A Night to Remember [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] 
- SKU: 4919816
- Release Date: 03/27/2012
Ratings & Reviews
- New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of "Titanic": An Illustrated History
- The Making of "A Night to Remember" (1993), a sixty-minute documentary featuring producer William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage
- Archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart
- En natt att minnas (1962), a half-hour Swedish documentary featuring interviews with Titanic survivors
- The Iceberg That Sank the "Titanic" (2006), a fifty-minute BBC documentary
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critix Michael Sragow and archival photographs
This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord, and it preceded the blockbuster Titanic by almost 40 years. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Of the 2224 passengers on board, 1513 were drowned as a result of the bad planning of lifeboats and escape routes. Kenneth More heads a huge and stellar cast, with 200 speaking parts, as second officer Herbert Lightoller, from whose point-of-view the story unfolds. Also in the cast are Laurence Naismith as the ill-fated Captain Smith; Michael Goodliffe as conscience-stricken ship's designer Thomas Andrews; Tucker McGuire as feisty American millionaire Molly Brown, whose courage and tenacity saved many lives; and Anthony Bushell as the captain of the Carpathia, who launched a noble but vain rescue mission once he was apprised of the disaster. Also appearing are two future TV favorites: The Avengers' Honor Blackman as a woman who believes that she has nothing to live for, and The Man From UNCLE's David McCallum as a wireless operator. The climactic sinking of the vessel is re-created with painstaking accuracy; filmed in "real time," it is a mere 37 minutes shorter than the actual tragedy. Two years before the film's release, an American TV adaptation of A Night to Remember set a precedent as the most elaborate and technically complex "live" broadcast of its time. Some viewers will find this movie a more accurate and gripping representation of this sea disaster than the romance-heavy Titanic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Honor Blackman - Mrs. Lucas
- Anthony Bushell - Capt. Rostron
- Ronald Allen - Clarke
- Robert Ayres - Peuchen
- Jane Downs - Mrs. Lightoller
Most Helpful ReviewsSee all reviews
Best & Most Accurate Titanic FilmApril 21, 2008
This is the most historically accurate depiction of the 'Titanic' story ever put on film. While the process of the actual sinking of the ship still remains in debate today, everything else in this film was based on eyewitness accounts and information straight from survivors of the disaster. Excellent criterion release, although an anamorphic transfer would have been ideal.
I would recommend this to a friend
excellant interpidtation of the TitanicJuly 10, 2014
Enjoyed the movie, however could NOT be played thru a DVD player. Wish I had known before purchasing.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Best Titanic MovieJanuary 30, 2015
This one is the best of the lot. Very sad at end with musicians playing up until the final minutes. Not technically accurate as the ship split in half before it went down; but that didn't detract from the enjoyment.
I would recommend this to a friend
Reviews Mentioning: Read all Reviews
Looks like we're having trouble displaying reviews for this feature
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.