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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley
  • Directors: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Paul Gallico, Stirling Silliphant, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Irwin Allen, Sherrill C. Corwin, Sidney Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Dec 17 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305280746
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,814 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Calinira on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2014
Format: Blu-ray
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE [1972] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to escape from an ocean liner capsized by a tidal wave. Suspenseful terror - combined with the victims' intimate and personal stories - results in compelling and heart-stopping drama. Nine ACADEMY AWARD® Nominations and a win for Best Visual Effects make this film a true classic.

FILM FACT: The film won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award.

1972: Best Supporting Actress [Shelley Winters], Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song (The Morning After) [won], Sound and Visual Effects [won].

Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lyney, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea, Leslie Nielson, Fred Sadoff, Byron Webster, Jan Arvan, Sheila Mathews, John Crawford, Erik L. Nelson and Ernie Orsatti

Director: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen (uncredited)

Producer: Irwin Allen

Screenplay: Stirling Silliphant and Wendell Mayes

Composer: John Williams

Cinematography: Harold E. Stine

Video Resolution: 1080p [Color By Deluxe]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Panavision]

Audio: English: 4.0 HD-DTS Master Audio, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Castilian: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: Dolby Digital Mono and Polish: 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln on Nov. 12 2001
Format: DVD
Irwin Allen's THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE is regarded as being the forerunner of the myriad of disaster movies that reigned supreme at the box-office through the 70's and into the 80's.
In this enjoyable and quite campy film, we see the "stock characters" that would become a fixture in the disaster movie genre; the Jewish couple (Jack Albertson and Shelley Winters), the swashbuckling ah...priest? (Gene Hackman), the rowdy policeman and his ex-hooker wife (Ernest Borgnine and Stella Stevens), the nervous little singer (Carol Lynley), the bachelor (Red Buttons), the leggy teen (Pamela Sue Martin) and the know-it-all little brat (Eric Shea).
Mind you, the ship was bound to sink with Leslie Nielsen (AKA Frank Drebin) at the helm...
When the SS Poseidon capsizes in a tidal wave on New Year's Eve, this motley bunch of survivors try to climb to the thinnest part of the hull to escape. Climbing up a huge Christmas tree to begin the adventure, the Priest first makes some convienient "alterations" to the women's outfits. First he orders Stella Stevens to take off her evening gown and put on a short pink shirt; then he orders Pamela Sue Martin to take off her red mini-skirt, which she does, only to reveal a matching pair of red hotpants beneath!!
Then sit back and watch as our vaccuous and totally unbelievable band of dim-wits try to thwart the crumbling wreckage that is continually exploding around them. I mean really, what is Stella Stevens thinking that she can climb through vents and up ladders in silver stilettos?!!
Featuring the theme song "The Morning After" (mimed convincingly by Carol Lynley) and some marvellous miniature effects techniques.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger O. Thornhill on 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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