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Peter Gallagher , George C. Scott , Robert Lieberman    VHS Tape
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better plot than Cameron, but not convincing enough April 17 2004
I picked this DVD up in a videostore the other day and got really curious. Having seen James Cameron's blockbuster movie from 1997 and noticing that stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones were on the role list here, I had pretty high expectations about this one. But alas, I watched it without being too overly impressed. The special effects are laughable, you can easily tell that the ocean and iceberg is computer made and some of the sailing scenes even look painted at one point. Plot-wise, it goes real in depth with many of the characters and we get to really know what they're all about. We just don't stick to one couple that bore our asses off (Kate and Leo, yawn). No depressing James Horner background music a la "The Rose" either. The raping scene was a bit off the edge but it isn't as bad as people claim. I've seen worse things in other movies. The sinking of the ship was a huge disappointment, we only see images of the people in the lifeboats with a terrified look on their faces and just small seconds of the ship sinking and breaking in two. At this point of the movie, James Cameron does a much better job actually focusing on the ship sinking and breaking in two and paid less attention to the people in the lifeboats.
If you're fascinated by Titanic like me, then this movie is worth checking out but if you also want a great movie experience that makes you feel as if you were on the boat the night of the sinking, then James Cameron's version is the one to go for. Seeing that this was a movie produced for TV, it makes sense they didn't spend that much money on it but don't let that put you off from watching it, you will enjoy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bored April 15 2002
Maybe i'm missing something, but this thing bored the tears out of me.When it came on T.V. i was very excited. I've been a titanic buff for years. But by the end of the first hour i was channel surfing like mad.
The movie was horribly unhistorical in many ways. For one the character of andrews, the ships builder was gone. The Captain was WAY more active during the sinking then he was in real life. (in reality he completly lost it. just kinda zoned out.) Then as if they needed more drama(you know 1500 people dying cold horrible deaths just isn't exciting enough),we get Tim Currey popping up in a life boat with a gun. I actually laughed out loud at that.
If you want a good tv version of the titanic sinking watch S.O.S Titanic. It's a good solid effort. If you happen to think Romance books of the month are great original reading then maybe this movie's for you.
To sum it up: a poor version of the titanic story written by people that believed there wasnt enough drama in the real story.( i honestly believe a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters couldn't have come up with anything worse.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Made For Television... Jan. 12 2002
This is a passable account of the Titanic tragedy, however the overall visuals and editing are quite erratically done. George C. Scott and Catherine Zeta-Jones give fairly believable performances, but I didn't truly feel sadness when the ship and its passengers fell beneath the sea. The story focused on many people, of many classes, yet I still didn't connect with any of those portrayed. I don't know. Maybe it's me.
No matter which telling of the Titanic one watches, there is only one sincere, dignified way of portrayal that can be accepted as "the best"-the one which forces one to remember and honor those who lost their lives due to this horrible tragedy of an "unsinkable" ship. It may actually be this one, or it may be another. Whichever, hopefully the individual will be so engrossed in the story before them, that all of the technical aspects of the film will melt away, leaving nothing but the needless death of many innocent souls. This telling was not that particular one for me, but that doesn't matter. It is for someone, and for that reason, this film serves its purpose.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ship of Fools Aug. 31 2001
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This film has one claim to fame in my books--it was the very first time I laid eyes on Catherine Zita-Jones. My brother and I both agreed that here was one of the most beautiful women we had ever seen. However, even her loveliness couldn't hoist this loser out of the water--ye [...]!
That first time, I turned it on practically at the end; the ship had already sunk and the passengers rescued onto the Carpathia. Catherine Z-J was going from character to character, berating them for various ways in which they had failed to be decent during the recent crisis. I thought this seemed a trifle sanctimonious on her part, and then we learned that she herself had been having an affair while on board, so she was a fine one to talk that way to others. Then she went on to appear in the next Zorro picture, and we felt like talent scouts for having spotted this star quality woman even in a turkey.
Well, eventually I did see the whole movie. It is mighty silly in places--there's an Irish nanny who has a premonition of what's going to happen, but evidently was already implicated in the death of her previous charge--uh oh, watch out for her! Then George C. Scott goes about in an extremely tight uniform as the luckless Captain. He seems disgusted that the ship will sink; probably the real-life captain had feelings a bit stronger than that. Marilu Henner's rendition of Molly Brown makes you wish that she had not proved so unsinkable after all.
And cheapest of all, the special effects of the actual sinking of the ship are virtually nonexistent. There are just shots of people staring and gaping, that's it. You don't see ANYTHING!
Don't trouble yourself about this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
j'ai finalement réussi a l'écouté sur mon ordi avec un logiciel qui lit les DVD de zone 2
Published 29 days ago by katherine beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars My love of all things Titanic
I have been trying to get this movie since 1998-so happy to finally have it. Very good story line and very well acted. Read more
Published 8 months ago by diane swan
3.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Movie, with Catherina Zeta-Jones
The cinematography of this Titanic movie is of poor quality. The story line also is weak, however the costumes are quite lovely.
Published on Sept. 30 2009 by Malfermo Susanna
5.0 out of 5 stars TITANIC MOVIE YOU WANT TO SEE!
This is the movie that you want to see because they have great actors. my favoraite is tim curry(clue,rocky horror picture show). Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Mary Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie and a shame it is out of print!
I saw this on TV just like most people and I liked it better than the Oscar winning movie Titanic. Everything is great about this movie! Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Vivian Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Theatrical Version but Better!
I saw most of this movie on TV one day, I missed the beginning but I saw most of the movie and I really liked what I saw and I'm disappointed that the DVD is no longer selling and... Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by buffy--angel--charmed--fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie about the Titanic disaster
I didn't see the Titanic movie that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet but I saw this one that starred George C. Read more
Published on June 29 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I am a huge historical Titanic buff, and this movie was truly dissapointing to me. The plot was thin at best, the cast, though superb, turned in a rather blase performance. Read more
Published on March 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars OK film
I like this release because its nearly three hours of uninterrupted film, where if you tried taping this off of television when it aired years ago you would suffer the commercials. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2001
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