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.