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Long John Silver [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Newton , Connie Gilchrist , Byron Haskin    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor, Rod Taylor
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Martin Rackin, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Producers: Joe Kaufmann, Mark Evans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: United Home
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ1KE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shiver me timbers! 13 Sep 2008
This brought back memories of my childhood watching Robert Newton as Long John Silver, when I gleefully made my teddy "walk the plank". However, this sequel to Disney's film of Treasure Island leaves something to be desired. The acting is fine and tale not so bad, complete with a "Blind Pue" substitute in marooned blind sailor Israel. However, the action scenes shot at night are so dark as to be unwatchable. This is obviously an inexpensivey made DVD from a poor film copy. A better or enhanced DVD could have been made showing all the actoin clearly. Enjoyable at such a cheap price but a great pity, shipmates, when there be better treasure out there for the asking. Aargh! Send the landlubbers who made this to Davey Jones locker! One for die hard fans only.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars appalling photography 6 Feb 2011
the quality of the photography is absolutely appalling. it looks as if it had been filmed from a tv-screen. how can that be?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When dealing with "budget" DVD versions of old films it can truly be said that you get what you pay for, with the occasional nugget gleaming through the tarnished treasures of an earlier age....

For starters, this version (Elstree Hill) is a pan and scan version of a widescreen original as can be seen from the squashed titles fore and aft... it's also from a print that has seen better days, with jerky motion evident and a few scenes with torrential scratches. And when we have "day for night" shots it is sometimes difficult to see anything in the murky depths of what appears to be an old 16mm hire print... although with the slight pulling at the top of the picture I wonder whether or not there's a VHS generation somewhere in the path to DVD...

Having established the budget quality credentials of the beast, it must be said that as a movie it's not bad at all, with Newton exhibiting real villainy as the old unidexter... Old Long John has more moral ambiguity here than in the Disney "Treasure Island" that inspired the (very non-Disney) sequel.

It must also be remembered that this movie propelled the old rogue into a television series (also available in several ports on DVD that be, too)during the course of which he almost grew lovable.

So why 3 stars when the print is rougher than an old sailors chanty? The price. This film won't deplete your treasure overmuch and for all it's faults is worth watching - just for the joys of watching Newton ham it up for all he's worth.

Buy it anyways, shipmates! You won't regret it, Arrrr!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful picture quality 4 Oct 2012
By markmc
I was looking forward to watching this dvd but after only a few minutes i gave up due to the appalling picture quality which was thoroughly offputting. I think film makers should be taken to task and made to state on the packaging whether or not a classic film has been digitally mastered or cleaned - had i known this prior to my purchase i never would have bought this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not be offered 25 Dec 2011
By Leon
The quality of this product is so inferior to that of 'Treasure Iland' that it should not be released. It's a very bad quality copy, grainy with jumps and skips which makes it very difficult to watch. I wish I was aware that it is not digitally enhanced. It's too bad because it is still a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long John Silver Treasure trove. 1 Feb 2010
Robert Newton to me is the definitive Long John Silver in cinema and television which is why i bought this box set. Newton reprised his role of Silver from Treasure Island in this t.v. series made in Australia. This set comprises 14 of the 26 episodes he made in the series and i found them quite enjoyable. The only fault with the set is that they are not remastered and the series seems to have been filmed using a low grade colour film stock which gives the colour a washed out look. It would have been nice to see the costumes in pristine colour instead of the faded look they have. If you can put up with this then certainly buy this set as it is a rare series which dosen't turn up very often.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really poor... 6 Mar 2008
you usually get what you pay for...
This, unfortunately, does NOT happen here, considering the fact that the 4 pounds i've spent on this DVD rank the item as OVERPRICED !
I would not mind paying double money for a descent version of this movie!
If this film was on television and i recorded it with a hand-cam, i would probably get a better (clearer and not distorted)version from the one I've already binned yesterday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of Gold 13 Nov 2009
Robert Newton was born to play Long John Silver. In these episodes the character of Long John is toned down from the R.L. Stevenson figure in Treasure Island, to one who can best be described as a "loveable rogue". Here Newton, as can be expected, plays the character with great gusto and humour.

I had not realized that when I first saw the series in the late 1950's, they were
in fact a landmark in Australian television.It was filmed entirely in Australia, in technicolour, with prominent Australian actors, several years before Australia itself had television.

Throughout the 26 episodes Newton is outstanding. Ably supported by his regular crew, notable contributions are made by Neva Carr- Glyn in " THe Orphans' Christmas" and George Simpson- Little in "Devil's Stew". "The Tale of a Tooth" is hilarious and "Execution Dock" is brilliantly surreal, way ahead of its time. THe tender relationship that both Long John and Purity Pinker have for Jim Hawkins (beautifully played by Kit Taylor), is moving. It is easy to forget that Newton was an actor of wide range and experience, capable of great sensitivity. His skill in avoiding the matrimonial intentions of Miss Purity is another amusing feature of the series.

The Adventures of Long John Silver is a thoroughly enjoyable series despite some reproduction flaws. I remember as a boy reading that Robert Newton did not always enjoy being cast as a villain but he loved playing a pirate. In this series it shows with every episode ending with a laugh and a smile. Excellent entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars clarity not that good. but enjoyable all the same
Very old, clarity not that good. but enjoyable all the same.
Published 9 days ago by roger cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Glen Britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrrrrrrrggggggghhhhh
i love this series, the quality is ok for an oldie and price is cheap i paid 2.99 for mine.
It has not been destroyed by widescreen cropping
Published 7 months ago by tarallems
5.0 out of 5 stars Long John Silver [DVD]
Published 10 months ago by Bill Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
Really poor quality dvd. There,s a few of these under different distributors all very poor quality.This starlite one is just as bad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Micky Mushroom
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible reproduction
Poorest reproduction of any old films made into dvd that I have ever purchased. Picture goes from dark to light as scenes change, contrast is far too high and colour garish. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr Derek Hope
3.0 out of 5 stars A TV Collection That Doesn't Seem Enough
I have heard stories of this television program for many years, after watching Walt Disney's Treasure Island as a kid. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ultron77
5.0 out of 5 stars toytown
not my scene . bought it as a gift for dad . he loved it . but then he prefers oldies
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by toytown
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to treasure Island Same Film, as Long John Silver....
This is the same film as "Long John Silver". Directed by Byron Haskin. With Kit Taylor and Connie Gilchrist. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by SB
1.0 out of 5 stars a very bad copy
the long john silver film i ordered had recently been on sky movies being an old film i thought it may be unavailable but amazon stocked it. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2010 by betsey
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