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Ah-harr, this be a rum old copy, this be, lad..... pieces of eight millimetre?,
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This review is from: Long John Silver [DVD] (DVD)
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!