Poseidon Adventure Special Edition (2-Disc Set)

Poseidon Adventure Special Edition (2-Disc Set)

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Director: Ronald Neame

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons

     
 

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Fox's two-disc edition of The Poseidon Adventure treats this cult favorite with the respect its fan base expects. For starters, the feature has been given a slick remastering job; the anamorphic, letterboxed transfer offers stunning levels of detail and color and the Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is crisp and clear, with a nice blend of the dialogue, the stirring See more details below

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Fox's two-disc edition of The Poseidon Adventure treats this cult favorite with the respect its fan base expects. For starters, the feature has been given a slick remastering job; the anamorphic, letterboxed transfer offers stunning levels of detail and color and the Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is crisp and clear, with a nice blend of the dialogue, the stirring John Williams score, and the plentiful sound effects. The first disc also offers a "Follow the Escape" option that allows the viewer to access a map of the ship during key points in the film and a pair of commentaries, one with director Ronald Neame and the other with actors Pamela Sue Martin, Carol Lynley, and Stella Stevens. Both tracks offer fun information for the film's fans, but Neame's track is the standout, an excellent nuts-and-bolts insight into the complexities of directing a large effects-oriented film. The second disc offers an array of featurettes new and old as well as a variety of vintage promo material. First is the AMC Backstory for The Poseidon Adventure, a tight half-hour look at the film from conception to release. This is followed by an array of short featurettes focusing on different aspects of the film -- the most interesting are the ones that focus on the film's Oscar-winning theme song, "The Morning After," and an intriguing look at the religious themes inherent to the film's storyline. The interviews are capped by a trio of short interview clips with Ronald Neame, who makes an entertaining and gracious interview subject. The promo material section of this disc includes trailers and an entertaining on-set featurette while the galleries area offers a comprehensive collection of stills, promotional pictures, and ad mats. There's even a screen-by-screen reproduction of an article on The Poseidon Adventure from American Cinematographer magazine, complete with clickable enlarged pictures. The packaging of the set is rounded out with a set of eight postcard-sized reproductions of stills from the film. All in all, this is a stellar special edition that offers tremendous value for the money and is simply a must for the film's fans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first and best specimens of the disaster movie genre of the 1970s. The hallmarks of the genre are in full form: huge sets, a big budget, a star-studded ensemble cast, and a silly premise. Gene Hackman injects a renegade zeal into his role as the savior preacher; ironically, Hackman's other films during this era (The French Connection, Prime Cut) tended toward the violent and progressive. The action sequences involving the upside-down luxury liner are well-made, though, for many viewers, the primitive special effects make Poseidon a campy curiosity. Produced by Irwin Allen, the film was better received by audiences and critics than the original disaster flick, 1971's Airport. The Poseidon Adventure was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Song ("The Morning After") and an honorary award for visual effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
UPC:
0024543231653
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
6,419

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new audio commentary by director Ronald Neame; All-new full-length audio commentary by stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley; Interactive "Follow the Escape" feature: Access 3-D views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film; Nine all-new featurettes: "The Cast Looks Back," "Falling Up With Ernie," "The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant," "The Heroes of the Poseidon," "The Morning After Story," "The R.M.S. Queen Mary," "Sinking Corridor," "Generations of Fans," and "Turning Over the Ship"; AMC Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure; Storyboard-to-film comparisons; Interactive article from American Cinematographer; Still photo galleries (marketing, publicity, behind-the-scenes); Original teaser, trailer, and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Rev. Frank Scott
Ernest Borgnine Mike Rogo
Red Buttons James Martin
Carol Lynley Nonnie Parry
Roddy McDowall Acres
Stella Stevens Linda Rogo
Leslie Nielsen Captain Harrison
David Sharpe Passenger
Erik Nelson Tinkham
Bob Hastings M.C.
Shelley Winters Belle Rosen
Jack Albertson Manny Rosen
Pamela Sue Martin Susan Shelby
Arthur O'Connell Ship's Chaplain
Eric Shea Robin Shelby
Fred Sadoff Linarcos
Sheila Mathews Ship's Nurse
Jan Arvan Dr. Caravello
Byron Webster Purser
John Crawford Chief Engineer

Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Del Acevedo Makeup
Irwin Allen Producer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Ed Butterworth Makeup
William J. Creber Production Designer
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Joel Hirschhorn Songwriter
Kasha Songwriter
Harold Kress Editor
Carol Lynley Songwriter
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Allan Snyder Makeup
Paul Stader Stunts
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Paul Zastupnevich Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Poseidon Adventure
1. Main Titles
2. A Rough Night
3. Mr. Martin, The Rosens, and a Renegade Reverend
4. Going About Their Business
5. The Guest Sermon
6. New Year's Eve
7. Pending Doom
8. Mayday!
9. Aftermath
10. Climbing Towards the Rest of the World
11. Some Will Stay, Some Will Go
12. The Views of Two Holy Men
13. The Fire Door
14. Up to Broadway
15. Ducts and Ladders
16. Dissension
17. Searching for the Engine Room
18. Gathering Supplies and Rescuing Robin
19. Mrs. Rosen's Brave Goodbye
20. Must Keep Moving
21. Losing Linda
22. A Conversation With God
23. Survival for Six
24. Rescued/End Titles

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