Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (Walt Disney Treasures)
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(Nov 11, 2008)
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"Dr. Syn," which was based on British novels and legends explained on a fascinating documentary also included on disc one, is a Robin Hood or Zorro of sorts. But the difference is that Dr. Syn is a highly respected minister who completely fools the pompous bad guys. Yet, in this three-part series, the villains are fleshed out and not caricatured. The dignity and seriousness of the drama holds up beautifully today without the slightest sense of cliché.
In this 2-disc set, you get all three WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR hours with introductions by Walt himself, plus the edited feature-length version released theatrically in Europe in the 60's and then in the U.S. in the 1970's. But the aspect ratio of the original print has been restored for this release so you'll even see the television versions in more depth than before, with gorgeous restored prints and sound that especially brings out the lush musical score (I wish it was on a separate track!)
And speaking of music, you'll get to see who sings the haunting "Scarecrow" theme--Terry Gilkyson, who also wrote "The Bare Necessities," along with George Patterson and The Wellingtons. The only detail left out is that The Wellingtons are best known for singing the Gilligan's Island theme in its first season (there's more about them in "Mouse Tracks").Read more ›
Now, it finally gets its release and I can't wait!
Does anyone know if there any extras on it? A Leonard Maltin introduction and history of the TV series/Movie would be great.
Joth (Scarecrow) Gambold UK
Essentially an updated Robin Hood style tale set in the 1700s it's a great family movie. While it is a bit dated now compared to other swashbuckling summer blockbusters (after all, it was made for TV originally) it offers a simple moral story and excellent acting, especially by Patrick McGoohan, who plays the title role.
I loved this show as a kid, and it's well worth revisiting, young and old.
This is a laboriously baffling turn. I saw Dr. Syn advertised upon release and thought excitedly that I had my mother's Christmas all sewn up. But, like an idiot, I assumed a big ticket holiday release would at least last for the holiday shopping season before receding into that miserly Disney oblivion where so many of our favorites have languished over the years. As a result of my waiting nearly a month I had to shell out twice the msrp to make sure my mom gets a copy, and some are going on ebay for twice that!
So thanks Disney for the impressive Christmas tease. Oh, and while I'm at it, Thanks for Beverly Hills Chihuahua...you deranged psychos.
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Love the extra scenes. Great product. Too bad it was so hard to find.Published 8 months ago by Ann Greer
Purchased this classic when it was released. I owned a video store at the time and only purchased one copy but is as good as I remember from when I was a kid. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Charles