattoo? What Tattoo?
  • Commentary by actors Jonas Armstrong, Sam Troughton, and Anjali Jay, executive producer and co-creator Fozz Allan, and composer Andy Price on A Clue: No
  • Hood Academy
  • Character profiles
  • The Making of Robin Hood
  • Dressing Hood
  • Designing the Hood

Editorial Reviews

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Every generation gets the Robin Hood it deserves. After a dashing adventure (The Adventures of Robin Hood), a ponderous retelling (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), spoofs (Mel Brooks' When Things Were Rotten and Robin Hood: Men in Tights), and even a cartoon (Disney's Robin Hood), this thoroughly modern 2006 BBC series brings cheeky wit, exuberant action, and fierce fencing and special effects-enhanced archery to the party. Scruffy Robin (Jonas Armstrong) returns home from the Crusades war-weary and "changed." But when he finds the countryside under the taxing grip of the brutal (he crushes birds with his bare hands!) Sheriff (Keith Allen) and his glowering lieutenant, Guy of Gisbourne (Richard Armitage), he takes up his bow and arrow against the injustice.

Series 1 depicts how Robin of Locksley becomes "Robin of the Wood" and then "Robin Hood," robbing from the rich and, well, you know the drill. "The peasants' hero," this Robin is a tad vainer than previous screen incarnations. As his former servant and wisecracking sidekick Much (Sam Troughton, who can be a bit much himself), observes, Robin likes to linger after his good deeds to see the looks of gratitude. Marian (Lucy Griffiths) is another revelation. The daughter of Nottingham's former sheriff, she doesn't exactly welcome Robin back with open arms. "Five years and you're still peddling the same drivel," she says after he spouts some romantic tripe. A formidable fighter and champion of justice herself, she has a surprising moonlighting gig best not revealed here. We also see the gathering of Robin's men (none call them "merry"), including hulking Little John (Gordon Kennedy), Allan-a-Dale (Joe Armstrong), and Will Scarlett (Harry Lloyd). Beautifully filmed in Hungary (what; England was booked?), Robin Hood is mostly grand escapist adventure, but there are unnerving scenes of violence that raise the stakes. In one episode, a peasant who won't reveal Robin's whereabouts has his tongue cut out, (mercifully offscreen). In another, a child is the victim of a sniper's arrow. . Robin Hood takes liberties with the oft-told story of the legendary folk hero, but it's so well played and rousingly entertaining, few should mind. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

People's hero, war hero, romantic hero and leader of the world's most famous resistance group...Robin Hood is known and loved by millions around the world. His fight against a corrupt government and greedy officials is something we all can connect with. Fun, modern and intelligent, the BBC's Robin Hood is guaranteed to appeal to today's sophisticated viewers and is set to be as popular as the new Doctor Who. Sharp, witty scripts by Dominic Minghella and a striking new look set the tone as the BBC updates this popular legend for all the family.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Audio Commentary
Featurette:Hood Academy Featurette
Other:Character profiles
Audio Commentary
Other:Character profiles
Audio Commentary
Other:Character profiles
Featurette:Robin Hood - The Making of Featurette Dressing Hood Featurette Designing the Hood Featurette


Customer Reviews

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126 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic ROBIN HOOD March 11, 2007
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I ordered this ROBIN HOOD after seeing only 2 episodes. I don't usually do that; I usually read all the customer reviews before making up my mind to buy something. Why did I jump in so early? This looks like being a classic ROBIN HOOD.

The pilot and first episode are fantastic. The pilot retells the familiar story of how Robin returns from war in the Holy Land and becomes an outlaw, and does so with wit and verve, in true swashbuckling style -- and with a beautifully light touch of humor. If you have seen THE PRINCESS BRIDE, you have seen a similar style of humor to that used here. But in that movie humor is a large element of its content. It is a very small but important element in the RH pilot.

The first episode turns very gritty; and the humor becomes a much lighter, smaller element. The Sheriff of Nottingham takes over Robin's former estate (like the terrorists took over a Russian school a few years back) and starts cutting out people's tongues -- one peasant at a time -- in an effort to make them tell him where Robin is. Meanwhile, Robin is having his own troubles with the outlaws of Sherwood Forest, who see him as an enemy from the upper class. This is a complex story with complex people and very believable motivations.

The writing is very sharp; the acting is spot on. It is beautiful. Do I have any complaints? Well... I could be a little picky and say people really didn't bathe much back then; and when the Sheriff says, "Tick, tock, tick, tock..." to indicate time is passing and he is getting tired of waiting for someone to tell him what he wants to know... ordinary people didn't have mechanical clocks back then. But, hey, this is a legend not history. And it is superb.

I love this ROBIN HOOD.
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69 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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I'll be the first one to tell you--I'm sophisticated and classy. You know why? I watch BBCAmerica, and the Brits--they are the leaders of urbane and upscale entertainment. If you need any convincing, just watch an episode of "Footballer's Wives," "Mile High," or "Bad Girls." Of course, I'm kidding. These shows are brassy, bawdy, and loaded with bad behavior! But, you know what, they are also filled with life. They embrace their nastiness wholeheartedly and make no apologies for being pure popcorn entertainment. With language and nudity not permitted by American networks, it seems as if the genre of nighttime soaps has been revitalized by Britain. But that's not all BBCAmerica has to offer, they are just the shows that helped the network grow in popularity. Some other intriguing entries that recently aired in the US are on their way to DVD--there is a new hip take on "Robin Hood," the supernatural "Hex," and the complex crime story "Conviction." So beware! The British are coming, the British are coming--and it's a good thing!

On preparing to sit through "Robin Hood," it's best to know what to anticipate. If you're expecting any sort of historical insight or don't want anyone tampering with the "classic" tale of Mr. Hood--then I'd advise you to take a pass. Do I need to say what "Robin Hood" is about? Robin is a former noble who becomes an outlaw and forms a posse to (duh!) rob from the rich to give to the poor. This version casts attractive actors, employs anachronistic language, and is firmly rooted in modern (and politically correct) sensibilities. The production is slick, stunts and camerawork exemplary--this is a well crafted entertainment.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show for Family - Rare Star July 3, 2007
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This show is not a historical reenactment. It is not Errol Flynn nor Mel Brooks. It is not tighly scripted but it IS a good TELEVISION show. There are anachronisms - who cares - it makes the story make sense to modern audiences.

This is the best Robin Hood version I have seen. It gives you a feel for the times. Has wonderful references to historical cultural activities. The technology shown is very convincing. Who cares if it is from 1300s rather than 1100s - it is still good.

Robin is not a hero- he is a man trying to do the right thing given the circumstances. Guy is not a villian - he is a man trying to do what he thinks is expected. The Sherrif is a politician who is heartless and unethical. Marian is caught between her family obligations and her compassion. These are multidimensional characters with complex interplay between them.

The best thing about it is this show we can all watch together. The story line is complex enough for me and my husband but the plot is direct enough for my 9 year old son. The violence is downplayed and there is no gore. If a man gets shot with an arrow, he falls down. Anything disturbing occurs off screen. There is flirtation and romance but no sex.

This is the best show on Television for the family that I know of.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I'll be the first one to tell you--I'm sophisticated and classy. You know why? I watch BBCAmerica, and the Brits--they are the leaders of urbane and upscale entertainment. If you need any convincing, just watch an episode of "Footballer's Wives," "Mile High," or "Bad Girls." Of course, I'm kidding. These shows are brassy, bawdy, and loaded with bad behavior! But, you know what, they are also filled with life. They embrace their nastiness wholeheartedly and make no apologies for being pure popcorn entertainment. With language and nudity not permitted by American networks, it seems as if the genre of nighttime soaps has been revitalized by Britain. But that's not all BBCAmerica has to offer, they are just the shows that helped the network grow in popularity. Some other intriguing entries that recently aired in the US are on their way to DVD--there is a new hip take on "Robin Hood," the supernatural "Hex," and the complex crime story "Conviction." So beware! The British are coming, the British are coming--and it's a good thing!

On preparing to sit through "Robin Hood," it's best to know what to anticipate. If you're expecting any sort of historical insight or don't want anyone tampering with the "classic" tale of Mr. Hood--then I'd advise you to take a pass. Do I need to say what "Robin Hood" is about? Robin is a former noble who becomes an outlaw and forms a posse to (duh!) rob from the rich to give to the poor. This version casts attractive actors, employs anachronistic language, and is firmly rooted in modern (and politically correct) sensibilities. The production is slick, stunts and camerawork exemplary--this is a well crafted entertainment. Most episodes move at a brisk and amusing pace, and even when things seem to lack real danger--the series more than compensates with humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best series ever I love this series . It grabs your attention and then your heart.
Amazingly awesome.
Published 1 day ago by Alan Rhodes
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just could not get into this one
Published 1 day ago by Rita Cutts
3.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it at first; would be a great BBC movie
We really liked the first season. Then the episodes got predictable and dragged on. As always when modern producers remake a classic movie into a series this happens and they add a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the different slant on an old story
Very entertaining, I enjoyed the different slant on an old story. Will continue to enjoy to the end.
Published 2 days ago by Larry W Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE ROBIN HOOD SERIES of all time.....SUPERB !!!
ONE OF THE BEST Series that I have enjoyed many times.....Love this...!!
Published 4 days ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Historical inconsistencies, but enjoyable
Published 4 days ago by dadio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Richard Armitage is an absolutely gorgeous creature. That's why I gave this TV series 5 stars.
Published 5 days ago by Margaret
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Thought I'd like it, but the acting was painful. :-(
Published 11 days ago by MomOf2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good series. Worth watching.
Published 12 days ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't expecting this
This series was a very pleasant surprise!
Published 15 days ago by Nicky C
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