Treasure Island 2012

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Eddie Izzard stars as Long John Silver in this TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel. Young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) finds himself set for adventure on the high seas when he is entrusted with a treasure map by ailing pirate Billy Bones (David Harewood).The map shows the location of treasure buried by Bones's former captain, Flint (Donald Sutherland). Other members of Flint's crew are also after the booty, so Jim is accompanied by Squire Trelawney (Rupert Penry-Jones) and Doctor Livesy (Daniel Mays) as they make their way by sea to the island where the treasure is hidden. However, some of Flint's crew, led by the one-legged John Silver (Izzard), have managed to inveigle their way aboard Jim's ship as crewmembers, and will stop at nothing to get their hands on the treasure.

Starring:
Elijah Wood, Geoff Bell
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 58 minutes
Starring Elijah Wood, Geoff Bell, Daniel Mays, Donald Sutherland, David Harewood, Shirley Henderson, Shaun Parks, Keith Allen, Sean Gilder, Rupert Penry-Jones, Eddie Izzard, Philip Glenister, Nina Sosanya, Toby Regbo, Clinton Blake
Director Steve Barron
Genres Historical
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 10 September 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 58 minutes
Starring Elijah Wood, Geoff Bell, Daniel Mays, Donald Sutherland, David Harewood, Shirley Henderson, Shaun Parks, Keith Allen, Sean Gilder, Rupert Penry-Jones, Eddie Izzard, Philip Glenister, Nina Sosanya, Toby Regbo, Clinton Blake
Director Steve Barron
Genres Historical
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 10 September 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By G. Heywood on 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 By Speedigee on 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 By cinefodder on 30 July 2012
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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 By Kev Stock on 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 By derek hulme on 15 April 2014
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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 By Filmfanatic on 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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A bit darker story with the not so nice Squire Trelawney in this version a greedy uncaring landowner and not the benevolent benefactor of the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Brilliant acting by Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver, must have taken a lot of practice hopping around on one leg. The crew of the ship were well cast too, right knavish looking lot but Ben Gunn could have been a bit crazier. Brilliant none the less. Hope a sequel with Eddie Izzard is done, he made the film for me.
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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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