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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest DVD Review

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest DVD Review



Synopsis: Cornel Wilde (The Greatest Show on Earth) stars as the son of Robin Hood in this lavish Technicolor swashbuckler. William of Pembroke, Regent of England imprisons the young King of England, and moves to repeal the Magna Carta returning England to autocratic rule. Robert of Huntington (Wilde) joins his father and his reunited band of men to save the boy King and England from tyranny. Anita Louise plays Lady Catherine, Robert’s love interest. The cast also includes Jill Esmond (Random Harvest), Edgar Buchanan, George Macready, Russell Hicks (as Robin Senior), Lloyd Corrigan and many more. Tony Gaudio, the accomplished cinematographer (who shot the Errol Flynn version of the story in 1938) once again uses the Technicolor palette to bring Henry Levin’s lush conceptualization of the Robin Hood tale to the screen. This is among the very finest depictions of one of England’s most fabled heroes.

Review: This feature film from 1946 is one of four new releases from Sony that we'll be spotlighting this week.  The new Robin Hood film is coming to the big screen and in honor of that we thought we would feature some of these more classic depictions on DVD Legion for you.

Firstly, I enjoy vintage film.  If you don't, then this may not be for you.  If you can appreciate vintage film, then this is a very enjoyable version.  The technicolor is a bit eye-jarring at times, but its so much fun.  Cornel Wilde is a fantastic Robin and story is a ton of fun.  The supporting cast all do a fantastic job of bringing this version of the Robin Hood tale to life.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars