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The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1938 | 102 min | Rated PG | Aug 26, 2008

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (19.45 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
Based on 22 user reviews

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Romance58%
History40%
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The Adventures of Robin Hood

 (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

In Michael Curtiz's swashbuckling spectacle about the infamous outlaw and his band of merry men who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor," Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland). Flynn joyously embraces the role widely considered the best of his bountiful array of swashbuckling legends. Delivering his lines and performing dashing acrobatics (he did most of his own stunts) with breezy elan, he darts across the intricate sets of The Adventures of Robin Hood as if there are rocket boosters secreted in his tights. It was one of the earliest films to use three-colour Technicolor and, at the time, the most expensive film Warner Bros. had produced. Erich Wolfgang Korngold's outstanding score won an Oscar, as did the art direction and the editing.

For more about The Adventures of Robin Hood and the The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray release, see the The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette
Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Many of Warner's blasts from the past are transferred from the best available sources and rendered with terrific detail on Blu-ray. The Adventures of Robin Hood follows suit. The vibrant Technicolor presentation may appeal more to the gamer crowd and animation fans, ironically enough because the colors are over the top, as if digitally enhanced. But there are few telltale signs of digital manipulation. Brightness and contrast seem to be pumped up and edges seem to be enhanced but it's not a result of tinkering with the VC-1 transfer. There are no washed out areas or enhancement artifacts. More importantly, this is the way Technicolor movies were supposed to look 70 years ago. As for the film grain, it's there but barely visible and never intrusive. Noise and dust specs are also minimal. Warner did a hell of a job cleaning up this gem.

There are two schools of thought about noise: 1. get rid of it without sacrificing the soul of the picture and 2. leave it in to allow audiences to get as close as possible to the source material. Studios invariably go for the cleaner approach for Blu-ray, and as long as the picture is not totally DNR'ed, it has paid off. The Adventures of Robin Hood is a prime example. Watch the scene where Robin Hood appears up on a hill along the road where Maid Marian and the others are riding. The colors are so vibrant they pop off the screen. Skin tones appear more subdued than greens, reds and blues. Sherwood Forest in particular comes alive with detail and hues of foliage. Fantastic color is on display throughout, sourced from the original Technicolor.


The Adventures of Robin Hood Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

To Warner's credit, Casablanca's sound was not overprocessed by the development of a multichannel track. And in fact the sonic merits of the Dolby Digital track are good, considering the aging source material. Dialog and music have good presence although the voices do not appear open as in well-recorded, modern films. The depth was lacking, as the soundstage was not just narrow, due to the lack of stereophonics (it's a monaural mix), but also shallow in terms of front-to-back imaging.

The audio is clean but without the definition apparent in the video. The prevailing view at Warner and among many HT fanatics is that older movies do not deserve a high definition, lossless audio track. I don't subscribe to that fallacy. There is tremendous detail to mine in old analog recordings, and The Adventures of Robin Hood qualifies as a worthy title. Two things about the DD track bother me. First, it ignores the capabilities of the Blu-ray format and does not even attempt to deliver superior audio resolution to Blu-ray adopters shelling out significantly more money to replace Warner's DVD titles. Secondly, the mono isn't assigned to the center channel but to the front L/R as if the audio engineers are still targeting stereo systems of the 20th century. Someone needs to send Warner a welcome note to the new millenium. Warner needs to understand that its target audience now has a center channel speaker.



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