Post by number13 on Sept 11, 2019 0:45:29 GMT
Shamefully I've never seen that version! It is now - thanks to you - on the list!
On DVD, the classic 1977 BBC production of Treasure Island
Not only is this a cracking dramatisation of Stevenson's classic novel, it's also the definitive 'Doctor Who' fans' version:
Produced by Barry Letts, directed by Michael Briant and brilliantly adaptated by John 'Marco Polo/The Aztecs' Lucarotti.
The lead actors are all familiar faces from TV dramas of the time with Alfred Burke an outstanding Long John Silver, and Flint's former crew of ruffians are a who's Who of the 60s/70s, including Patrick Troughton (no less!), David Collings, Stephen Greif and Brian Croucher, plus many more.
And the theme music stayed with me for 40 years between 1977 and the release on DVD; it's that good. A real classic.
The most frustrating version I've seen is the film from 1972. Who on EARTH thought Orson Welles should be dubbed? Only one of the most famed voices of the century...
I always think it fascinating that the "Arrr, Jim me lad" pirate accent we all do was a decision of Robert Newton in the Disney version of 1950 that hadn't been done before. It seems like thats the way pirates must always have talked on film but sure enough...any production of a pirate film before that will have RP, cockney, Scots, Irish and not that Pirate-cornish. Now every Pirate project uses that voice, even in this parish Bill Oddie's Red Jasper from DW& The Pirates..
#And it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King...#
Enjoy! I think you'll like the voices in this version - a realistically motley crew drawn from across southern Britain, from cockney to Welsh, and out to Ireland too. Only Silver is prominently West Country and Bristol is his home port so that's fair enough (and he plays up the accent when he wants to appear affable and matey.)
And no 'arr-harring' to be heard - well not much anyway - and not even one 'shiver me timbers'!
As we'd expect from a John Lucarotti adaptation, Flint's old crew are seriously dangerous villains who mean business - if only they can stay off the rum long enough to do it.