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Treasure Island - The Complete Series [DVD]

Eddie Izzard , Rupert Penry-Jones , Steve Barron    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eddie Izzard, Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Glenister, Toby Regbo, Elijah Wood
  • Directors: Steve Barron
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LNGADC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Set in the dangerous world of buccaneers, this adaptation of the much-loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island will take viewers on a high octane adventure following the story of Jim Hawkins as he discovers Flint’s treasure map. The two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint’s treasure map. However, Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get hold of the gold for himself. As they set sail for Treasure Island, Jim embarks on an action adventure that will change his life forever.

Starring Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard in the role of Long John Silver, Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn and Donald Sutherland as Captain Flint, top British acting talent completing the line-up includes Phillip Glenister as play Captain Smollet, Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) who takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays as Dr. Livesey. David Harewood takes on the role of Bones who leads Jim into the murky world of piracy and seeking Flint’s hidden treasure. Toby Regbo stars as Jim Hawkins--a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Silver for the treasure and his life.

"Eddie Izzard shivers some impressive timbers"--Metro
"Malign, mercurial and masculine - *****"--Mail on Sunday, Live
"Brilliant"--Chris Moyles
"Everything about this adaptation is faithful and traditional"--Time Out
"Spectacular"--Daily Star

From Amazon.co.uk

A fresh take on the Treasure Island book by Robert Louis Stevenson, this television mini-series boasts high production values, a stellar cast, and an awful lot of fun. It also remains quite faithful to the source material, whilst managing to carve out an identity of its own. Inevitably, the changes that it does make won’t be liked by everyone, but they’re very much in the spirit of the production.

It’s best to start with the wonderful cast. Take Eddie Izzard’s excellent, screen-gobbling take on Long John Silver. He’s in spectacular form here, joined by the likes of Elijah Wood, Philip Glenister and Donald Sutherland. And in the midst of those names is Toby Regbo, in the pivotal role of Jim Hawkins. The cast are clearly having a ball with the material, and the fun is infectious.

This Treasure Island is pitched nicely at a family audience, too, with good action, strong production design and a broad appeal. It’s far from the definitive telling of the tale, but then it doesn’t have ambitions to be. Yet you get far more from it than you’d ordinarily expect from a television mini-series, and the sheer glee of watching Eddie Izzard on top of his game is something to be cherished. Good, solid fun on a good, solid disc. --Jon Foster


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Showed promise.. 3 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
After seeing this, I have mixed feelings about it. The effects and atmosphere is great and visually and audibly, pretty close to how I imagined it. The problem is, it is different from the book, and I don't find the changes an improvement. Ultimately, the question must be why? There was more than enough drama and excitement in the book to easily fill the duration but the changes they made don't add to it, but even worse, alter the dynamics.

Now, Silver doesn't have the same charisma, Hawkins doesn't have the same fortune, and Trelawney is more nasty rather than a fool. It isn't the fault of the actors, I think they do a great job (Izzard, Penry-Jones, and Mays in particular), but some of the plot changes either just don't add anything positive (overall) to the story, or actually detract from it.

Still, it is worth watching, but if they went to so much effort to produce it, why not just stick to the story?
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something of a shock 19 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
It was something of a shock for me to see this adaptation. I have read the book several times as man and boy. Some of the changes were quite extreme, not just the story but the characters themselves. The book was of course originally written for young readers so it appeared that the producer an/or the screenwriter were retelling it as an adult tale. The production was generally very good with acting and photography of a high standard. For the record my preferred version is the 1989 production starring Charlton Heston as Long John Silver. It was very close to the book and Heston played Silver straight without the comic send-up characterisation of Robert Newton in the 1950 Disney version. If you choose to watch this production be prepared for considerable changes from the book and most other film versions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What on earth? 30 July 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was brought up on Treasure Island (or village pub was renamed the Admiral Benbow and we even had a real Jim Hawkins - wow!I still have and read my first copy bought some 60 years ago. I bought this series because I have all the other versions and sadly, I wish I hadn't. The original was a "boy's own" dream of an adventure with all the right characters in a mix of gangsterism and threats of mayhem. This one is just ridiculous. Why all those weird tattoos and part of the crew seeming to be composed of Jamaican gangsta rappers, some with deplorable mockney accents. As for the portrayal of Ben Gunn, I was about to stop it but curiosity got the better of me and the performance became a parody of the original. As a stand alone it was cinematically excellent, the scenery and photography were first class and that alone got it the three stars. But why fiddle so much with the original story? There was enough there to satisfy anybody of any age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked well, but......... 5 Jan 2013
Format:DVD
Just watched this over Christmas, having read the book years ago and watched several versions including the classic 1950's Disney version.
All in all a very good series. Some superb acting and camera work. Scenes were wonderfully done and costumes were every bit as over the top as they should be. The ending was a let down, it looks hurried and cut off. The character of Ben Gunn was miscast totally, yet that of Israel Hands was played out to its chilling best.
Some huge changes to the original story and Eddie Izzard is fantastic throughout. Be entertained, this is worth a place on anyone's shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Utter Tosh. Wildly different from original story in every way. If you like them book you will hate this. If you want a pirate film then Pirates of The Caribbean is much much better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE SHIPMATES! 23 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
I bought this because I like Eddie Izzard and I hoped very much to enjoy a new telling of this classic story. I was bitterly disappointed. Despite the presence of some very fine actors the whole thing is lack-lustre. The changes to the original story add absolutely nothing, in my view; on the contrary they fall far short of Stevenson's vision. Eddie Izzard is good, but he lacks the real menace that Robert Newton achieved in the part. (I haven't seen Charlton Heston's portrayal) All in all, not worth the asking price. My advice? (If I may presume.) Go for the Disney version. Robert Newton was a brilliant actor and the production is timeless. You can buy a lot of popcorn with the money you save.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action/adventure like it used to be 20 July 2014
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This is a brilliant production of classic book with an amazing and utterly convincing cast.

I sat through the first part (again) with my aged Mother and she insisted on watching part two immediately, 'on the bounce', even though it was well after midnight by that time!

It's a rollicking good tale of pirates, shipwrecks, buried treasure, friendship and betrayal. It beautifully made and the acting is brilliant. Eddie Izzard is truly remarkable as Long John Silver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Island 8 Jun 2014
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Eddie Izzard adds a charming reality to this excellent rendition of the classic novel. A good watch for all and completely recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
didn't enjoy this version very much
Published 2 days ago by irene dyrbus
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent series, eddie izzard as good as ever
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great watch. Izzy Izzard plays John Silver brilliantly. Can recommend this film for all the family.
Published 26 days ago by Mrs Julie Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Treaasure Island at its best!
Best dramatization of Treasure Island ever made! Fine Performances from a cast second to none!!
Authenticity, great adventure and moving scenes hold you captive to the very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claudia
5.0 out of 5 stars a very nice modern adaptation
I enjoyed this a lot and would have liked to watch it for a little longer. Very convincing acting on most parts, especially Long John Silver who isn't very long at all in this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christian Gerritzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series
We always wanted to get this on DVD and was delighted when we saw it was on offer through yourselves. Eddie Izzard is very good as his evil/affectionate character.
Published 7 months ago by Kaz77d
5.0 out of 5 stars treasure island
great dvd really enjoyed watching it, would highly recommend to any one, also very satisfied with product and service provided.
Published 7 months ago by michael mccarthy
4.0 out of 5 stars MUCH TO LIKE, BUT OCCASIONALLY ADRIFT
The much loved, well constructed RLS novel is here given another screen airing, viewers perhaps divided about how well it succeeds. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
We all know what happens in this story and we have all seen the various other films on the book but the new generation of actors to take on the roles and playing our favourite... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL TIME GREAT MOVIE
WHEN I WAS A CHILD WAY BACK IN 1960s--THE FIRST ADVENTUROUS BOOK I READ & STAYED IN MY MIND WAS R.L. STEVENSONS' TREASURE ISLAND. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CAPT .RAVI CHATURVEDI--FROM NEWDELHI
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