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The Poseidon Adventure [DVD] [1972]


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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Roddy McDowall, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
  • Directors: Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FWKAFJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,075 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

When a luxury liner is upturned by a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, ten survivors struggle to stay alive as they seek a means of escape. Resourceful man of the cloth Reverend Frank Scott (Gene Hackman) assumes responsibility for his fellow passengers, who include a pop singer, an elderly Jewish couple and a New York detective.

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Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued that Titanic owes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song, The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fated Poseidon and ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterlogged Grand Hotel" (in the words of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless. The Poseidon Adventure is filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse in Night of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more? --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on 31 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE [1972] [Blu-ray] One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to escape from an ocean liner capsized by a tidal wave. Suspenseful terror - combined with the victims' intimate and personal stories - results in compelling and heart-stopping drama. Nine ACADEMY AWARD® Nominations and a win for Best Visual Effects make this film a true classic.

FILM FACT: The film won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award.

1972: Best Supporting Actress [Shelley Winters], Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song (The Morning After) [won], Sound and Visual Effects [won].

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lyney, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea, Leslie Nielson, Fred Sadoff, Byron Webster, Jan Arvan, Sheila Mathews, John Crawford, Erik L. Nelson and Ernie Orsatti

Director: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen (uncredited)

Producer: Irwin Allen

Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes

Composer: John Williams

Cinematography: Harold E. Stine

Video Resolution: 1080p [Color By Deluxe]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Panavision]

Audio: English: 4.0 HD-DTS Master Audio, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Castilian: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: Dolby Digital Mono and Polish: 5.
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6 of 6 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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