Blu-rays for home cinema nuts: Robin Hood

Robin Hood Blu-ray - best for AV
Robin Hood Blu-ray - best for AV

In the first of a weekly series, Home Cinema Choice – part of the TechRadar network – takes a look at an upcoming Blu-ray disc which dazzles the audiovisual senses and reminds everyone why disc-based media is still alive and kicking.

This week, HCC took Robin Hood for a spin, the reboot of the titular myth directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crow.

HCC News Editor Anton Van Beek explains why the disc should be on every AV nut's list: "The Blu-ray boasts an astonishingly aggressive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack bursting with room-rattling bass and dynamic spatial effects.

"It's no slouch in the picture department either, delivering a crisp and intricately detailed image you'll be using as a showcase for your home cinema system."

"And Scott's commitment to always delivering the most-thorough package possible is once again demonstrated by an impressive collection of extras including a fascinating picture-in-picture viewing mode complete with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, plus an hour-long making-of documentary."


To show just why the Blu-ray impresses so much when it comes to picture quality, HCC has taken a number of screenshots from the disc and posted them online in all their AV glory.

The stills have been reproduced as they are seen on the disc, so the quality of the picture can be analysed.

The Robin Hood: Extended Director's Cut Blu-ray has a UK release date of 20 September and is priced at £24.99.

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Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.