Titanic: The Complete Story
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The "unsinkable" Titanic was a dream come true: Four city blocks long and a passenger list worth 250 million dollars. But on her maiden voyage in April 1912, that dream became a nightmare when the giant ship struck an iceberg and sank in the cold North Atlantic. More than 1,500 lives were lost in one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century. Now, the complete sensational history of the premier liner is recounted in TITANIC: THE COMPLETE STORY. Using newsreels, stills, diaries, and exclusive interviews with survivors, TITANIC: THE COMPLETE STORY charts the fateful history of the ship and its passengers as well as providing an overview on the popular culture phenomenon that this tragedy has become.
This set includes 3 feature-length programs:
- DEATH OF A DREAM - The largest ship ever built is christened in Ireland before a cheering crowd of 100,000. Witness the disaster this trek becomes as numerous iceberg warnings go unheeded and the ship sinks in the icy North Atlantic.
- THE LEGEND LIVES ON - Overpacked lifeboats edge away from the crippled liner as futile SOS signals flare into the night - leaving 1,500 passengers to a watery grave. Also, witness the courageous deep sea expedition to unearth Titanic's secrets.
- TITANIC'S ACHILLES HEEL - Elite divers explore the explosive theory that the doomed liner may have had a fatal design flaw - using advanced CGI technology, archive documents and photographs, as well as footage from modern-day HISTORY expeditions.
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(5 stars) 1994's "Death of a Dream" and 1994's "The Legend Lives On": These two specials aired in conjunction and are considered companion pieces to one another. Together, they form one of the most comprehensive accounts about the Titanic that you're likely to encounter with a total run time of about 3 1/2 hours. The two documentaries (narrated by Man From UNCLE's David McCallum) utilize survivor interviews (people that are no longer with us in 2012), photos, newsreel footage, and personal written accounts to bring the story to life. From the ship's inception and building in the early years of the century to the discovery of the wreckage in 1985 by Robert Ballard, these films by Melissa Jo Peltier really provide a complete picture of the Titanic story. "Death of a Dream" tells primarily the start of the story up until the sinking with "The Legend Lives On" picking up with much of the aftermath. If you have been dissatisfied with other films or coverage, I suggest you give these a try.Read more ›
DVD package. While it may not be the "complete" story, it is really a valuable
documentary. It has been re-issued in 2011 by A&E as a 2 disc DVD collection.
Basically you have at least three documentaries in one package here. The first
begins with the history of the White Star line and the shipbuilders who
constructed the Titanic and her two sister ships. This is a lot of great
background information. Next comes a lengthy exposition on the formation
and migration of icebergs, focused on why they traveled so far south that year,
and why the Titanic wasn't expecting trouble.
The third documentary begins with a detailed analysis of some structural problems
that existed with the Titanic and her sister ships--some of which the builders
recognized and tried to correct; others were not corrected, either because the
degree of risk wasn't properly appreciated at the time, or the decision was made
financially that the risk-benefit ratio of re-doing the ship's design would not
be economical or practical. It must be kept in mind, as the documentary points out,
that a ship of this size had never been built before, so even though these were
master shipbuilders, certain technical problems arose that they had not encountered before.Read more ›
Regardless, this DVD program's first disc is one of the best I've seen. I didn't know that J.P. Morgan owned the White Star Line - lucky for him he missed the first voyage. The net worth of its passengers was $500 million, and the best first-class suites cost $4,300 - about $100,000 today. About 14,000 workers toiled to build both the Titanic and Olympia at Belfast. The Titanic had 29 boilers and carried 660 tons of coal - think of all the hard work involved in keeping it steaming!
Had the Titanic simply run straight into the berg (only damage for first two compartments, maybe three - still float), or at least not tried to slow down (would have turned faster), experts believe it would have been saved. It took Captain Smith about 30 minutes to send an SOS, even longer to fire the distress rockets. Seems like most of the top officers didn't really believe the ship would sink, even after hitting the iceberg. Captain Smith, despite his 40 years of seafaring experience, had no prior experience with hitting an iceberg or abandoning ship - this slowed his reactions; he seemed 'shell-shocked.'
The first boats were only 1/3 full; testimony was that they had been tested with 60 men in Belfast and could have carried even more - especially lighter women and children. Yet, on average, they carried less than 40 each - very poor leadership on Captain Smith's part. (Also his sailing near full speed in an ice field - the flat sea also prevented waves from forming at the iceberg's base, making them more visible.Read more ›
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Awesome product with great detail.! My 6yr old son loves it. Goes great with the history channel dvd set:)Published 19 days ago by BlakkSheep
Wish it had a little more info on what they found after discovering it recently. But still a great documentary.Published 6 months ago by Justin Ray duvall
anyone who's a history buff should get this tape it goes in every detail from the ship building to the sinking and everything in between a must for history buffs especially on the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John M. Sedlak