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Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. 1966

G CC

A navy pilot becomes a modern-day Robinson Crusoe when he is forced to ditch his plane in the Pacific.

Starring:
Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Byron Paul
Starring Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan
Supporting actors Akim Tamiroff, Arthur Malet, Tyler McVey, Peter Renaday, Peter Duryea, John Dennis, Nancy Hsueh, Victoria Young, Yvonne Ribuca, Bebe Louie, Lucia Valero, Richard Deacon, Ron Veto
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Nicholas Carroll on February 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I've been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD so I can replace my well-worn VHS copy. I used to watch this film a lot as a teenager because I've always had an interest in "deserted south pacific islands" ("Gilligan's Island" was one of my favourite childhood shows, I loved "Swiss Family Robinson", I dreamed of visiting Tahiti and Fiji when a 4th grade teacher spoke about such islands existing, and a part of me still fantasizes about the Peace Corps).

This film is a Disney classic which still holds up well today. I'm not sure if savvy modern-day children will like this kind of film, but I imagine they will. The humor is timeless and Dick Van Dyke is the sort of actor that children gravitate to (perhaps "the Mary Poppins effect"). I like this retelling of the "Robinson Crusoe" story, modernizing it and adding much humor as well. The chimp as sidekick is great.

My favorite part of the movie is when Lt Crusoe meets the island ladies and they speak pidgin to comedic effect (like using "cow-cow"). There were so many lines in this film that my sister and I loved to quote to one another, such as "Kabuna say 'women got rights!'" Just the word "Kabuna" sounds funny when you say it. I love how Lt Crusoe plays with the natives' superstitious belief in idols, by making Kabuna (an Easter Island looking tiki rock carving that the island natives worship) speak with a booming voice. Ah, to be stranded on an island full of beautiful native women! This film is kind of a parody about the women's liberation movement, as Lt Crusoe changes the women to be less submissive and more independent, which has an unintended consequence for him...as they chase after him and he's still dreaming about his girl in the U.S.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We've been waiting for a long time for this one to hit. If you've never seen it, and you like either the classic Disney movies or Dick Van Dyke, you'll like this one. I saw this as a 6 year old at the drive in, and got a lousy recording years ago on VHS off of the TV. My kids watch this again and again even though it's "old fashioned".

Funny, clean, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable. I truly think this would be a Disney classic on par with more famous flicks if only they would have changed the ending. For those of you that have seen it, you'll know what I mean when I say that Lt Crusoe should have returned! A perfect ending!
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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I watched this first using Amazon Instant Video. They were having a 99 cent rental special on it at the time. I love this movie. I remember seeing it at the movies as a child and it has been a favorite every since.

Let me tell you about Amazon's Instant Video.

I did the download and watch it while it downloaded. Then I watch it again for about a dozen times. The picture was digital quality and in letterbox. So I decided to go ahead and buy the DVD. The reviews about it were true. The full screen version that Disney released for sale looks like a poor, grainly quality VHS transfer to DVD.

I can't understand why they can offer something so nice under Instant Video for rent and this piece of crap for sale.

Anyway, as far as the movie goes, it was a wonderful and I highly recommended it for family viewing. Even with the poor quality I do not regret the purchase but I hope one day Disney will start offering all their classics in their original format.
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Format: DVD
It's been a long time since I've seen this film, and I remember it to be an engaging slapstick farce with Dick Van Dyke in top form as the title character, a descendant of the original Robinson Crusoe who, while on training mission, crash-lands on a tropical island. He must fend for himself while awaiting rescue, with only fellow castaway Floyd the astrochimp and a native girl he names Wednesday to keep him company. It's a funny and fast-paced lark, and very typical of '60's Disney product.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this version of the film for purchase at this time. Here are five reasons why:

1. Like "Million Dollar Duck" and "Barefoot Executive", "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N." is being released to DVD in a lazy, fullscreen version instead of the family-friendly 1:66:1 aspect ratio it was originally filmed in. As a film purist, I simply refuse to buy anything that isn't presented in the format it was originally filmed in. That Disney is dumping old films on DVD in the old fullscreen VHS format shows a total lack of respect for the filmmakers and the consumer alike.

2. I see no indication on the packaging that this film has been digitally restored. Therefore, I must conclude the DVD contains the same tired old print of the film that was originally released on VHS. Even more galling is the fact that the sound hasn't been upgraded to stereo, but according to the packaging is presented in "mono." I ask consumers everywhere: why bother replacing old VHS films with DVDs that are of no better quality than what you already have?

3. There are absolutely no extras presented with this film. No "making of" documentary, no commentary with Mr. Van Dyke, no original theatrical trailer, nothing.
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