You say you want a little something to accompany today's big release of "Robin Hood"?
Consider one — or all — of these four classic swashbuckler tales out this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
* " The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" (1946) stars Cornel Wilde as the son of Robin Hood, who joins his father (played by Russell Hicks) and a reunited band of Merry Men to save England from tyranny.
* " Prince of Thieves" (1948) stars Jon Hall as Robin. After rescuing Maid Marian (Patricia Morison) and her brother, he saddles up the Merry Men to take their opposition to the ruthless Prince John right to Nottingham Castle.
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* " Rogues of Sherwood Forest" (1950) stars John Derek as the son of Robin Hood, who reunites his father's Merry Men to once more rise up against King John and his oppressive taxes and cruel treatment of the populace. This film features the final screen appearance of Alan Hale, playing Little John (as he earlier had opposite both Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn).
* " Sword of Sherwood Forest" (1960) stars Richard Greene, who played Robin Hood on TV for five years, and Peter Cushing as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin and his band go undercover to foil a plot to assassinate the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The four films are all unrated and are available for $14.94 each.
There's nothing like a good vampire movie, and " Daybreakers" is nothing like a good ... no, I jest. Starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, "Daybreakers" posits a futuristic world in which vampires rule and humans are nearly extinct. The film is rated R and lists for $29.95 regular DVD and $39.99 for Blu-ray.
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
18: Defamation — First Run
18: Extraordinary Measures — Sony
18: Invictus — Warner
18: The Messenger — Oscilloscope
18: Prodigal Sons — First Run
18: The Spy Next Door — Lionsgate
18: Valentine's Day — Warner
25: Dear John — Sony
25: The Road — Sony
1: Alice in Wonderland — Disney
1: The Wolfman — Universal
8: From Paris With Love — Lionsgate
8: Shutter Island — Paramount
15: The Book of Eli — Warner
15: When in Rome — Disney
15: Youth in Revolt — Sony
22: The Last Station — Sony
22: Timer — Phase 4
29: The Crazies — Anchor Bay
29: Creation — Lionsgate
29: Don McKay — Image
29: The Eclipse — Magnolia
29: Green Zone — Universal
29: Hot Tub Time Machine — Fox/ MGM
29: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief — Fox
29: The Warlords — Magnolia
29: When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors — Eagle Rock
6: A Single Man — Sony
13: The Bounty Hunter — Sony
13: Caught in the Crossfire — Lionsgate
13: The Greatest — E1
13: Greenberg — Universal