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SOS Titanic [DVD]


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  • Actors: Helen Mirren
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0078K3NOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Made-for-TV drama documenting the doomed liner's maiden voyage in 1912. Viewed from the perspective of three groups of passengers in First, Second, and Third Class, and highlighting the role that class distinction played in events, the film charts the fortunes of millionaire John Jacob Astor (David Janssen), romantic schoolteachers Lawrence Beesley and Leigh Goodwin (David Warner and Susan St James), and a group of Irish immigrants bound for a new life in America.

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April 15th 1912 will be remembered as one of the darkest days in history, the day the Titantic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Of the 2, 206 passengers and crew only 703 survived that fateful journey and this is their story. Based on eyewitness accounts S.O.S Titanic is one of the most meticulously researched and vivid portrayals of the horrific events that took place. A lavishly produced, gripping and extremely tense recreation of a tragic night that shook the world.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F.W on 16 Mar. 2012
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Whilst this is not as accurate as the 1997 blockbuster, this film provides a balanced insight into the lives of all three classes of passengers.

This film is highly underrated, and if you're willing to look beyond set/location inaccuracies, you'll find it very enjoyable.

The musical score for this film is amazing.

This is the 98 minute version and not the full broadcast version.

---After receiving the DVD ---- A couple of gripes:
The DVD version has edited parts out which help to set up characters (the stewardesses for instance). This is the 98 minute version instead of the 144 min version. This version is played out in chronological order, whereas the longer version starts with the Carpathia rescue, then retells the story. I much prefer the full version, of course, but unfortunately it wasn't to be for this release. I knew this before purchasing, but its still a shame.

Second gripe, nothing to do with the actual film at all, is the packaging/artwork. The cover art is frankly disgusting. A mashup of a b&w Titanic picture, a cruise ship and 3D graphics. Looks like someone was inspired by 'Titanic II'. What's with the waves and lighting? Hardly a 'mill pond with no moon' is it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R.L. Holly on 5 April 2012
Since this listing on Amazon.UK is for a new, April 2012 release from a respectable home video studio, I am hoping it is the unabridged original version as aired over multiple nights on US TV back in the day. Maybe a reviewer will step forward and tell us, since Amazon's listing here provides no such vital information. I have a multi-region player and would buy this IF it is the full-length cut; otherwise, there's not much point in being disappointed again. I could buy an NTSC region 1 disc if I wanted a botched-up edited copy. And the VHS tape is available cheap and just as long.

While not as spectacular a production as James Cameron's massive moneymaker, it does feature quietly effective performances from a very good cast and generally holds to the truth of things as far as they can be known (or were thought true back in the 1980s). The effects aren't as breathtaking, but it's a very enjoyable take on the Titanic story -- for a long, long time, this was the most elaborate and well-done Titanic epic ever made, and it still merits a complete, intact release.

UPDATE: see the comments section. I'm told that this is in fact the same badly butchered print that has been long available as a Region 1 DVD. At least 40 minutes, perhaps more, is missing, and the movie suffers as a result. Just docked two stars from my review. Studio Canal should have done better by its customers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rowena newcastle on 19 Aug. 2012
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This is a far better recreation of the tragedy than the block buster "Titanic". It lacks the romantic sugar of the later film and all the better for that - yet it still has a love interest but it is more 'sincere' and realistic. The flooding of the galleys etc is well done and does not go on for that seemed like hours in the later film. Altogether the production and the acting from the great cast made this a fine film. To be recommended over the later film.
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Another story about the famous R.M.S.(Royal Mail Ship) Titanic, there is nothing new but the story line is taken from other accounts from people who survived the carnage of the sinking. Watch out for actors like Ed Bishop with his actual real life wife(which one I do not know he married 3 times I think) , David Jensen (the original Fugitive Dr Kimble) who plays a millionaire with a wife who is 20 or 30 years younger than him and rejected by his fellow millionaire cronies. If you watch very carefully you will see at least 4 other actors/actress who turn up in the "TITANIC" film with Kate Winslett(sorry about last name spelling) which is also available on Amazon.co.uk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Sept. 2013
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This is probably the best Titanic film. Low key but with an excellent cast. It tells the story through the eyes of a real person (David Warner). It won't disappoint you!
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By Nick on 25 July 2013
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Great film. You may be thinking, what a other titanic film. Yes you are right it is. When I watch this film I was thinking. The same old story, ok! you are right, but the film was good to watch. So if you are into watching titanic films, going buy this one as well. I enjoy the film from start to end. Plus this film came to me within days of ordering. The package was good as well. The DVD were safe.
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By David on 16 April 2013
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Starring Helen Mirren and Harry Andrews as Captain E.J Smith I like the first colour production made. Six years before underground submarines went to see the reck. I don't think it's the slightest bit in important seeing the ship split in two like in the 1997 production of James Cameron. David Warner, the actor in the 1997 production plays Cal Hockney's butler or chauffeur. The 1979 of SOS he plays Laurence Beasley a much amiable character based on a true one who survived the disaster in 1912. I like the stopping at Queenstown on the 2nd day of its maiden voyage, seeing the final set of passengers and how they had to come aboard in those days. To conclude Lennard De Caprio and Kate Winslet just could be put on the Bow Bell, or another little vessel. James Cameron is a director of unusual films. In 1982 he made Piranha Two, Flying Killers know known as Piranha,The Spawning where Piranhas come out on dry land to eat people. I suppose you could call it entertainment. Enough Said.
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