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A Night to Remember (Digitally Re-mastered Centenary Edition) [DVD] [1958]

Kenneth More , Ronald Allen , Roy Ward Baker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Honor Blackman
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LGVSWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story of the Titanic has been visited, to differing degrees, on the small and big screen many times. But there’s a strong and compelling argument that 1958’s A Night To Remember, based on Walter Lord’s novel, is the best of the lot. For several reasons.

What most sets A Night To Remember apart is the sheer humanity of it. Approached in a documentary style, and with the story told mainly from the perspective of Kenneth More’s Charles Lightoller, it’s less epic in physical scale than, for instance, 1997’s Oscar-magnet Titanic. Yet there’s a core of authenticity here that’s never been beaten, on big screen or small.

It might lack the big special effects budget, then, and it might also have been a little shyer in attracting awards, but A Night To Remember is a conscientious, quality piece of film making, that stands up extremely well. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Classic documentary drama based on Walter Lord's book about the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Told from the perspective of Second Officer Charles Lightoller (Kenneth More), the story follows the supposedly 'unsinkable' ship as she embarks on her maiden voyage and ultimately founders in the North Atlantic Ocean. The ship leaves port and soon Captain Smith (Laurence Naismith) is given several ice warnings but decides not to decrease the Titanic's speed. When the ship hits an iceberg late at night on April 14th the situation looks bleak, especially with the realisation that there are not enough lifeboats to carry all on board. The Titanic's distress call is received by the Carpathia but she is four hours away and unlikely to reach the ship before it sinks. Chaos breaks out both above and below deck as the passengers and crew race against time for their survival.


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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version 13 Oct 2008
By Parkie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the definitive film, taken from the definitive book, about the sinking of RMS Titanic. As the "making of..." points out, Walter Lord researched the disaster for twenty years before publishing his book. As a result almost everything is correct.

I can only find two innaccuracies: As another reviewer points out, the ship does not break in this version, as the official report at the time took only Lightoller's account as fact. At the time the ship broke he was held underwater by the suction, only released from by the blast when the icy water reached the boilers. The only other inaccuracy is that the band did not play "Nearer my God to Thee". They were part way through "Autumn", which has a similar tune, when the ship lurched and they were thrown down the deck. The legend about the hymn is attributed to many sources and is probably due to the similarity of the two tunes and an unknown person singing the actual hymn.

The film does not rely on invented romances, family sagas, crime dramas and the other filler material that all the other versions I have seen rely on in an attempt to "engage" the audience. The filmmakers quite rightly believed that the actual story of the loss of the most technically advanced passenger ship in the world, with the loss of two thirds of it's passengers and crew, is dramatic enough without such nonsense. They cleverly use unidentified composite characters alongside the real people to show the points of view of all three classes aboard. This avoids the embarrassing name dropping that occurs in other versions, where the famous names of the day are forced into the action with contrived explanations of who they were for contemporary viewers.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic disaster film 27 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
This 1958, black and white film tells the story of the ill fated Titanic. Unlike the Oscar winning James Cameron version, there are no high tech special effects, and, more importantly, no made up romances to detract from the story. Instead, what you have is a true story, produced in a straight forward manner that is far more gripping than any fiction.
An important omission in the Cameron version is the proximity of another ship, The California, and it's inability, (or refusal), to help the stricken liner, an issue that is addressed in this version. This is a film that has focused more on the actual events of that fateful night in 1912 rather than on the relationships between various passengers. It certainly pumps up the tension, even though everyone knows the outcome. There is always a part of you hoping that this time the Titanics desperate calls for help will be answered.
Starring Kenneth More, Honor Blackman and a young David McCallum, this movie has stood the test of time and is well worth a viewing.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous film 24 May 2007
Format:DVD
A Night to Remember is the definitive film of them all (for the facts that were know in 1958), so much detail is included - and its the only one to focus not only on Titanic but also what was happening on the Californian and Carpathia during that fateful night. It also avoided fictional romantic sub plots and stuck to the events that night bordering between drama and documentary.

Kenneth More was amazing in his portral Charles Lighttoller - it was perhaps the best perfomance of his entire career. What made the film a success was not only a tight script but the fact that director

William MacQuitty (who had seen the ship as a boy) had a surviving officer as technical advisor 4th Officer Joseph Boxhall and also many survivors were still alive that could be interviewed, some of which visited the film set. It was the most expensive film of the 1950s for the rank organisation circa at 450k with good special effects for the time. Sit back and enjoy the all star cast, Honor Blackman,

David McCallum, Kenneth Griffith and look out for early uncredited roles for actors Desmond LLelywn, Stratford Johns, Norman Rossington and Sean Connery.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Titantic! 26 Nov 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the original classic story of the sinking of the Titanic. It was filmed in 1958 in black and white in a big tank at Pinewood Studios with no CGI but despite this the filmakers have portrayed the sinking very well with a lot of details and great performances. The black and white images instead of being a problem or a minus I feel add to the film, after all its set in the freezing North Atlantic at night, not a lot of colour there! Still very moving and powerful and if you liked Cameron's Titantic then you should like this too but no Rose or Jack though! I am sure Cameron must have watched this film as there a lot of similairities. Anyway its a good film and deserves a watch. Enjoy, if thats the right word!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British film! 28 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I first saw this film many years ago and have seen it many times since. Its definetly a great British movie of a terrible disaster when 1,500 people lost their lives when unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on a bitterly cold April night during 1912. I bought the vidoe version some years ago, and the DVD version quite recently. Overall, the DVD version is a better picture and contains a fascinating documentary "The Making of...." However, I noticed some slight cuts in the DVD version and also through part of the film, a vertical dark line from top to bottom of the film which is noticeable in the dark scenes. This is a pity cos its such a fine film. Nevertheless, its still worth a buy cos of the extras available on the disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent prompt delivery before due date of arrival
Excellent prompt delivery before due date of arrival. Everyone should see this DVD "A Night to Remember" which is as near to the actual happening of the loss,of the... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Barbara E. Bennell
5.0 out of 5 stars a night to remember re-mastered.
They re-mastered this film again but still a 4.3 letterbox version so you still get a degraded picture resolution,
why no 16. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars a night to remember dvd
yes this was an old movie black and white, but it was nice to see a different take on the titanic story dvd arrived well before time will use this company again thank you
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Pitt-Pulford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Titanic Film Ever Made!!!!!
This film "feels" right, it gives you the iceberg shivers!!! The acting is superb, and this film was made when people were still around from that period in time, it is far... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to remember
Forget about James Cameron's Titannic. It's not in the same league as A Night to Remember. This is a superior film about the tragedy, no corny love stories to distract from what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 'POIGNANT'
Many versions of the event have been filmed down the years, noteably the '1997' version 'TITANIC'
This movie, released in 1958 in 'black and white' however did not have the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Even though this film is quite old and in B&W I still feel that it compares well with multi million dollar James Cameron film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Titanic movie ever made
Love this film it is a true reflection on how the titanic disaster unfolded. Excellent quality and fast service. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Derek Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars a night to remember
this has to be one of the best versions of the titanic around Kenneth more takes a superb part in it very well acted and well written a superb movie
Published 2 months ago by sheila anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars BEST TITANIC VERSION!
The "making of" is not so famous.But when you need the best version of the last Night of the Titanic ever,dig this pearl!!
Published 2 months ago by DON MARIO
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