Robin of Sherwood Set One DVD Review–One Of The More Epic Versions
We’ve seen a lot of versions of the Robin Hood story. Multiple movies, a cartoon featuring anthropomorphic animals from Disney, at least one television series from the folks at BBC, and now, Acorn Media sent out a copy of one more: Robin of Sherwood.
Robin of Sherwood takes us back, way back, to the whole medieval period of England back before it was an empire. Young Robin, following the death of his father, has to grow up and take up the mantle of the resistance against the oppressive regime of the Sheriff of Nottingham and the like. But this time, it won’t be just archery that runs the day here, but also just a little magic getting thrown in to make this a really rather full featured experience.
Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I saw magic figure in heavily to a dose of Robin Hood, and this one actually does a nice job. The soundtrack is a bit weird, heavy on the synthesizer, but then I discovered that this was originally made back in 1984, well, then it suddenly made a lot of sense.
One problem I had with Robin of Sherwood is that the subtitles only occasionally match the dialogue. This isn’t a huge problem, you understand, but really rather irksome. Aside from that, it’s definitely a winner. It’s a huge, sprawling epic lasting fully seven hundred minutes (or just short of twelve hours), and this is just Set One.
I was very impressed by this. Some of Acorn’s stuff, especially their older stuff, has shown its age. But Robin of Sherwood is not only a fine presentation for an English television show from the eighties, but has a downright timeless quality to it that’s not only surprising but welcome.
Folks, if you’ve got any love at all for the Robin Hood mythos, you’re absolutely going to love Robin of Sherwood. It’s terrific stuff, well acted, well put together, and downright credible. It’s a treat. A downright treat to watch, minor subtitle issues aside, and it’s not every day I find something that I can actually refer to as a treat.
The Screenhead Ten Scale hands over a full ten, once again (we’ve had a lot of those lately, and while I’m glad to see it it still doesn’t quite sit right), out of ten to Robin of Sherwood, a series that’s going to put on a fantastic show with terrific performances, credible plotlines, annoying synthesizer music, and all the action you could hope for from an installment of Robin Hood.