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The classic Titanic film, but beware...
on 19 October 2010
A Night to Remember is *the* Titanic film. The true story and nothing but. This release also includes an excellent documentary about the making of the film which has behind-the-scenes home movies shot by the producer, Willam MacQuitty.
Unfortunately Carlton have released the film itself in 'widescreen' at a ratio of 1.33:1. The film was shot in the standard screen ratio 4:3 and the widescreen effect has been achieved by cropping the top and bottom of the frame. This has the effect, for example, of losing the top of Michael Goodliffe's head and his hurried calculation of how long the ship will survive in his notebook.
I confess to being a complete anorak when it comes to the Titanic, but I love this film and I think Roy Baker and Geoffrey Unsworth went to a lot of trouble to compose each shot for maximum impact. To see the film vandalised like this just to create a trendy effect for DVD release is very disappointing.