Home from college, my brothers and I saw what I consider to be the best version ever. It blew me away how great the adaptation was and how much of the story they stayed true to. Better yet? CHARLTON HESTON is in it as Long John Silver...along with Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Pete Posthelwaite, and Christian "Batman" Bale as Young Jim Hawkins. Add in musical score by The Chieftains and you have one of the best pirate movies ever.
I had the VCR tape, and wore it out with viewings...and finally the day I never thought would arrive is here...21 years later, the DVD just released. I've yammered endlessly to my wife about the film for ages and tonight it arrived, and we are settling in to watch it.
If you are a fan of pirate movies, Hornblower, Patrick O'Brien, or Treasure Island... do yourself a favor and get it while you can. I bought two as I have learned my lesson, and won't repeat the mistake of not having it.
FYI-Fraser Heston (son of Charlton) directed and wrote this version, because his dad read it to him as a boy, the illustrated N.C. Wyeth edition. Those Wyeth illustrations formed the look, feel , and overall cinematography of the film. A commentary by Fraser is an option on the disk...and it reinforces why this filmed version rings so true to me and why I still love this story.
Don't make the mistake of missing it.