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"When Things Were Rotten" To DVD

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2013

Not sure why "mad-capped," unless there was a joke on the show I have forgotten. The official word:

The mad-capped world of Mel Brooks, Robin Hood and his Merry Men intertwine in the deciduous television series “When Things Were Rotten” from CBS Home Entertainment, which will stink things up on DVD starting June 21st.  Parodying the Robin Hood legend with Brooks’ signature style one-liners, gas and witty humor, the series served as a predecessor, by 18 years, for Brooks’ feature film Robin Hood: Men In Tights.

Marking its first time on DVD, the series arrives just prior to the Hollywood legend’s AFI Life Achievement award and the premiere of an American Masters documentary feature on Brooks’ career and life.  The 13-episode series, on two-discs is available on from Amazon and other select merchants for $24.95.

Starring a collective ensemble cast including a who’s who in television history, “When Things Were Rotten” stars Richard Gautier (“Get Smart”) as Robin Hood, Dick Van Patten (“Eight is Enough”) as Friar Tuck, Ron Rifkin (“Alias”) as Prince John, Bernie Hopell (“The Love Boat”) as Alan-a-Dale, Misty Rowe (“Hee Haw”) as Maid Marian, and David Sabin as Little John.  The series featured occasional guest stars, including a sidesplitting performance by Sid Caesar.

The beloved Brooks is among the short-list of individuals bestowed with a Grammy®, Emmy®, Oscar® and Tony®.

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Networks.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.  

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