Friday, March 28, 2003
Hurrah! Disney is releasing Treasure Island on DVD next month. This almost makes up for their hideous animated fiasco/remake, Treasure Planet. If you've never seen Treasure Island, you're in for a treat - the best scenery chewing ever by Robert Newton, the man who patented the phrase "Arrr!" Also, Disney wasn't afraid to throw in some rough stuff on this one... apparently the original print had some violent scenes cut from it when it was re-released to television, which have now been restored. I think this is appropriate because Long John Silver, one of the greatest villains ever created, has a real dark side. He has a soft spot for Jim Hawkins, but he's a meanie.
If you've never read the book - get it. Any library has it and it's one of the great stories, perfect for a weekend read.