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Treasure Island (1934)

Wallace Beery , Jackie Cooper , Felix E. Feist , Hugh Harman  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone
  • Directors: Felix E. Feist, Hugh Harman, John Farrow, Victor Fleming
  • Writers: John Farrow, Frank Harris, John Howard Lawson, John Lee Mahin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure Island" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage early 3-Strip Technicolor M-G-M short The Spectacle Maker (1934) directed by John Farrow
  • Oscar-nominated M-G-M short Strikes and Spares
  • Classic M-G-M Happy Harmonies cartoon Tale of the Vienna Woods
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Avast, mates, and heed a pirate's tale. Billy Bones, bless his cursed soul, has hefted his cutlass and grog for the last time, leaving behind scarcely a doubloon. Aye, but he has left a map to a fabled, buried treasure.... The unforgettable stars of 1931's The Champ reunite for a rousing adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale. Jackie Cooper is Jim Hawkins, a lad living the kind of adventure every child dreams about. Treasure map in hand, Jim and his backers set sail for realms and riches unknown aboard the Hispaniola. But beware, me hearties: Notorious, one-legged Long John Silver (Wallace Beery) has signed on to the voyage by posing as a cook. Will the treasure fall into his scheming grasp? Will the Hispaniola soon be a-flying the dreaded skull and bones? Drop anchor and watch. A pirate's life for ye!

DVD Features:
Other:Vintage Dramatic Short The Spectacle Maker Oscar?-Nominated Short Strikes and Spares Classic Cartoon Tale of the Vienna Woods
Theatrical Trailer

For many people, this 1934 version is the definitive Treasure Island: the great chemistry between Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper, the rousing pirate anthems, and the stubborn parrot on the shoulder. The pairing of the actors was a cinch, coming three years after their tremendously popular teaming in The Champ. Cooper plays Jim Hawkins, the English boy who discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of one Billy Bones (Lionel Barrymore in a robust extended cameo), a pirate visitor to the Admiral Benbow Inn. Beery, indelibly, is the one-legged, parrot-toting seadog known as Long John Silver, who joins up on the treasure-hunting expedition by pretending to be a humble cook--though the audience knows he is a fearsome pirate captain. Victor Fleming was just the right director for this manly voyage, holding the MGM luster at bay and allowing the crew of characters actors (among them Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone, and "Chic" Sale) to find their sea legs. At times, the relationship between Jim and Silver is closer to The Champ than to Robert Louis Stevenson's marvelous novel, but it's still true in spirit to the bond between boy and surrogate father. The story has been remade many times, notably in 1950 with Robert Newton as Silver, but this one inspires the longest memories. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!! May 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale "Treasure Island" is I feel the best despite the fact of there having been many fine ones produced. It boasts one of the pairings of the legendary early 1930's team of Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper. In this film they have the best vechicle for their talents in this rousing tale of 18th Century England, buried treasure, pirates and adventure in the Carribean.
In real life the older Beery and child actor Cooper strongly disliked each other but their onscreen chemistry is unmistakeable.
Wallace Beery, a Hollywood veteran since the silent era has the role of a lifetime as the roguish but likeable Long John Silver complete with peg leg!! He is totally believeable and manages to make his character not only rough and gruff but appealing into the bargain. There has been criticism of Jackie Cooper's portrayal of Jim Hawkins from the point of view of him being both stiff and far too young for the character as depicted in Stevenson's novel. I feel he is excellent and manages to convey that sense of childish wonder at all the pirates doings around him while being able to reveal a commanding enough presence to keep us rooting for him as the action unfolds around him. I loved the Beery/Cooper combination in their other great classic "The Champ' but here they have less sentimental characters to work with and they both succeed wonderfully.
The film was a top budget production for the year and is directed with gusto by veteran director Victor Fleming who of course was responsible for some of the greatest of Hollywood classics like "Gone With The Wind" and many of the other classic Clark Gable productions . He manages a fine balance between the essential action of the story and the more genteel moments between the Beery and Cooper characters.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites November 6, 1999
By Zig Zog
Format:VHS Tape
After I watched this movie for the tenth time, I decided to read the book, in the hopes that it would clear up some of the drunken mumbling of the pirates, and let me understand what they were saying. Upon reading, I was happy to see how faithful the film was to the book - in fact I think they must have kept about 95% of the original dialogue in there. Even though the movie is really old, it really is quite atmospheric. There are many "quotable" lines in this flick, and many quaint facial expressions and lovely bits of overacting to see. I think Beery and Cooper work well together - Beery charming as Silver, and Cooper as a Jim Hawkins, who in my mind, is trying to be "one of the guys" - which usually means stiffening his lip and talkin all big. There are lots of goofy mis-dubbings (check out Silver's tavern scene) and Ben Gunn is a hilarious freak. The ending is touching too. One of the few movies I have that I can watch, rewind, and then watch again right away.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very faithful to the classic Stevenson tale. December 10, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Very good adaptation of the classic Stevenson pirate tale, with stirring performances by Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones and Wallace Beery as the hero-villain Long John Silver. Jackie Cooper is adequate as the young Jim Hawkins, who ships off after buried treasure. Directed by Academy Award winner, Victor Fleming, of "Gone With the Wind" fame. Recommended to anyone who is interested in viewing a faithful retelling of the classic Stevenson story. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isn't a shame? February 23, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
That the best version of classics like this seem to get to DVD so late? Surely, someone out there in the movie world must love this and have the means to restore it, because all other versions are pale imitations. Oh, I suppose you could argue with production values and so forth, but none of that matters against Wallace Beery's Long John Silver, an absolute icon. Jackie Cooper's no slouch either, "cheese says you?". Nothing but gold in this vault.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ben Gunn Ever! May 20, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The often ovelooked character, Ben Gunn is the true hero of Treasure Island. "Nobody minds Ben Gunn," yet he'd done them all, including the fearsome Long John Silver. Sure, he's strange, but "a man who has been three years biting his nails on a desert island, Jim, can't expect to appear as sane as you or me. It doesn't lie in human nature."

Charles 'Chic' Sale creates the best image of Ben Gunn in the history of cinema. His Ben Gunn is hilarious and believable. The scene near the end with a huge wheel of cheese is a great find. Very inspirational performance, and definitely an influence on the Ben Gunn Society...

Overall the film is good too, pretty well rooted in the book. Some new dialog falls in quite nicely with the source, and Jackie Cooper delivers a few great lines, like the parodical "says them, says he, says I." The relationship of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver is the main emphasis of this production, and the ending diverges a bit from the book, but that doesn't spoil the story. Another winner from the great Victor Fleming.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure this Version May 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoy most versions but to me this is the best. The great cast, sets, music, screenplay, and directing made it a wonderful adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson book. A pity it wasn't done in color only because I think it would gain more recognition with todays youth. Many still appreciate this wonderful adventure with pirates, sailing, and treasure hunting. The battle scene at the stockade is very exciting. One of the best family movies you can find these days. Any fan of Disney adventure movies will probably enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong adaption
Another great filmization of an european classic from the thirties. Strong direction by Victor Fleming (Gone with the
Wind) and beautiful acting by Beery, Jackie Cooper and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LostinGermany
5.0 out of 5 stars classic versiopn of this film.
there have been many remakes of this film but his the definitive version by far.why do others think they can do an improved version i cannot imagine. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Embury
5.0 out of 5 stars colorized is best.
good old movie. the color makes it more alive. the thing that I like most about old movies is that there is no cuss words in the movie.
Published 8 months ago by steve chubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby LOVED his Christmas Gift!
I bought this movie for my Husband at Christmas time. He has been wanting to re-watch this particular Treasure Island for years, but it has been hard to find (or impossible to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A BLAST FROM THE PAST
Published 9 months ago by The Brinkmans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
I really liked this version of Treasure Island. It follows the book as close as any of the other versions I've seen and I've seen all three now. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary J. Wightman
4.0 out of 5 stars Very true to the book
This movie is surprisingly true to the book--much more so than the Disney version. There are always some silly differences from the original (in this case, how they met Silver and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Leon Baradat
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with the classics.
Love it, and my 6th grade students love this old version too! We read the book then watch the movie to see discuss the artistic license taken by Hollywood. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gardengal
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This film is fun to watch from start to finish Wallace Berry was born to play Long John Silver. He plays a cold-bloodied murderer with a heart of gold-you forget the crimes and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tony Marquise Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the small print
I never saw on anything clearly written that I couldn't watch this move on my player in the United States,WATCH OUT PEOPLE!!!!
Published 15 months ago by susan
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