This two-disc Special Edition of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves offers a variety of extras left off the film's initial DVD release. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Kevin Costner and Kevin Reynolds -- who would later have a serious falling out during the making of Waterworld -- and a second commentary track recorded by cast members Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater along with producers Pen Densham and John Watson. The second disc in the package offers a making-of documentary, live footage of Bryan Adams performing his mega-smash love theme from the film, the film's original score presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, a look at the various weapons used in the film, production notes, trailers, and interviews with the cast and crew. This is a first-rate release from Warner Bros.
All-new digital transfer
Soundtrack remastered for home theaters in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround
Feature-length commentary with Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds
Feature-length commentary with Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, and producers Pen Densham and John Watson
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
What it lacks in historical accuracy, it makes up in entertainment value. This fast-paced story plays Costner's Robin of Locksley as the straight arrow to Freeman's Akeem's dry wit. There is a faint touch of political correctness (by today's standards)in the script when Robin talks about his days spent in the Holy Land.
But the movie starts moving in the right direction of the light-hearted yarn it should be by the time we see the budding romance between Costner and Mastrantonio's Lady Marian. Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham is delightfully over-the-top and he plays a key role in the film's overall success.
The extra features are a little disappointing in the lack of extra content, but Pierce Brosnan's narration of "The Man, the Myth, the Legend" TVSpecial and scenes from Bryan Adams' live concert footage brought back fond memories.