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Posted October 1, 2010
Overwrought Melodrama - Excellent Documentary
'Titanic' (1953) is (stop me if you've heard this one before), the one about the boat that hits an iceberg and sinks. Whoops! Gave it away. This version stars Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb as Richard and Julia; a married couple on the cusp of divorce. She¿s a brass tax kind of gal who can't stand his guts and lied to him about their son (it¿s really someone else¿s child), he finds redemption before it all gets too cold and wet. Pure fiction but hey, it's Titanic and it¿s masterfully told. Robert Wagner costars and is thoroughly out of his element as the penniless young lover, Gifford Rogers. Can you see where James Cameron got his idea for Jack Dawson? The transfer quality on Fox¿s DVD is outstanding. There is nothing to complain about apart from the rather tacky script (which was nominated for, but didn¿t win, an Oscar) and some generally low hysterics on the high seas. Molly Brown (this time played by hardy Thelma Ritter) once again gets the shaft in several scenes that are all too brief and leave Ritter with little to do but wise crack her way into a row boat. Ah, but in the extra features is where the real treat of this DVD lies. We get 'Beyond Titanic' a masterfully told, nearly two hour documentary that really gets to the bottom of things (no pun intended) and covers the full history of both the ship and its many film incarnations. This is a worth while DVD for two reasons - the documentary and its price tag - cheaper than most low budget no-name studio releases. If nothing else, you're buying the documentary and for that reason alone, it's definitely worth it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2002
Good but short!
This is a good film and has a great story. It is well written and it seemed very real. The film is very enjoyable to watch, the sinking is way too quick. The ship sinks in 35 minutes and most of it is fake - explosions, everyone on deck stopping to sing Nearer My God to Thee. After watching it you feel like watching it again because it really does seem short. It doesn't seem to be a film about the Titanic tragedy - the sinking is unemotional and the whole 35 mins is spent doing practically nothing - it seems like a low budget film about this small steamer. It doesn't compare well to James Cameron's Titanic masterpiece, but its good. You just don't realise the tragedy. The film totally ignores Ismay and Andrews - the blame is placed soley on Captain Smith. Good acting, REASONABLE special effects, and fine music. It is littered with fiction. The Grand Starcase is totally wrong, they sing the wrong hymn at church, facts are wrong, a GIANT hole is made it the ship. It looks like they didn't spend much money - only one room sinks in the entire film. The decks don't have a speck of water on them. If you like the classics, better try A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - they spent their money well, and you come out feeling like you have actually watched the true tragedy of Titanic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2009
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