Adventures of Robin Hood Volume 1
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 28, 2004
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Greene & Alexander Gauge|
|Directed by||Daniel Birt|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Episode 1 - The Coming Of Robin Hood: Robin comes back to England after fighting in the Holy Wars only to find that the evil Sir Roger DeLisle has stolen his family's castle and land. This early episode tells how Robin Hood first got his name and attained his noble mission.
Episode 2 - The Borrowed Baby: Robin and his band are accused of stealing a shipment of gold. The aristocrats suspect that Lady Marian is acting as a spy to protect Robin from his nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Episode 3 - The Final Tax: Friar Tuck comes up with a plan to do away with a hated property tax that the feudal lords have imposed on the poor serfs, but the Friar needs Robin Hood's men to help to pull off his plan.
Episode 4 - The Ambush: Robin Hood attempts to rescue a young prince - the heir to the throne of England - from the clutches of the boy's evil uncle, the power hungry Prince John (Donald Pleasence).
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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"The Adventures of Robin Hood" was one of the very first series produced in England to grace the shores of North America. It was broadcast on CBS for three seasons, from 1955 through 1958, and then went into syndication and ran in the early 1960s. A number of episodes were written by several writers of the "Hollywood Blacklist" of the 1950s, including Ring Lardner, Jr., providing the show with a level of writing not ordinarily associated with a weekly television series.
Like a number of shows from the 1950s, a large number of episodes from "The Adventures of Robin Hood" have fallen into the public domain. Various video/DVD companies have released mostly ragged looking episodes from the series. Having seen the vast majority of these releases, I can state, without hesitation, that the first two volumes from Alpha Video are the very best releases of the series currently available in North America (circa Winter 2005) and are of "near broadcast" quality. Volume 1 includes the premiere episode, "The Coming of Robin Hood," and, unlike another company that has released this episode with about a minute and half of missing footage, Alpha's version is complete and uncut. I've also found that Alpha's "Robin Hood" releases contain episodes that, for the most part, are not found on other "Robin Hood" DVD collections. The only negative about the first two volumes is the fact that incorrect end credits appear on one episode on each of the volumes. This is a problem that has plagued most "Robin Hood" releases and is a minor annoyance given the superior visual quality.
This series will appeal to fans of classic television, costume adventure dramas, and imported British TV series. Highly recommended.