- "Beyond Titanic" documentary
- Movietone newsreels
- Audio essay by Titanic historian Silvia Stoddard
- Still gallery
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Passengers mingle and a couple bicker before the packed luxury liner hits an iceberg and sinks in 1912.
Although it was never known for strict authenticity, the elegant 1953 production of Titanic holds just as much fascination as A Night to Remember and James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster. Its original screenplay deservedly won an Oscar® for its brilliant, dramatically involving creation of fictional characters--primarily a strained couple on the verge of divorce (Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck)--whose lives are forever altered on that fateful morning of April 15, 1912. Director Jean Negulesco focuses on this human drama, lending a personal touch to the luxury liner's fatal collision with an iceberg; if the scale-model disaster (complete with motorized miniature lifeboat rowers) looks quaint by modern special-effects standards, it still captures the emotional impact of Titanic's ultimate fate. While Titanic's sinking is inaccurately depicted (here the ship is damaged on the port side, and sinks in one piece), the Webb/Stanwyck relationship is handled with sophistication, style, and well-earned redemption. As would happen with Cameron's Titanic 44 years later, fiction proved a perfect vehicle for tragic factual history. --Jeff Shannon
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The real gem, to me, was the documentary that is included in the bonus features. 'Beyond Titanic', which is a little more than an hour in length, is a spectacular look at the ongoing legacy of the almost mystical ship. While a bit dated, it covers various films, plays, musicals, TV episodes, and books relating to or inspired by the Titanic. A really fascinating study of the ship in popular culture, and worth buying the DVD just for it alone.
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