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Just OK, but at least it's cheap
on April 28, 2012
Pretty good collection of British TV documentaries, but neither definitive nor up-to-date. Disc One dates from (apparently) the late 1980s and consists of several sections, most of them based on survivors' accounts with some narration and 1912-era paintings and newspaper headlines for visual emphasis. Not a lot of repetition, except that practically every segment ends with "Nearer, My God, to Thee." Perhaps the most interesting segment is a look at the various movies that have been spawned by the Titanic saga, from 1912 newsreels and two 1929 talkies (one in English, one German), to the 1958 documentary A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, which commentators uninanimously hailed as the best Titanic movie. (A forgivable consensus, since this was years before 1997's James Cameron epic.)
Disc Two is a film account of a 1982 Titanic convention in Philadelphia and is somewhat redundant: one of the survivors profiled had already had her say on the previous videotaped disc, which was actually compiled several years later. Also, a contemporary nickelodeon account of the ship and the rescue ship Carpathia is almost entirely a duplicate of material on Disc One. Still, the total material in this package is almost four and a half hours long, and at this price should appeal to Titanic devotees.