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Long John Silver (1954)

Robert Newton , Connie Gilchrist , Byron Haskin  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor, Rod Taylor
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Martin Rackin, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Producers: Joe Kaufmann, Mark Evans
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ1KE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Long John Silver" on IMDb

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  • Actor and director bios
  • Trailer and TV  spot
  • Restoration comparison

Editorial Reviews

VCI is pleased to present this family/adventure classic, based on the characters created by Robert Lewis Stevenson, in a brand new DVD -- the likes of which have probably not been seen since its initial theatrical release! The film has been faithfully restored to its full widescreen CinemaScope glory with beautiful rich color and detail! The very entertaining soundtrack has likewise been restored from a rare original 4-track recording and remixed to Dolby Digital 5.1. Robert Newton repeats his Treasure Island role as Long John Silver. The ruthless pirate "El Toro" Mendoza has kidnapped the Governor's beautiful young daughter and captured Jim Hawkins along with her. Around Jim's neck hangs a medallion that will help Long John find more of legendary Captain Flint's buried gold, still waiting to be discovered on Treasure Island. Bonus Features: Original Trailer & TV Spot| Actors & Director Bios| Anamorphic Widescreen - Enhanced for 16x9 Monitors| Digitally Re-mastered with Before & After Restoration. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 5.1; 106 minutes; Color; 2.55:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1954; SRP - $9.99.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By DS1084
Format:DVD
I won't go into the merits of the movie, because that has been sufficiently covered by other reviewers...in short, good movie and this DVD is the best copy of it available. However, there is one thing that should be noted about the aspect ratio on this DVD. While the back of the package states that it is "Enhanced for 16x9 TVs" (or "Anamorphic") the DVD is indeed encoded in a 16x9 aspect ratio...but the source picture is actually a 4x3 image that's already letterboxed, so the picture you see on your TV is extremely vertically compressed (making everyone look short and fat). The remedy is: If you have a regular 4x3 TV, set the TV aspect ratio in your DVD player settings to 16x9 and the picture will look the way it's supposed to (just remember to change it back before you watch something else). If you have a 16x9 TV, just use the zoom feature on your TV that you usually use with 4x3 non-anamorphic videos. That's about the only real problem with the DVD, and I thought anyone considering purchasing it should be aware.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the great Adventurers! July 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The incomparable Robert Newton reprises his role as the kindhearted pirate Captain Long John Silver! In this "sequel" to Treasure Island, apparently made by another studio for the purpose of cashing in on the success of the Disney original, we find Long John passing time in an old tavern/inn on a British controlled Caribbean island, where he awaits the start of his next adventure. We don't have to wait long, when an unfortunate pirate stumbles into the pub with news of Jim Hawkins and treasure on his dying tongue. The word is that the ruthless pirate "El Toro" Mendoza has kidnapped the local Governor's beautiful young daughter for ransom, and captured Jim Hawkins along with her for use as a cabin boy. Around Jim's neck hangs a medallion that will help Long John find more of legendary Captain Flint's buried gold, still waiting to be discovered on Treasure Island. Immediately, Long John concocts a plan to get the kids back, and earn a little booty at the same time. He quickly confronts the Governor with his idea to help rescue the kids and capture El Toro, and in desperation, the Governor agrees to give Long John a chance.
Putting his plan into action, Long John delivers the ransom money to El Toro in person, but he also attempts to strike a bargain with the cruel pirate. Long John tells El Toro that he'll send the Governor's warships in the wrong direction, so that he and El Toro would be free to sack the Governor's storehouse of valuables and rum. When the two pirates arrive at the storehouse, El Toro attempts to betray Long John, but Long John has his men hidden away within the stored goods, and a grand pirate battle immediately ensues.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the great Adventurers! July 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The incomparable Robert Newton reprises his role as the kindhearted pirate Captain Long John Silver! In this "sequel" to Treasure Island, apparently made by another studio for the purpose of cashing in on the success of the Disney original, we find Long John passing time in an old tavern/inn on a British controlled Caribbean island, where he awaits the start of his next adventure. We don't have to wait long, when an unfortunate pirate stumbles into the pub with news of Jim Hawkins and treasure on his dying tongue. The word is that the ruthless pirate "El Toro" Mendoza has kidnapped the local Governor's beautiful young daughter for ransom, and captured Jim Hawkins along with her for use as a cabin boy. Around Jim's neck hangs a medallion that will help Long John find more of legendary Captain Flint's buried gold, still waiting to be discovered on Treasure Island. Immediately, Long John concocts a plan to get the kids back, and earn a little booty at the same time. He quickly confronts the Governor with his idea to help rescue the kids and capture El Toro, and in desperation, the Governor agrees to give Long John a chance.
Putting his plan into action, Long John delivers the ransom money to El Toro in person, but he also attempts to strike a bargain with the cruel pirate. Long John tells El Toro that he'll send the Governor's warships in the wrong direction, so that he and El Toro would be free to sack the Governor's storehouse of valuables and rum. When the two pirates arrive at the storehouse, El Toro attempts to betray Long John, but Long John has his men hidden away within the stored goods, and a grand pirate battle immediately ensues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars adventures of long john silver April 13, 2005
Format:DVD
beware! this is not the tv series as described by the first reviewer (not the reviewer's fault). this is instead, the movie version of "return to treasure Island", and the tv version is by a different distributor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First class entertainment from Australia... October 17, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Despite having been filmed by a non-major studio, this is a fabulous sequel to Disney's "Treasure Island".

In the present form, the DVD comes out shining. Excellent restoration and vivid colors make it fully worthwhile watching.

This is a 2.55:1 widescreen presentation, and as such it is presented here. No cropping of any kind (like reducing it to 1.85:1 or 2.35:1). The soundtrack is in an unbelievably clear and polished Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Stereo.

VCI Entertainment (the Label of this DVD) has surpassed itself for this production and this is simply a must buy.

Reprising his former role of said Long John Silver, is the brilliant Robert Newton, but the rest of the roles have been recast. Despite of it, they all do a marvelous job recreating what was left of from the previous movie and bring it back now, in these new adventures of high Sea piracy.

Due to its format, this is truly a spectacular movie, with wonderful vistas and a sense of grandeur, that in today's movies is usually lacking and replaced by overblown special effects.

It is not "Pirates of the Caribbeans", but still highly entertaining and amusing. Thrills are there and not artificial as the ones we get nowadays, but rather subtle in coming, and once they are there, they are truly felt.

I can only recommend it.

But do not forget its original predecessor. The Disney's version, although in Full Screen (as it was filmed) has to be in your collection, to be able to enjoy this one to the fullest.

My urge upon you, the viewer, is to buy them both in a package, since otherwise, you may not fully understand the action contained in this sequel.

But even by itself it still stands the proof of time.

I like it. I hope you will too...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun family entertainment!
Robert Newton created the most appealing pirate character ever! Unlike modern screen pirates that are too true to life. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jasmine Quan
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad transfer
This item is not as described. According to the sleeve notes this is claimed to be an anamorphic transfer and a completely restored version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by william chrisp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised
Published 2 months ago by some consumer
4.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT NEWTON IS THE PIRATE YOU ARE THINKING OF WHEN YOU ARE THINKING...
There are many, many DVDs of this series on Amazon.
It is very important to know that this is the PLATINUM 2-DVD set of THE ADVENTURES OF LONG JOHN SILVER. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Martucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Release
This is the best release for this movie. VCI has taken the time to clean this movie up and release it as it should be released. A+
Published 4 months ago by santasmoviereviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Old but good
This is an entertaining movie with lots of swashbuckling and humor. It is great for the youngster or the young at heart. Good for a night when you want to truly unwind.
Published 7 months ago by Dianna Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars a fitting finish to the original
A fitting companion to the original, and allows for a full experience for the viewer. I can't imagine not having ese available
Published 9 months ago by Lorraine Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Ai Matey
I just liked Robert Newton in Treasure Island so when I found Return to Treasure Island I wanted it for the Library. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leo Younglowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Took nearly sixty years for this treasure to return!
If you have not read Tab Hunter's (Art Galein--birth name) autobiography, I suggest you get a copy here on Amazon; particularly if your an ardent fan of this man. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ron Texas
4.0 out of 5 stars insanely vapid except for Dawn Adams
I always liked Dawn Adams, and here she's definitely walking (flouncing?) around with obviously no bra, and with a very low-cut tied in front blouse. Read more
Published 15 months ago by scholarboy
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