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The Adventures of Robin Hood [Blu-ray] (2008)

Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013N3DSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Robin Hood [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer
Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies featuring vintage newsreel, musical short Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, classic cartoon Katnip Kollege, and Angels with Dirty Faces theatrical trailer
Welcome to Sherwood Forest: The Story of The Adventures of Robin Hood
Glorious Technicolor: Celebrating the revered color filmmaking process
Outtakes
Robin Hood Through the Ages: Excerpts from the 1912 first screen adaptation, Douglas Fairbanks' rousing 1922 silent, and this 1938 version dubbed in German
A Journey to Sherwood Forest: Basil Rathbone and Erich Wolfgang Korngold home movies shot during production
Two classic cartoons: Rabbit Hood and Robin Hood Daffy
Splitting the Arrow: Historical art, costume design, scene concept drawings, cast and crew, publicity and poster galleries
Two vintage short subjects: Cavalcade of Archery and The Cruise of the Zaca
Breakdowns of 1938: Studio blooper reel
Audio-only bonuses: Music-only audio track showcasing the film's Oscar-winning score; The Robin Hood Radio Show; Korngold piano sessions
Errol Flynn trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains. In perhaps his greatest role, Flynn brings Robin Hood to the screen in this thoroughly enchanting adventure about the legendary Sherwood Forest robber who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Directed by Michael Curtiz. 1938/color/102 min/NR.

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186 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flynn's Greatest on DVD at Last! August 21, 2003
Format:DVD
The pinnacle of Errol Flynn's string of swashbuckling adventures...The most expensive film Warners had ever made (until 1938), and in glorious Technicolor, to boot...The film with the most cherished of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's many film scores...The film that literally set the standard for every 'Robin Hood' and 'Knighthood' movie since...One of the greatest films, not only of the 1930s, but of all time...THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD is, in EVERY sense of the word, a CLASSIC, and the new DVD edition is LONG overdue!

The story of Sherwood Forest's favorite bandit had been a movie staple since silent films (Douglas Fairbanks' acrobatic 1922 version was regarded as one of his finest roles), and the WB, riding high on a string of hits by Fairbanks' younger and sexier successor, Errol Flynn, knew they had all the elements in place to create a grand entertainment that no other studio could match!

Originally intended for James Cagney, the property had languished for three years, until Errol Flynn exploded onto the scene, and the studio knew they had the actor 'born' to play the role. Not wishing to run into legal problems with United Artists, who'd produced the 1922 film, an original script, incorporating elements of "Ivanhoe", ancient legends, medieval ballads, a popular 19th century stage production, and a bit of Howard Pyle, was written by Norman Reilly Raine and Seton I. Miller (with some uncredited assistance by Rowland Leigh).
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Classic" Restored October 7, 2003
Format:DVD
Although James Cagney was the original choice, Flynn proved to be the definitive Robin Hood. It is possible but unlikely that a better portrayal of the 12th century folk hero will ever be filmed. The screenplay is based on the works of Sir Walter Scott. The cast is superb. The direction crisp and sure, once Warner Brothers replaced William Keighley with Michael Curtiz. In the latest DVD version, both image and sound are restored to their original clarity. Apparently no expense was spared to give this film production values of the highest possible quality. Although renowned for his indelible portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone could just as easily play the villain which he does in this film as Sir Guy of Gisbourne. His climatic sword fight with Flynn allows both to match wits as well as blades as they make their way throughout the castle. This exciting sequence offers probably the best example of the talents of cinematographers Sol Polito and Tony Gaudio. Special credit should also be given to Erich Wolfgang Korngold's rousing musical score. He also composed the scores for two other films directed by Curtiz and starring Flynn, Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940).
Given the rapid development of various digital technologies, we now tend to take special effects in films for granted. Almost anything seems possible. Not so 65 years ago when The Adventures of Robin Hood was filmed. Curtiz and his crew had to solve all manner of problems to recreate not only Sherwood Forest but an entire medieval society. What they achieved is stunning. Indeed, forests have played an important role throughout centuries of British literature, from Beowulf to Harry Potter.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! October 22, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are a small number of films in the history of Hollywood that can actually be considered perfect. "The Adventures of Robin Hood" with the incomparable Errol Flynn is one of them. With over a hundred reviews already, there is little for anyone to add. I will, however, provide a brief summary as to why this film is indeed perfect, a term I use very rarely.
The cast--the greatest of all swashbucklers at the peak of his charm and athleticism, Errol Flynn-- Olivia De Havilland, a lovely woman, a fine actress and an ideal partner for our hero--Basil Rathbone, oozing evil from every pore--Claude Rains, conniving and sinister as always--Eugene Palette, a jovial yet formidable Friar Tuck--Alan Hale as rough and ready Little John--and on and on--even the most minor character is just right.
The sets and costumes--absolutely gorgeous--the archery contest is just one of many scenes where technicolour shows its stuff !
The Directors--Messrs. Keighley and Curtiz could not have brought this legend to life more expertly.
The Music--unforgettable Korngold score.
Add all these ingredients and you have true cinema magic !
Warner Bros--the DVD is marvellous, and the extras on the second disc ( detailed in other reviews ) provide more treats for the lucky viewer. What a beautiful job !
So--if you have that dreary Kevin Costner/Robin Hood DVD, throw it on the trash heap, and revel in the real thing ! A triumph !
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, this HD-DVD rocks! November 2, 2006
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes this movie looks wonderful in High Definition. Every detail comes through on the transfer, which is better than even the two disc high resolution remastered special edition. On top of that, some of the extras are in HD. The Looney Tunes in HD look AWESOME. If you can, make this movie one of your first HD purchases. Every classic motion picture should look this good in your home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hill is the Real Story Here!
The great Howard Hill does the archery stunt shots in this film,
they are the REAL DEAL, and he plays a bit part also,
every serious archer will... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by sunaj
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good... and in color.
Published 9 hours ago by GLORIA RENDON
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A one Item and seller
Published 1 day ago by ronnie c martin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I is a great movie.
Published 2 days ago by James Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful classic --- among the best of Hollywood's Golden Age
A pretty damsel, a swashbuckling hero, exquisite villainy, a timeless morality play, an excellent script, flawless pacing, good-hearted humor, and lots of action and fun. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Peter F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatest movie, in top 5
Published 8 days ago by Larry Aavang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent one of very few discs that I can keep on watching
Published 10 days ago by Disbeliever
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Robin Hood - Now Better Than Ever!
Errol Flynn has got to be my favorite Robin Hood, and this Blu-ray edition of this, the one and only definitive Robin Hood movie, is simply spectacular! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andrew Murdaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Its very good picture I like it I think I can go in 1200 and meet Robin Hood,
Published 13 days ago by Chandra Kant
5.0 out of 5 stars my grandfather loved
just as described, my grandfather loved it
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