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A Night to Remember (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Kenneth More    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Two years after 20th Century Fox released its melodramatic disaster film Titanic in 1953, Walter Lord's meticulously researched book A Night to Remember surprised its publishers by becoming a phenomenal bestseller. Lord had an intuition that readers craved the reality of the Titanic disaster and not the romantically mythologized translations (like Fox's film, starring Barbara Stanwyck), which relied on fictional characters to "enhance" the world's worst maritime disaster. Lord's book proved that the truth was far more compelling than fiction, outlining the many "if onlys" (if only the iceberg had been spotted a few minutes earlier, etc.) that lent somber irony to the loss of 1,500 Titanic passengers. Three years after Lord's book appeared, it was brought to the screen with the kind of riveting authenticity that Lord had insisted upon in his own research. The 1958 British production of A Night to Remember remains a definitive dramatization of the disaster, adhering to the known facts of the time and achieving a documentary-like immediacy that matches (and in some ways surpasses) the James Cameron epic released 39 years later. The film erroneously perpetuates the once-common belief that the Titanic sunk in one piece (instead of breaking in half as its bow began to plunge), but many other misconceptions are accurately corrected, and the intelligent screenplay by thriller master Eric Ambler is a model of factual suspense. By making Titanic the star of the film, director Roy Baker emphasizes the excessive confidence of the booming industrial age and creates an intense you-are-there realism that pays tribute to Walter Lord's tenacious quest for truth. --Jeff Shannon


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate TITANIC movie Dec 21 2006
By Steve
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film for the first time when I was maybe 11 years old (mid-60s) and became captivated by everything concerning the TITANIC ever since.

It's a waste to compare it to either the 1953 Clifton Webb movie or to the Cameron version. For the Webb film, Walter Lord's book had not yet come out so the producers worked with what they had as far as historical "facts." As for Cameron, he "borrowed" many scenes from NIGHT TO REMEMBER both as an homage but because they are more gripping than anything a screenwriter could come up with.

As for the NTR version showing the ship sinking in one piece as being "historically inacurate", that was based on Lord's conclusions from the book tho he did acknowledge passengers saying that it broke in two before going under. Also, the Kenneth More character, although billed as Second Officer Lightoller, was actually a composite of Lightoller and Fifth Officer Lowe, but Lightoller being dominant.If you re-read the book and watch the movie again, you'll be able to tell what was Lowe's actions and what was Lightoller's.

More is brilliant and always seemed under-appreciated as an actor. Had the pleasure of meeting him in Toronto when he was doing a play there in the 1970s.

Hands down, NIGHT TO REMEMBER is the best movie about the TITANIC ever made and if Cameron's version couldn't top it with its budget, no other version ever will.

Needless to say, it is one of my top three movies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incompatible for use May 10 2012
By LadyW
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This Blu Ray arrived and I couldn't wait to watch it! I put it in the PS3 to watch and it only stayed on the equivalent of the FBI warning screen. It wouldn't go beyond that screen. I took it out and tried it in our actual Blu Ray player and the same thing happened. I went online and did some research because the symbols on the front of the package, for ex "PG13" looked slightly different from the same symbols on other cases of movies I have and that's when I discovered that it was formatted for use in Europe and parts of Africa. NO WHERE on the site does it indicate this!!! I figured shopping on amazon.CA would mean that I was buying products that would be compatible with things in Canada but I guess I was wrong. There needs to be some kind of identification that this Blu Ray is for other regions on the web page when you buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts Cameron's Big Deal to Shame May 1 2004
Format:DVD
James Cameron's over-hyped special effects spectacle can't hold a candle to this taut, gripping, underplayed production.
Comparing what the directors do with their leads gives one an idea of their priorities. A Night to Remember's Roy Ward Baker, in juxtaposing the unflappable lead player Kenneth More with the overwhelming event, has the effect of making what we know to be inevitable that much more wrenching. On the other hand, Cameron takes Leo DeCaprio, who does a great job with what he's given, and wastes him on a cliché starcrossed-lovers subplot.
The stark black and white photography of A Night to Remember - a North Atlantic night filled with icebergs IS black and white - makes the Technicolor of Titanic seem like a waste of emulsion. And, believe it or not, there are some special effects in A Night to Remember that give Titanic a run for its mega-bucks.
A Night to Remember lets the inherent drama of the Titanic catastrophe deliver the impact, demonstrating that "They don't make them like they used to" is more than just nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title's An Understatement... Sept. 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
because the sinking of the Titanic has proved to hold the interest of the world for nearly 90 years after that fateful night in April 1912.
I don't know if I can say I've seen "all" the Titanic movies, but I have seen Leonardo Di Caprion's version, Catherine Zita-Jones' version, Clifton Webb's version, and this one, which was the first one I ever saw, years ago, as a little child. Hands down, this British version is the best.
It's not that the others are stinkers; in fact, that would lessen the victory. After all, Leonardo's has some great special effects, Catherine was a pretty passenger, and Clifton Webb handled disaster very well. But this one has the hallmark of accuracy to it. When you've finished watching it, you KNOW the story of the Titanic well enough to perpetuate its memory to your own children's children. It captures the despair of the passengers who realize what's really happening, and faithfully recounts the different vignettes of self-sacrifice which characterize this tragedy in particular. Unlike the other three movies, "A Night to Remember" doesn't have to invent people for you to identify with; the real stories are far better than any invention and far more poignant.
Watch the others for entertainment, but watch "A Night to Remember" for edification.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Best Titanic Movie Ever! March 31 2012
By Daffy Bibliophile TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This was the first Titanic movie I ever saw, as a child, and it remains my favourite. The acting is outstanding, the special effects very believable, overall the movie leaves a deep impression on the viewer. It is also seen as being the most historically accurate version of those events of one hundred years ago in the cold North Atlantic. The humanity of this movie will overwhelm you: the technological arrogance of the age, the class distinctions that vanish with the sinking ship, the desperation, the acts of courage and cowardice, all of it is here.

Easily a five star movie; if I could, I would give it six stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The real story, without the pap of two-dimensional people and phony story-lines. The tragedy as it happened.
Published 27 days ago by Robert C. Mercier
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable movie
I bought this movie as part of my brother's 60th birthday gift a couple of years ago. He first saw this movie as a young boy with our dad. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Morgan Matula
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !
Great movie ! Picture is clear and sound is great for this old movie.

I remove two stars, cause it lack of french audio track. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mart666
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie to remember
The DVD was in the wrong region format. I used a conversion program to make it play on my player in my region. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rudi Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Night to Remember
Definitely a classic film. Better than all other films about Titanic disaster. Film was realistic in characters and events. OK
Published 12 months ago by Robert Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Night to Remember
The perfect film on the Titanic period.... Superb screenply and acting. Sound and picture quality are perfect and it is still to this day my favorite movie.
Published 18 months ago by Somebody Inportant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I Had a copy on VHS, but i wanted to upgrade to DVD. I loved the movie so much better than the new version, it is more real feeling, i guess the black and white might have... Read more
Published 19 months ago by nhford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
An old, but good movie about the sinking of the Titanic in the Atlantic, that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
Published 20 months ago by Risé
5.0 out of 5 stars acurate
This is my favourite version of the titanic disaster ,and the most accurate version of the tragedy. This is a must see dvd that any titanic fan will like.
Published on June 2 2012 by D. R. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars A Night To Remember
The quintessential version of the Titanic disaster. Shows how the English sailors and Edwardian passengers of the time would have reacted. Kenneth More is excellent. Read more
Published on May 19 2012 by ajax
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