Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood, the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing technicolour adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold--music... that became a template for countless later movies, notably John Williams' Star Wars and Indiana Jones scores. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor". Stocky Alan Hale Sr plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks' silent version), Eugene Palette plays the portly Friar Tuck and Melville Cooper is the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin and his easygoing manner is a marvellous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. The ultimate swashbuckler film starring the dashing Errol Flynn in his most famous role is presented for the first time ever on DVD! This painstakingly restored edition of 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood' will be presented in Warner Bros.' dazzling new "Ultra-Resolution" format which allows today's viewers to see parts of the images which were never visible before and sharper detail than in conventional Technicolor release prints.
When Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter), rightful King of England, is captured and held to ransom in Austria, his wicked brother, John (Claude Rains), sets himself upon the throne. Lone knight Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) dares to defy John, and sets out to pay the ransom by stealing from the wealthy as they pass through Sherwood Forest. He is aided by his band of merry men as he takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Melville Cooper) and his henchman, Sir Guy of Gisborne (Basil Rathbone).