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This review is from: Titanic (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
For those saying the movie is inaccurate with 'hard a starboard' and they turned the wheel to left (port)- that is CORRECT! Ships used what's called 'Tiller commands'. To turn left, you move the tiller handle the opposite direction! Think of a small outboard engine on a little boat. To go one way, you move the tiller handle the opposite way.
People have no clue what they are talking about and then bash the movie. Sure, there are inaccuracies in any movie but it was really well done and James Cameron knows what he is talking about when it comes to the Titanic.
This movie gets 5 stars for sure-
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Initial post: Jun 26, 2012 11:51:40 PM PDT
Posted on Jul 16, 2012 10:11:06 PM PDT
Dennis Yenn says:
Excellent review. Good to know.
Posted on Sep 6, 2012 8:59:32 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 9, 2012 5:45:04 AM PDT
Jack Daniel says:
John, you are 100% correct, I heard all about this from an expert on the radio earlier this year.
Posted on Sep 9, 2012 12:07:50 PM PDT
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Great "review!" Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Sep 10, 2012 5:37:49 AM PDT
Thanks for pointing this out to the "landlubbers!" I've had so many people point this out, thinking it was a "blooper" in the film! They never operated a tiller driven motorboat or sailboat!
Posted on Sep 10, 2012 4:40:53 PM PDT
Mr. Wizard says:
A questionable innaccuracy which seems to follow myth to improve the storyline is the role of J. Bruce Ismay prior, during and following the Titanic's collision with the iceburg. Here is a link to verfiable sources of what role this man truly had at this time. http://www.titanichistoricalsociety.org/a
Posted on Sep 11, 2012 12:33:32 AM PDT
No one is reviewing the audio.
The picture is greatly improved in my opinion, AND, I must say so is the audio.
The part that stood out to me was when old Rose started to tell her story.
"You could still smell the fresh paint".
I am very glad that I upgraded, and yes I have the VHS and DVD versions.
Posted on Sep 21, 2012 11:28:22 AM PDT
Sight Reader says:
Apparently some think the Titanic's Quartermaster was tiller trained and actually DID turn the wrong way when given emergency orders. Apparently steamships were in a transitional period from tiller to wheel systems and they hadn't quite nailed down the conventions for what a First Officer actually wants when he says, "Hard-a-Starboard!"
I dunno how much credence this theory (and the inevitable stories of a cover up) has amongst historians.
Posted on Sep 21, 2012 6:33:21 PM PDT
Le Stryge says:
Oh thank heavens for somebody who knows his stuff John!
Don't know how many times I've heard this total inaccuracy repeated from people who vainly think they've found a glaring mistake and will insist on airing their ignorance. The tiller commands were not changed to the current system until the 30's, .....long after the sinking of the Titanic.
I'm somewhat alarmed that the movie gives the impression that Picasso's very famous "Demoiselles d'Avignon", believed to be the formative picture of Cubism, went down with the ship!
Or even La Môme Bijou as referenced by Di Caprio wasn't around Paris until the 30's either. Perhaps the Titanic was actually a time machine?