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Poseidon Adventure, The

Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 109 (Jun 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include that annoying up-front anti-piracy ad; commentary by Ronald Neame; another commentary track by Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley; and an interactive fun feature called "Follow The Escape!" Supplements on Disc Two include the 25-minute "AMC Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure" and the following featurettes: "The Cast Looks Back" (six minutes), "Falling Up With Ernie" (four minutes), "The Writer: Stirling Silliphant" (nine minutes), "The Heroes Of The Poseidon" (10 minutes), "The Morning After Story" (nine minutes), and "R.M.S. Queen Mary" (6-1/2 minutes). There are three short conversations with Ronald Neame

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2233166
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/09/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Ronald Neame
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Poseidon Adventure is a perilous sea adventure that details the desperate effort of ten survivors as they try to escape an ocean liner capsized by a huge tidal wave. Death and destruction are everywhere as the victims struggle their way through the inverted ship. This classic thriller weaves suspenseful terror at sea with the survivors

DVD Picture:
This new anamorphically enhanced DVD picture looks really nice, albeit a bit dated. Colors are nicely balanced, with pleasing saturation and generally deep blacks. The picture is smoother and more solid than the previously released DVD, with little in the way of bothersome pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

Unlike the previous DVD release, the Dolby