Treasure Island (2011)

July 18, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) lives a quiet life with his widowed mother, but he has a free spirit and longs for an adventure on the high seas. When he stumbles upon a treasure map, he confides in a family friend and soon enough, a small crew is assembled to hunt down the promised loot. Jim also befriends an eccentric cook named Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard), who makes sure he is also included in the adventure. As the ship Hispaniola travels the dangerous seas toward treasure, all kinds of trouble soon begin to surface on the vessel. As time passes, tensions mount and hidden intentions soon threaten to be exposed. Jim and Silver find themselves at odds, only to reconcile, then find conflict once again. With the treasure on the horizon, who will manage to claim the loot and who will survive this treacherous adventure?

Treasure Island has been adapted for countless films, so this three hour mini-series had a lot of competition. The production pulled in an impressive cast, with Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver. As always, Izzard is charismatic and eclectic, which pumps a lot of life into this production. He sometimes lets too much of himself shine through, but he is fun to watch. The rest of the cast is good too, with standouts being Elijah Wood and a small, but remarkable appearance by Donald Sutherland. Where this Treasure Island sinks is all the liberties taken with the source. Of course some alterations are always made in novel to film adaptations, but here entire characters are changed in drastic ways. So for those who hold the book sacred, this Treasure Island is sure to infuriate. But if you’ve never read the book, Treasure Island offers a dark, capable pirate adventure. I wasn’t dazzled by this take on Treasure Island, but aside from the unfaithful adaptation, it is a solid watch.

Video: How does it look?

Treasure Island is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The mini-series looks good here, with a clean and sharp presentation. I found detail to be solid, but of course not on the same level as an HD release. But detail is good for a DVD and the lush visuals come across well. The colors are bright and natural, while contrast is stark and consistent. As far as DVD goes, this transfer looks quite good.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is offered, which sounds good. The mini-series isn’t as action driven as some, so the surrounds aren’t alive at all times. But in the moments where the action kicks in or the open sea needs to come alive, the surrounds oblige and provide solid presence. The music also add some life to the mix, while dialogue remains clear and clear. This disc also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc also includes audio comments from Eddie Izzard and director Steve Barron, an assortment of cast interviews, several promotional featurettes, and the mini-series’ trailer.

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