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on 23 July 2015
The Poseidon Adventure is a brilliant film, and one of the best disaster films of its day, and the sets were just wonderful with everything being upside down, and when the Tidal wave hits the ship the special effects were great, with the ship being forced over, and everyone on bored trying to hang on for dear life.

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.
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on 31 March 2014
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE [1972/2013] [Blu-ray] Who Will Survive – In One of the Greatest Escape Adventures Ever! Hell, Upside Down!

One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to escape from an ocean liner capsized by a tidal wave. Suspenseful terror and combined with the victims' intimate and personal stories - results in compelling and heart-stopping drama. Nine ACADEMY AWARD® Nominations and a win for Best Visual Effects make this film a true classic.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Won: Best Original Song "The Morning After” for Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters. Nominated: Best Production Design for Raphael Bretton and William J. Creber. Nominated: Best Original Score for John Williams. Nominated: Best Costume Design for Paul Zastupnevich. Best Sound for Herman Lewis and Theodore Soderberg. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Harold E. Stine. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Harold F. Kress. BAFTA® Awards: Won: Best Actor for Gene Hackman. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters. Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Original Score for John Williams. Nominated: Best Original Song "The Morning After” for Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. Nominated: Best Motion Picture for a Drama for Irwin Allen. Motion Picture Sound Editors Award: Nominated: Best Sound Editing.

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea, Fred Sadoff, Sheila Allen, Jan Arvan, Byron Webster, John Crawford, Bob Hastings, Erik L. Nelson, Leslie Nielsen, Phil Adams (uncredited), Charles Bateman (uncredited), Craig Chudy (uncredited), Ronn Cragg (uncredited), Jimmy Cross (uncredited), Jim Galante (uncredited), Bob Golden (uncredited), Maurice Marsac (uncredited), Ernie F. Orsatti (uncredited), Victor Paul (uncredited), Frieda Rentie (uncredited), George Sawaya (uncredited), Paul Stader (uncredited), Mark Tulin (uncredited) and Waddy Wachtel (uncredited)

Directors: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen (uncredited)

Producer: Irwin Allen, Sherrill C. Corwin, Sidney Marshall and Steve Broidy

Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes and Paul Gallico (novel)

Composer: John Williams

Cinematography: Harold E. Stine

Video Resolution: 1080p [Color By Deluxe]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Panavision]

Audio: English: 4.0 HD-DTS Master Audio, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Castilian: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: Dolby Digital Mono and Polish: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish SDH

Running Time: 117 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: An opening title card informs us that the ship Poseidon was lost at sea on a voyage from New York to Athens; "only a handful" survived. Now, instead of just being introduced to the main characters, the viewer begins to wonder which ones will be alive at the end. Mr. Rogo [Ernest Borgnine] is a New York cop taking his first real vacation with his wife, Linda (Stella Stevens), who's self-conscious because she's a former hooker and thinks she spotted a former client among the ship's crew. Belle and Manny Rosen [Shelley Winters and Jack Albertson] used to run a hardware store, but now they're retiring to Israel where a two-year-old grandson awaits their doting attention. Another shopkeeper, a haberdasher named Martin [Red Buttons], is obsessed with staying healthy and living a long life, but has never found the time for a relationship. A teenaged girl named Susan [Pamela Sue Martin] is traveling with her younger brother, Robin [Eric Shea], to join their parents; the kid is a nautical enthusiast who keeps bugging the crew for tours, thereby picking up information that will shortly prove useful. A ship's steward, Acres [Roddy McDowall], is taken with a singer, Nonnie [Carol Lynley], who will be performing at the New Year's Eve bash later that night, where Acres will be on duty.

The rest of the film is nothing more than the struggle to reach their destination past increasingly hazardous obstacles, as tempers flare, the doomed ship continues to break apart and the onrushing sea pursues them like a predator. Without ever reaching Africa, Rev. Scott has found his calling. "I've seen it!" he exclaims to the others, after he's returned from a scouting mission to locate the engine room, and Hackman delivers the line with messianic fervour. Hackman's performance is a key ingredient in Poseidon, because Rev. Scott could easily have been a caricature. Ultimately, though, Poseidon works because of the simplicity of its nightmarish scenario. There are no conspiratorial subplots about building codes, cost-cutting, greed or other human elements in the disaster. Even the brief argument between the ship's captain and the owner's representative about safety measures is a red herring, because nothing could have secured the ship against the wall of water that capsized it. The film inflicts an unimaginable, unforeseeable disaster on a random group of individuals, and then we watch how the survivors react. Forty years later, it's still scary stuff.

Blu-ray Video Quality – 20th Century Fox's 1080p encoded image quality of `The Poseidon Adventure' looks absolutely terrific. The source materials are in excellent shape and faithfully restored, and the image is beautifully detailed with rich, saturated colours, deep and solid blacks, and a sense of depth that is essential to conveying the sheer scale of the production. Compression artefacts, banding, artificial sharpening and other defects that would militate against a recommendation were nowhere to be seen. Fox has been on the front lines of experimenting with ways to make the appearance of older films acceptable to a generation used to contemporary "cleanliness" in their video experience, and the results have often been controversial. Overall it has stood the test of time and Fox has done a brilliant job and any youngsters viewing this Blu-ray will think it has been made in 2014.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track appears to contain the film's original "four-track stereo" mix, which predates Dolby Surround and its variations (which wouldn't be available until the following decades). Almost all of the sound occurs in the front three speakers with only occasional effects or reinforcement from the mono rear channel. The discrete centre channel aids in preserving the clarity of dialogue, especially as the noise of the ship's deterioration increases, and the stereo separation between the front mains contributes a welcome sense of dimensionality as the survivor's work their way through the various spaces and past increasingly challenging obstacles. The dynamic range is respectable but limited at both the bottom and the top; so that explosions that routinely rock the capsized vessel won't do much for your subwoofer and the high notes of John Williams' memorable score. Still, given the vintage of the production, the track sounds quite good.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary: Commentary by Director Ronald Neame: Ronald Neame was in his early 60s when he directed The Poseidon Adventure and his early 90s when he recorded this commentary and sadly passed away in 2010 at age 99. Still, you'd never guess his age from the quality of this presentation, which is sharp, insightful and full of interesting detail. Ronald Neame's memory was no doubt kept fresh through invitations to address biennial conventions of the Poseidon fan club that met aboard the Queen Mary, where he and his wife would be put up in the Royal Suite, but his critical faculties are equally sharp, as he routinely points out lines of dialogue he wishes he'd changed, edits he would do differently today and directorial choices about which he's had second thoughts (notably, he'd like to tone down the intensity of the conflict between Gene Hackman's Scott and Ernest Borgnine's Rogo). Ronald Neame's observations on the relation between producer and director and on the changing role of the camera's "eye" in 20th Century cinema are invaluable.

Audio Commentary: Commentary by Actors Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley: As is often the case with group commentaries, the three actresses have too much fun reminiscing and talking over each other to provide an informative commentary. In the latter half of the movie, pauses become frequent.

Special Feature: Hollywood Backstories: The Poseidon Adventure [2000] [25:09] The AMC series produced some excellent features on classic films, and this particular episode on `The Poseidon Adventure' is a fine example. Using both contemporary footage and new interviews from 1995, it describes how the Poseidon was green lit, nearly cancelled, rescued at the last minute and went on to become a classic.

Special Features: The Cast Looks Back [2006] [5:42] The interviewees include Sheila Allen (Irwin Allen's widow, who played the ship's nurse), Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Pamela Sue Martin, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens and James Radford (consultant).

Special Feature: Falling Up with Ernie [2006] [4:10] Ernie Orsatti recalls how he was hired on Poseidon as an actor, but was suddenly plucked from the crowd by director Ronald Neame to perform the film's most famous stunt: the fall into a huge pane of glass.

Special Feature: The Writer: Stirling Silliphant [9:16] Recollections of, and tributes to, Poseidon's screenwriters by assorted friends and colleagues.

Special Feature: The Heroes of the Poseidon [2006] [9:53] A quasi-allegorical interpretation of the film that pushes every possible Christian element in the story to the breaking point and beyond. Contributors of this special feature included Christopher Heard, Stella Stevens and John Vogel.

Special Feature: The Morning After Story [9:00] Co-writer Al Kasha with Joel Hirschhorn describes writing the film's Oscar-winning theme song. Additional observations are supplied by Maureen McGovern, whose recording became the standard edition, Carol Lynley who performed the song in the film, and Renée Armand who recorded the demo and ended up dubbing Carol Lynley in the finished film.

Special Feature: R.M.S. Queen Mary [2006] [6:25] A brief overview of the majestic ocean liner, which both inspired Gallico's original novel and provided a template and locations for the film.

Special Feature: Conversations with Ronald Neame [2006] [8:51] Sinking Corridor: How the shot of Reverend Scott and Robin running along the flooding corridor was done, and how the negative ended up submerged in water and was nearly ruined. Also included is Generations of Fans: Fan mail. Turning Over the Ship: Combining hydraulics with camera angles.

Special Feature: Galleries: Marketing Posters and other assorted ads, Publicity: Publicity stills, Behind-the-Scenes: On-set photos and many featuring director Ronald Neames, plus concept sketches for costumes.

Special Feature: Storyboard Comparisons [6:53] Ship Capsises, The Vertical Shaft and Saving Reverend Scott.

Special Feature: Vintage Promotional Material: Original 1972 Feature [10:01] Teaser Trailer [1:38] Short and to the point. Original Trailer [3:17] Over twice the length of the teaser but less effective.

Finally, `The Poseidon Adventure' has definitely aged well both in its technical attributes and its storytelling perspective. Its admirable screenplay, direction, and acting performances allow its long list of potential survivors to really grow as significant characters in a disaster tale that is straightforward but challenging to assemble. Its human elements and action-packed presentation justify both its box office success and critical acclaim and that is why I am so glad I have now added this classic blockbuster movie disaster to my Blu-ray Collection and of course they could not be able to make this type of film today, especially without all the CGI effects, as it would cost double the amount of money to make today and if you have not seen this film, then you will be missing something that is totally unique and you will be stunned by what you view and you will be a nervous wreck by the end of the film. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 6 January 2014
The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features an all-star cast, including five Academy Award winners: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons. The cast also includes Carol Lynley, Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Nielsen, and in an early screen role, Pamela Sue Martin. It won a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects and an Academy Award for Best Original Song (for "The Morning After"). Shelley Winters won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. It also received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The plot centers on the SS Poseidon, an aged luxury liner from the golden age of travel, on her final voyage from New York City to Athens before being sent to the scrapyard. On New Year's Eve, she is overturned by a tsunami caused by an underwater earthquake. Passengers and crew are trapped inside and a rebellious preacher attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety.

Parts of the films were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary, whose encounter with a rogue wave in 1942 inspired the book upon which the film is based.

Boxoffice Magazine reported "The Poseidon Adventure" as the #1 Box Office Champ of 1973. By the end of 1974, it ranked among the six most successful features in film history, along with Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Love Story, Airport, and The Sound of Music. It is in the vein of other all-star disaster films of the 1970s such as Airport and later ones like Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. It was remade twice, first as a television special in 2005 with the same name, and a theatrical release with the name Poseidon in 2006. A 1979 sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, was released later with an equally star-studded cast, but was a box office and critical failure.

The Poseidon Adventure is an excellent film with an all-star cast and a great storyline. I bought this film as a present for my dad a few years ago (I can't remember whether it was for his birthday or for Christmas). He heard from a colleague at work some time ago that the 2006 theatrical remake of The Poseidon Adventure, simply titled Poseidon, didn't do very well at all, but I wouldn't know about that as I've not seen it.

Going back to The Poseidon Adventure, I very highly recommend this film, and even the not-so-successful sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure which starred Michael Caine.
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on 20 January 2017
My reviews of Blu-Ray discs refer to the quality of the sound and vision rather than the content of the film.

The Poseidon Adventure
Movie Release Year: 1972
Barcode: 5039036064798

Picture. For a movie of this vintage (45 years) they have made a very good transfer. Not quite as sharp as a blu-ray that we would expect from a film from 2015, but a excellent clean visual presentation. Score 4.0 / 5.0
Sound. The disc has DTS HD Master Audio 4.0 soundtrack. Forget any surround sound. This was 99% in the front 3 speakers. Clear and precise though. Score 3.5 / 5.0
Another score I include is Repeatability. This is open to personal opinion though.
My Score 3.0 / 5.0

Equipment used for the above review…
Samsung 40” TV……………12 months old
Yamaha 7.1 Amplifier………10 Years old
Panasonic Blu-Ray player….9 Years old
7 KEF Speakers (Various Models and Age) + Yamaha Subwoofer…25 Years Old.

I try to buy the best version of a film, be it Blu-Ray or DVD. Never buy on the release date if l can help it. Do extensive research on any film l may want to buy. Many films have been remastered especially on Blu-Ray but even after that, they may not be much better than the DVD version, so beware. Film companies issue more than one version of a film. Picking the best one by reading reviews is really the only way to guarantee good quality sound & vision for the film you want. Hence the above.
Hope this will help with sourcing the right version for when your ready to purchase.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 1 October 2013
On New Years Eve, the ocean liner SS Poseidon is hit by a tidal wave causing it to capsize. Floating in an inverted state in the sea, a hardy band of passengers led by Reverend Frank Scott, attempt to climb up to the engine room and hopefully to freedom. But inner fighting and a number of obstacles in their way are seriously hampering the survival bid.

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
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 March 2018
This review is for the Fox Home Entertainment BLURAY released 2014. I already have the film on DVD from some years ago, but at the current price (£8.99) here on Amazon, the chance for a BLURAY was hard to resist. Glad I got it - The quality of the transfer is excellent. Bright colour where appropriate and the darker scenes are easy to watch. The screen is Scope (bars top and bottom) and there are good optional English Subtitles (and again I thank Amazon Customer for including that info in his review. Amazon don't mention them. Incidentally - how come there are two "Amazon Customers"? Or are there more? One writes superb reviews, the other usually writes rubbish). For those of you who like extras, there are plenty including commentaries from Lynley Stevens and Martin and lots of mini docs and interviews. The film remains one of my all time favourite "disaster" movies, thanks to Ronald Neame's direction, the sets, the script, where every word counts, and of course the cast and the acting. They all come together to make a glorious 2 hrs of entertainment. If you haven't seen it - treat yourself. If you have, well, treat yourself to this BLURAY.
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on 6 July 2006
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 hideously stereotyped characters. In fact, truth to tell, it's a pretty pedestrian affair even after the ship goes bottom up: strip away its high concept and all you're really left with is a long, slow wade to the grave for some of the characters en route to the cheapest closing sequence ever fobbed off on an audience in a major studio picture. Aside from the odd bit of dialog about the importance of life in the face of death or Gene Hackman's occasional tirades about or against God that hint at someone striving for a big theme, there's not that much of Paul Gallico's original religious allegory left either (if memory serves, in the novel the Reverend Scott had 12 passengers following him on his path to martyrdom). Worse, some of the performances are just excruciating to watch (particularly Red Buttons) while Roddy McDowall's attempt at a Scottish accent is particularly painful. It has its moments, but far fewer than you'd think.

No complaints about Fox's special edition (be careful to order the right one, as Amazon has put these reviews under the 2-disc and single-disc editions) - a surprising commentary from Ronald Neame (who has never made any secret of his dislike for the film in the past), several featurettes, trailers and stills gallery - although it is irritating that Fox have inexplicably cropped the original 1972 making of featurette to 1.85:1 when it was originally fullframe.
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on 22 November 2016
This was one of a series of disaster movies made in the early nineteen seventies. The special effects are quite different to the later remake movie of the same story and any computer generated movie. It is about the struggles of the passengers , trying to survive and escape to safety in an overturned ocean liner. There is obstacle after obstacle and is well worth watching if have never seen it on tv. It deals with fear on many levels. There is one fact you should look out for which is mentioned very early in the script. It would help the survivors in many ways.It would not be mentioned again until later on in the movie. Excellent heroics and very sad tragedies . You cannot predict who is going to live or die in this film.
You have to watch it carefully, stage by stage to get the full effect of it. Excellent product. Thanks
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on 14 November 2015
Amazing film. Sits well up there with the classic disaster films of the 70's (towering inferno, earthquake, the airport films etc). Great performances by the cast, especially Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine.
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on 1 September 2016
Where do I start? This film is, well a classic 1970s disaster movie, featuring all of the great actors of the era. One of the most notable being the late, great Leslie 'Frank Drebin from Police Squad' Nielsen, who appears only briefly, starring as the captain of the ill fated, aged Poseidon, on its last voyage, which falls foul of a massive tidal wave, a wave so massive, that the ship capsizes, and is upside down as a result. It's up to our few, intrepid, fearless group of survivors, led by disillusioned priest, Gene Hackman, to scale the ship, and hopefully reach freedom. This perilous journey, naturally, isn't without there being casualties along the way. The remake is nowhere near as good as the original, by the way. If you're into seventies disaster movies with their somewhat comical special effects, then this is for you! To be honest, it makes you wonder why anybody booked up for this voyage, if they knew the guy from Police Squad was Captain of the vessel! Despite the seriousness of the situation, it's still good fun!
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