TREASURE ISLAND (1950) DVD
Details2859 Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard the good ship Hispaniola and set sail in search of buried treasure in one of Disney's most critically acclaimed adventure classics -- presented in its original, uncut theatrical version! In his first all-live-action feature, Walt Disney has vividly brought to life Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of buccaneers and buried gold. Authentic locales, rich color photography, and musket-roaring action set the stage for the stouthearted heroics of young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) -- and the skullduggery of that wily, one-legged pirate of all pirates, Long John Silver. Aye, for the kind of excitement that only treasure and treachery can bring, there's no better destination than TREASURE ISLAND!
The movie was filmed in England where Disney had "frozen" pounds following World War II -- that is, film revenue that couldn't be spent outside of England. To create authenticity, the filmmakers used numerous "glass shots" in which an artificial background and extension were painted onto glass in front of the camera lens, creating amazingly realistic results. Three camera crews worked on the film: one shooting out on the ocean, one shooting exteriors, and one shooting interiors in the studio. Because young star Bobby Driscoll -- the only American in the film -- didn't have an extended work permit, director Byron Haskin had to film all of his scenes first and complete the rest of the film without him. Violence in the film -- including a stabbing and two shootings -- initially earned the 1950 release a PG rating. To earn a G rating, the scenes were cut out for the film's 1975 re-release.