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Poseidon Adventure (1972) (import)


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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Producers: The Poseidon Adventure
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 113.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5X4AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queens Elizabeth and Mary combined, is charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (RODDY MCDOWALL), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Poseidon Adventure

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Battaglini on 4 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
I totally agree that this is one of the best (and was one of the first) of the cycle of disaster movies. The setting is very original: an interior of a ship turned upside down! The cast is great (see other comments). I don't agree at all that it is "unabashedly brainless". The psychology of the movie's characters is superb; other disaster movies just don't stand the comparison. It is truly a thriller, one of those movies you get involved in, like in a game. I saw it years ago on the big screen and have been bought the DVD now because I want this movie to be part of my private collection (which is small). A final suggestion to all Amazon reviewers: please don't tell so much about the story, otherwise it isn't fun seeing the movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hacked Off on 14 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This review is for the UK 2014 Steel-book blu ray release; as Amazon doesn't state if there are any extras; then rest assured all the extras from the previous two disc dvd release are indeed here. However for the price you pay (£18.99 at time of writing) then the actual steel-book can come across as a slight disappointment; the small wrap around sleeve doesn't detail any of the extras; plus no booklet of any kind makes it a rather expensive upgrade; in fairness I didn't own the blu-ray release (only the two disc dvd edition - this is a one disc with the same extras); but if this is the same as the last blu-ray release; then I would think seriously about this upgrade unless you are a steel-book fan. Yes it's nice; but that's all and one wonders if it's actually worth the price: however this doesn't detract from a excellent and suspense filled film and looks wonderful at a 1080 resolution!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harry the Slug on 1 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
These reviews can get a bit confusing. Some of them are for different formats, releases etc. This UK Blu Ray release looks fantastic and comes with a good array of extras (2 x commentaries, various featurettes, trailers etc. This is a recommended buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wild on 8 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
A film that's as old as me but has probably aged a little better, the Poseidon Adventure is a powerful religious allegory - a marvellous updating of The Pilgrim's Progress. The adventure starts with two Christian reverends arguing a moral dilemma: do you wait for fate/your God/a beneficient deity to grant deliverance or do you fight for it yourself? Then comes a great wave that turns their world (literally) upside down. And, this being a celluloid world, the passengers who fight are the ones that win their freedom and are, ultimately, delivered. But sacrifices are made along the way... and the slow flooding of the ship ensures they can't go backwards (a la The Pilgrim's Progress). This is a marvellous adaptation of a fascinating novel. Stick with the original rather than the update. Only 4 stars rather than 5 because, to be fair, some aspects haven't aged well at all (specifically the clumsily placed pop song) but still very well worth watching.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
I will resist the urge to compare this 1972 classic disaster movie to James Cameron's Titanic because The Poseidon Adventure tells a very different kind of story. The first thing you notice about this film is its truly remarkable cast; there are no less than 15 Academy Award winners showcased in this epic film. While the special effects are very good for the most part, this film deals much more with the personal stories of the would-be survivors than it does the actual disaster. The Poseidon is carrying hundreds of passengers to Greece on its final voyage; the representative of the owner orders the captain to proceed at full speed, despite the captain's (Leslie Nielsen) concern about insufficient ballast after weathering a fierce storm at sea. As the passengers celebrate the New Year at midnight, the ship is hit with a 90-foot tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake and turns completely over in the water.
Gene Hackman plays a maverick preacher named Scott who leads a group of survivors in a bid to save themselves, but only a select number of people follow him because the ship's purser insists everyone should stay where they are. Reverend Scott's followers include a man and wife (Jack Albertson and Shelley Winters) who were on their way to see their grandson for the first time, a young lady (the exceedingly cute, pre-Dynasty Pamela Sue Martin) and her annoying but generally helpful little brother (Eric Shea), an incredibly loud and obnoxious former cop (Ernest Borgnine) and his equally annoying former prostitute wife (Stella Stevens), a hardworking and all-around nice fellow (Red Buttons), a singer (Carol Lynley), and a shipmate (Roddy McDowell). Their journey "up" through the bowels of the ship in search of salvation is an arduous one that some individuals will not live to complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Fuge on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Poseidon Adventure is a brilliant movie. I wonder why the Region B version is a limited edition all because it's in a Steelbook? I have the Region A version that is also the Region Free version and the dis itself is no different. Why is the Region B version a limited edition over the case? Why is there so many limited edition stuff when companies will make more money with regular releases of whatever. When the titles are out all the time, more money made. Limited editions, such as 3,000 copies released, less money made. This limited edition thing with all titles is pathetic. Most new movie soundtracks now are limited bloody editions.
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