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The Poseidon Adventure  [DVD]
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Arguably the best adventure-disaster movie ever made, The Poseidon Adventure follows the final Mediterranean voyage of a luxury cruise liner, the S. S. Poseidon.
This classical film received a Special Achievement Academy award in 1972 for its spectacular visual effects, and also won an Oscar for its popular theme song The Morning after.
Feature Running time: 112 minutes
Subtitles: Hard of hearing English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish.
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (16x9)
Sound Quality: English 2.0 Mono
DVD Special features: Cast page with mini biographies, Making of featurette, Theatrical Trailer.
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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This is a great film with a stella cast, and some brilliant performances. The film comes in a very nice Steelbook, and one of my personal best in my collection, and the picture plus sound is one of the best, you could say the Blu-ray is near perfect.
Producer Irwin Allen seemed to have single handedly created the disaster genre in the 1970s, here with The Poseidon Adventure, with Ronald Neame directing, he managed to take us into an upside down world of thrilling drama and none stop perils. The cast list may well be something to note, Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowell, Stella Stevens and Red Buttons, but really it's the sets and the fight for survival thru this watery labyrinthine that lifts the film above many of its genre peers. The picture has a very real feel to it, with the characters gradually getting you on side as they strive for survival, we have great work from Hackman and Borgnine as they vie for control of this disparate group, but we are with them all the way even tho we just know that this number will surely dwindle.
The Poseidon Adventure 1972 was remade for the modern audience in 2006 with all the tools of the trade available to the makers, watching both films together it's not hard to see which is the most impressive, the 72 original has a vitality that modern blockbuster pictures can't quite grasp, and of course the technical aspects easily outstrip the CGI laden efforts of the later picture. Often seen as one of the leading lights of a much maligned genre, The Poseidon Adventure still packs a punch to this day, both in its craft and its emotional heart. 8/10
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.Read more ›
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One of the best sea disaster movies ever. A great cast, brilliant sound, picture quality and fantastic price.Published 1 month ago by Laineyloos
It was a great Christmas movie for years and years and then Hollywood started to get a bit self-absorbed and didn't make films like this anymore.Published 5 months ago by Dan Smith