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Robin of Sherwood: Set One (1983)

Michael Praed , Anthony Valentine , Alex Kirby  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Praed, Anthony Valentine
  • Directors: Alex Kirby
  • Format: 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L21290
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robin of Sherwood: Set One" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A classic series comes to DVD December 27, 2006
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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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk into the Mystic Forest 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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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
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a wide release March 13, 2007
By Lavode
For those not able to get the "Robin of Sherwood Complete Series" Region 1 box set put out a few years ago, this release is a long time coming. It appears that all the special features in the box set are reproduced here, so there is nothing new that early adopters are missing. For those who are not yet aware, this is perhaps the best Robin Hood television show ever produced, and it has tremendous staying power. Both Robin the commoner and Robin the nobleman are woven into this series, which makes it unique.

True, Michael Praed (later replaced by blonde pansy Jason Connery) and his crew are pretty darn clean for living out in the woods, but it just wouldn't be as much fun to watch a bunch of scruffy, dirty ruffians. Also worthy of note are the guest appearances by Richard "Riff Raff" O'Brien. So throw your verisimilitude out the window and sit down to some quality yarn spinning!
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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 4 days 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 2 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 3 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 14 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 16 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 16 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 17 months ago by Jorge Acosta
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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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