When Things Were Rotten - A Long-Awaited DVD Release is Finally Coming: Price, Cover Art, More!
No ship date yet, though, for this MOD release from CBS and Amazon/CreateSpace
Posted by David Lambert
When Things Were Rotten is a comical Robin Hood parody created in 1975 by Mel Brooks, Norman Stiles, and John Boni. Robin Hood - who is not the brightest character - along with the incompetent members of his gang in Sherwood Forest will keep you laughing with sight gags, comical dialog, over-the-top anachronisms and a witty theme song. There's plenty of skillful comedic acting from the series cast, including Dick Gautier as Robin Hood, Dick Van Patten as Friar Tuck, Bernie Kopell as Alan-a-Dale, Henry Polic II as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Ron Rifkin as Prince John, Misty Rowe as Maid Marian, and David Sabin as Little John. Richard Dimitri played a dual role as identical twin brothers Renaldo, one of the Merry Men and Bertram, the Sheriff's right-hand man.
Back in 2010 we had a story about DVD plans for the 1975 series When Things Were Rotten, co-created by Mel Brooks. Unfortunately it was premature: the info we had came from an Amazon pre-order listing, which was taken down within 24 hours, and when it went back up it was merely as a "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available" type of entry. The studio never announced it.
Now we're going to assume once more that Amazon knows what they're talking about, because they've put up a brand-new pre-order listings (see button link below) for When Things Were Rotten - The DVD Edition, a 2-disc title priced at $24.95 SRP. This is an MOD (manufacture on demand) release via Amazon's CreateSpace program, in conjunction with CBS Home Entertainment, so it will be exclusive via the big e-tailer and won't be sold in stores. The release date hasn't been finalized yet, so it's not mentioned at the entry, but stay tuned. For now, though, here's a convincer that the show is truly coming to DVD this time: a peek at the package cover! Our thanks to one of our readers, "Matt," for being the first to tell us about it all.