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A Night To Remember (Titanic)

Released on 31 December 2008

Featuring: Kenneth More, Honor Blackman & Michael Goodlife

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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Side A: A Night to Remember
On April 10th, 1912, RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage. On her fourth night at sea she struck and iceberg and sank with the loss of 1,500 passengers and crew. The film faithfully depicts the drama, heroism and horror of the night the unsinkable sank.

Side B: The Making of a Night to Remember
Includes behind-the-scenes footage of the movie including interviews with producer William MacQuitty (who saw the ship launched) and the author of the book, Walter Lord. Features historical footage of the Titanic, the 1958 London film premiere and the original theatrical trailers.
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • In-depth Biographies
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Side A: 118 mins, Side B: 61 mins

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 The Best Ever

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Made in 1958, this film starring Kenneth more is the best film ever made about the Titanic.
It gets straight to the point, to what anyone interested in the Titanic wants to see. The atmosphere in my opinion is excellent, it captures everything that you could imagine on that fatal night.
The special effects are fantastic, and I would recomend watching the extras on how they made the film.

 This rings much truer than the Di Caprio film

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Ok, so it may not have the sfx or the Hollywood cast of the 1997 James Cameron film, but this is still a way better film. A top notch British cast (spot the faces) give it an air of authenticity that Cameron missed. This version tells the story of the ill fated ship not from the viewpoint of a fictional romanticized character but from the perspective of crew. At times this is almost semi documentary and the film makers used first hand recounts of the disaster from survivors to add as much authenticity as was then known. The effects, whilst 50 years old are still impressive and the performances uniformly excellent.

Cameron's film upset some by taking liberties with the truth and demonizing some of the British crew. If you watch this you will see another perspective to the story and you'll be glad you did. This film has something that Camerons blockbuster lacked, an air of humanity and truth.

 BAKER DIRECTS A FILM TO REMEMBER!

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Based on the classic novel written by Walter Lord and directed skilfully by veteran Roy Baker, A Night To Remember is the true story of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Devoid of the meandering love story which so many hated in the James Cameron filming of the incident, Lord's version is much shorter at less than two hours, with the iceberg being struck after only thirty minutes, and largely sticks to the confirmed facts of that fateful night.

Kenneth Moore gives one of his usual commanding performances as Second Officer Lightoller, whose actions helped save so many lives. Good too are many of the other cast. Lawrence Naismith is Captain Smith, Honor Blackman a wealthy passenger, David McCallum a Titanic wireless operator and Michael Goodliffe creates a heartfelt portrayal as ship designer, Thomas Andrews.

While Cameron could use the latest in CGI technology which has flooded the Cinema Industry and is now commonplace, Baker had to rely on old-fashioned sets and model work, but manages so skilfully with these tools that few dubious shots can be seen. The fact his film is black and white and uses genuine footage of the Titanic leaving Harbour also helps gives it a semi-documentary feel which works favourably.

While the film mainly focuses on a select group of key characters, it also attempts (with some success) to answer a few of the mysteries surrounding the tragedy - such as why the nearby Californian did nothing while Titanic was sinking (thereby dooming many of the passengers to a watery grave) but does not administer blame. Nor, too, is the disaster glorified in any way. Baker simply tells the story as it happened and leaves the audience to draw their own conclusions.

For a film over fifty years old picture and sound quality are excellent, while the original 16:9 widescreen ratio is also a welcome bonus. There is a nice range of Special Features, too. These include in-depth biographies, numerous production photographs and portrait stills, the Original Trailer and a fascinating hour-long documentary exploring both the film and the event on which it is based.

Anyone with an interest in the Titanic or who just wishes to see a real-life drama without unnecessary gung-ho heroics will find A Night To Remember well worth watching and it is definitely A Film To Remember, too!

 Best Film Ever

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Excellent movie for the year it was made, and in my opinion, the best titanic film ever produced. A must have dvd.

I think honour blackman is always abit over-rated for this film...she was only a passenger with a handful of lines, they have her face and name on the front cover just because she became more famous than some of the others...but the real stars of this movie are laurence naismith (captain smith) and michael goodliffe (mr andrews) and tucker mcguire are the unsinkable mollie brown!

This movie is more about the ship & it's crew, rather than a dull love story set around the sinking of a ship. There are no scenes of sex or voilence.

Buy it today!!

 All Time Classic & Brittish

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From Lord's book of the same title, 'A Night To Remember' is the closest film you can get to the reality of that night in April 1912. This easily rivals its 1953 Hollywood counterpart from across the pond and although Black & White and primative in Special Effects compared to the 1997 Blockbuster, this one gives the real Titanic buff an essential on the DVD shelf.

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ActorsKenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodlife, David McCallum, Frank Lawton, Ronald Allen & James Dyrenforth
DirectorRoy Ward Baker
CertificatePG
Year1958
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
Duration3 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.