The works of Robert Louis Stevenson have been an abundant resource for film adaptations. One of the author’s most engaging books however, the story of St. Ives has been virtually ignored at the cinema. The 1998 British adaptation of the story has rarely been seen in America, but Miramax plans to rectify that situation when it releases the film on DVD this fall.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s “St. Ives”, based on the popular fable, is an entertaining, romantic story that takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. A handsome French Officer, Captain Jacques St. Ives, is captured in battle and brought to a prisoner of war camp in Scotland. There he falls in love with a beautiful local woman, Flora, who has ties with the awkward British Major in charge of the prisoner camp. Through a series of happenstance, St. Ives befriends the Major, wins the heart of his love interest, and discovers his long lost Grandfather lives down the road!
Like many upcoming titles from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, “St. Ives” will have nothing in the way of special features, but will be given a new anamorphic widescreen transfer and a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track. Coming on September 11th, “St. Ives” will come with a hefty $32.99 price tag.