The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Overview

Warner Home Video's special edition of Michael Curtiz's The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) rivals the company's earlier special DVD editions of Casablanca and Singin' in the Rain. The film-to-video transfer offers resolution and color rivaling that of even restored theatrical prints, and is the first home-viewing edition to exceed the quality of the Criterion CAV laserdisc of more than a decade past. In addition to the movie, the DVD comes with an optional commentary track by Rudy Behlmer, perhaps the foremost ...
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Overview

Warner Home Video's special edition of Michael Curtiz's The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) rivals the company's earlier special DVD editions of Casablanca and Singin' in the Rain. The film-to-video transfer offers resolution and color rivaling that of even restored theatrical prints, and is the first home-viewing edition to exceed the quality of the Criterion CAV laserdisc of more than a decade past. In addition to the movie, the DVD comes with an optional commentary track by Rudy Behlmer, perhaps the foremost expert in the history of Warner Bros., who takes viewers on an entertaining tour through the movie, its history (including the origins of the Robin Hood legend and the original Warner Bros. notion of doing the film with James Cagney), its actors, directors (which included several beyond William Keighley and Curtiz), various creative hands, and the crew. By itself, that would justify the cost, but the second disc comes complete with outtakes, a chronologically related Warner Bros. blooper reel, a pair of thematically related Warner Bros. cartoons (the better of which features Bugs Bunny), a radio broadcast version of the story, a portrait of Errol Flynn, home movies of Basil Rathbone, and documentaries about the making of the movie and about Technicolor in the 1930s. All of this material, in tandem with Behlmer's work, makes the disc good for about a week of entertainment. The set is well organized, following the same pattern as on the Casablanca two-disc Special Edition. The first disc is the primary part of the release, and is a state-of-the-art creation. The Academy ratio (1.33:1) film is a full-screen release with no 16 x 9 enhancement needed or desired -- the sharpness is downright astounding at various points. The audio has been set at a healthy volume that brings out the boldness of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score, which Behlmer delves into in detail in his discussion. It's little known today, but The Adventures of Robin Hood very likely saved Korngold and his family from a terrible fate. The Viennese composer had hesitated to take on the movie, thinking it didn't offer him anything as a composer, and had returned home, when he was advised by a friend with better political instincts not only to accept the project, but also to arrange to bring his whole family to Hollywood while he worked on it -- they got out of Austria not too far ahead of the Nazis coming in. Both discs open automatically on menus that are nicely structured and allow the viewer to roam freely over their contents.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new 65th-anniversary digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Revealing documentaries on the movie's making and the Technicolor process; Audio commentary; Outtakes; Music-only audio track; Leonard Maltin hosts "Warner Night at the Movies" 1938, with trailer, newsreel, musical short, and cartoon; "Robin Hood Through the Ages"; Home movies; More vintage cartoons, short subjects, and studio blooper reel; Galleries of art/photo/publicity materials and Errol Flynn trailers; Audio-only extras: Radio show and Korngold scoring session
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Adventures of Robin Hood is one of the screen's greatest adventure films and an excellent example of how the studio system's production-by-committee method could create synergistically what, in that era, likely could not have been created by any single force. The hero behind the camera is co-director Michael Curtiz, who was installed by the corporate chiefs at Warner Bros. midway through production. Curtiz had little to do, though, with the impeccably selected cast. Errol Flynn may not have been the studio's first choice, but he is the screen's greatest Robin Hood. Among the film's many pleasures, you can watch for the meticulous attention to detail that was a hallmark of Curtiz's work. Incidentally, if you're wondering how the special effects were done on the split arrow stunt, there were no special effects. The astonishing shot was performed by professional archer Howard Hill who needed only one take.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 012569513129
  • Original Release: 1938
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,657

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains Prince John
Patric Knowles Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette Friar Tuck
Alan Hale Little John
Melville Cooper Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter Richard I the Lionheart
Una O'Connor Bess
Herbert Mundin Much-the-Miller's-son
Montagu Love Bishop of the Black Cannons
Leonard Willey Sir Essex
Robert Noble Sir Ralf
Kenneth Hunter Sir Mortimer
Robert Warwick Sir Geoffrey
Colin Kenny Sir Baldwin
Lester Matthews Sir Ivor
Harry Cording Dickon Malbete
Howard Hill Captain of Archers
Ivan Simpson Proprietor of the Kent Road Tavern
James Baker Philip of Arras
Lionel Belmore Humility Prin
Hal Brazeale High Sheriff's Squire
Edward Dew Outlaw
Herbert Evans Seneschal
Austin Fairman Sir Nigel
Alec Harford Outlaw
Holmes Herbert Archery Referee
Peter Hobbes Outlaw
Leyland Hodgson Norman Officer
Olaf Hytten Outlaw
Crauford Kent Sir Norbert
Marten Lamont Sir Guy's Squire
Wilfred Lucas Archery Official
Charles McNaughton Crippen
Leonard Mudie Town Crier
Janet Shaw Humility's Daughter
Reginald Sheffield Herald at Archery Toumament
Val Stanton Outlaw
John Sutton Richard's Knight
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
William Keighley Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Blanke Producer
Fred Cavens Consultant/advisor
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Howard Hill Consultant/advisor
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Norman Reilly Raine Screenwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Adventures of Robin Hood
1. Credits and Foreword [3:16]
2. Sir Guy Gets the Point [3:01]
3. A Problem Saxon [3:11]
4. Uninvited Guest [2:32]
5. Escaping Guy's Castle [4:34]
6. Pass the Word [3:37]
7. Little John [3:22]
8. An Oath [1:44]
9. Messages Via Arrow [2:22]
10. Friar Tuck [5:39]
11. Welcome to Sherwood [5:03]
12. Hosting Nobility [3:51]
13. Reward Enough [4:25]
14. Escorts Homeward [1:44]
15. Archery Tournament [4:31]
16. Tightening on the Target [4:21]
17. Captured [2:37]
18. Marian Wants to Help [4:44]
19. Snatched From the Noose [4:25]
20. Love Declared [5:33]
21. Kent Road Tavern [3:04]
22. Secret Loyalties Uncovered [4:00]
23. Munch's Mission [3:30]
24. In the Best Hands [4:31]
25. Coronation Day [3:06]
26. Swords and Other Weapons [2:47]
27. Guy vs. Robin [2:26]
28. The Lady's Hand [3:04]
29. Cast List [:36]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Adventures of Robin Hood
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Author and Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
      Music-Only Track
      Warner Night at the Movies
         Introduction by Leonard Maltin
         Play All
         Angels With Dirty Faces Theatrical Trailer
         Newsreel
         Freddie Rich and His Orchestra
         Katnip Kollege
         The Adventures of Robin Hood
      Flynn Trailer Gallery
         Play All
         Captain Blood (1935)
         The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
         The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
         Dodge City (1939)
         The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
         The Sea Hawk (1940)
         The Dive Bomber (1941)
         They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
         Objective, Burma! (1945)
         The Adventures of Robin Hood (1948 Reissue)
         Kim (1950)
         The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
      Awards
      Cast & Crew
   Languages
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      English Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
      Continue
Side #2 -- Additional Bonus Material
   Special Features
      Glorious Technicolor
         The Science of Color
         The Forgotten Pioneer
         Fairbanks to the Rescue
         Independent Spirits
         Selznick Takes the Plunge
         From Oz to Tara
         Technicolor Stardom
         Technicolor Artists
         Technicolor in England
         The Business of Show
         End Credits
      Welcome to Sherwood: The Story of The Adventures of Robin Hood
      Looney Tunes
         Rabbit Hood
         Robin Hood Daffy
      Short Films
         Cavalcade of Archery
         The Cruise of the Zaca
      Robin Hood Through the Ages
      A Journey to Sherwood Forest
      From the Cutting Room
         Outtakes
         Breakdowns of 1938
      Audio Vault
         5/11/1938 National Radio Broadcast: The Robin Hood Radio Show
         Erich Wolfgang Korngold Piano Session
            Play All
            Love for Love - Escape Me Never
            Main Title - Kings Row
            Love Theme - The Adventures of Robin Hood
            Finale - The Adventures of Robin Hood
            The Nocturne - The Sea Wolf
            Love Theme - Thye Sea Hawk
            Love Theme - Kings Row
            Tomorrow - The Constant Nymph
            Panama Theme - The Sea Hawk
            The Ship - Captain Blood
            Love Theme - The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
            Love Theme - Anthony Adverse
      Splitting the Arrow Galleries
         Historical Art
         Costume Design
         Scene Concept Drawings
         Cast & Crew
         Publicity & Posters
   Languages
      English
      Continue
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Robin Hood that has never been surpassed!

    Many would consider 1939's "GONE WITH THE WIND" as the perfect fiction to film transfer, but there is at least one other, from the previous year: "THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD", starring Errol Flynn. It is the perfect example of actors perfectly cast, and directors, writers, costumers, and set designers giving the project their all. The result is a classic, a cinematic storybook for all ages that holds up beautifully, to this day, over 70 years later. Furthermore, it leaves all subsequent versions of Robin Hood - British, American, or otherwise - in the dust!
    Let's begin with the star: Errol Flynn, at the height of his powers, proved that he was born to play this role. It is shameful that he was never even nominated for an Oscar! He is given fabulous support: by Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Melville Cooper, and Montagu Love as his slimy adversaries; Alan Hale, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, and Herbert Mundin as his "Merry Men"; and Olivia DeHavilland as the fair Maid Marian! Who could ask for more? The Technicolor photography is exquisite, the camerawork and set design absolutely perfect. Warner Brothers was the perfect studio for this sort of filmmaking, especially with talent on hand such as composer Erich Korngold and director Michael Curtiz (both of whom would work with Flynn two years later on "THE SEA HAWK"). Truly Hollywood filmmaking at its best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great classic film.

    I used this film as part of a medieval unit for 6th grade students. They had the choice of this movie and a much more current day film. Most choose this film, which surprised us. The best part was that they loved it and they were "glued to it" for most of the movie. I think that says a lot for the quality of the film. After all it was made in 1938 and kids and adults still enjoy it today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best-Loved and Most Fun-Loving of All Sherwood Forest Capers

    'The Adventures of Robin Hood' was the second film to be made based on our hero in green tights. The original silent version starred Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and, although in this version Errol Flynn lacks something of Doug's viceral masculinity (he does look a tad feminine in those tights), Flynn more than makes up for this shortcoming with bravado, charm and dialogue! The film concerns Robin¿s (Flynn) attempt to steal from the rich and give to the poor. His run ins with the law, of course, immediately brand him an outlaw to the temporary aristocracy helmed by the evil Prince John (Claude Rains) and his diabolical henchman, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone). Olivia DeHavilland - long a Warner stock romantic lead, costars as Maid Marianne. At first she abhors Robin¿s bravado to which she associates deception, but later learns of his charitable work and succumbs to his sexy good charm. From that point on it is all sword-fights and high comedy in this effortless and masterful swashbuckler from director, Michael Curtiz. Unfortunately, Warner's transfer is a mixed bag. After a beautiful main title sequence we get several opening shots that are excessively grainy. Here and there the grain structure crops up - particularly in long shots. Because it's not consistent it tends to look glaring when it does show up. Although the negative looks better than ever before there continue to be chips present throughout. Also, there's NO EXCUSE for the aliasing and edge enhancement that crops up every now and then - once again, particularly in long shots. Extras include documentaries, audio commentaries, featurettes, musical outtakes, trailers and oh, just too, too much to discuss herein - almost 4 hours worth. You really get your money's worth with this disc! Bravo! Considering the vintage of the film elements and, in considering how bad the film looked before, Warner Brothers has achieved a monumental restoration effort. If they could get a handle on the digital mastering they'd really be off to the races! Still, A MUST HAVE for any classic film buff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They have used all their powers.....

    While there have been 60 years to review and appreciate the movie, the news here is that this ancient ghost has been re-created in such fine style that for the very first time we can see it almost as it would have appeared on cinema screens at its release. The sound is still tinny, but the pictures are magnificent. You'll watch it over and over. And with the option to switch off the dialog and just hear the music, Korngold steps to the podium and steals the show. Pure movie enjoyment. Kudos to the restorers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Timeless Classic - Unsurpassed

    Errol Flynn was born to play the role of Robin Hood, and he played it better than anyone ever has or probably ever will. During an interview to promote his film, “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, the smug and arrogant Kevin Costner referred to Errol Flynn’s version of the movie as “hokey”. Fifty years from now the public will still consider Flynn’s ''hokey'' version as the best, but they won’t even remember who Costner was or what movies he was in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    A Timeless Masterpiece

    ''Brilliant'' is a word that only begins to describe ''The Adventures of Robin Hood.'' It is a timeless masterpiece that captures all the finest qualities of the art form: the cast, particularly Errol Flynn as Robin; the acting; the dialog; the direction and cinematography; the sets and costumes; even the color film stock; and certainly not least, Eric Korngold's classic, incomparable score. If I were given the nearly impossible task of chosing the best film ever made, this would be it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    THE Robin Hood to own!

    This is a simple yet magical movie. It is much like the Wizard of Oz - it simply cannot be improved upon. The casting is also superb. Just as Judy Garland IS Dorothy, so too Errol Flynn IS Robin Hood. This timeless classic MUST be put on DVD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Simply The Best

    Quite simply,THE greatest film ever made (in my humble opinion!)Flynn,Rathbone,et all are superb,the colours are fabulous,etc.etc. This was the first film that I videotaped (back in '82) and I wouldn't dream of throwing it out even tho' it's virtually black and white now after repeated playback. It was shown a few years back on satellite tv complete with an original screen trailer(fantastic!) Why isn't it on dvd? is there anything we fans could do to arrange this? Long live Sir Robin Of Locksley!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Best Movie Of All Time!

    This movie is phenomenal. It is the best Robin Hood movie and possibly the best Errol Flynn movie (Captain Blood is close). The cast is great, the scenes and great and the story is timeless. I've burned through 2 VHS copies, working on a third. Went to see the re-release 2 years ago. Absolutely fantastic! Must have in DVD format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    A true screen classic...a treasure not to be missed!

    THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD is a classic telling of the famous legendary outlaw--and over the years it has lost none of its charm. Delightful action, swordplay, romance and humor--and an impressive cast headed by Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains--all classic stars at the height of their appeal. Wonderful Oscar-winning background score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold gives added dimension to this treasure of a film. Flynn and de Havilland are perfectly cast as Robin and Marian--and Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains make perfect screen villains. A gorgeous to look at film in the new three strip Technicolor makes the forest and castle settings glow with a life of their own. Not to be missed! Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Editing, Best Original Musical Score, Best Art Direction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    DVD For Robin Hood

    Without a doubt the greatest Robin Hood. Erroll Flynn will always be Robin Hood for me. Wish they would make it in DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2002

    Superb

    This is the best Robin Hood film of all in time - in my opinion. It is time that it was released on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2002

    great old fashioned movie

    Excellent movie. Lot's of fight scenes & humor. Just plain fun.

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