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Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - Extended Version - Bd
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Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, and Sean Connery star in the Extended Version of this historical action-adventure breathing new life into the legendary, swashbuckling hero who defends the poor and battles the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in England's Sherwood Forest. After Robin barely survives a watery skirmish with Little John (Nick Brimble), the two become allies, and Robin joins forces with Little John's band of robber thieves, along with a philosophizing Moor (Freeman). The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
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I have written this review from a bluray bought from Azda Video as the original order from The Monster Book Shop via Amazon was a total disaster, order presumed lost and no help from the The Monster Book Shop at all in traceing the order, seems to have been an unsecured Royal Mail delivery, rubbish.
Costner plays a great Robin and I think he portrayed the complex nature of Robin's character brilliantly. Freeman was hilarious and bad-ass, as usual. He made a great and loyal friend and accomplice and I loved the banter between the two of them. Marian was actually NOT annoying and was very likeable (which is a rarity in Robin Hood adaptations). Also, Alan Rickman was a BEYOND FANTASTIC villain. Seriously.
A lot of people would describe this as a guilty pleasure, but I don't think that way at all. I genuinely think this is a brilliant film and can't understand when people get all critical, particularly over the accents. From what I've read, American accents are a lot closer to what the old British accents would've sounded like, than our own modern British accents nowadays. And I really liked the fact that nobody tried doing a British accent - it always ends up sounding ridiculous. This, thankfully, was not a problem in this film and was just another reason why I loved it.
Robin Hood is fun and action-packed throughout and you really get attached to all of the characters. Plus, I loved the music in this (not just Bryan Adams, but the actual score).
Please, pass on the Russell Crowe version and pick this up - it'll be the best choice you'll ever make!
The basic premise is Robin returning from the crusades after escaping near death with a fellow warrior in tow (Morgan Freeman). Upon finding his father murdered and land burned at the hands of the sheriff, revenge is sworn.
This Blu-Ray contains the extended cut of the film which adds around 12-13 minutes of footage to the theatrical cut. This mainly comprises of scene extensions and sub plots which were deemed to slow the pace of the film, certainly a welcome restoration as some cuts were kinda obvious on the cinema release (such as the sheriffs aides lack of speech half way through, due to tongue removal). Also on the disc are two features with the cast discussing the film, two audio commentary tracks, isolated music score and a live performance of the chart topping 'Everything I Do' from Bryan Adams.
The main feature's video and audio quality is very good and a welcome upgrade from DVD, extras are in standard definition but still good non the less.
The Blu-ray extended cut and extras make for a great value disc and I have loved revisiting my teenage memories of this fab film. The rendering wasn't quite as crisp as I would expect for HD but it's better than SD.
Titles start with the Bayeux tapestry.this was about events 130 years previously!
Only an American would travel from Dover to Nottingham via Northumberland and Hadrians wall. It may seem like nit picking but it spoils the film with such glaring errors.
Now the plus side. Morgan Freeman was quality and accurately depicted that the Moors/Arabs were light years ahead when it came to technology and common human decency and tolerance than your average Norman/Saxon.
Alan Rickman and Geraldine Mckewan were a good double act, and Rickman stole,the film IMHO.
For a fiver it was a good buy.
It's great to see this film uncut for the first time in the UK since it was in the cinemas - this 12 cert version is a full 18 years overdue!
Note though that this is the extended version of the film, with roughly an extra 12 minutes of footage. Personally, I'd have preferred the theatrical version - or the choice of both (this is blu ray after all).
The transfer quality is not the best, but is perfectly adequate, and there's a decent selection of special features too.
The menus are a bit basic, but I view this as a good thing as it keeps the useful resume functionality (enabling you to stop the film and pick up from where you left off - as you can with DVDs), which is a function sorely missing from blu ray discs with flashier interfaces.
On the whole then, a great addition to your collection, especially if you don't own it already on DVD.
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves Extended Edition - 155 min (DVD Release Date: 28 Oct. 2019)
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves Theatrical Edition - 137 mins (DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009)