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  • Summary: The great Hollywood swashbuckler and the very definition of classic Technicolor design. Warners has used digital technology to perfectly register Robin Hood's original Technicolor negatives, restoring its vibrant color: the reddest reds, the bluest blues, and of course, the greenest greens. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. 100
    Made with sublime innocence and breathtaking artistry, at a time when its simple values rang true.
  2. Reviewed by: Elliott Stein
    Robin Hood is movie pageantry at its best, done in the grand manner of silent spectacles, brimming over with the sort of primitive energy that drew people to the movies in the first place.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Only a spirited and extravagant production could do justice to the Robin Hood legend; this film is more than equal to the task. Korngold's score won a well-deserved Oscar, as did the editing and art direction.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Film is done in the grand manner of silent-day spectacles with sweep and breadth of action, swordplay and hand-to-hand battles between Norman and Saxon barons.
  5. 75
    Is it a silly movie? At times, yes. Is it creaky and blatant and obvious? Quite often, absolutely. But should you miss it in this splendidly colorful restoration? Not on your life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    Poor, silly RogerW. This is not the Robin Hood directed by Ridley Scott, this is the classic and stellar Robin Hood directed by Curtiz. Sometimes I truly wonder if anything this generation is a significant contribution to cinema, or if t he vast majority of films are mass produced piles of crap. Classic films like this might not be as whiz bang as the current releases, but it seems the the budget and focus could go into the actors and the scripts. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    The Adventures of Robin Hood is a classic movie, with simple-yet-true values and its charming performances. Errol Flynn is the perfect Robin Hood, and the movie is the perfect treat for movie watchers. Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2014
    The knee-jerking reaction of watching this Technicolor swashbuckler is holy cow how is it possible this picture was made in 1938? Its brightly rich palette, advanced back projection technology, meticulously tailored garments and detailed mise en scène, must be cutting-edge and it did cost a great amount of fortune to make it happen, the most expensive film for WARNER BROS. at its time, but the reward was also colossal.

    read the rest of my review at my blog, google "cinema omnivore".

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