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HawthoRNe - The Complete Second Season (2010/Sony DVD Set) + Robin Of Sherwood Set One (1983/Acorn Blu-ray Set)


Picture: C+/B Sound: C+ Extras: C/B Episodes: B-



Two TV shows from two different eras and countries (for that matter) are arriving on home video and I thought it would be interesting to see them together to show two lesser-known series getting nice disc releases.


HawthoRNe - The Complete Second Season (2010) is the moderate hit Jada Pinkett-Smith medical drama that should be even more successful, but has not found its peak audience yet as far as I am concerned. We previously reviewed the First Season at this link:





The show continues to be as good as it was before and the actors are easing more smoothly into their roles. I think this is a show where you should begin at the beginning, but it is a great role for Smith and I would like to see this be a larger hit. The picture & sound are the same, plus we get extras including two photo shoots sections and three behind the scenes featurettes.


Then there is the British Robin Hood series that has a serious cult following that is now out on Blu-ray. First issued in the U.K. by Network U.K., Acorn Media has now issued Robin Of Sherwood Set One (1983) which we previously covered on DVD at this link:





Fans can remember when a few episodes on unauthorized VHS tapes were selling for $100 and up, but this set is much less and the quality is very impressive for a series from its time. Though I am not as big a fan of it as my fellow writer, but I liked the playback quality very much and the 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer shows how weak and soft the DVDs were. Though this is shot to be naturalistic and soft, I think the Blu-ray captures color and detail that the DVDs just cannot handle. It still has the less-defined look of series of the time, but to make my point, I would be thrilled if The New Avengers (1976 78, reviewed elsewhere on this site) landed up looking this good on Blu-ray whenever it finally reaches the format.


Part of the idea was that it not look as manicured as most of the TV series and feature films since the Warner Bros. Errol Flynn 1938 classic Adventures Of Robin Hood (see the Blu-ray review elsewhere on this site) and I think it even look more realistic and natural than the recent Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe film.


The set retains all the extras of the DVD set (the fourth bonus DVD disc is the same as the DVD set apparently) and a 40-page booklet that is very well-made. The episodes also retain their lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound mixes which are still a tad weak, but this should only bother audiophiles expecting DTS-MA, lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD. That would have been nice, but that this show is even on DVD let alone one of the first older 35mm TV shows on Blu-ray is shocking and fans will love it while those interested who have never seen it should only settle for seeing it on this set if they can help it.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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