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First, I'm not going to talk much about the movie itself because I'm sure most of the other opinions do just that. Wonder what I could talk about, then? Read on.
Movie-related opinion part
For clarification, I put Costner as a pro twice not only because he did such a great job acting as Robin Hood, but because he didn't direct it! You may disagree with the latter part of that statement, but in my opinion, he hasn't had a great run playing director, so I found this to be a big plus!
One downside to this movie is that you probably already knew the ending. Everyone as a child knows the tale of Robin Hood. It was just a matter of how Robin Hood robs the rich and gives to the poor is left up in the air. Through my eyes, it was done very well - especially for a film made in 1991 (pre-CGI).
Real reason I wrote this opinion part
You may have been confused about the title for this opinion: A VHS-must, but a DVD no-no! Gasp! I'm sure you're asking yourself, "Who on Earth would buy a VHS over a DVD?" - besides people who don't own a DVD player :) But if you DO own a DVD player, you're asking "Why wouldn't you get the DVD instead? The image and sound quality are far superior, there's special features, and it's what everyone is getting! Right?" Well, I'll tell you why. Two reasons:
1) The movie is recorded on both sides of the DVD (double-sided DVD) - Now, I don't mean that one side is standard screen and the other is widescreen. I also don't mean that one side is widescreen and the other holds the special features. No. What I'm saying is that when you're half way through the movie, the DVD STOPS PLAYING, and returns to the main menu. If you want to watch the rest of the movie, you have to stop the DVD player, eject the DVD, flip it over, push it back in, and hit Play. Now in my opinion, I'd like to watch a movie without breaks and no distractions. Sure, people like to take bathroom breaks or get a beer, but that's what the PAUSE button is for. Perhaps when DVD players that can read one side right after another are commonplace, I'll rewrite this opinion, but I don't think that will happen any time soon.
2) Special features - this is partially why I buy DVDs. I enjoy seeing cut scenes, listening to outtakes, commentary, and interviews. However, this DVD has none of that. The features that it boasts about are as follows:
- Interactive Menu (What DVD ISN'T interactive?!?!)
- Production Notes (decent, but too much reading)
- Theatrical Teaser/Trailer (only good option)
- Scene Access (Again, what doesn't?)
- Languages and subtitles (Who cares?)
As you can see, there's really nothing special about these special features. Very lame and dull.
When I saw this movie on sale at Best Buy, I thought it was because it was a great movie or perhaps, they were overstocked. But no, I'm sure it's because everyone keeps returning it after they see what a POS it is. I know I'll be doing the same. I guess some sales aren't as good as advertised.
***REMINDER: I rated this film 3/5 stars because 4/5 stars on the movie itself, but 1/5 stars on the DVD version.***
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8