Treasure Island

Treasure Island

DVD - 2000?
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Young Jim Hawkins finds a map pointing to buried treasure, he enlists the help of old friends to search for the gold by boat. As they set sail aboard the fine ship "Hispaniola" they meet its crew, including Long John Silver. Trouble brews after too much talk of maps and buried treasure on a boat full of pirates. After exciting escapes, fights and clever ruses, the young hero takes command of the ship and beaches it on the shores of Treasure Island. A marooned sailor is the keeper of the island's secrets and he leads them to staggering mounds of gold and silver jewels but the pirates are hot on their heels.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2000?]
Edition: Full restored, Full screen edition
ISBN: 9780788845147
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (96 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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May 22, 2019

Even though this Technicolor, live-action Disney production (from 1950) was clearly aimed at entertaining the kiddies - I certainly felt (as an adult) that (because of its high production values) it was definitely worth a view by grown-ups, too.

"Treasure Island" is a well-told, high-seas adventure story of danger, pirates, and buried loot.

This vintage film was produced on an impressive budget of $4 million.

May 21, 2019

"Ahoy, mateys!"

Released back in 1950 - "Treasure Island" would be Disney Studios' very first live-action feature film. Its story was loosely based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel (from 1883) of the same name.

This mighty tall tale of ruthless pirates, buried treasure, and, yes, deadly mutiny was told from the perspective of the eager, 12-year-old boy, Jim Hawkins who joins in on a high-seas adventure with Long John Silver (travelling from England to an uncharted island in the Caribbean).

For the most part - "Treasure Island" was entertaining enough to hold the interest of the adults in the audience.

kevfarley Jul 17, 2015

Of the three movie versions, Robert Newton is the best Long John Silver (and Orsen Wells is he worst).

Jul 22, 2014

Walt Disney knew what he was doing when he created the film Treasure Island. Disneyland would have a Treasure Island and their would be Disney books. The movie is well done and definitely kid friendly. Violence, drinking and such are played down. This is just a fun treasure hunt with old Long John Silver. Take this home for the kids, after all, we no longer have a Sunday Night Disney Show. Oh, those were good times! Disney presented Davy Crocket and the Zorro. Don't forget the Mickey Mouse Club, which was mixed music and film together.

Jun 12, 2013

The darker edges of the RL Stevenson novel about treasure maps and mutineering 18th century pirates were removed for this, Disney's 1950 movie presention. For example, the pirate song lyrics from the novel "Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, Drink and the devil had done for the rest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" is simply "Yo ho ho and bottle of rum" repeated over and over. No dead man's chest. No drinking and the other colorful lyrics. Yawn. But the advantage is that it makes the story more appropriate for younger children, so that's a good thing. Live action filmed partially on sound stage and partially outdoors on location; no animation, a film example of the excellent 1950's color cinematography. Other than Robert Newton as the antagonist Long John Silver, who's performance is astounding, the acting is mediocre at best. The part of the protagonist, young Jim Hawkins, is especially weak. In 1955 this film appeared on tv's "WW of Disney" and was one of the first theatrical releases run on American tv. If treasure maps and pirate adventures hold your attention, or if you enjoy the best examples of 1950's outdoor color cinematography, definitely worth a watch.

theorbys Aug 19, 2012

The local color on land and on sea is very well done, and while well acted all around, Robert Newton gives the performance of a lifetime as the ever memorable Long John Silver in what is still a rousing pirate adventure in vivid Technicolor.

dragonsnakes Mar 15, 2011

Best movie adaptation of this book. Robert Newton plays his role well.

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