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The Poseidon Adventure
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on November 7, 2017
One of the best DVD reissues yet; THIS is how they should be done! Excellent restoration and picture/sound quality along with every possible extra, including reproductions of lobby cards. The extras include the AMC Backstory documentary, publicity stills, marketing information, technical info from director Ronald Neame about the filming of some of the more challenging sequences. But best are the 2 full-length commentary tracks, one with the delightful Neame and then the excellent commentary from stars Stella Stevens, Pamela Sue Martin, and Carol Lynley. These ladies offer a lot of helpful, entertaining tidbits and much historical reference as well. They aren't like the airhead actresses of today; they really know how movies are made (particular kudos to Stella Stevens) and have a generous spirit in sharing them. They also are very tactful in recalling working with the nightmarish Shelley Winters. Great Fun! A truly excellent treatment of a nostalgic classic that left an indelible mark on many, many people. Highly recommended.
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on October 17, 2014
If you even remotely like the 70's disaster genre, you absolutely must own "The Poseidon Adventure".

This is arguably the greatest of all the disaster films, due to great special effects (done before the CGI age), and has great performances by Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine, with wonderful supporting roles by Red Buttons (yes, the hysterical comedian from the hilarious Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts), Shelly Winters, Jack Alberstson (Chico and the Man), Pamela Sue Martin (Nancy Drew), Eric Shea and Carol Lynley.

Leslie Nielsen (of "The Naked Bullet" comedies) has a short-lived, but intense role as the Captain of the doomed luxury liner.

A very intense and claustrophobic film, and possibly the "mother" or "father" of 1970s disaster classics" (some claim "Airport", with Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin was the very first, depending upon your point of view). However, this was the first major disaster blockbuster, outdone only by Irwin Allen's next film "Towering Inferno".
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on March 10, 2015
Brilliant old school 70's work of disaster movie art. With some of the greatest actors of their generation. So much better than the pathetic horrific craptastic remake. This film has one of my fave all time actresses Shelly Winters in an amazing role as overweight ex-swimmer with a grandma's heart of gold. She oft reminded me of my own grandmother. As well as the glorious Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowell, Red Buttons, and Carol Lynley. The song The Morning After. The best old lang syne tidal wave tip over ever filmed. Now, I just need a Blu-Ray player.
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on October 27, 2015
This movie absolutely holds up for younger audiences. Don't write this movie off because you thought the remake, Poseidon, was mediocre. This film is superb with a fantastic ensemble cast, filled with great character moments, as well as a good survival story, and great movie overall. Gene Hackman is great, as well as my favorite character in the film portrayed by Shelly Winters. Once again, for the younger millenial generation, if you're a fan of the "disaster" genre, you owe it to yourself to see a "disaster" film at its finest. Character substance over special effects.
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on October 30, 2017
I remember movie critics pouncing on this and other
disaster movies that I saw as a teen back in the 1970s,
and even though my taste in movies broadened as that
decade progressed, I still love this movie. It's divided
into three sections: introducing the characters, the
disaster and it's aftermath, and the small group of people
who survive trying to get to safety. Gene Hackman, as
the 1970s antihero who leads the group, shines in one of
his greatest roles.
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on May 1, 2014
By far the very best of all the disaster movies...and a must buy. The tidal wave of all tidal waves hits the cruise ship "The Poseidon"; and when of all times, but a New Year's Celebration. The bodies are falling and tossed to and fro, ending in one massive pile of death, and leaving the survivors wondering if or not they'll be rescued. Gene Hackman has what he believes to be the perfect plan of escape, though many of the survivors choose to go an alternative route to reach their freedom. Gene leads an all star cast, which includes Ernest Borgnine; Stella Stevens; Shelly Winters; Jack Albertson; Roddy McDowall; Red Buttons; and Carol Lynley. Hackman and his team choose to move upwards to the ship's bottom in hopes of being saved by a team of rescuers; and face much personal tragedy and loss all along the way on their trek to freedom. A movie that shows the spirit; determination; and bravery, that one can muster in the face of human tragedy. As with The Towering Inferno, by mistake I ordered the VHS, rather than the DVD...and found the picture and sound quality to be quite disappointing!
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on July 6, 2015
What can one say? This is a real clunker of a movie, with every cliche in the book, and yet it's impossible not to like it and get swept up in the crisis faced by the characters. Even the blatant sexism (far too many shots of female buttocks in tight pants and shorts climbing up ladders) gets somehow redeemed by an overweight Shelley Winters doing some magnificent underwater swimming.
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on May 13, 2014
The last voyage, before the ship's retirement, with capacity passengers aboard, at midnight on New Years Eve, is hit by a Psumani and capsized. The survivors struggle to go from deck to deck, with the ship upside down. Suspenseful solutions to move the small party from deck to deck, with the water following them up, keeps your interest peeked. The tight knit group of survivors, have heart wrenching events happen, which causes unexpected losses to their ranks. All the great character actors involved, deliver superior performances. It is a moving example of man's attempt to survive unexpected crisis in their lives, and their concern to help others to survive also.
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on May 31, 2016
I first watched this movie when I was about 13 and loved it so much. I totally cried at the end. So I told my daughter who is 10 that it was the first movie that made me cry so she wanted to watch it. I had not seen it in about 10 years but enjoyed watching it yet again with her.

The movie is a classic and one you will enjoy watching over and over again despite knowing who the survivors are.
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on June 22, 2017
Blu Ray picture quality - especially once the ship is struck by enormous wave and rolls - is stunning! The initial intro of characters and setting up of story is dated and slow but then hold onto your hats - excellent and very impressive effects, color, and story telling - looks like it was filmed yesterday (except for the 70's hairstyles and dress)! Recommended for classic movie fans!
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