Warner Brothers has been blasted for its lackluster and indifferent treatment of its huge library of classic films, but starting with Citizen Kane a couple of years ago, they have been producing some really great sets. I think the new 2-disc set of The Adventures of Robin Hood is probably one of the most worthwhile DVDs out there.
First off, there’s an amazing transfer of the movie – the colors are spectacular, and the sound is quite good for a 65-year-old film, especially important for this one, with its Korngold score.
But the extras put it over the top: Warner Night at the Movies 1938, which includes a trailer for Angels Wtih Dirty Faces, a newsreel describing Hitler’s annexation of Austria, a short film of a swing band, and a classic cartoon; two more cartoons, both of them Robin Hood-themed – Rabbit Hood and Robin Hood Daffy (“It’s actually a buck-and-a-quarter quarter staff, but I’m not telling him that”); a blooper reel from 1938; a short version of the 1922 Fairbanks Robin Hood film; about nine Errol Flynn trailers; documentaries; more short films; etc., etc., etc. This one is packed, and not with the usual filler.
Now, even though I actually started this thread to rave about this particular set, I’m opening the floor to everyone else’s opinions. What’s your favorite DVD and why? Is it just the movie, or is it the extras, or both?