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My take: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

HD Goofnut
08-11-2010, 03:11 PM
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Title: Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 104 minutes
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region Coding: Region A Only
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu

Cast/Crew Info:
Cary Elwes as Robin Hood
Richard Lewis as Prince John
Roger Rees as Sheriff of Rottingham
Amy Yasbeck as Marian
Mark Blankfield as Blinkin
Dave Chappelle as Ahchoo
Isaac Hayes as Asneeze
Megan Cavanagh as Broomhilde
Eric Allan Kramer as Little John
Matthew Porretta as Will Scarlet O'Hara
Tracey Ullman as Latrine
Patrick Stewart as King Richard
Dom DeLuise as Don Giovanni
Directed by Mel Brooks

My take: (the breakdown)

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Brooks' Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Spaceballs in high definition and now I can add Robin Hood: Men in Tights to this list. The 1993 film follows Robin of Loxley as he imprisoned in Jerusalem, escapes, and then returns home to England to find Richard's brother John running the country into poverty. Robin swears that he will stop the excessive taxing put in place by John and his arrogant Sheriff of Rottingham. As a satirical film it manages to work off the points of the original story and at the same time pokes fun at 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Brooks' direction doesn't shine as much as his previous films, but he still uses hysterical jokes and great slapstick to great effect, which caused me to laugh even after seeing the film many times in the past. If you like the story of Robin Hood or just can't get enough of Mel Brooks' I highly advise in picking up the Blu-ray version of this film. Due to some crude humor this one is not for younger children.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights is now 17 years old and it certainly looks it, but it's not a total loss. Colors are well saturated for the most part, but there are some shots where some objects can look under or over saturated and it really depends what you're focusing on. Flesh tones appear to be accurate without any major problems. Grain is moderate as you would expect for an early 90s production, but it remains consistent throughout the run time. Fine detail is a bit of a wash. Some closeups show off incredible detail, but in the majority most shots (close and wide) don't exhibit much in the way of textural detail or much other detail for that matter. The entire print gives off the slight softness that tends to be found in 80s and 90s films. I also noticed some EE during a few scenes, but it actually was absent for most of the film. Overall, it's a decent transfer and this is probably the best we're going to get anytime soon.

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We are supplied with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but like the video quality falls a bit short. Dialogue is always clear, concise, and well prioritized. I never had to adjust the volume at all as a matter of fact. Surrounds are limited in use, but they do offer the film's booming musical score and a few other sounds. Outside of the louder scenes though surrounds were rarely used at all, which was rather disappointing. The pans between the fronts and surrounds during the action scenes were surprisingly accurate though. I was hoping for some action from the LFE, but it's extremely limited to say the least. There are a few moments of action where the sub comes alive with the musical score, but for the most part it's silent.

The supplemental package for Robin Hood: Men in Tights is somewhat disappointing. First up is Mel Brook's audio commentary from the old Laserdisc version of the film. The commentary is decent, but it's certainly something that skipping wouldn't hurt. Next up are two making-of features: The first is the original 26 minute HBO look at the film, which is rather basic in content. The second is a brief 14 minute piece that focuses on the origination of the film as well as the cast. Finally, we are given the film's isolated score in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The HBO feature is presented in 480p while the second making-of feature is presented in 1080p.

Movie: 6.5/10
VQ: 7/10
AQ: 7/10
Supplements: 4/10
Final Word: A Purchase For Fans

As always thanks for reading folks.

ImRizzo
08-11-2010, 03:32 PM
Great review, although I thought the PQ was a little better than you indicated and the movie content was Mel Brooks funny and irreverent as usually but then again I'm a Mel Brook addict. thanks for the review great job.

HD Goofnut
08-11-2010, 06:46 PM
Great review, although I thought the PQ was a little better than you indicated and the movie content was Mel Brooks funny and irreverent as usually but then again I'm a Mel Brook addict. thanks for the review great job.

Much obliged Rizz.:)