Disney’s Robin Hood Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my experience with the product.
This year, Disney is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the animated feature film Robin Hood by releasing it for the first time on Blu-ray in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with Digital Copy. Robin Hood arrived on Blu-ray August 6th, 2013. This is one you definitely want to add to your collection—especially if you’re a fan of The Aristocats or The Jungle Book; you may recognize the voice of Phil Harris or Monica Evans!
The legend of Robin Hood and his merry men dates all the way back to either the 13th or the 14th century; he is the subject of ballads that have been passed down in England from century to century, until the more famous version of the story stuck: he was a archer and swordsmen who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor and lived in Sherwood Forest. So while we’ll likely never know if he was a real person, stories of Robin Hood have certainly entertained us as new TV shows and movies come around every couple years.
But for me, the most familiar Robin Hood story of all is Disney’s Robin Hood. It stands out so much in my mind because talking animals with human attributes fill the shoes of Robin of Locksley, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Little John, just to name a few of the characters I have grown up watching. It’s a delight to have this film with updated picture and sound—my daughter has no idea that this movie is even older than I am!
Disney’s Robin Hood tells of a dark time in England when beloved King Richard has left the kingdom and his brother, the greedy Prince John, has taken the throne. Prince John’s high taxes have caused all of the King Richard’s people to become poor and destitute. If they cannot pay their taxes, they end up in prison—even the children!
One crafty fox dares to stand up to Prince John; Robin, the most wanted man in all of England, comes up with a plan to steal all of John’s riches from right under his nose to give them back to people. In the meantime, Robin and the lovely Maid Marian are rekindling their childhood love.
Disney’s Robin Hood is fun, romantic, and even full of laughter—there are a few places where it seems that all hope is lost, but Robin Hood is always a sure bet. If you haven’t seen this Disney classic since your childhood, make sure you bring it home on Blu-ray so your kids can fall in love with it, too.
“Love Letters”—Deleted Story Line See an entire story line that was removed from the film, involving Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and Prince John.
Alternate Ending—There was another ending that almost made it into the film. Check out how it could have ended.
Art Gallery—a look at the art in Robin Hood
Robin Hood Storybook—The tale of Robin Hood in shortened form, so young ones can read the story onscreen
Sing Along—Songs and scenes from the film so you can read the words and sing, too
“Ye Olden Days” Mickey Mouse Short—A classic Mickey Mouse short with a medieval theme, featuring Dippy Dawg, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie.