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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot


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  • Actors: William Russell
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019BI0WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The British television series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Round Table to life in these lavish and detailed television productions by the renowned ITV network. Many of Britain's finest actors of the time took part in the series. William Russell played Lancelot, both Bruce Seton and Ronald Leigh-Hunt played King Arthur, Guinevere by Jane Hylton and Merlin the Sorcerer by Cyril Smith. The supporting cast was equally strong, too, including a very young Patrick McGoohan cast in a small role. The producers took great care to be historically accurate in re-creating the Arthur legend, using background material researched at Oxford University. To re-create 14th Century Britain, an entire pre-Norman Conquest village, complete with sheep and goats, was constructed at the huge Nettlefold Studio sound stages in Walton-on-Thames. Allington Castle in rural Kent, home to Ancient Britons, Romans and Saxons, was used for location shooting, lending grand visuals to the re-created court of King Arthur. TMG brings you the complete Adventures of Sir Lancelot, all thirty episodes in this 3-DVD boxed set. They are your passport to the lost world of Sir Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, a world of mystery and magic, chivalry and honor.

Customer Reviews

My whole family really enjoyed it!
Tadriendra Greenleaf
William Russell is very believable as Sir Lancelot, and Robert-Leigh Hunt the best King Arthur.
Skybound
The sets, costumes and props give the modern viewer a look at life in court.
Eddie Mo

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
Format: DVD
"The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" (NBC, 1956-57) was one of several costume adventure series produced in England that followed the very successful release of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (CBS, 1955-58) a year earlier on CBS. Produced by Sapphire Films, the company that produced "Robin Hood" and "The Buccaneers" (CBS, 1956-57), "Sir Lancelot" brought the legend of King Arthur and Camelot to the small screen. Although it only lasted a single season, "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" is historically important in the annals of television history as it was the first British television series with multiple episodes produced in color.

"The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" was issued on DVD in its entirety in England by a company called Network, but previous U.S. DVD releases have been limited to a few selected episodes on discs such as The Adventures of Sir Lancelot Volume 1 and The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, Vol. 1. With the release of this 3-DVD, 30-episode set from Timeless Media, those previous releases are no longer necessary for anyone collecting episodes from the show; this release has it all. The series' entire run of 30 episodes is included in this set and the audio/visual quality, while far from perfect, represents a major improvement over all previous U.S. DVD releases of the series. Most importantly, 12 of the 14 color episodes that were produced have survived the ravages of time and are included in this set.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ursus Somnolicus on June 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Before you buy this, please understand what you're getting. Don't expect any continuity with previous Arthurian tales. Try to ignore the charaters' names and let the stories speak for themselves.

As to those stories, it's clear that this series was aimed at a young audience. In short order Lancelot 'adopts' young Brian to serve as his squire, and Brian proceeds to steal the show. Each week will dish up another problem for Lancelot to solve, and Brian's help will be essential.

Given this youthful focus, and the mores of the time, it's no surprise that this series delivers peril without tragedy, and combat without bloodshed. Humorous moments are plentiful, and any flirtation between Lancelot and Guinevere is strictly courteous (in the original sense of the word).

Within these boundaries the series provides a lot of good, clean fun. The characters are quite engaging. I'm especially fond of Merlin, who's more showman than sage. Lance is on to him, but they quickly come to an understanding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on May 21, 2007
Format: DVD
The latter half of the 1950s and early 1960s saw numerous historical costume adventure series produced in England for export to the United States. In the wake of the very successful "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (CBS, 1955-58), the same production company, Sapphire Films, began production on two new series for the 1956-57 television season, The Buccaneers: The Complete Series for CBS and "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" for NBC. "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" starred William Russell (later of "Dr. Who" fame) and was similar in structure to the "Robin Hood" series in that both shows' heroes attempted to right the wrongs of their respective times. The two shows, along with "The Buccaneers" shared many of the same writers, directors and production crews. While these shows were originally made for a juvenile audience, they can be easily enjoyed by adults thanks to good writing and acting. In fact, many of the scripts came from black-listed Hollywood writers using aliases, and viewers will see numerous social justice themes throughout these series. Although a highly entertaining show, "The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" only lasted a single season, the victim of poor ratings against "Make Room for Daddy" on ABC and "The Burns & Allen Show" on CBS.

"The Adventures of Sir Lancelot" has had an official release of the entire series in England, but there has never been an official release of the series in the U.S. Instead, there have been several releases of episodes that have, presumably, fallen into the public domain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Joey D on September 14, 2009
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The series is as I remember it...It is not only fun to watch, but the stories are a heck of a lot better than most of the stuff today...
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By counterrev on January 9, 2009
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This is a cutesie little 50's offering, but no Robin Hood or William Tell. This one strays even farther from any possible connection with history...I think the main difference is that this one can't decide if the protagonist is a hero or a comedian. The Round Table is presented pretty much as a collection of characters, none of whom are particulary outstanding in any way. None of the crises that arise are particularly interesting or important. One gets the feeling that England is a sort of medieval Gillegan's Island...but without the laugh track...which sounds like a plus, but if you had it, you'd at least know when they were TRYING to be funny...I recommend Robin Hood and William tell, and even Buccaneers, over this series---still, it's better than what's being turned out now...
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Has anyone watched these DVDs of the episodes of this series who would like to discuss them? I saw the show when it aired in 1956 as a child and was enchanted with it then. I recently purchased the entire series and am still enchanted with it, through the eyes of an adult. It was a nostalgic... Read More
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