Robin of Sherwood: Set Two
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(Oct 09, 2007)
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History meets myth in a critically acclaimed classic
Connoisseurs of the Robin Hood legend call this action-packed British series the standard by which all other adaptations are measured. Rich with authentic historical detail and cunning plot twists, Robin of Sherwood adds a bit of sorcery and mysticism to the swordplay and social justice that have made the heroic outlaw so endearing and enduring. In these tales, the young nobleman Robert of Huntingdon (Jason Connery, Shanghai Noon) assumes the mantle of the fallen Robin of Loxley. Guided by the forest spirit Herne, he reassembles Robin's band and resumes the campaign against the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham. Children and adults will thrill to Robin's feats of derring-do in the mysterious, misty depths of medieval Sherwood. With an award-winning score by the traditional Irish band Clannad. Includes the final 13 episodes of the series.
OVER 9 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES!
- Nine commentary tracks
- Two retrospective documentaries
- Behind-the-scenes footage
- Clannad: Scoring Robin of Sherwood
- U.S. credit sequence
- Cast filmographies
- And more!
Remains the definitive version of the story -- The Washington Post
"Great exploration of the legendary hero" -- BlogCritics Magazine
3½ stars, this remains one of the most unique and satisfying tellings of the legend yet put to screen. -- CS Weekly
It's still the best TV rendition of the legend, offering plenty of swordplay, entertaining performances, mysticism and pagan magic. -- DVD Talk
Transports viewers to another place and time -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Very good. -- San Francisco Chronicle, October 2007
Top customer reviews
The series originally ran for 4 seasons on British TV ... seasons one and two comprise "Part 1" (5 disks) of Acorn Media's DVD collection, and star Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley. Seasons three and four comprise "Part 2" (5 disks) of Acorn's DVD collection, and starred Jason Connery as Robert of Huntington. After wrapping at the end of season 4, the series went into syndication, and was re-aired here in the States in the late 1980's on Showtime ... I was one of the fortunate few who not only knew about the series back then, but also owned a VCR, so I was able to tape it - although the image quality of the masters used by Showtime was depressingly mediocre.
The series went on to develop a small but very loyal cult following. The soulful Celtic-themed music by Clannad (back when they were relatively unknown), the presence of old magic and myths comes to life (Herne the Hunter, Crom Cruac, witchcraft, etc.), and excellent performances by Ray Winstone (Will Scarlet -arguably the best actor on the series), Nickolas Grace (Sheriff of Nottingham), and Michael Praed (Robin of Loxley) all combined to make for a very enjoyable and nostalgic series. It just worked.
Now, here we are 20 years later, and at long last, this little known cult series has been re-released on high-quality DVDs (hooray !), so that it can be seen and enjoyed anew - not just by it's original fans, but by a new generation of viewers as well.
Highly recommended set. Very well done for a TV show and only a bit dated looking at times.
But the series was continued . . . Herne the hunter picks a new champion . . . Robert of Huntington (Jason Connery) the son of an Earl, to pick up where Robin of Loxley left off. Robert initally denies Herne, saying he could never take Robin's place as the Hooded Man. But when Marion (Judi Trott) is kidnapped by the evil Lord Owen of Clun, he is faced with the task of finding the rest of the band to help free her. This mission brings them together and the group sees that while Robert is not like their former leader, there is still goodness in him and his heart is in the right place. Marion still grieves for her former husband and despite Roberts obvious interest in her she is reluctant to give her heart to another man who can break it. The finale was awesome, Marion gives her heart to Robin who vows he will NEVER leave her, the evil Gulmar (Richard O'Brian) returns with a monsterous creation intent on killing Herne the Hunter, a cliff-hanger yet (thankfully the writers DIDN'T kill this Robin off . . . well, not exactly) . . . but there was no happy ending for this Robin & Marion either.
Very well created & highly recommended viewing, definitely a classic. Personally I liked the first Robin of the Hood (Michael Praed), but the writers of this series were quite successful in introducing the new Robin of the Hood (Jason Connery) for this second set (no easy task).