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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Gene Hackman , Ernest Borgnine , Irwin Allen , Ronald Neame  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley
  • Directors: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Irwin Allen, Sherrill C. Corwin, Sidney Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305280746
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Timed to coincide with the big-screen remake "Poseidon," 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing 2-disc special editions of two classic star-studded disaster movies, including the 1972 original "The Poseidon Adventure" starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters and Roddy McDowell among a crew of 15 Academy Award winners. Produced by the legendary Irwin Allen (who made a career in the 1970s of turning out big-budget disaster movies) the movie, based on a novel of the same name by Paul Gallico, tells the story of the aging liner Poseidon, which is hit by a 90-foot tidal wave that knocks her over on her final voyage from New York to Greece.
Featuring impressive special effects for its time and excellent performances from its cast, the movie manages to rise above a trite script and corny dialogue as they travel through an upside-down world, into the bowels of the ship in the hope of rescue from above.
Perhaps the main attraction of this movie is the sets, which effectively create a world turned on its head that leaves passengers walking on the ceilings of a maze of passageways and falling into what was just seconds before the roof of a giant ballroom. The movie proved to be a smash hit in 1972 and itself garnered nine Oscar nominations.
The movie was previously released on DVD as a relatively bare-bones effort, an oversight which has been corrected here in what is a virtual embarrassment of riches for those of us who love to scour through the special features of those shiny discs.
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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up - DVD version a disaster October 28, 2000
Format:DVD
20th Century Fox missed the boat on this one. This movie holds up remarkably well considering most of the dialogue seems a bit dated now. Shelley Winters gives a good solid performance of the grandmother on the way to see her grandson in Israel. Hackman is a rebel priest, and Stella Stevens is the hooker made good by marrying cop Ernest Borgnine. Everyone is having a good time until disaster strikes. The special effects of the capsizing of the Poseidon were unsurpassed until Star Wars came along - and even then Lucas wasn't turning over a boat load of passengers. The grand piano crashing through mid air still gives me stomach pains. Yes, they don't compare to James Cameron's Titanic, but remember - they didn't have digital/computer technology back then. I still don't know how they did it. Which leads me to my next point.
The real disaster is the treatment Fox gave the DVD. I didn't wait all these years for DVD technology to hear Dolby mono. The movie was originally released in stereo. Hearing all those screaming people from my center speaker doesn't cut it. Hearing John William's fine score, and the Academy Award winning "The Morning After" in mono is a real disappointment. I know there was a 'making of' documentary produced around the time the film was made. Why isn't it on the DVD? Why didn't we get a commentary track from some of the special effects wizards, cast, or director. They can't all be dead. Again, we waited for years for this to be released in a digital format, but my recommendation is to stick with the VHS version. At least that is in stereo.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poseidon Takes Me Way Back! May 20, 2006
By Jack V
Format:DVD
I first saw Poseidon Adventure on Christmas Eve 1972. I was nine and my brother was almost twelve. I vividly remember calling the theater and, because it was rated PG, asking the lady if my brother and I had to have an adult with us in order to see it! Well, needless to say, my 9-year-old eyes had never seen anything like it and to this day the movie has a certain hold on me. I bought the special edition dvd the day it came out. I watched it four times the first two days. Both commentaries are great but I think I like the commentary by Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley and Pamela Sue Martin a little better than the director's. It's fun to listen to the three ladies reminisce and laugh together. I have seen the new movie and I like it, probably because I like the premise of the story. It's just a very different take on the same premise. Poseidon Adventure will always be among my favorite movies.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp picture and sound plus tons of extras April 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
If you are a fan of the movie, this Blu-ray is a must-have. The widescreen picture is crisp and clear with no fuzziness, and the underwater swimming scenes look especially good in hi-def. The audio is clean with no hiss at all.

There are more extras than you can shake a stick at:

Commentary by director Ronald Neame
Commentary by Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley
Hollywood Backstories episode with nice behind-the-scenes footage
The Cast Looks Back
Falling Up with Ernie
The Writer: Stirling Silliphant
The Heroes of The Poseidon
The Morning After Story
R.M.S. Queen Mary
Conversations with Ronald Neame
Marketing and publicity galleries
Storyboard Comparisons
Original 1972 Featurette
Trailer and Teaser Trailer

Wow! That's a lot of stuff to watch. I watched a lot of the extras - my favorites were the Hollywood Backstories episode (about 25 minutes long) and also some of the more recent interviews with cast members.

I purchased the disc at Wal-Mart for under thirteen dollars. At the time of this review, it looks like that is the only place that sells this Blu-ray based on the packaging sticker, which read "Only at Wal-Mart."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poseidon Adventure has become a big cult classic
Great Movie - Shelly Winters won an Academy award as best supporting actress in her role...
Great Disaster Film which has stood the test of time... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Poseidon
This will always be a great movie , top actors and anyone that's ever seen this movie know's everyone's acting .
Published 1 day ago by stephrodark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I remember watching this movie as a kid and just being mesmerized by it. It's more suspenseful than scary. Read more
Published 10 days ago by S. Eichler
5.0 out of 5 stars Full steam Bros.
My son bought the newer version ,then i let him see this one . was convinced this was far far better . Read more
Published 12 days ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poseidon Adventure [Blu-ray] [1972] [2014 UK Release]
The Poseidon Adventure [Blu-ray] [1972] [2014 UK Release] One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to escape from an ocean liner... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
I love this movie. I went to the theaters to see it when it came out. I am so glad to have Prime Videos, because I know that Netflix do not show it on their site.
Published 22 days ago by Sheryl V. Washington
4.0 out of 5 stars good classic movie drama
great drama and story, super casting, I remember this movie, and how it keeps you going in the way human nature can be as well, great that its on prime, a true classic....
Published 23 days ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic comes to DVD in a special edition set!
Nothing tops the classics, especially this one. This special edition is awesome, a great job on this release. Read more
Published 25 days ago by hotrodguy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Classic from the '70's!
I saw this when I was about 13, and was the first movie I went to where I choose the movie! I then saw it at least five or six times in movies theatres, and countless time on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
Great picture quality; this movie was on tv recently and the picture quality was not even
close to what my dvd had. Fantastic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Nelson
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Poseidon Adventure - Original 1972 Film on Blu-Ray....When??
I couldn't agree more! Come on FOX....where is the one and only Poseidon Adventure??? We need it on Blu-ray!!!
Aug 3, 2010 by Richard T. Leafgreen |  See all 7 posts
The Poseidon Adventure: Disk 2 Extras
The featurettes are under the Conversations with Ronald Neame section on Disc 2. Those segments are interviews with Neame.
Jun 20, 2006 by Pawn |  See all 3 posts
Funny looking cover
That is the artwork taken directly from the original theatrical poster...So I am thrilled that FOX FINALLY....after all these years...used the CORRECT artwork and not some stupid shot from the movie as they have done for the past 20 years on every other format...Thank you FOX for FINALLY getting... Read more
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