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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) [HD DVD] (1938)

Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Michael Curtiz , William Keighley  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
  • Writers: Norman Reilly Raine, Rowland Leigh, Seton I. Miller
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke, Jack L. Warner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0RR76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing Technicolor adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor." Stocky Alan Hale Sr. plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks's silent version), Eugene Palette the portly Friar Tuck, and Melville Cooper the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin Hood, and his easygoing manner is a marvelous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

A classic tale of Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood robs the rich to aid the poor, tries to rid England of Prince John's tyranny and gain the hand of the lovely Maid Marian.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Buckles the Swashes Like Errol December 8, 2003
"You speak treason!"
- Maid Marion and Robin Hood, respectively
Still one of the best lines between love interests in cinema history. I've been watching this movie since I could talk. When the VCR would boot up, I'd put on my blanket/cape, leap on my plastic rocking horse, grab my cardboard sword, and act out the best Robin Hood movie ever made as it played out on the screen.
'Course, I don't do that any more (not sober anyway), but when I first saw the DVD edition of the Errol Flynn classic, it truly made me feel like a kid again. And that's something that I can say for a handful of other movies, if that many. Many have tried to recreate the magic of this movie over the past sixty years, but none has been able to come close to being as good.
Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood. But this 1938 film told the definitive story of the knight who turned rebel when the evil Prince John and his #1 lackey, Sir Guy of Gisborne (played to perfection by Basil Rathbone) cross the line in villianhood. It's not just Errol Flynn's irrepressable performance as the legendary outlaw that makes the film. Olivia Dehavalen (yes, I KNOW I spelled that wrong) played the slightly unorthadox, for the time, Maid Marion, and the rest of the cast, from Much the Miller to Little John to Friar Tuck were perfectly cast and marvelously performed. It wasn't just the wonderful duels or tense chase scenes, it was the people who populated this world that made you truly BELIEVE, despite the green tights, that this was the true vision of Robin Hood.
The DVD was worth the wait. The video looks better than it has. . . well, ever. There have been numerous restorations on this movie (it was made more than 60 years ago), but this is by far the best.
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184 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flynn's Greatest on DVD at Last! August 21, 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Classic" Restored October 7, 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outside of the animated Disney version this is my favorite on screen...
Outside of the animated Disney version this is my favorite on screen adaptation of the Robin Hood book. It, in my opinion, still holds up quite well 80 years later.
Published 2 hours ago by Jason Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars but my favorite version of Robin Hood
Very cheesy, but my favorite version of Robin Hood. Especially love the sparkly costumes.
Published 16 hours ago by libertygrl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Your Library
One of my Top 10 Movies of all time.
Published 1 day ago by Walter Sasiadek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies of all time.
Published 2 days ago by Geri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 8 days ago by BILLY GORSE
5.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoy this movie
I truly enjoy this movie. For me, no one does Robin Hood better than Errol Flynn. Movie was excellent quality too, was original copy not a grainy copy.
Published 9 days ago by kodaka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 days ago by Thomas A. Baligad
5.0 out of 5 stars I grew up with this film and it is exactly ...
I grew up with this film and it is exactly as I remembered it. Brought back fond memories of my childhood in the 60s.
Published 15 days ago by Ronald G. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Errol Flynn and my grandsons enjoyed the sword fights
Published 16 days ago by christy oakes
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of extras makes this one of the best Blu-rays ever...
The classic film about the derring do of the knight of Nottigham played with assured wit and wile by Errol Flynn. Read more
Published 18 days ago by THowerton
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