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Enid Blyton's The Famous Five - Five On Treasure Island [DVD]

Rel Grainer , Richard Palmer , Gerald Landau    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rel Grainer, Richard Palmer, Gillian Harrison, John Baily, Robert Cawdron
  • Directors: Gerald Landau
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ENID BLYTON THE FAMOUS FIVE
FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND
A film by Gerald Landan

The holidays have finally arrived and Julian, Dick and Ann are looking forward to spending a long hot summer with their feisty tomboy cousin Georgina - or George - as she prefers to be known. But picnics and bike rides are put on hold when George and her new pal Timmy the dog share the secret of a mysterious shipwreck with the others. An exciting discovery is in store for the intrepid Five but they are not alone!

Adapted from the first of Enid Blyton's perennially popular Famous Five stories, this ripping adventure tale in eight thrilling instalments is great fun for all the family. Enid Blyton herself was on hand to cast the film which follows the Five as they investigate the secret of the wreck. Chock-full of cliffhangers and mystery, the popular Children's Film Foundation serial remains close to the spirit of the book. With enthusiastic performances from some well-cast young actors, these are delightful films which every fan of the Famous Five will want to treasure.

Special Features

  • New High Definition transfer
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by Enid Blyton expert Norman Wright, character biographies and more
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

UK | 1957 | black and white | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 121 minutes | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD



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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 15 Sep 2010
By Nick
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I suspect, like many, Blyton fans I never thought Id see this serial make it onto DVD and when it was announced I was concerned that it would be a half hearted attempt.

My fears are unfounded. The transfer is top notch, the accompanying booklet a great read and the all round presentation a joy.

A must for Blyton and Five fans!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Blyton fans 20 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
This DVD entertained the whole family eager to watch the next episode. It was bought for my 9 year old who is a famous 5 fan. The only disappointment was when I realised that I had unknowingly ordered a DVD in black and white. However my daughter(and the rest of us) loved it. The next DVD has already been ordered for christmas!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated and delightful 21 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
This Famous Five adventure is very much of its time but none the worse for that. It's particularly enjoyable if viewed in serial mode as intended, for example one episode each day. One can imagine watching them as part of the Saturday morning children's shows in days gone by.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filmed in Cornwall 8 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
Loved it! We have a holiday cottage in Cornwall and this DVD was given to us by a guest who recognised that some of the filming was down our lane and on the beach just below our home. Great to see Talland Bay as it was 50 years ago - we've learnt more from this film than from numerous old photos!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at it's best! 4 April 2012
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I watched this with my 7 and 8 year-old last night and we all really enjoyed it. They loved the characters coming alive from the book and the suspense, whilst I enjoyed a nostalgic trip back to 1957 when everyone spoke with a terribly English BBC voice and the children were deeply respectful of their parents!!! I loved the Famous Five books as a child and, luckily, this has transferred to my children. The child actors were very good, probably better than the adults, and it was just a really, enjoyable evening watching episodes 1 to 8 back-to-back. No special effects, nothing clever, just simple, honest mystery and suspense. I would happily recommend this DVD. Our particular copy kept changing from black and white to a pinky/purple tinge but I'm not sure whether this is the dvd or our dvd player. Either way it didn't particularly bother us or detract from the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Adults Together 20 Dec 2010
By A. W. Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Like the other reviewers, I suspect, I was brought up on Blyton and still have all the "5" books and the "Adventure" ones. I approached this with trepidation and a very wary eye. I've never seen it and more recnt adaptations haven't been marvellous. I really was pleasantly, genuinely surprised. This is good.! It's played dead straight and though some of the casting is a bit odd to those of us who know and love etc. the filming is very good. I was particularly impressed with the scenes at sea which looked very realistic, and the photography and print and sound quality. Sadly I suspect this will only appeal now to people like me (ie ageing adults) I would imagine kids today wouldn't know what to make of it - Shame. Lastly, about the casting..Dick is too small and too young, and George looks older and bigger than all of them, but put that to one side and they are all good, particulaly Anne, who looks just like the fabulous drawings by Eileen Soper. Well done for having courage enough to take a chance on releasing the 2 films, and with accompanying novels and booklet. Thankyou.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Five...the Beginning 4 Sep 2012
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This is the beginning of the Famous Five, a must see for all the many Blyton fans who read the Famous Five books. It contains a beautiful booklet with many photos. The film was made in 1957 in Dorset at the Jurassic Coast and in Corfe Castle Village. I've been there in 2008 and it's still unchanged.
In 1964 "Five have a Mystery to solve" has also been filmed by CFF and is now available on DVD (with a gorgeous booklet as well).

One more tip for Blyton fans.
"Treasure at the Mill" is one of those suspenseful treasure hunt stories that we all loved to read in the fifties and sixties...they don't write such great children's books any longer.

Malcolm Saville was asked by Mary Field (Childrens Film Foundation) to write a book about the Ardleigh Mill near Colchester in Essex and he included the family Pettit (who owned the mill at the time) in his book.

Then CFF made the movie and that is one of the best CFF movies ever.

I can highly recommend the book (it has a map of the area and another map of the mill plus several illustrations) and the DVD (it contains an interview with Merrilyn Pettit who returned to Ardleigh Mill for the bonus material).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Harold
Format:DVD
I love the fully illustrated book containing contextualising essays. Great addition to this DVD feature. QUALITY is quiet high, because it was remastered to High Definition from Film elements held in the BFI National Archive
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good author
even though i am getting on in years i still like to revert back to my younger days to get some enjoyment because some of today's films i would not pay the people who produce them... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bromefleet bullhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously dated but charming and my children enjoyed it
The first ever Enid Blyton story filmed and with the author herself involved in casting. It's broken into 15 minute chapters becuase it was shown in instalments each week at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr & Mrs Beeton
5.0 out of 5 stars This enjoyable film portrays the Famous Five as Enid Blyton saw them.
This film was made in 1957 for the Saturday cinema club circuit and consists of eight episodes of 15 minutes, each of the first seven with "cliff-hanger" endings to entice... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony R
5.0 out of 5 stars remember you childhood with your children
You will be taken back to another time when you were young and the world was there to be explored. The Famous Five books did just that and we enjoyed revisiting them on this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous five
My daughter is hooked on the books. The film is a treasured item on her shelf. If I hear it again think I will need counselling. She thinks it's ace!
Published 6 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Morning Pictures all over again !
As a child I, like many others my age, went most Saturday mornings to the special children's Saturday Morning Pictures where we saw all manner of films made especially for... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Roberton
5.0 out of 5 stars A firm favourite
Even after many many years, Enid Blyton's adventure stories remain popular. Its good old fashioned down to earth adventure story line takes the biscuit.
Published 14 months ago by norabubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Five
This film was so much fun! It was all about the five (George, Julian, Dick, Ann, and Timothy) finding an extraordinary treasure, and some men trying to stop them! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss Mary-Ann-Gracie Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars wont disapoint young or old readers
My son enjoys all of the Enid B books and thankfully i have kept all mine from the early seventies to the early eighties. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Garry R. Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars Five On a Treasure Island..
This is very good wholesome family entertainment. Sure it is an old monochrome film, but it has been very well restored, and it keeps fairly close to the original story, not like... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Terry Tee
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