I somehow feel I should start this article by slagging off the new Robin Hood, and saying that Maid Marian is a million times better, and is all you’ll ever need. Unfortunately, I’ve been away the past couple of weekends and so haven’t caught it – and so can’t confirm that it’s as terrible as everyone else says it is. I’m afraid some form of journalistic credibility has peeped into my writing for the first time. Bugger. But you can always pretend I’ve said it if you know for yourself it’s rubbish, and then chuckle smugly.
Anyway, Maid Marian Series 3 is due for release on Monday – and Play informed me it had been posted on Thursday, so I fully expect it to plop onto my mat this morning. Interestingly, whilst we knew about the booket, the one commentary, and the Christmas special, I didn’t know about the “footage of Tony Robinson, Mark Billingham and David Lloyd on ‘Creative Writing'”, which sounds intriguing. And why didn’t I know about this? Well, I wasn’t relying on shitty online shopping sites which are usually wrong – I checked Eureka’s own site. Clue: don’t undersell your products.
(Which reminds me – I meant to write a review of Eureka’s relaunched site, but never got round to it. Basically: beautifully designed, and extremely good on the standards front. My only reservation is the decision to design for screens 1024×768 or higher; quite a few of your customers will still use 800×600, or not have the browser window open in full in 1024×768. And what about PDAs? I sympathise with the decision to do it, because it makes things a lot easier, but I can’t help but feel that it’s a mistake – you’re better off designing a site that will adjust to fill the space of the browser window. Still, for all that, they got a hell of a lot right.)
What with the Christmas special being included, this will at least be the first Marian release to actually need its two discs. We should have a review of the Series 2 release this weekend, with Series 3 following in a couple of weeks.
Speaking of Marian, I came across the following version of the Series 1 DVD cover on the Unofficial Tony Robinson site; presumably it’s a draft version.
I have to say, I think I prefer the way the draft version was heading; whilst it doesn’t have Paul Cemmick’s excellent drawings, I do prefer the fact that it uses the proper series logo, the cast don’t blend quite so much into the background, and best of all – there’s none of this Special Edition nonsense. If there’s a Special Edition, that indicates that there’s also a Standard Edition – and that Just Isn’t The Case. To say nothing of the fact that a Special Edition would indicate bucketloads of documentaries and special features. Interestingly enough, the image on Amazon doesn’t have the Special Edition text either – it looks like this particular brand of foolishness was added fairly late on.
And finally – did you know the show was getting a Region 4 release? As with Brittas, this didn’t even appear on our radar, but Series 1 was released on the 8th June, with a completely different cover – which I think looks rather snazzy, and as with Brittas, better than the Region 2 release. (And again, no Special Edition nonsense!) No word of further releases, but I’ll keep an eye out…
So, just Series 4 left, and then I’ll own all of Maid Marian on DVD. And I honestly never thought I’d be able to say that, whinging about extras and packaging aside…