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The Adventures of Robin Hood back to product details

Outstanding set that is a must own
written by highgrove August 5, 2007 - 7:58 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This film was always a favorite of mine over the years, but I hadn't seen the restoration till borrowing this set recently, and it was like seeing it for the very first time! It's the best restoration of any I have ever seen, the colors look better than films made today, and the film itself has adventure, good humor, romance, and derring-do (epecially the swordplay between Flynn and Rathbone) that make two hours fly by like the singing arrows in the archery competition. You can watch the film four different ways: by itself, by choosing to run it so you only hear Korngold's great soundtrack and turn on the subtitles if you want the dialogue, by running it with film historian Rudy Behlman's commentary (one of the best I've heard on any movie), or as a night at the movies in 1938, with a coming attractions trailer, newsreel, musical short, and cartoon preceding it. And the set is packed with a gazilion bonus features: a documentary on the film, a documentary on previous film versions of Robin Hood, two WB cartoons influenced by the movie, trailers of ten other Errol Flynn movies, Flynn's own documentary The Cruise of the Zaca, the radio program of Robin Hood, and more. All at a price that is cheap for what they're giving you. Great for all ages, and a movie that never fails to delight.

Bright, Frothy Fun
written by Maasgarid December 12, 2005 - 11:49 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This film does not look 70 years old. It looks GREAT. Clearly Warner Bros. spared no expense when restoring this film, because it looks like it could have been made yesterday. Every frame is clear and lively, and everything really pops off the screen.

Technical aspects aside, it's just a great movie. None of the dialogue feels dated, and the action scenes are pretty well done, considering you can actually see what's going on. No jump cuts here (damn you MTV!). Some of the horseback scenes had me cringing and wishing the SPCA had been formed sooner, though.

Literally anyone can watch this film. There's nothing offensive in any of it, but it's still exciting and interesting. Highly recommended.

SHINING MOMENT: The costume design. I still think it's impossible to be stealthy in a forest when you're wearing the Amazing Technicolor Tunic(TM) (tights and sequins sold separately).

written by Brockton December 15, 2003 - 12:15 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I saw this movie awhile back on VHS and concluded that only one thing could have improved it, and that would be a color restoration. Well, they've done it with this new DVD release. The colors are fabulous.

This movie is a marvel of casting (not only the principals, like Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Olivia deHavilland, and, one of my all time favorites, Claude Rains, but the support cast as well--not a single misfire), direction, and script (you won't find a better mix of action and humor).

A warning to those who may be too hip for this simple bill of fare: This movie contains no cynicism. It's just straight-forward fun.

Highly recommended for those of you with elementary school age children.

I'd give it three thumbs up, if I had an extra hand.


(Average 7.79)
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