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Poseidon Adventure (Widescreen)

Gene Hackman , Ernest Borgnine , Irwin Allen , Ronald Neame    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Hands down, this is the best movie (and was one of the first) to come out of the seemingly endless cycle of disaster movies that dominated box offices during the 1970s. It could even be argued that Titanic owes some of its success to the precedent set by this 1972 blockbuster starring Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner. From its stellar cast to its cheesy, Oscar-winning theme song, The Morning After, the movie has all the ingredients of a popular classic, beginning with a New Year's Eve celebration aboard the ill-fated Poseidon and ending as a pop allegory when the Hackman character becomes a Christ-like martyr. Filmed on spectacular sets where everything down is up and the ship's thick hull points in the direction of salvation, this is "a waterlogged Grand Hotel" (in the words of New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael) that is as entertaining as it is unabashedly brainless. The Poseidon Adventure is filled with performances that rise above the limits of the screenplay. It's also the only movie--unless you count her underwater corpse in Night of the Hunter--that lets Shelley Winters strut her stuff as an aquatic heroine. Who could ask for anything more? --Jeff Shannon

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L'Aventure du Poséidon (The Poseidon Adventure) est un film de suspense américain réalisé par Ronald Neame, sorti en 1972. Il s'agit de l'un des premiers films catastrophe. Une suite est sortie en 1979 : Le Dernier Secret du Poséidon d'Irwin Allen avec Michael Caine, Sally Field et Telly Savalas.....Un paquebot de croisière, le Poséidon, est retourné en pleine mer par une lame de fond. À l'intérieur, un groupe de dix survivants mené par un pasteur énergique et déterminé essayent de se frayer un chemin à travers la carcasse du bateau renversé pour remonter jusqu'à la coque, seule issue possible.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise Dec 29 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Couldn't get this in Canada due to a "Walmart exclusive" (but not at Canadian Walmarts) so here it is finally free from Walmart in all it's glory. I saw this when I was a kid at a giant cinema in downtown Toronto (Odeon Carlton) in 70MM so I was excited that a multi-channel mix was finally released. The sound is nowhere near today's sonic standards but it's pretty decent for a film from 1972 (this film does deserve a full-out audio restoration) and the picture quality is fantastic! The acting and story hold up, it was great fun re-watching this the best ways it's been seen and heard since it's original release in 70MM. Well worth the $10-$12 price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Disaster Movie! July 2 2004
Format:DVD
I have written a review of The Poseidon Adventure before but that was before I got the DVD and in that review I basically was reviewing the movie so I thought I would write a new review. I received the DVD for Christmas and just watched it a little while ago and though I do think that they should release a new special Edition DVD with anamorphic widescreen and more extra features I'm pleased with this letterbox widescreen for now but will definitely think of getting a special Edition DVD if one is ever released. I enjoyed watching this movie and I think this is the best disaster movie I have ever seen and the whole cast is great. Gene Hackman (The French Connection), Ernest Borgnine (The Dirty Dozen), Shelley Winters (Night of the Hunter), Stella Stevens (Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows), Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man), Pamela Sue Martin (Dynasty), etc. If you are looking for great extra features on this DVD you will find that this is a bare bones DVD and the features are rather sparse and are only the trailer and a couple of short biographies and filmographies of only a couple of the actors from the cast and I hope that if a new DVD is released that it will have more special features that will include a biography and filmography of the whole cast and also cast interviews, deleted scenes and all of the usual extras. Well anyway until a better DVD comes along I'm actually content with this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpeice June 21 2006
By Davro
Format:DVD
This was the best movie I have ever watched I am 18 years old and I saw this movie on T.V. and I knew I had to have it.

The cast did all their own stunts what can be more better than that!!!.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Cheese June 26 2006
Format:DVD
As an adult, I can appreciate all the criticisms that have been levelled against this and other 70's disaster films: hackneyed and stereotyped characterization, bad special effects, implausible plot turns. Yet it's hard for me to reject The Poseidon Adventure. As a twelve year-old sitting in the front row of the Odeon movie theatre in my home town craning my neck to look up at the screen as the big ship turned over, I thought it was the height of cinematic art or at least of big Hollywood spectacle. Happily, years of viewing Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Godard, Truffaut, Bunuel, Hitchcock, David Lean and company have shown me otherwise. Despite it all, I still have a kind of embarrassed and grudging affection for this movie and its quirkier characters, particularly the spectacularly vulgar Linda Rogo, played by Stella Stevens, with her poodle hair climbing a huge Christmas tree and a ladder in four-inch silver heels, and the heroic Mrs. Rosen who wants to atone for being a millstone around the other survivors' neck by reliving her glory days as a swim champion in order to save them. I'm sure today's twelve year-olds would roll their eyes as it is hopelessly sentimental, impossibly out of date and extremely cheesy. And yes, it is all of those things. However, I'd pick this version any day over the recent bloodless (only in the metaphorical sense) Wolfgang Petersen version which dispenses with characterization of any kind and uses the actors as live-action figures in a video game.

If you like your fun on the cheesy side, the original Poseidon Adventure is as pleasurable as a big wheel of Gouda, particularly if you can watch it on a big screen television.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch July 22 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When this movie first came out in the theatres I absolutley loved it. However, now that I am older I wasn't sure why I found it so great. It is still an enjoyable movie and I would say that it is better than the re-make (The Poseidon) but I am old school. I remember not liking the sequel ,so much so that I don't remember the name of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 7 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great movie and prompt shipping.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to amazon June 14 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I ordered the Poseidon adventure to add as an old chestnut to my collection and the disc was a disaster unto itself as it tried to kill my blu ray player. I contacted amazon and they replaced the disc within 48 hours. Worked perfectly, and found the film to maintain its status as the only worthwhile although ludicrous offering from Irwin Allen. Great fun! I had forgotten that Stella Stevens fell to a fiery death in her stilettos, a true fashion faux pas fatality. Thanks amazon for getting me back on board the S.S. Poseidon.
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By From the Musician's Pen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I got the Blu-Ray for around $5 on Amazon and it definitely is an improvement over the DVD version I own. The film is a classic from the 1970's, with a strong cast of actors (Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, etc.). The acting makes up for any lack of special effects (compared to today's films). IMO it holds itself up with the best of the "disaster" films from any era. You can often find the DVD in cheap bins, but get the Blu-ray instead. Highly recommended.
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