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Treasure Island [Blu-ray] (2012)

Eddie Izzard , Elijah Wood , Steve Barron  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry- Jones
  • Directors: Steve Barron
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RMQ52Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure Island [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Young Jim Hawkins is the only one who can successfully get a schooner to a legendary Island known for buried treasure. But aboard the ship is a mysterious cook named John Silver (Emmy winner Eddie Izzard, The Riches ), whose true motivation on the journey challenges Jim s trust in the entire crew. This is an exciting and atmospheric new take on the definitive pirate action adventure of reckless buccaneers, buried fortunes and a friendship forged in peril on the high seas.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I had virtually no interest in seeing yet another adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." I could recite the story forward and backwards by heart, and I just didn't have the passion to sit down to this two-part version as recently broadcast on the SyFy network (thankfully, though, they didn't make it--just premiered it). I relented, however, and was pleasantly surprised. As with many film interpretations, this one does take liberties with the book's narrative. If that's a huge issue for you, then you should probably just read the book again. What it does present, though, is in keeping with the story's tone and makes for a solid stand-alone film. An interesting cast and gorgeous location footage are among the highlights of this "Treasure Island," a dark and morally ambiguous vision.

I was instantly attracted to the movie's skewed feverish look and thought things got off to a great start. After introducing the cast of characters and getting them to sea, though, I felt like the momentum started to wane a bit. For me, the first part was about 3 stars. There were enough good elements, however, for me to stick around and the film got progressively stronger and more interesting in Part Two (which was easily 4 stars). I'm not going to explain the plot in any detail, but a lot of the story is driven by the complex relationship between outlaw Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard) and young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo). Sometimes allies, sometimes foes--these two form an unlikely and unexpected bond in which you never know exactly who's up to no good. As the different parties race for the treasure, Jim is caught between. Might Silver be more heroic than you first imagine? May some of the Jim's excursion be more corruptible than he'd like?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Treasure Island" is a classic of juvenile fiction. The hero is a young boy who takes on improbable challenges and invariably succeeds. He finds a treasure map, evades pirates, discovers a secret plot of mutineers, steals the boat single-handed, defeats the brutal ship's gunner in hand-to-hand combat, etc. etc. etc. It's a story for children, and I can't imagine that many people reading it in the 130+ years since it was originally published have thought "gosh, what this really needs is more brutality."

I've seen the 1934, 1950, and 1990 film and television versions of this story. Each takes some liberties to fit its medium, and each of those versions has merit. This version, unfortunately, doesn't pay off. I don't recommend it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"I will plan a venture Jim Hawkins and we will both profit wildly. Trust me boy." After Long John Silver (Izzard) is double crossed by his captain Flint (Sutherland) he only has one thing on his mind. Retreiving the treasure he feels is rightly his. When finding out that the only one who can get a ship to the island where the treasure is is a young boy named Jim Hawkins (Regbo) he makes friends with him. I have never seen any of the other versions of this nor read the book. I knew a little of the story but to me this was about 90% new to me. Even though this is a made for TV movie it is much better then most of the theater movies that have been released recently. Izzard is a perfect choice for this and I think is on par with Depp. This movie is very entertaining and I recommend it. This is a pirate movie that can stand side by side with the first "Pirates Of The Carribbean" movie, and may actually be better in some ways. This is a movie well worth your time. Overall, best pirate movie since the original Pirates. I enjoyed it. I say B+.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good pirate movie November 4, 2012
Format:DVD
Movies about pirates are all the rage since Pirates of the Caribbean dominated the box office in the prior decade. Some have been good, some have been bad. Then there is this great miniseries from the SyFy channel starring various actor and actresses from both sides of the Atlantic. Like other famous stories done up by the people at SyFy, this one is very impressive and original. The story itself is similar to the original novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, and most of the characters in the book are present here. But many changes were made, and for fans of the book, that might be quite disappointing. However, for those interested in a good movie this one is quite enjoyable. Part comedy, part action, part drama and part thriller, the movie does everything well. The dialogue is spot on, with grammar and vocabulary matching those found in English language books from the late 1700s. The make-up and costume design are very realistic, yet do not remind one of that found in the POTC movies. The action scenes are good with realistic sword-fight scenes, accurate portrayals of fire-arms and fire-arm usage back then, and good but limited usage of special effects. Even the music is good, with the sailors' songs being quite entertaining. Overall, a great watching experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining May 14, 2012
By Diana
Format:Blu-ray
Having read the book, I was curious to see how close the movie would follow the story. Overall, the movie did a very good job. There were some artistic liberties taken, when aren't there, but these changes did not severely alter the overall storyline. I liked that the pirates were portrayed realistically and not softened up to make them come across like buffoons or simpletons. Eddie Izzard did a great job of portraying Long John Silver, so much so that I can understand how Jim Hawkins could be torn between like and detesting the man all at the same time. Will definitely purchase for my media library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars out of character
Somehow I never thought that Izzard, who usually performs dressed like Rue Paul would be able to pull off a heavy like LONG JOHN but pull it off he does. Read more
Published 17 days ago by ROBERT R HATCH
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved exposing my grandchildren to this classic story.
I watched this with one of my grandsons - age 11. He loves adventure movies (and pirates), and was totally hooked on this mini series, although he commented that it seemed long. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Katherine L. Rollins
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good remake
When I started watching this It wasn't long before I took a lot of breaks to clean house or do laundry, then go back to viewing it. This version was very slow with poor acting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by phaidout66
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story well told.
Acting and direction good. While no movie is (In my poinion) as good as the book, this one does a good job at telling a great story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Morin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Adventure Film.
It's long and it's good in plot but not perfect, in that it doesn't follow the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. The costumes are not of the period of 1750 but rather that of 1812. Read more
Published 4 months ago by De witte leeuw.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Travel and Adventure
After the death of his father, young Jim Hawkins takes over the running the Benbow Inn with his mother. One day an unexpected lodger, Captain Billy Bones, takes refuge there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars trteasure island
treasure island just love this movie this is the best version that i seen its very good i first seen this movie on the syfi channel the bluray is great .
Published 5 months ago by vernon egolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I watched this movie when I was a kid, the 1972 version with Orson Welles. I feel like this version gives a little more background so you can better understand it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hephaestus
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE
DVD came fast and in great condition - recommend this seller,

As for the actual movie- it's absolutely great. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MSM
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Nice Twists
It has been many years since I read the book, and I haven't seen any of the other film versions, but I did like this much better than I expected. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Homefire
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