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The Real Robin Hood

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Who was Robin Hood? Did they really have tights in the Middle Ages? While making the 2010 feature film, director Ridley Scott also produced this special documentary to separate reality from Hollywood. It explores how Robin Hood the myth was really a composite character made of several real men and what those dark times were really like. 2010/color/94 min/PG/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Dominic Kinnaird, Lockhart Ogilvie
  • Directors: M. David Melvin
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, M. David Melvin, Brandon Carroll, Christopher G. Cowen, Dan Gates
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EQN63A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Real Robin Hood" on IMDb

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Terrific documentary on Robin Hood, aired by the History Channel as counter-programming to mark the release of the Russell Crowe movie. History Channel is really good at that. Examines the origins of Robin Hood, the roles of each of the principles in his group of Merry Men, political relationships of the era including an explanation of Robin's status as a yeoman, an excellent demonstration of weaponry available to people of the era, and more. "Must have" for those with an interest in the medieval and in one of the greatest heroes in English history. You will not be disappointed.
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This documentary was made along with the movie "Robin Hood" starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Through reputable historians, the DVD takes a look at several parts of English history that show that "Robin Hood" probably existed, mainly through verbal stories handed down through the ages, and by establishing that certain members of the "Merry Men" actually existed. References were also found about "Maid Marian." The weapons expert displayed the weapons of the age, and how they were so lethal and vicious, e.g., staffs, swords, daggers, clubs, axes and of course, the longbow supposedly used so skillfully by Robin. We now know where the word "Hood" for criminals likely came from. The movie also clearly illustrated the high powers and authority, representing the noblemen, possessed by the Sheriff in every district.
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The legend began in Nottinghamshire between 1180 and 1280 A.D. Robin Hood was born into the serf or yeoman class, neither rich nor poor, but became an outlaw, an outcast. There were thousands of outlaws living in the forests of England. Robin Hood and his followers, the Merry Men, lived in Sherwood Forest where deer and edible leafy greens, berries, and nuts were abundant. The law prohibited them from hunting deer and cutting wood, but they sought freedom from these constraints and the laws that enslaved people to the King. Richard the Lionheart was born in England, one of five sons of Henry II. Richard came to the throne in 1189, and he was king for 10 years. He also ruled large areas of France and was at war with them where he was killed in battle. King Richard's younger brother, Prince John, acceded him. Because the Crown was bankrupt politically and financially, King John had to raise taxes many fold, and he became unpopular and an abysmal failure. He took so much money from people that they had to rebel and fight back. The Magna Carta was written by barons that stipulated rules the King must follow. King John signed it on June 15, 1215, promising to abide by it, promising not to impose unjust taxes, and that he would listen to his knights, barons, and dukes, giving them a voice as in a parliamentary government. When he dumped the Magna Carta, the barons revolted and civil war broke out in September 1215. King John rode to northern England to rally support but fell ill to dysentery and died October 13, 1215. His 9-year-old son, Henry III, became King, and the Magna Carta was reissued in his name. The Magna Carta is a charter similar to the Declaration of Independence.Read more ›
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More an advert for the Russell Crowe movie than an insight into the historical Robin Hood. Good production values make it watchable but as a bona fide doco it is a bit lacking.
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Not as good as the other History Mysteries made in 2003 - I think. That gives more detail about the historic Robin Hood. This is more a promotional piece for the movie director Ridley Scott did on Robin Hood.
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I saw this on the H2 channel and knew I would want to add it to my collection. Contains quite a bit of information on the possibility of the "real" Robin Hood, and also about the era in which he existed. I really like this DVD and wished it could have been longer.
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I loved the way it not only explored the background of the Robin Hood legends, it gave me a very vivid sense of what England and the world were really like back then--how they lived, how they fought, the injustices of the time--and why the real Robin Hood--if he existed--was a true hero.
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Really just and ad for the Crowe movie. About half of this is excerpts directly from the movie. The rest was eggheads with accents trying to impress us with their edumacation (and talking about the movie). I love Robin Hood and I love to learn about him. I didn't like this. The movie wasn't great either, but expect a sequel since the movie left off where the most well known part of the Robin Hood story begins. The movie was really just speculation on what happened to Robin Hood during the crusades.
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