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TITANIC - Deluxe Centenary Edition - 100 years
on 12 September 2014
In a word - disappointed. Having over 3 decades, viewed numerous amounts of information on the Titanic, expectations were running high for this DVD collection, and whilst some areas were as expected and didn't disappoint, there were other areas sadly lacking. For example, there was too much 'acting to the camera' for my liking, and supposed information included was nothing more than filling disc space (watching a 'presenter' making her way to a building, etc. or listening to divers massaging their egos is hardly informative); add to that the continuous repetition of something said not 10 minutes ago for the umpteenth time, and all hope of watching something worthwhile, diminished more and more and disappointment grew.
The lack of, or omission of facts also frustrated; one example of that was during an expedition dive by this team, emphasis was put on the finding of a propeller blade with the number 401 stamped upon it, the Titanic's numbering for her propellers, 'proving' the wreck to be Titanic. Yet no mention was made of the fact that when the Olympic incurred yet another mishap under Captain Smith, thus damaging a propeller blade, upon being duly returned to ship builders Harland & Wolff, workers were ordered to fit the Olympic with one of Titanic's propellers. This resulted in both sister ships being fitted with propellers bearing the same number stamped upon them, 401. An important well-documented fact yet not a mention of it which seems rather odd, given how the makers were keen to include how the diving team were having problems regarding their diving tanks thereby delaying their dive! In no way am I saying that the sister ships were swapped, however, by not including such important information only half-informs the viewer.
For someone wanting to dip their toes into the 'Titanic pond', it's a fair base to start from; for those wanting in-depth details and information about the Titanic or anything substantial regarding the aftermath, the hearings and political furore that followed the sinking, this set may well not be what you seek.