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Treasure Island [DVD] [1972]

Orson Welles , Kim Burfield , Andrea Bianchi , Antonio Margheriti    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Kim Burfield, Lionel Stander, Walter Slezak, Ángel del Pozo
  • Directors: Andrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti, John Hough
  • Writers: Orson Welles, Antonio Margheriti, Bautista de la Calle, Gérard Vergez, Hubert Frank
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AM782
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Adventure drama adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel. Jim Hawkins (Kim Burfield) is a young man who works at a pub with his mother (Maria Rohm). When a drunken old sailor Billy Bones (Lionel Stander) comes in for a drink and dies, Jim gets his hands on an old pirate's treasure map. He then enlists Squire Trelawney (Walter Slezak) and Dr. Livesey (Angel del Pozo) to help him locate the island on the map. Orson Welles stars as Long John Silver, a pirate Jim meets on his travels.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisted; a childhood pirate classic tale 6 April 2009
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Treasure Island first written by Robert Lewis Stevenson and published in 1883 has seen many incarnations on the silver screen from the first silent version in 1920 featuring Shirley Mason. This was followed by MGM's first sound version with Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery version of 1934 which was followed a few years later with a version from the Soviet Union. Following the Second World War Walt Disney made his famous first full length action film of it in 1950.
This is a 1972 version with Orson Welles and is the next production of this classic boy's adventure story in English language; other versions in many languages followed over the years. Even the recent fantastic Pirates of the Caribbean Dean Man's Chest owes a dedication to the song "Fifteen men on a dead man's chest; Yo Ho, Ho and a bottle of rum" a phrase straight from Robert Lewis Stevenson.
This 1972 version with Orson Welles is Long John Silver and follows the story line pretty correctly. Trickery and death soon follow as Long John Silver and his shipmates sign on as crew once at Treasure Island there is a mutiny by the crew of the ship Hispaniola and the skull and cross bones hauled up on the mast.
The movie ends with the maniacal laughter from crazed Ben Gunn relishing the aghast look on the face of Long John Silver as gold tumbles from a hole in the side of a cave wall. Ending just as in the Stevenson's original book with Long John Silver escaping with a stolen boat in the West Indies.
Filmed in Italy and Spain this film brings back fond childhood memories; it was good to relive this childhood classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
It's a curious irony that a producer as fond of adapting novels in the public domain as Harry Alan Towers should let so many of his films fall into the public domain himself. So it is with his 1972 Anglo-Spanish-Italian co-pro version of Treasure Island, one of his many collaborations with the perennially cash-strapped Orson Welles. The great man may have co-written the script under the pseudonym O.W. Jeeves (alongside five others), but he didn't hang around for the dubbing, which means we see him as Long John Silver but hear Bond villain revoicer par excellence Robert Rietty delivering his dialogue. Still, some of it is good dialogue and, while not attempting an impersonation, Rietty does at least get the style, cadence and intonation of Welles so it's not quite as big a handicap as it might seem at first. Not that he's the only one dubbed - half the multi-national cast are flying (or talking) under false colors, as is the Spanish port that doubles unconvincingly for Bristol Harbor. The film itself isn't an eye patch on the 1934 Wallace Beery-Jackie Cooper version or even the hard-to-find but surprisingly good 1990 Charlton Heston-Christian Bale TV movie, but it's efficient enough time filler without ever hitting the highs, and the early scenes at the Admiral Benbow Inn are fairly atmospheric. Natale Massara's score sounds suspiciously like Roy Budd's impressive work on the previous year's Kidnapped - something that probably was not a coincidence, though since Budd wasn't averse to `borrowing' himself, it's not quite such a brazen act of musical piracy as it may at first seem.

Be warned that the DVDs of this title are all variable in quality, from acceptable to pretty awful.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen 28 Jan 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's sad to see an actor of Orson Wells' stature reduced to appearing in a film as appalling as this. I bought this to watch with my six-year-old son, as he likes pirates, and was very disappointed. Luckily, my son's critical faculties are less developed than mine and he managed to sit through to the end, thanks to the presence of swords, canons, guns and dastardly villains. In fact he seemed to enjoy the film.
Aside from the weak screenplay, variable acting, dodgy lip-sync and attrocious film score, the actual film quality is very poor and obviously hasn't been remastered. Both the colour and sharpness are very opaque and the sound is muffled, making it occasionally hard to follow the dialogue. Not recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased! 29 Nov 2013
By Helen
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Bought this for my partner and he loved it!!!! Wanted this DVD as he read the book when he was young and wanted to see the version on film :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown (?) film starring Orson Welles 25 Mar 2014
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An enjoyable re-telling of Treasure Island. I did not know of this version with Orson Welles and only saw part of it incidentally on TV recently where the technical quality was low. The DVD is fine, 'though I might have expected better from a transfer of a film released in 1972 - there is some noticeable colour instability and the sound is a bit rough, but not enough to detract from the overall atmosphere which is very 'period'. For me, this has the best 'feel' of Robert Louis Stevenson's period novel (including Robert Newton's). One small criticism of the camerawork - close-ups during conversation sometimes cut off the top of the heads, chins and ears! But fabulous sets, low camera angles, deep black shadows all make for a really enjoyable re-telling. Enthusiastically recommended!
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