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Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 [Blu-ray]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Polish
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,551 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.


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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk into the Mystic Forest 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A classic series comes to DVD 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
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Thinking Person's" Robin Hood 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Romantic and Magical as I Remembered May 22, 2007
Format:DVD
It's always a delight to return to something you enjoyed many years ago and find out that your memories were not distorted. Michael Praed and Judi Trott are the ultimate Robin and Marion, heartbreakingly youthful and joyous yet with a wonderful gravitas, beautiful (as Robin says of Marion, "as a May morning") without artificiality, equals without the anachronism of political correctness. Their first and final moments together are equally perfect, the latter utterly wrenching, and it earns its tears honestly - each line and gesture has been set up by what has gone on before. The other characters are also rich in nuance, though it does strain credulity (especially by the 13th episode) that no one puts an arrow between the shoulder blades of Guy of Gisbourne or the Sheriff! I very much enjoyed the authentic historical references to Norman England, and only wish the consistency had carried over into the depiction of that era's spirituality. Corrupt churchmen there may have been (unfortunately, we see no other kind here, unless we count Tuck - hardly a practicing religious!), but the 12th century was NOT an era of paganism slowly being overwhelmed by the "new" Christianity. Saxon England, as well as Norman, had been Christian for many centuries. I can accept Herne as a device... though I think Robin could just as well have listened to his own inner voice, as this was also an era of mystics. I'm less happy (despite the entertainment value) with sorcerers returning from the dead and devil-worshipping nuns who can literally incarnate Lucifer. (In this England, the devil, apparently, is real, but not Christ.) However, my five-star rating stands, for the wonderful cast, the creative storytelling, the historical integrity (physically if not spiritually), the tenderness of the romance, and the lovely incidental music by Clannad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Robin Hood ever
First, the picture quality on this Blu-ray is excellent. This has been and still is my favorite representation of Robin Hood. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lotte
5.0 out of 5 stars The series was great.
I couldn't be happier with this series, I was so happy to find them on line. My fave Robin Hood story.
Published 5 months ago by shemp
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Robin Hood Interpretation
I must disclose: I cannot be an unbiased reviewer in this matter. I saw this series (and the episodes in Set Two) as a child, and it holds a special place in my heart; therefore I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Catherine E. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Of Sherwood (set one)
A very sexy Robin, Michael Praed does the Robin Hood legend proud. Tlhe episodes are exciting and the actors very good.
The use of Hern the Hunter adds intrigue to the mix.
Published 8 months ago by Gryphon
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood
I have always been fascinated by the tale of Robin Hood, the man who stole from the rich to give to the poor. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NewAgeMama
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years!
As good a series as I remembered. It really captured the feel of that time in history. A very enjoyable show.
Published 10 months ago by Dr. Vike
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I have been wanting this DVD set for a long time. The shows are as good as I remember. I just wish that Michael Praed had not left the show after the second season. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Valerie K. Gilson
5.0 out of 5 stars as told by
This is the Robin Hood legend as told from the Druid point of view... VERY refreshing and has great substance to it...
Published 19 months ago by Judith Vandermeer
5.0 out of 5 stars old school brillant
awesome pity it wasnt in blu ray.this is the original and the best .stay away from fakes like russel crowe although kevin costners version prince of thieves is mint
Published 19 months ago by A. K. Thain
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version Of A Great Legend!
When I ordered Robin of Sherwood sets 1 & 2 (Blu-ray) I was mainly expecting to relive a series that had a great impact on me when I was getting into adulthood. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jorge Acosta
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