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Treasure Island


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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Richard E. Johnson, Isla Blair, Christian Bale
  • Directors: Fraser C. Heston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FGCR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Treasure Island (1990) (DVD)

Customer Reviews

Overall, this is a rousing adventure story, with top notch acting, great locations and a strong score.
Jem
This is easily and by far the best film version of Treasure Island ever created (I think I've seen them all since Treasure Island is one of my favourite books).
MovieSnob
Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Julian Glover, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee and Pete Postlethwaite, all great character actors, do wonderful work.
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember watching this made for TV movie when it first aired in 1990, and I fell in love with it. I wore down the VHS that was released and am so glad this is finally coming to DVD (thank you Amazon for the alerts!). I think this is hands down the best adaptation of the classic book I have ever seen. And, this looks and feels like a major motion picture, rather than a TV movie. The cast is phenomenal, and the production values are high. Charlton Heston completely disappears into the role of Long John Silver, and makes viewers sympathize and even root for the scurrilous pirate. I have found that the kid cast as Jim Hawkins is usually the week link in film versions of Treasure Island. However, Christian Bale shows his potential and then some here. He easily stands toe-to-toe with the veteran actors surrounding him, and embodies the central role of the film. Even small parts, like Blind Pew, stand out with the incomparable Christopher Lee in the role.

Though not as violent as some films, this would easily earn a PG, or even PG-13 rating. So parents should keep that in mind. It's a little bloody, befitting pirates that can and do commit murder (one character is shown with his throat slit). There are a few "battle" scenes and characters get shot and die. Overall, this is a rousing adventure story, with top notch acting, great locations and a strong score. Highly recommended, and I suggest families read the book and then watch the film together - great way to connect!

As to the DVD, this is a fairly bare bones edition. It does have a director's commentary, but there are no other extras. I would have liked some featurettes on the actors, the book, or the time period, but I still won't hesitate to recommend this.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By R.L. Holly on May 21, 2004
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Brilliant, wonderful adaptation of R. L. Stevenson's classic seafaring tale -- this is beyond doubt THE best pirate film to have yet been made. Bar none. If you don't clap this one to your heart, ye be a false-sworn landlubber, by thunder, and here's my affydavy on that!

Update, October 2010: See the comments section -- it is being reported that a DVD release may finally come in 2011. Yarrr! And about time, too. Tremendous cast, sterling production values, brilliant cinematography, rousing musical score, crack screenplay, and vibrant performances make this an enduring classic.

I also want to put in a plug for the greatest pirate film to star a swashbuckling female, "Anne of the Indies" (aka "The Pirate Queen"), which has sadly never been released to home video in No. America but has aired on cable TV and is available on PAL Region 2 DVD (as Die Piratenkonigin) in Germany. If you have an all-region DVD player, you should run, not walk, to Amazon Deutschland and pick this up. It's the original English-language release, just switch off any German language options or subtitling. Jean Peters stars as Captain Anne Providence and gives her all in a wonderfully engaging, if corny, color production from about 1951. Peters is genuinely athletic, beautiful, and obviously loved this role. Anne of the Indies beats all other pirate queens hands down.

Now, if only they'd make a film about Grania O'Malley, we'd be splicin' the mainbrace!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
A terrific telling of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure, Christian Bale as the young Jim Hawkins and Charlton Heston as Long John Silver are both superb, and head a great cast: Richard Johnson, Oliver Reed, Clive Wood, and Julian Glover among the many actors that bring the story to life. Filmed in Jamaica, as well as the Hispaniola, a beauty of a ship, the scenery and cinematography by Robert Steadman are marvelous.
The soundtrack is by Paddy Moloney and performed by The Cheiftains, and is also very effective.
Christian Bale, so moving two years earlier in "Empire of the Sun", is here courageous and strong; only fourteen at the time this was made, he is quite remarkable, and Heston does a turn as the bad guy, and is sensational as old wily Silver, saying things like "I'll have yer liver for breakfast !".
Director Fraser Heston, who made his cinematic debut as the infant Moses in the 1956 "The Ten Commandments" his father starred in, keeps the pacing fast and though there are a lot of sword fights and shooting, it is mostly sound effects and there is very little in the way of gore, making the film suitable for children. The dialect of the sailors sounds foreign at first, but one soon gets used to it.
Originally made for television, this is rousing, exceptional story-telling, that will keep one's interest for numerous viewings.
Total running time is 132 minutes.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Blackhawk on December 22, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
If you would like to see this version of Treasure Island released on DVD, as I do, then please go to this link:

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and vote for it (on the right hand side of the screen).

If the link does not work, then do a Google search for Turner Classic Movies, then search on the site for Treasure Island (1990). Maybe if enough people vote for it, it will actually be released on DVD. It can't hurt.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. MacGowan on July 7, 2011
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I was absolutely THRILLED to see the notice in my inbox this morning that this movie has FINALLY been released on DVD! Why Turner waited so long to make this available is a real mystery, although I have my suspicions, some of which I stated in my review back in 2006 of the VHS version.

This is by far THE BEST rendition of Treasure Island ever done and probably that ever will be done. The book, of course, is fantastic. But this movie, with Mr. Heston's unsurpassed portrayal of Long John Silver, is pure gold!

My wife and I saw this when it first aired on TV, and we instantly fell in love with it.

The soundtrack, featuring the wonderful Irish folk music band "The Chieftains" stirs the soul. For anyone with a love of the sea, the segment where the Hispaniola sets sail will bring a tear to your eye. The acting, from first to last, is top notch. Oliver Reed gives a fantastic performance as Billy Bones. The costuming, the sets, and the almost complete adherence to Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless classic all combine to make this movie a truly epic voyage!

I have pre-ordered this gem, and will now just have to wait...a little bit longer.
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