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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically inaccurate but still a fun viewing experience.., June 15, 2003
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This review is from: Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (Two-Disc Special Extended Edition) (DVD)
Over the years, it seems that the Robin Hood saga has been a favorite of sorts for film makers to re-invent, manipulate, and showcase again and again. No doubt due to global appeal and the premise of a hero taking from the rich, giving to the poor, and fighting the good fight.
Of all the Robin Hood films ever produced, it's readily apparent that Prince of Thieves relies less on genuine historical accuracy and leans more toward Hollywood flair which still makes for an entertaining film. Despite using no English accent (which appears to grate on some reviewers for some reason), Kevin Costner presents himself well in the role of Robin Hood. Coupled with fine performances from Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, (to name just a few), the story moves at an exciting pace and hits the mark as a stand up adventure movie that doesn't disappoint.
As for the new 2 disc special edition release of this movie, it just got a whole lot better. Not having to flip the disc over any more to see the entire feature like in the first release, you now have a new digital transfer and a remastered DTS 5.1 soundtrack and both are outstanding. On disc 2 you have great bonus material enhancing the value and enjoyment even further. Included is a decent documentary on the making of Prince of Thieves, Bryan Adams performing his music video of '(Everything I do) I do it for you', an interactive mediaeval weapons gallery, cast and crew bios, production notes, interviews with cast and crew, and trailers and t.v. spots.
You don't really have to be a die-hard Robin Hood fan to enjoy this movie. The film has a few flaws and stretches the historical aspect somewhat but it plays out well with plenty of action, adventure, humor, and fun. This special edition release would be a good addition to any DVD collection and I recommend it to everyone.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2009, 5:38:41 PM PDT
Rory Majors says:
Of course it is "historically inaccurate". It is not based on real events. It is a completely fictional story.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010, 1:29:37 PM PST
Despite using no English accent (which appears to grate on some reviewers for some reason),

The reason being that the character is English. Heck even Christian Slater came up with a bit of an accent.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012, 9:57:06 PM PDT
snowcat 60 says:
Kevin is not an "accent" guy -- didn't bother me at all. I LOVE this movie!

Posted on Aug 28, 2014, 6:49:41 PM PDT
Princi-Pal says:
How would a movie about Robin Hood be historically accurate?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014, 10:02:32 AM PDT
Kyle Tolle says:
Maybe they could interview his decendents to see if they archived his heroic deeds and then go from there. Or not.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014, 7:22:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2015, 10:26:30 AM PDT
Regarding your review of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves:

Kevin Costner just did it as price for British investors putting up money for Dances with Wolves. Time magazine in those days had a column "This Week's Winners and Losers," and for week came out had among week's "winners" Errol Flynn "got best notices of career 32 years after death from critics panning Robin Hood Prince of Thieves."
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