This is a DVD taken from a live recording of the 'Smuggler's Gold' musical stage show. As such the action is naturally very 'stage bound', but picture quality and sound are quite good. The musical is based on Enid Blyton`s classic books (but not any book in particular) and "this unique musical production was filmed during its smash nationwide tour". This DVD lasts about 80 minutes and is rated U.
This musical was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Enid Blyton's birth (~1995). Starring Elizabeth Marsland, Lyndon Ogbourne, Matthew Johnson, and Vicky Taylor, it also features Jon Lee as Julian (b. 26 April 1982), a busy child actor (e.g. schoolboy Josh in East-Enders) who joined S Club 7 in 1999.
My kids (girl 11, boy 9) have already happily watched this DVD about 10 times, and that's more than they watch many other children's DVD films - except perhaps their 'The worst Witch' and 'Jimmy Neutron' DVDs. They say they like the story and songs. The villains are a bit panto, and the storyline is more sympathetic with the famous five books than a book adaptation. It's nicely acted and sung throughout by all. I wouldn't recommend it to any adult fan, as it seems aimed directly at pre-teens, but at a fiver it seems well worth money for Famous Five kid fans who like a bit of pantomime, particularly as the excellent 1970s and 1990s Famous Five TV series never made it to release on DVD.