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Titanic: 100 Years On
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The score which underlies the narration is pure 70s/80s power pop with a constantly beating drum. Not only does the score and the drumming drown out the narrationm, but it is totally out of place. Yes, there is commentary from the National Maritime Museum (in Halifax Canada I'm assuming) but everything else is made up of historical still photos and lots of scenes from the Hollywood motion picture. I'd tell you more, but I'll save my words - and your time. This is truly a DVD that is jumping on the timing of the Centenary of the sinking of the Titanic,; nothing more. Don't expect PBS quality here.
I have well over 35 docos about the Titanic and this is by far the most miserable excuse for a documentary about the disaster it has been my misfortune to witness.
Where to start?...the background music styles range from 60's beat instrumentals to 90's dance and 30's jazz....close.....but.....
The editing...........apparently that's what it is, is sloppy, rough and vainly done to look cutting edge. It is an epic fail.
There are various ships related to the Titanic story that are mentioned. Amerika, Baltic, California, Titanic itself.....the picture used you may ask???....The Carpathia................I could go on, but I think you get the drift.
Too many sensationalized clips are included in this video. It does not present the story chronologically. Instead, the emphasis is on the most popular facts and stories. And worst of all for third grade, it shows a crew member shooting himself in the head from a scene in the popular movie. --Totally extraneous and unfounded information. And it relegates this video to the "can't show in class" pile.
It's too bad someone doesn't put out a kids' video on this topic. Kids are really interested in disasters and tragedies in history. But we have to remember that some content needs to be edited. I've looked at other documentaries with little luck. National Geographic documentaries are also produced with an adult audience in mind so the vocabulary is difficult for kids and the content is labored.
I call this documentary "fluff" because it includes more Hollywood scenes than historical images. Some of the images/film clips are not even the Titanic, but other ships from within the ten years before and after the disaster. The film makers do not take care to distinguish fact from near-fact.
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Music is so loud I couldn't hear the voices. What the point? I cut it off within 5 minutes.Published 10 days ago by John Hankins
Looked for some more history, but I felt there was too much Hollywood in the content.Published 11 months ago by Rik Thompson
I loved the footage, the interviews, and Mark Lindsay Chapman is a wonderful narrator. The music is really bad. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mikki T.
Was on a Titanic binge, which happens when I'm PMSing and feel like getting some history with my entertainment. Not thrilling, but a few things I didn't know before. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Kathleen Sopraltenobass