Robin Hood-40th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy)
40th Anniversary Edition
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To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Disney proudly presents the unforgettable animated classic ROBIN HOOD on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Experience all the fun, thrills and celebrated music of this legendary adventure with perfect picture and sound! Join Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his hilarious band of Merry Men as they outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won't rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne. One of Disney's most beloved movies is even better on Blu-ray Combo Pack!
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PS: If for no other reason, Disney's Robin Hood blu should make one wonder what on Earth happened with the horrendous Sword in the Stone release!!
To commemorate its 40th Anniversary, Disney proudly presents the unforgettable animated classic ‘ROBIN HOOD’ on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Experience all the fun, thrills and celebrated music of this legendary adventure with perfect picture and sound! This was the 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.
Join Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his hilarious band of Merry Men as they outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won’t rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne. One of Disney’s most beloved movies is even better on Blu-ray Combo Pack! Narrated by Roger Miller.
FILM FACT: Although at least five of the voice-actors utilized were British, the decision was made to cast quite a number of American character actors in the traditional medieval roles. Many of these individuals were veteran performers from Western-themed films and television programmes, which meant that characters like Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham have distinctly American accents and mannerisms. This effect was further reinforced by the choice of country singer Roger Miller as the film's songwriter and narrator.
Voice Cast: Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Brian Bedford, Monica Evans, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Carole Shelley, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Ken Curtis, Candy Candido (uncredited), John Fiedler (uncredited), Barbara Luddy (uncredited), Dana Laurita (uncredited), Barbara Luddy (uncredited), J. Pat O'Malley (uncredited), Richie Sanders (uncredited), Billy Whittaker (uncredited) and Dori Whittaker (uncredited)
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Producer: Wolfgang Reitherman
Screenplay: David Michener, Eric Cleworth, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Larry Clemmons (story) and Ken Anderson (based on: character and story conceptions)
Composer: Score: George Bruns. Songs: Floyd Huddleston, Johnny Mercer and Roger Miller
Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD HR, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese: 5.1 Dolby Digital and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Running Time: 83 minutes
Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Disney's 'ROBIN HOOD,' when I was young, I used to watch this animation film over and over. 'Robin Hood' is simply one of those animation films I've always adored, because I adored it as a child. It's one of the few animation films that always reminds me of when I was a young and brings back a flood of memories every time I watch it. Sometimes nostalgia is just too strong to ignore.
Most of the time 'ROBIN HOOD’ gets lumped somewhere in the middle when discussing classic Walt Disney titles. It doesn't compare to the grandiosity of Disney's run of popular films in the '90s, and it doesn't quite measure up to the stalwart classics of the '50s and '60s. It is, however, a story that ages well, has some memorable songs, and some entertaining action scenes.
It's a simplified tale of 'ROBIN HOOD,' placing anthropomorphized animals in the story. Robin Hood [Brian Bedford] is a fox. He pals around with his bear buddy Little John [Phil Harris], in the woods outside of Nottingham. Their sworn enemy is the cowardly lion Prince John [Peter Ustinov]. Like the many tales of Robin Hood that have come to fruition over the years, Walt Disney's always sticks to the basics. Robin and Little John steal from the rich and give to the poor. They do so with more cartoony antics, but the principle is the same.
Trying to pinpoint why I loved 'ROBIN HOOD’ so much as a child is a difficult task. There isn't any one thing about it that made me love it. Instead there are a variety of aspects I admire about the movie. I remember thinking that it was one of the most exciting Disney animation films I'd ever seen. Archery contests chase scenes, and sword fights in burning castles. It was indeed a harrowing experience for a youngster. Now as I say I loved this animation film from a young age, and it had a great impression on me, as did all other Walt Disney output and this why I also love the whole Disney magic with all his animation films output and this why my other animation film favourites that goes the top of my list are 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Lady and the Tramp,' so 'ROBIN HOOD’ is a good companion.
'ROBIN HOOD’ will never be thought of as one of those classics animation films. That's one of the reasons that it just got a simple 40th Anniversary Edition release instead of a Diamond Edition. Still, it will always remain one of my personal favourites even if just for nostalgia's sake.
Blu-ray Video Quality – 'ROBIN HOOD’ and Walt Disney animation, has given this animation film a much rougher look. The animation has a sketchy feel to it, which is stark in contrast to Walt Disney's later films which are pristinely animated. 'ROBIN HOOD' isn't as rough looking as Don Bluth's signature animation style, but there is certain grittiness to it that people may mistake for a lack of care. As the film opens you'll notice that the opening credits appear to have needed a bit more work. There's some colour fluctuation here and there, colour fills become unstable as the characters run across the screen. The entire opening sequence has an overall gauzy appearance. Once the animation film starts, however, all worry subsides. Colour starts to stabilise and only wavering slightly on occasion. The movie's line art is splendidly captured. At times it might appear "messy" as lines appear and disappear as the animation film moves along, because these give the illusion of specks or flecks that some might think should've been cleaned up, but that's the nature of the animation itself. The rougher part of the animation film gives it the life of its own. Colours are strong and vibrant. Banding is nowhere to be found. As for errant noise, I didn't really notice any that isn't supposed to be there. Disney has done an admirable job in getting this ready for an HD presentation. Sure, a Diamond Edition may have brought out just a tad more beauty, but for what we have here I'm not complaining.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – 'ROBIN HOOD’ has a brilliant 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix isn't the sort of sonic wonder that is provided to the Diamond releases. While satisfying, it does sound a bit hollow at times. With the surround sound aspect of the mix suffering slightly. Most of the animation film dialogue is focused up front and centre. Some cheering and other action is captured in the rear speakers, but it's never really impressive. The best surround sound can be had during the archery tournament and the subsequent chase. Dialogue is clear. I didn't detect any anomalies such as hissing or static. The track sounded clear, free from any sort of troubles that may befall films of this age. The film songs have a great stage to perform. They provide the best all-around audio enjoyment.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Deleted Storyline: Love Letters [1080p] [8:00] This never-before-seen deleted storyline comes courtesy of the Disney Vault, and is constructed of animated black-and-white storyboards. This deleted storyline offering another plan for Prince John to trap Robin Hood.
Special Feature: Alternate Ending [1080p] [5:00] Here we have another lost gem for ‘ROBIN HOOD’ fans, where see an injured Robin Hood is nursed back to health by Maid Marian.
Special Feature: Disney Song Selection [1080p] [8:00] Here with this special feature are Four isolated, subtitled songs from the film: "Oo-De-Lally," "Love," "The Phony King of England" and "Not in Nottingham."
Special Feature: Robin Hood Art Gallery [1080p] [9:00] Here we have a behind-the-scenes look at the original artwork for the film. Artwork on various characters and story points, behind-the-scenes views of artists at work, and selected film posters are put together in this montage.
Special Feature: Robin Hood Storybook [1080p] [14:00] This animation film in storybook form is presented with large type which children can read along with.
Special Feature: Disney Sing-Along [1080p] Here you get to sing along with the film, karaoke style and turns on subtitles only during the musical numbers.
Special Feature: Oo-De-Lally Sing-Along [1080p] [2:00] This is a nice vintage sing-along video. The song is pulled from the beginning of the film and fitted with sing along subtitled lyrics.
Special Feature: Bonus Short: Ye Olden Days  [1080p] [8:19] Mickey Mouse stars in this classic black-and-white short. The short features Mickey Mouse and his friends putting on a musical set in medieval times. Mickey plays a wandering minstrel who saves Princess Minnie from having to marry Dippy Dawg, the Prince of Poopoopadoo. Other characters in this animation short include the King of Kampalazoo and Clarabelle Cow as Minnie's handmaiden. Director: Bert Gillett.
Finally, ‘ROBIN HOOD’ will continue to hold a special place in many fans' hearts. It still has a home in mine. But it's possible to enjoy a trip down nostalgia lane without getting lost along the way. The animation film doesn't hold up next to other Walt Disney classics, and feels more lightweight and aimless than an animated adaptation of the Hood mythos should. Oh, there's still plenty of fun to be had, sure. Just none that grabs hold of the imagination or lingers long after the credits roll. Disney's Blu-ray release is better than ever, with a very commendably re-mastered video presentation and a solid 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track, but a few more supplements would have gone a long way. Even so, ‘Robin Hood’ deserves a place on every Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. It may not be among the best of the studio's animated features, but that doesn't mean it deserves to be forgotten. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
Classic Disney movie about a fox, Robin Hood and... well, I think we all know the storyline, though this one is animated, and told through animal characters. Keeps the attention of the kids and made them laugh. Very nostalgic for me as this was one of my childhood favorites! I'd wanted to share with my young kids and have them enjoy it too.
Some reviewers have discussed the aspect ratio for viewing such as 4:3 v widescreen and so forth. This isn't a brand new movie and I don't think most viewers expect to see a spectacle of engineering here... The songs are great, the characters are funny and the kids enjoyed it. That's all I needed!
In short, without giving away the storyline, if you're looking for an old Disney cartoon to watch, this one is truly one of the best and most comical in my opinion--I think you'll like renting it.
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