Synopsis: On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.
What’s it like? The drama of ‘In Which We Serve’ meets the disaster of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’
Film: 9/10. Although James Cameron created the most commercially successful Titanic film, this one will always be my favourite. It doesn’t require the melodrama of Cameron’s film and instead chooses to focus on the actual events. A raw look at the most well-known disaster of all time. 124 mins.
Picture quality: 10/10. Criterion’s restoration is amazing. The film has scrubbed up wonderfully. Detail is excellent, especially considering the majority of the film is set at night. Contrast and clarity is fantastic. Even the majority of the visual effects hold up quite well – an impressive feat for a film nearing 60 years old.
Audio quality: 9/10. The restoration work on the audio track completed by Criterion is almost as impressive. There are no significant fluctuations in levels, hiss and crackle are gone and clarity of both the dialogue and score is excellent. Some extremely minor source-related issues creep in – specifically around dialogue recorded in less than ideal conditions – but it’s very infrequent and doesn’t detract from an otherwise great track.
Disc reviewed: Country: U.S., Studio: Criterion, Region: A locked
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayers, Honor Blackman, Anthony Bushell
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