Disney's 1950 adaptation of Treasure Island was a movie that captivated me as a kid. Along with its sequel (Long John Silver) I wore out my VHS copies. I loved it so much that it was one of the first books I can recall reading at length and I have seen most of the film versions which were to follow over the years. Most of them are pretty crap, notably the Charlton Heston & Christian Bale movie from the 90s. I have just watched the latest treatment and I am really surprised at it's quality. This is a good movie. Made as a tv miniseries it looks as polished as a proper film. The design and authenticity is exceptional and the story stays true with the book (for the most part). Eddie Izzard is an unlikely choice to play Long John Silver but shiver me' timbers, he's probably the best Silver I've seen. He relishes the role. The movie is suitably violent while maintaining a family friendly (10+yrs) value that the book also had. A couple of flaws would be that Elijah Wood's performance as Ben Gunn is weak and the movie does run out of steam in the second half. Nevertheless I think this is a great adaptation and certainly more than I expected. Full kudos to Izzard!