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It was a worthy attempt by Kevin Costner to retell the Robin Hood story. There were times it seemed a little too revisionist in its telling (I like Stephen Lawhead's trilogy re-telling better). Overall, I liked the movie when I saw it in the theatres. I bought this one primarily because it was an extended version of the movie (with additional footage added in) and it was a 2-disc set.
It was interesting. It makes a Moor (a Muslim) a sympathetic character, the friar a buffoon, and the 'head priest' a corrupt official. The Moor seemed to have some wisdom beyond his time, but it was still fun watching how Robin and his men reacted to the advanced knowledge of the sciences that the Moors did have at the time.
I thought what they did with Will Scarlet was also an interesting twist. It reminded me of what they did in the most recent movie version of 'The Count of Monte Christo.'
Kevin Costner's inability to maintain an English accent was hilarious. There are some scenes where it seems like he goes back and forth with his accents; it is rather humorous. Morgan Freeman does an awesome job portraying the dignity and loyalty of the Moor's friendship with Robin. The sherriff was definitely over the top, and some of his comments comparing Christianity with the Celts seemed more a Hollywood statement than the general belief(s) of the time. They made a lot of changes in that several of the characters are now related to each other in varying degrees of kinship; that was an interesting twist.
Overall, an enjoyable movie. Not Oscar-material (in my view), but still good.
A classic movie, many versions produced and remade multiple times throughout the years. All good, but just not great! ............UNTILL NOW ! A must see, for the entire family! A fun, adventurous, action packed modern twist of a wonderfull story. A must see for fans of Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Guaranteed you will want to watch over and over again. As for being a 2-disc special edition extended version......yep yep, lots of extra goodies to enjoy!
One of my favorite movies. Being a descendent of this area of England, I love to watch movies of this time and area. Robin Hood must have lived to have been a part of the English lore that we have always enjoyed. This movie goes into a historical part of the man and his followers, providing an interesting idea of what it was really like to have lived in this age of sorcery, politics, classes of people, and thier lifestyles.
Robin and the maid Marion products of societies' good fighting evil, as the Crusaders fight the heathen, the evil sorcerists fight against the Christians, etc. Their relationship becomes entwined with the matters of the day and the need to overthrough evil with good.
The woodsy setting is so believable as to have actually been the place where Robin Hood actually met his band of "Merry" men. The forest with its beautiful little river is the perfect place to have filmed this movie. One would think without actually knowing that this place must be the Sherwood Forest a place where legends are born. Other sets in the movie may be man made but this place is a true creation of God. It is beautiful. The other sets are so defined and displayed that they are also deemed as real.
The people are so true to life with the exception of Kevin Costner who does not sport the English accent. But he is very good at making you believe that the accent doesn't matter any. He has the cocky-ness of a son of an English Lord. He also displays the impish character of this type of person. The "Sherrif" of Notingham is so dastardly that he is amusing. He really acts like a spoiled brat raised by wicked person who spoiled him rotten. And the Blessed Marion - so beautiful, so raised to her position in life, is functionable as one who serves her peoples, is witty, and despite all, so human.
This movie doesn't let the audience down with other characters [who are usually nothing but boring]. They are so realistic and so down to earth with their passions for life, living, and their pursuits of happiness. The characters all are so realistic that they seem to be perfect extractions of this era and place. The settings are also realistic. This is no spoof of Robin and his "Merry Men" it is a realistic movie with plenty of emotional action in it. And the way it ends is also perfect - with Sean Connery as who else but King Richard. That was perfect.
This is one reason that I have worn out 2 VHS movies and now I will wear out the DVD. Also, my father's people were from an area close to Sherwood so I can watch this and I can compare these people to my ancestors that came to the USA hundreds of years ago.
This is one Great movie!
Over the years, it seems that the Robin Hood saga has been a favorite of sorts for film makers to re-invent, manipulate, and showcase again and again. No doubt due to global appeal and the premise of a hero taking from the rich, giving to the poor, and fighting the good fight.
Of all the Robin Hood films ever produced, it's readily apparent that Prince of Thieves relies less on genuine historical accuracy and leans more toward Hollywood flair which still makes for an entertaining film. Despite using no English accent (which appears to grate on some reviewers for some reason), Kevin Costner presents himself well in the role of Robin Hood. Coupled with fine performances from Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, (to name just a few), the story moves at an exciting pace and hits the mark as a stand up adventure movie that doesn't disappoint.
As for the new 2 disc special edition release of this movie, it just got a whole lot better. Not having to flip the disc over any more to see the entire feature like in the first release, you now have a new digital transfer and a remastered DTS 5.1 soundtrack and both are outstanding. On disc 2 you have great bonus material enhancing the value and enjoyment even further. Included is a decent documentary on the making of Prince of Thieves, Bryan Adams performing his music video of '(Everything I do) I do it for you', an interactive mediaeval weapons gallery, cast and crew bios, production notes, interviews with cast and crew, and trailers and t.v. spots.
In conclusion, this is a good movie.
A true love story for all ages. Kevin Costner steals your heart in this tale of Robin Hood while the evil Sherrif and Costner's side kick steeal the show with clever one-liners that make this a wonderful and entertaining movie for everyone.
Best Kevin Costner movie ever. Morgan Freeman was great. Best version of a Robin Hood movie of all times.
The action, the adventure, and the romance were both thrilling and touching respectively. It includes an excellent cast...with Alan Rickman who did an outstanding job as the Sheriff of Nottingham you love to hate, Kevin Costner as the hunky Robin Hood (ok so his accent was bad...he was still really good in this role)Morgan Freeman as Azim: Robin's Moorish friend from the crusades, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as the lovely Maid Marian. If you love movies packed with action, heroics and a touch of romance, watch this movie.
The theatrical version is one of my favorite movies of all time, stemming from my adoration of it starting in my childhood. So I am a bit biased towards the film.
The extended edition is a treat for long-time fans of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. This longer version gets you 12 minutes of extra footage with several scenes expanding on the movie; some of which may surprise you. I found some of the extra footage to slow the pacing down from the theatrical version, and thus recommend the extended edition only to long-time fans. Newcomers to the film should definitely watch the theatrical release.
First off, I love this movie! It's completely full of action and humor, has an incredible cast, and it's one of Kevin Costner's best. I've had it since its release in the early 90's on vhs and decided to upgrade it to my dvd collection. The down side is; the movie just goes black in the middle of a scene and goes to the main menu without any warning. We thought something was wrong with the disc. You have to flip the dvd over about half way through to finish the movie. The movie is only 144 minutes...aren't dvd's suppost to hold several hours of info?!? This means you can't just sit on your couch and enjoy the movie all the way through. Someone has to get up to open the dvd player, flip the disc, and start play again. This may seem trivial & isn't life threatening, but it's very annoying if your a big "movie night" person. It may not matter to some people, but I would have bought a different dvd version if I had known about it.
I have always loved this movie. My wife and I decided that it was missing from our collection and when I saw that there was a special edition out I went looking for it. There are a lot for sale, all the way up to $30. Keep looking on Ebay and there will be one for under $20, like mine! I especially like the additional scenes with the sherrif of nottingham. Good sound and picture for home theater systems.