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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, SET 1 (BLU-RAY)

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"The definitive version of the story" --The Washington Post

Transports you to another place and time for thrilling clashes of good and evil

The centuries-old legend of Robin Hood was never more vividly brought to life than in this acclaimed British series. Combining 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 Will Scarlet, and Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisited) as the greedy, conniving Sheriff of Nottingham. Shot entirely on location in English castles and countryside, the series boasts an authentic atmosphere enhanced by an award-winning soundtrack of haunting melodies by the Irish band Clannad. Includes all 13 episodes in Series 1 & 2.

Original episode order as intended by series creator

This Blu-ray was created from a high-definition transfer and restoration of the original program elements. While it represents a vast improvement in picture quality and level of detail over previous releases or transmissions, viewers may notice variable quality due to the inherent limitations and age of the original elements.


Special Features

40-page booklet with extensive production notes

PLUS OVER 8 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES!
Blu-ray (Discs 1-3):
Five episode commentaries
Behind-the-scenes documentary (37 min.)
Photo galleries containing nearly 500 images (24 min.)
Music-only tracks for four episodes
SDH subtitles

Bonus DVD (Disc 4)
Two documentaries about the making of Series 1 and 2 (102 min.)
New featurettes for three episodes (23 min.)
Outtakes (16 min.)
Textless and foreign credit sequences (11 min.)
PDF material including PR, Richard Carpenter’s original story treatment, and several scripts


Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Polish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I bought both box sets of ROS when they first came out on DVD, and they looked pretty good. A little grainy, and washed out perhaps, but that was understandable given the 16MM source, and the relatively low resolution of the format. I was at first a bit skeptical of whether the Blu-Ray release would offer a worthwhile improvement - I'm thrilled to report it DOES!!!! These Blu's look amazing, the color now pops, the image is noticeably sharper, and while there's still some grain, it's film grain, not the noise from compression artifacts. The sound is a huge improvement too, you can hear every leaf rustle as Robin and the gang run through Sherwood Forest, and the Clannad Music - simply awesome! IMHO, Robin of Sherwood, in both the Michael Praed as Loxley, and Jason Connery as Huntingdon incarnations, is the best version of the Legend ever told, and these Blu-rays present the show looking and sounding better than ever. If you're a fan who already has the DVDs, and are on the fence about upgrading, GO FOR IT, it's like discovering this fantastic series for the first time, all over again!
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I have purchased so many versions of Robin of Sherwood over the years, including an NTSC VHS version that was, frankly, terrible.

The DVD version was a vast improvement but there was a surprising amount of grain.

The BD edition is a revelation. The packaging looks great in an oversized box - there are smaller boxes for 3 BDs - but size matters when you are pricing such items.

The BD picture quality, considering the age and the 16mm image source, is quite remarkable. I have been watching the series on a 50" plasma with the 4:3 image zoomed to fill the 16:9 screen. The picture is a bit soft, but very watchable even at such a large size. Some digital manipulation was probably used but is it not obvious. Edges are clean if a bit soft. Colors are vibrant. Sherwood never looked so green. The Robin of Sherwood logo is a zingy yellow and red. Skin tones are realistic. Flames are bright yellow-orange as thatched roofs are torched.

I will not comment on the content because there are a lot of descriptions of the content elsewhere. In summary: Gorgeous Maid Marian in Judi Trott, feral Robin in Michael Praed, feisty Will Scarlet in Ray Winstone, etc.

The set is certainly worth the price of admission. Now we need the Jason Connery episodes on BD. Then my life will be complete.

Herne's son is dead, long live Herne's son.

Addition 1/1/12: Network has released on blu-ray the Jason Connery episodes of Robin of Sherwood in an all-region (A-B-C) edition in the U.K. Acorn will release it in the U.S. in April. Connery (the son of Sean) was not as feral as Praed, but stepped into the series seamlessly as Praed headed for Falcon Crest in the U.S. Worth the price of admission.
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First, the picture quality on this Blu-ray is excellent. This has been and still is my favorite representation of Robin Hood. It was the first time I believe that anyone got the idea to have a young Robin and his band. Nickolas Grace is delightfully wicked as the Sheriff. Clive Mantle is terrific as Little John and by now everyone knows how good Ray Winstone is. Judy Trott is luminously beautiful as Marian and Michael Praed makes the perfect Robin. Gorgeous to look at, he really makes you feel his Robin feels deeply about helping his people fight against the Norman oppressors. You actually feel that you are in Sherwood with them. A great way to spend a weekend.
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This concerns mostly the blu-ray version which I just purchased. I already own several DVD versions and Robin Of Sherwood is by far my favorite version of the Robin Hood legend. I am mad for Robin Hood and have seen just about every version, and loved them all for the most part, with the exception of the ghastly Kevin Costner version. Now on to the Blu ray version of Robin of Sherwood. I was quite happy with the quality. At first I was a bit disappointed in the Blu Ray version. The colors are far more popping and there is less grain. But once I turned on "movie" mode on my telly, 90 percent of the film grain disappeared and the difference between the DVD and Blu Ray was quite decided. We have to remember that despite all the care that went into this series back in 1983, the producers decided unfortunately to go with 16mm film, which shows. But the Blu Ray version has pretty much fixed all that. The colors are far more popping. The costumes are far more detailed and richly colored than I ever noticed, fAbbot Hugo and the Sheriff can now be seen to be dressed in rich velours and silks and velvets. Maid Marian when leaving for Kirkless, her fur hood is now richly red and her clothes are lovely. All this pretty much looked like cheap costumes in the DVD version, but one can see the care and costly fabrics used in the Blu Ray. There is still a soft focus, and I would love to see a good remastering, but the Blu Ray is definitely worth it, and I'm glad I bought it. Long Live Robin of Sherwood. Nothing is ever forgotten.
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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. I had been able to watch poor digital versions of most episodes on the Internet, but I was longing for a better image and sound quality and the whole series.
Well, quality is very good indeed, keeping in mind the original series was aired in the mid eighties. The edition is clean, and it's made a pleasure to watch all these episodes again. English subtitles are pretty lame in some cases, and since my wife is not fully bilingual I've had to play the role of translator. Image and sound quality are good, as I said, as well as the additional materials which include very interesting interviews and funny outtakes.
Television and movies have sure come a long way since the days of Robin of Sherwood, and special effects could probably seem pathetically primitive to someone expecting the full power of digital magic seen on today's shows and movies; back then, this was good enough to make me expect each weekly episode.
I've probably watched every possible movie and TV show about Robin Hood, as well as read almost every book or fragment about this legend, and I must say there's none that can compare to this!
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