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Robin of Sherwood: Set One

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The centuries-old legend of Robin Hood was never more vividly brought to life than in this acclaimed British series. Combining real 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 Scarlet, and Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisted) as the greedy, conniving Sheriff of Nottingham. Shot entirely on location in English castles and countryside, the authentic atmosphere is enhanced by an award-winning soundtrack of haunting melodies performed by the Irish band Clannad. Includes all 13 episodes in Series 1 & 2.
  • Commentaries for selected episodes (Vols. 1, 2 & 4)
  • Two retrospective documentaries
  • Outtakes
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary The Electric Theatre Show, with bonus footage
  • Textless title sequences
  • U.S. title sequences
  • French title sequences
  • Cast filmographies

When Robin of Sherwood debuted in 1984, it revolutionized the legend of Robin Hood with a young, scruffy Robin (Michael Praed, later to appear on Dynasty) and his ragged, rough-and-tumble band of thieves. Fusing the derring-do of the traditional story with a more Arthurian magic element (ranging from druidic visions to outright black magic), Robin of Sherwood was an immediate sensation. Unfortunately, not all revolutions age well, and some viewers may have trouble getting past Robin's flowing 1980s hairstyle or the Clannad soundtrack, which seems to have been played on the cheapest, tinniest synthesizer available. More open-minded audiences will enjoy the show's virtues: Gritty, realistic medieval sets and costumes; an amusing blend of feudal politics and occult danger (episodes featured everything from possession to love spells to devil-worshiping nuns); a scenery-chewing performance from Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisited) as the Sheriff of Nottingham (the bad guys always have the most fun); and the surly presence of a young Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) as Will Scarlet. All the classic characters are there, including a dewy Lady Marion, towering Little John, plump Friar Tuck, and more. Though sometimes cheesy, Robin of Sherwood never slid into camp, and fans appreciate its earnest interpretation. Set 1 includes the 13 episodes of the first two series, along with a bonus disk of retrospective interviews with the cast and creators, outtakes, and other appealing features. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes in series 1 & 2
  • Commentaries for episodes 1 & 2
  • Two retrospective documentaries
  • Outtakes
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary: The Electric Theatre Show, with bonus footage
  • Textless title sequences
  • U.S. title sequences
  • French title sequences
  • Cast filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Praed, Anthony Valentine
  • Directors: Alex Kirby
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L21290
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robin of Sherwood: Set One" on IMDb

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Lee Freeman on April 23, 2007
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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 By The Hegemon on December 27, 2006
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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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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By I. Stewart on 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 By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2007
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Sawyer on March 23, 2007
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Like lots of other reviewers of this item, I've waited a long time for this classic 1980's British TV show to come to Region 1 DVD and now that it's finally available I'm ecstatic! For me, "Robin of Sherwood" is the definitive version of Robin Hood, so much so that I've never even cared to watch Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" movie, nor the recent big-budget adaptation by the BBC (okay, I have watched Disney's "Robin Hood" though). Furthermore, I would go so far as to say that it is one of the finest, most entertaining shows ever produced for television. The acting is first-rate, the writing is very often strong, the directors take full advantage of the locations (be it in a forest or a castle, with some beautiful scenery shot on film mostly in the north and west of England), the lighting is perfect, and the characters are believable, three-dimensional people with whom the viewer can sympathize. On top of all this, and despite's own review, the title music and incidental music provided by Irish Celtic band, Clannad is wonderful and perfectly enhances the atmospheric mood of many a varied scene. I couldn't imagine any other music to accompany the show.

Another aspect of this show that makes it so great is the fact that it marries the legend of Robin Hood with some mythical themes, such as Robin's relationship with the `ghost' of Herne the Hunter, said to have once been a huntsman employed by King Richard II. Robin turns to Herne for advice and guidance from time to time making Herne something of a father figure for the young outlaw. Medieval superstitious beliefs also add to the mythology and occasionally play a part in some of the storylines, particularly witchcraft.
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Full screen? Very disappointing...
Are we thinking of the same show? Robin of Sherwood is a 20 year old TV series, and 20 year old TV series were not done in that format. Any widescreen presentation would involve masking the top and bottom of the screen meaning you'd be getting less picture rather than more.
Mar 5, 2007 by DPK |  See all 3 posts
I'm guessing it will come in 3 sets. I believe if I remember right that it ran for 3 years, so I am thinking they will put each season in a set. I hope they do not do the same thing the UK did and split each season into 2 parts. I watched this series when it first came on TV about 23 years ago,... Read More
Jan 29, 2007 by C. Bremer |  See all 6 posts
Is this going to be Region 1 encoded?
Yes, it will be Region 1. I had pretty much figured so since they've already released the entire series on Region 2. But I decided to check the company that is releasing the set's site. Here's what it said:

On DVD March 13, 2007

The acclaimed series, digitally... Read More
Feb 4, 2007 by Anthony K. |  See all 6 posts
Audio Quality
Mine was the same, but it depends on what DVD player I use. It sounds fine on my Panasonic, but you can't hear what anyone is saying on my very cheap PANDA. Try a different machine.
May 1, 2007 by R. Denton |  See all 3 posts
The Greatest Enemy
I had thought it obvious that "the greatest enemy" is Death (always near Robin, sometimes at his shoulder) and that this foreknowledge helped him meet his end with such grace.
May 22, 2007 by Peggy Stone |  See all 4 posts
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