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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
This is a movie we welcomed back into our home since getting rid of the video. The characters are excellent and we will enjoy watching it again and again. The only bad thing, we were not told anywhere that the DVD has to be turned over to finish watching it! So glad we figured it out after returning the first one and reordering.
I owned this on DVD, but as it had no special features at all, I felt the Bluray would be a good upgrade as it is an extended edition, with a few special features. I'm happy with my purchase, and enjoyed watching Prince of Thieves again. Improved as the quality was from DVD, I don't feel the upgrade was quite what it could have been, and the additional footage didn't really add anything to the film. I was curious to see Bryan Adams performing the song live, but it was an acoustic take (unfortunately). If you're a big fan of this film the upgrade is worth. Especially since it doesn't seem there is a 4K coming any time soon.