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Robin Hood (40th Anniversary Edition)

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Tuesday Aug 6, 2013
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Disney celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its twenty-first full-length feature "Robin Hood" with a handsome Blu-ray "Special Edition" of the 1973 classic. If you are a fan of Disney film history -- or you long for something more amusing than Kevin Costner in tights -- than it’s certainly a valuable flick to add to your collection.

Be warned: it’s not a chick flick. Little boys will be thrilled by Robin Hood’s adventures but the more feminine audience members might just look longingly at their abandoned tea set for 83 minutes. It’s certainly fit for "Family Movie Night," but you might have to follow it with "Beauty and the Beast" in all fairness.

For those who haven’t seen it, "Robin Hood" follows our titular hero and his friend Little John as they carouse from one "daring deed" to the next, all in an effort to save Nottingham from the greedy, thumb-sucking, fiendishly funny Prince John. It helps that along the way the foxy hero might win the hand of beautiful maiden Marian and restore the throne to John’s brother, King Richard. And really, who doesn’t love a sibilant sidekick called "Sir Hiss." Watch it girl!

Director Wolfgang Reitherman ("The Jungle Book" and "101 Dalmatians") keeps the film fast-paced, amps up the comedy and augments the action with fantastic music like "Love" (Academy-Award Nominated), "Oo De Lally" and "Not In Nottingham" by Roger Miller.

Admittedly, buying a copy of the film will pad the coffers of Disney -- hardly giving to the poor -- but if you’re feeling bad, you could always grab the Russell Crowe version as well; that flick certainly needed a helping hand.

Special Features Include:

- Never-before-seen deleted storyline. (There’s a reason it was deleted, but you can discover that yourself.)

- Alternate ending. Robin Hood dies and Nottingham falls to the evil machinations of Jafar. Just kidding.

- Robin Hood art gallery and storybook. One for the kiddies, or a sleepless night.

- Sing along with the movie. For your neighborhood showtune night (we know you’re having them. They’re called "Facebook privacy settings," you fool.)

- "Oo De Lally" singalong. We have to admit we’ve put this one on repeat. We’re still not sure why.

- Mickey Mouse short. That’s redundant, isn’t it?

"Robin Hood"
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy
$36.99
http://movies.disney.com

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his husband and daughter in Dedham MA.

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