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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who missed it: don't miss it anymore
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...
Published on 4 Dec 2002 by L. Battaglini

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3.0 out of 5 stars A great special edition DVD, but not such a great adventure film
The original The Poseidon Adventure isn't exactly a film so good that it couldn't stand remaking even if subsequent voyages on the large and small screen disappointed. The first half hour before the wave hits is like a very badly written episode of The Love Boat, with painfully on the nose dialogue ("What kind of priest are you?" "I'm a renegade! The very best kind!") and...
Published on 6 July 2006 by Trevor Willsmer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
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Frank Sturniolo (Florida) - See all my reviews
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The best disaster film of all time,.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the 1970s, 25 May 2006
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D. I. Shipley "David Shipley" (KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Watching this film again really does bring back the memories of seeing it for the first time in the cinema as a kid.

The 1970s saw a glut of disaster films but the Poseidon Adventure remains one of the best.

The plot sees an ageing liner - the SS Poseidon on her last cruise before being scrapped. Sailing out on this last voyage, on the cheap and with a disregard for safety by her owners, she encounters a tidal wave which capsizes her in spectacular fashion. From that point onwards, it is a desperate struggle for the surviving passengers and crew, to climb upwards through the stricken ship in search of rescue.

Casting and characterisation is generally good (with just some corn at times, hell this was the 1970s...).

Gene Hackman is a rebellious preacher who finds his own particular brand of very passionate faith, severely tested by the unfolding events surrounding the unfortunate SS Poseidon.

The ever dependable Ernest Borgnine is a cynical cop who has to dig deep into his own character as events threaten to overrun both him and his fellow survivors...

Shelley Winters makes her famous underwater swim in this film when she has to save Hackman's character.

You also get to see Leslie Neilson in a straight role as the ship's captain, infuriated by the reckless cost cutting of the owners...

The film used the original SS Queen Mary as the set and the result is a convincing, and at times gritty realism. The film is surprisingly brutal for its time and the band of survivors really does keep dwindling, as they make their desperate trek through the upturned and very dangerous hull of the ship. The upturned hull itself is a brilliantly realised world where all points of reference are changed. Ceilings have become floors and staircases are inverted. Fires, scalding stream, twisted metal, and flooding all add to the chaos and confusion.

The film runs along at a cracking pace and keeps the viewer's interest until the end.

That said, I would like to make my criticism of the fact that the existing Region One dvd is in mono. Why?

I just hope that Twentieth Century Fox are to remedy this on the about to be released special edition dvd this May and give it the 5.1 soundtrack that both the film and viewer so richly deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the picture and sound on this blu-ray are great for its age, 23 Oct 2014
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Mr. Chris Hanna "krusty" (belfast ni) - See all my reviews
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this film rocks with gene hackman at the helm, the picture and sound on this blu-ray are great for its age, would recomend this film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic period-piece disaster movie, 29 Sep 2006
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Greg Farefield-Rose (Hertfordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Poseidon Adventure [1972] [DVD] (DVD)
Classic early 70s disaster movie which cased a trend culminating in The Towering Inferno. A luxury cruise-liner turns over after a freak wave with the survivors having to get to the bottom of the boat to escape. A small group lead by a maverick preacher (Gene Hackman) take a different route to the others and this film is their treacherous escape story.

Although detractors say that the characters are wooden and one-dimensional, they are memorable from Hackman's preacher to Ernest Borgnine's very patronising know-all and Red Buttons' shy yet determined young man. What is most shocking is the number of deaths - not just the other passengers but also several of the preacher's breakaway group graphically due during the escape attempt. It's a real case of will he/she or won't he/she be there at the end of the film...

The Poseidon Adventure is a superb period-piece disaster movie. Well worth seeing or revisiting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE disaster film, 22 April 2002
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This review is from: The Poseidon Adventure [1972] [DVD] (DVD)
Why can't Hollywood make films like this anymore? This film has it all, great special effects (For the seventies! They even beat most TV movie computer effects!). A Great story line based on the novel by Paul Gallico and a stellar cast including Gene Hackman.
The basic story is a Luxury Liner is hit by a tidal wave on new years eve. Ten of the survivors decide to brave the twisted, upside-down interior of the ships bowels to reach the bottom (now the top!), and break through to the air above.
The acting is superb, no plastic cliche's here but good, solid character development. All of the main characters are easily empathised with and grab your attention with stylish subtlety.
This was Irwin Allen's best film that all disaster films should be judged by. This is a DVD that all action/drama fans should own and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Poseidon Adventure [1972] [DVD] (DVD)
been looking for this dvd for yrs, get it it is full of excitement and acting brill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic film, brought memories of my childhood, 15 Oct 2014
What a fantastic film,brought memories of my childhood.i love the older films.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Briliant!, 31 Dec 2003
This review is from: The Poseidon Adventure [1972] [DVD] (DVD)
One of the best disaster films ever made follows a group of 10 survivors as there ship the "S.S. Poseidon" is struck by a 90ft tidal wave caused by an undersea earthquake which capsizes the ship. The survivors now have to make there way up through the smoking bowels of the capsized vessell where thery hope to be rescued. Its a fantastic movie with excellent acting and spectacular special effects which are very good for a film made in the 70's. A must see not just for disaster movie fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poseidon Adventure., 27 Sep 2014
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Prompt delivery, great old film, now I own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just like i remember, and looks better!!!!!, 22 July 2014
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An older movie i remember from my childhood, and its still just as good years later, blu ray transfer is excellent, don't bother with the awful remake......the original in this case is far superior!!!
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