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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 My Favorite Disaster Movie! July 2 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars the mother of all disaster movies Nov. 12 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Cheese June 26 2006
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie and prompt shipping.
Published 2 months ago by Bernie Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to amazon
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wal Sins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie and Great Blu-Ray Remaster at a Great Price
I got the Blu-Ray for around $5 on Amazon and it definitely is an improvement over the DVD version I own. Read more
Published 5 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poseidon Adventure
It's been a long time. Just as great now as it was when it opened. Great to see all the old actors again. Alot of action for in the 70's. Especially loved Shelley Winters.
Published 18 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Classique
Un autre classique à avoir à la maison. Le premier de la série. L'unique. Version en français incluse. Version HD.
Published 20 months ago by Alain Boulé
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpeice
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. Read more
Published on June 21 2006 by Davro
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL EDITION!
Come on, everybody, just keep chanting it 'til we get it:
Published on June 21 2004 by The JuRK
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL STAR DISASTER CLASSIC!
As far as disaster flicks go, it's hard to find one as effective and engrossing as THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Michael Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars The Party's Over...
I remember watching this in the theatre. It was the first in a long line of disaster movies (I know "Airport" came out earlier, but it's not much of a disaster film). Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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