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James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck [Import]

Lance Henriksen , James Cameron , James Cameron , Gary Johnstone    Unrated   VHS Tape
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK,but loses its focus at times Oct. 23 2007
By falcon
for the most pat,this documentary is pretty decent viewing.it's mainly
about the German juggernaut war ship Bismark and it's sinking.it gives
a bit of a brief history of the ship.the some battle scenes are
shown,many computer animated.the ship is shown as it sinks int the
water under a barrage of British fire from most of the British
fleet.meanwhile James Cameron and his crew prepare to explore the
wreckage of the ship on the sea floor,using two submersibles.the
footage of the ship 61 years almost to the day that it was sunk is
pretty impressive.you get a real idea of how massive and well built the
ship was.Cameron's crew were also able to enter the ship through many
different holes,some caused by enemy artillery.you get an idea of what
the inside of the was like.along with Cameron and company are two
survivors of the sinking.there are a few things I didn't like here.one
is that they never really had the two survivors relate much of their
story,which would have been nice.another thing is i felt it took too
long to get to the point where they were exploring the wreckage.also
instead of letting the viewing just enjoy what they are
seeing,sometimes Cameron and crew throw in some "ooh" and "ahh"
comments.the documentary focuses a bit too much on the scientists and
the technicians,which is not really interesting.there are a few scenes
i thought they could have left out,which had very little to do with
anything.other than that,though,it wasn't too bad.the computer
animation was outstanding.i should qualify this by saying that this
version is a two disc set,which contains special features.one of the
feature is called Behind the Scenes,which has a featurette entitled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, good but not great Feb. 10 2004
I originally saw this documentary on The Discovery Channel and thought it was pretty interesting. The first disc consists of the program itself and starts/ends with a meeting of survivors of the battle from both sides.
Some of the German survivors actually went on Cameron's expedition to the wreck site, they gave advice on best robot camera entry points & so on. I thought the reenactment scenes looked very good (see disc 2 for a behind the scenes segment on that)as did some of the computer animated segments. Perhaps the most interesting point made was the contention that evidence indicated that the Bismarck's crew scuttled the ship, as they claimed, and most of the British Naval gunfire was ineffectual at best.
Disc 2 was actually more interesting to me with it's many segments of computer animation illustrating various parts of the battle & the sinking of the Bismarck. There's a section of multiangle video views of the ship, that's a joke because while there are some interestinng wreck pictures I could not get the claimed multi angle function to work
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Expected More March 15 2004
Being a history buff and interested in sunken ships, I had missed the television showing of this film on the Discovery Channel due to other commitments. So I ordered the DVD and anxiously awaited its release to that format. Rewatching it recently, I have to say it is mildly disappointing. The underwater footage is excellent, but there isn't enough of it. The history of the ship and sinking is decent, but not extensive. The recreations are well made, but at times out of place. The interviews with survivors pretty moving and helpful, but don't add as much as pure narration could have. Some of the questions about the sinking and final fate of the ship are brought up ambiguously and, apparently resolved, yet not convincingly and in an anti-climatic fashion. Overall, I didn't get the amount of pure footage of the sunken ship that I expected. The bonus materials on the second disc are essentially worthless. The main complaint? More underwater footage was needed to make this worthwhile.
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