I have to admit that before I watched this DVD, I had never seen or read any version of Treasure Island. Possibly because of this, I actually found the movie pretty engaging. I agree that the direction is nothing special but the story is interesting and I actually enjoyed Orson as Long John. The boy did quite well as Jim Hawkins as well. The one exciting shot, for me, was when we see Jim Hawkins through the eyeglass and then it quickly pans back to the other end of the telescope.
How faithful is this version to book? I wonder why Welles would choose such an obvious pseudonym for his writing credit, it seems strange that he didn't either just pass on the credit or take it full-on. Either way I believe this is the only other script that he didn't direct that gave him a credit (along with the U.K. Journey Into Fear.)
One question I have, how did they get back on to the boat? It seemed like Jim set the boat free but if he'd done that then they'd never gotten away. I think I missed a line of dialogue along the way.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this one, now I'm on to Warner Archive's other OW movie - Get To Know Your Rabbit. Hopefully this one will surprise me as well!