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Saving the Titanic
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I also watched this PBS program and I have to say it brought me to tears, just seeing those brave Irsihmen working in the bowels of the ship, keeping the lights on for the passengers to board the lifeboats. Without their bravery and sacrifice, they would have been more casualties. This is truly a sad story and not one known by all who have an interest in the disaster. The acting is first rate and it will brings it home, when you see the actual photos of those brave souls at the end of the program. I cannot wait to purchase the dvd.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
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I AM WATCHING THIS PROGRAM ON P.B.S AS I'M WRITING THIS REVIEW AND I AM TRULY TERRIFIED AND AWED AT WHAT I'M SEEING. THIS DOCUMENTARY, WHICH TELLS OF THE MEN WORKING IN THE BOILER ROOMS, HAD STAYED ON THE TITANIC 2 KEEP HER ELECTRICITY ON TO SEND DISTRESS SIGNALS AND TO TRY 2 KEEP THE SHIP FROM SINKING. AND EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS A NOBLE TASK, IT EVENTUALLY WAS A FAILURE. THE MEN ALSO WERE TOLD WHETHER OR NOT TO STAY AND TRY 2 SAVE THE SHIP 4 AS LONG AS THEY CAN. WATER IS CONSTANTLY FLOODING THE SHIP, THE BULKHEADS ARE BREAKING APART, AND MANY OF THE MEN ARE DROWNING. FEAR,DISPAIR, AND CHAOS ERUPTS. THE SHIP IS CREAKING, TILTING LOWER AND LOWER UNTIL IT BREAKS APART IN 2 AND SINKS. ALL OF THE CHIEF ENGINEERS PERISHED. THIS IS A TRULY FRIGHTENING TALE OF THE MEN WHO BRAVED THE ODDS 2 TRY 2 SAVE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO WERE STILL TRAPPED ON THE TITANIC WHEN ALL OF THE LIFEBOATS WERE LAUNCHED. THIS PROGRAM WILL B AVAILABLE LATER THIS MONTH ON DVD. I WILL DEFINATELY PICK THIS UP.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2012
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The televised version is less than 60 minutes while this version is described as 90 minutes. I am anxious to see if this version is presented as an outright drama or as the narrated, dramatised documentary shown on PBS. Either way, it will be good.

UPDATE: I have seen it now and it is better than the version shown on PBS. It is interesting to see the parts that were cut out. I don't known why they edited it for PBS unless they thought the U.S. viewers would not understand part of it. If you like movies about the Titanic you need to get this one; it shows a side of the events that you don't normally see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
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Although some things in the movie aren't exactly true, even though it states it is, it is a better than average Titanic movie. Of course, nothing even comes close to, A Night to Remember, but it does tell about those who were working to in the boiler rooms who didn't get all the praise they deserved. The best thing about the block buster movie, Titanic, is that it started another round of new books and movies about the ship. Now,I am happy to see more new books due to the one hundred anniversary. Keep them coming.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
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This is a very well acted documentary that receates what life was like for those Titanic crew members who worked down in the boiler and engine rooms of the famous ship. The film is told through the memories of Lead Fireman, Fredrick Barret. Barret was one of the few men who remained onboard after the collision, toiling away in the boiler rooms of the ship; and he ended up being the only man to survive the sinking who had actually witnessed the impact from inside the vessel. He personally saw the hull rupture, giving way to sea water flooding into the ship's first five compartments, and thereby assuring her loss. The film tells his story in retrospect, while he's seated(presumably in England)before a group of Board members of the White Star Line. They are looking for stories of heroism that they hope will counter all the negative news stories about the ship's sinking, that are so well known today. The film traces Barrets actions from the time the ship leaves Belfast after her trials, it then covers the preparations for the start of the maiden voyage while docked at Southampton, and finally the start of the first voyage itself. The viewer is introduced to a number of additional crew members, mainly Engineers, and Electricians, who, as Officers on the Titanic, were responcible for overseeing the daily mechanical operations of the new ship.

But the film also tells its' story in relation to what it was actually like for people living at that time. Along with their kits and clothing, these crew members brought additional, personal baggage onboard that really impacted how this group of men got along with each other. Things like the ridged class structure, the religious wars taking place, particularly in Ireland where the ship was built, and finally, the rank structure of the crew itself. All of these elements combined and they directly affected these men's lives during their daily routines at sea. This film tells the story of the hardest working section of the ship; it's also the section that ended up having the fewest survivors. Many of these men remained at their posts, trying first to save the ship, and then later, when fully aware that there was no longer any hope, their efforts then became to simply try to extend her life for as long as possible. Their vital and heroic work saved hundreds of lives, and yet, their story is one of the less commonly covered aspects of this much written about disaster. Everything about the production is truly first rate. Excellent sets, and equally excellent acting, make this one of the best documentaries on this subject you will ever see.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
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Superb! This is a true story of the century about the human spirit, with first class acting, incredible photography, effective dialogue as well as non-verbal messages throughout. The sacrifice of the workers in the boiler room whose super-efforts delayed the sinking of the ship and thereby gave time to save more lives is brought to light. These heroes did not receive the credit they deserved. Their courage to do the extremely hard work under the most difficult conditions should have been saluted to the full extent.

There is a touch of information on the workers' personal lives, dilemmas and heartbreaks, pains of separation from their families, serious conflicts based on religion, general depression caused by the boiler room job ("Do you remember the Sun?"), and unfair treatments by bosses including over-work and pay-cuts, all of which give strong clues on the social, religious, and economic history of their times.

It is the true story of human decency, going way beyond the call of duty, total sacrifice, standing up for principles, bravery, and jobs well-done strictly from the sense of duty and compassion-being human at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
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The heroics of the crew on of deck the RMS Titanic on the night of 14-15 April 1912, is well known but below deck little, if anything, has been written. Having seen this dvd, I now know of a whole new level of courage. Facing certain death the seinor engineering staff stayed at their posts untill there was nothing left to do. Because of their efforts many more lived to see the dawn of a new day. As we remember those who died that night, let these brave souls rank amoung the very few who place the life of others before their own. God speed these heroes of the high seas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
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I just finished watching this amazing program. I must say that I am moved by the courage and attitude of Titanic's engineers who went down with her that night. Their sacrifice resulted in the saving of 705 lives! I recommend this program to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
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I watched this on TV when it first came out. I enjoyed it so much I purchased it when it came out on DVD. This version tells you what the crew must have gone through and the sacrifice they made in keeping the Titanic afloat and the lights on for as long as possible. If you are a Titanic fan this is a must have for your collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
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If you want to watch something a little different on the Titanic story that has not been "rehashed" over and over again; this DVD may very well be for you. It is a poignant story about the brave & "nameless" men who worked in the bowels of the ship right up until the time the Titanic foundered. Not one engineer survived to tell his side of the story, they stayed at their posts till the very end so others would stand a chance of survival. It is to their credit the lights on the Titanic stayed on till just before the Titanic plunged to her icy grave, with power to the very end Jack Phillips & Harold McBride, the Marconi operators, were able to send out distress calls to attract nearby ships and to keep the Carpathia updated on their plight as she rushed to their aid. Along with the help of the firemen & trimmers, the engineers managed to keep the pumps working effectively to keep the ship afloat longer than expected.Highly recommended DVD for people who like more quality & "substance" in their viewing of the Titanic story.
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