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Treasure Island (1950)

Bobby Driscoll , Robert Newton , Bryon Haskin  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, David Davies, Francis De Wolff, Andrew Blackett
  • Directors: Bryon Haskin
  • Writers: Lawrence Edward Watkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089G5L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure Island" on IMDb

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  • Fully restored sound and picture

Editorial Reviews

Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard the good ship Hispaniola and set sail in search of buried treasure in one of Disney's most critically acclaimed adventure classics -- presented in its original, uncut theatrical version! In his first all-live-action feature, Walt Disney has vividly brought to life Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of buccaneers and buried gold. Authentic locales, rich color photography, and musket-roaring action set the stage for the stouthearted heroics of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) -- and the skullduggery of that wily, one-legged pirate of all pirates, Long John Silver. Aye, for the kind of excitement that only treasure and treachery can bring, there's no better destination than TREASURE ISLAND!

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the film. 1 star for the DVD! April 30, 2003
I have loved this movie since I was but a wee lad (born in 1967). I had the record LP as a child and still have the VHS tape. It remains to this day my favorite live action Disney film and the best pirate movie to date. Sadly,this DVD is a travesty!!! The colors are good but there is still lots of work to be done on it to call it "fully restored". Plenty of grain remains on the print. And what's all this about no special features?!?! No 2nd disc?!?! This film is a milestone in Disney's history! Yet here it is treated as second rate! Nothing more than quick sell DVD to put on the same display self as Treasure Planet when it was being released to DVD. Now how about doing it right Disney and release this gem on Blu-ray, cleaned up real good and filled with extras. Do it like Walt was still in charge.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster release of a classic Disney film May 13, 2003
There's no doubt about it-Disney's version of Treasure Island is a classic (particularly the iconic perfomrance of Robert Newton as Long John Silver, a role that people *still* identify as the quintessential pirate), and the restoration of this movie is pretty good, and that's why I've rated this disc 5 stars.
*But*, the extras stink. Actually, who am I kidding? There are no extras! None, not even a trailer (like the oldest Gold Collection releases even had). There's no mistaking that this disc is meant as a tie-in to Trasure Planet, but you'd think that Disney, which has gotten *a lot* better with its DVD releases in the last 18 months, would put out a disc with at least cursory features (trailers, a classic short, and maybe some vintage intro or something by Walt himself). Apparently, I'm wrong.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of treachery on the high seas comes to life in Disney's first fully live-action feature film, Treasure Island! The always wonderful Bobby Driscoll, Disney's star of Song of the South and So Dear To My Heart, plays young Jim Hawkins, the son of a local tavern keeper woman. The ocean brings all sorts of seamen into the tavern where the small boy lives and works, filling his head with ideas of adventure and excitement on the open sea. But fantasy becomes reality when a pirate treasure map comes into Jim's possession. Suddenly, he and his adult friends, the sensible Dr. Livesey and the pompous and careless Squire Trelawney, are planning there own adventure on the good ship Hispanola, in search of the treasure of the infamous Captain Flint. But before they can sail, they need a crew, and the foolish Squire allows their strange new friend, innkeeper and retired Navy cook Long John Silver, to sign one on for them. Long John quickly befriends Jim Hawkins and immediately gathers a crew, but rather than recruiting former Navy men as promised, Long John Silver hires on his REAL shipmates, PIRATES! Pirates of every shape and size! Soon, the crew of good guys, and bad guys in disguise, heads out to sea in search of Treasure Island. However, by the time they reach the isle, Jim Hawkins has overheard the mutiny Silver and his men are planning. Now it's good guys versus bad pirates in a battle over life, liberty, and untold riches! No one is sure of the outcome, but the real question is, is Long John really Jim's enemy, or his friend?
No child should go through life without experiencing this Disney classic! Treasure Island is truly one of the best films to come out of Disney's wonderful vault.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tale told in classy production December 17, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
(...)Who in the world actually thinks that a movie made from a book should include every line of dialog from the book? The beauty and art of cinema is supposed to be in the many interpretations of the same story/tale. Each director/producer team makes these interpretaions for themselves. Byron Haskin (director) and Perce Pearce (producer) have made a wonderful adaptation of the R.L. Stevenson classic tale.
This Disney movie can be enjoyed by both children and adults. I personally have seen this movie as a child in the 1960's, as a teenager in the 1970's and yet again as an adult in my thirties in the 1990's and appreciate it now more than ever. Who says that a child can only be entertained by cartoon characters and silly songs? As a child I loved the adventure storyline and friendship between pirate Long John Silver and young boy Jim Hawkins.
The quality of this film can be traced directly to the production team of Haskin/Pearce and indirectly to Walt Disney himself. All of the Disney films by this production team ( Treasure Island, The Sword and the Rose, Robin Hood and His Merrie Men and, I think, Song of the South) have the same beautiful stage sets with a look not seen elsewhere, rousing and thrilling musical scores by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, lush cinematography shot in the English countryside and excellent casting and acting. If the characters were not perfectly casted then there were certainly none that seemed out of place. Treasure Island has all these good qualities about it.
And finally, this movie as well as the others listed were released when Walt Disney himself were still alive. After Walt died the quality of Disney fare became... uh.... well, one can see the quality of today's Disney with Eisner in charge. I'll leave it at that. I hope that I am wrong, but I don't think cinema like this will ever show up again. To bad! What a great treasure of a movie! (Pardon the pun)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Comic-book level characterizations, so very appropriate for younger kids. Lacks depth for older audiences.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie version of book
Excellent old movie. Very true to book plot line. Well acted and amazing filming.
Published 20 days ago by S. Sewell
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the classic Disney movies some of them you can't ...
I like the classic Disney movies some of them you can't find any more.
Glad amazon has these it makes them a lot easier to find.
Published 26 days ago by rhian weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars A great classic. I loved this as a child
A great classic. I loved this as a child, and enjoyed watching this again with my kids.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Stockholm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Good acting and scenery. An excellent rendition of a classic story. The only other Treasure Island movie I know of this good is the one where Charlton Heston plays Longjohn... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. M. Culpepper Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Bethany
3.0 out of 5 stars I got it for my great grandson.
As I remembered.
I got it for my great grandson.
Published 1 month ago by Ray Calloway
5.0 out of 5 stars AND IT IS FUN to watch
This is the quintessential version of "Treasure Island" for 10-12 year olds. Even for adults, the movie carries a solid storyline from Robert Louis Stevenson's book to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old movie that hasn't lost its edge.
Published 2 months ago by paul sheitel dpm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. This is the basis for ALL other pirate ...
Wonderful. This is the basis for ALL other pirate characters. Everyone should read Robert Louis Stephenson's book first and then see the flick. You won't be sorry.
Published 2 months ago by potter
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