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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for Secrets, 11 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: National Geographic - Titanic Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Back in the eighties I had Secrets of the Titanic on VHS. I wanted to watch it again but had trouble tracking it down. When I found this DVD set I couldn't resist when I discovered Secrets on it.

Secrets of the Titanic was one of the first post-discovery documentaries about the Titanic, and it does show to an extent in the relative crudity of the illustrative models and diagrams included. That doesn't diminish the quality of the work however, it's still an excellent account of the discovery and first exploration of the wreck. For example I think it's pretty much the only documentary out there that has the complete footage of the moment of discovery, not the cut down version that's usually used in subsequent works. I used to have a copy of the accompanying hardback book as well, The Discovery of the Titanic, but that sadly disappeared in a house move years ago. I wish I could track down a pristine copy of that as well for a reasonable price!

The second documentary, Titanic's Nuclear Secrets, is also a very good watch although it's really only tangentially related to the Titanic. It's interesting to know what Ballard was really up to when he was supposed to be looking for Titanic, and the investigation into the submarine accidents covered is definitely interesting and watchable.

The Seconds From Disaster episode is pretty much the weak link. Normally I like that show but I don't feel their Titanic episode was the best work they've done, and it doesn't really add anything significant that hasn't already been covered a thousand times before in any number of better documentaries.

Still, 2 out of 3 certainly isn't bad, and at this price you can't really complain that you get one dud.
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