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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 (34 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Blyton fans 20 Oct 2010
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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38 of 39 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated and delightful 21 Nov 2010
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
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 All Adults Together 20 Dec 2010
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enid blyton dvd 15 Sep 2011
By Helen
Even though this was black and white and very obviously of a time, my children absolutely loved this. Very good value for money and has helped to really get them into the idea of mysteries & detection. (Children aged 7 & 5)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars kept my God daughters busy for hours and made them LOVE their visit to...
Achieved the desired result - kept my God daughters busy for hours and made them LOVE their visit to us
Published 10 days ago by drrobc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice film.... and a rather good adaptation of the book
Published 12 days ago by dijee
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 9 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 9 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 13 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 17 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 19 months ago by Miss Mary-Ann-Gracie Maria
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