Robin Hood (a fox) and his merry band of animals steal from the rich and give to the poor. It just so happens that most of the riches come from the greedy paws of Prince John (a lion). He constantly has his henchman, the Sheriff of Nottingham (a wolf), collect taxes from the poor animals of Sherwood Forest to line his own pockets. Even though Robin is wanted by Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, he risks his life to enter an archery contest and win the hand of Maid Marion (a vixen).
This classic has everything we’ve come to expect from a Disney movie. Basically, it’s filled with talking animals in the roles of characters dancing and singing merrily. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but the story in between more than makes up for the moments I sit waiting for the crooning to end.
Much like The Aristocats was a product of its jazz and big-band cultural surroundings in 1970, Robin Hood features a soundtrack influenced by the folk artists of that same period. It fits the atmosphere of the movie perfectly. There’s no doubt children and fans of Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, and other singer-songwriters will be delighted.
The audio and video hi-def transfers for the Robin Hood 40th Anniversary Edition breathes new life into the film. The picture is as clean and clear as it ever has been. The 5.1 surround sound will make viewers feel as if they’re in the middle of Sherwood Forest and all the action.
The Robin Hood 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray comes with an impressive array of special features. We get a deleted storyline entitled “Love Letters” and an alternate ending. “Disney Song Selection,” “Disney Sing-Along,” and “Oo-De-Lally Sing-Along” all provide the opportunity for families to join the characters from the film in song. An art gallery and storybook are included as well. It also contains a classic black and white short starring Mickey Mouse entitled “Ye Olden Days.”
Disney collectors and lovers of animated films in general will want to get their hands on the Robin Hood 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. It’s an essential piece to every family’s home entertainment library. An elegant restoration and ample amount of special features make this a must-have.
The Robin Hood 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is available now.