The Adventures Of Robin Hood

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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard’s absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

ACTORS :Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Basil Rathbone

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1938

POSTAGE : Free In Australia

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. With his band of Merry Men, he robs from the rich, gives to the poor and still has time to woo the lovely Maid Marian, and foil the cruel Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and keep the nefarious Prince John off the throne.

Glorious Technicolor

 

The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Simply put, this film is the best version of Robin Hood and one of the best adventure films ever made. It’s the golden age of Hollywood at it’s best. Errol Flynn is Robin Hood for me, dashing, roughish, athletic and Olivia deHavilland the most beautiful and charming Marian. Add to that Basil Rathbone and Claude Rains as Sir Guy and Prince John, two of Hollywood’s best character actors. 102 minutes of pure fantasy from a creative team totally on top of it’s game, not forgetting the marvellous Korngold score!

OK, all well and good, but the HD DVD version I bought this week was restored using a process invented by someone at Warners called Ultra Resolution that digitally re-aligns the three strip Technicolor film to the original state it was in when shot in 1938. The result is amazing, the detail is such that you can count the chain mail rings and see the embroidery on the costumes. As for the colour you can see why they used to call it Glorious Technicolor, it’s like a painting brought to life. Stunning. Even my gf, who normally won’t watch anything made before about 1980, came in when the film was just starting and ended up watching the whole movie with me and enjoyed it!

An absolute classic

 
If you’ve never seen this film or perhaps are of a certain age and consider this too old for you then you are missing a classic. This film does not desire to be nor is it historically correct. What it is, is simply a wonderful entertainment playing the Robin Hood legend in full. Every character is rich and the adventure you are invited to follow is wonderful. Errol Flynn is at his physical and romantic best. De Havilland is perfect as the demure yet quietly sensual Maid Marion, and as to Basil Rathbone! What a wonderful villain he portrays. Please younger film buffs see this film and enjoy it as it plays. You are in for a real treat and a fantastic adventure!

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