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A Night to Remember [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]

  • SKU: 19843943
  • Release Date: 03/27/2012
  • Rating: NR

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    A Night to Remember [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]
    A Night to Remember [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Disc One
    • Audio Commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, Author and Illustrator of "Titantic": An Illustrated History
    • Trailer
    • Disc 2
    • The Making of "A Night to Remember" (1933), 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


    A Night to Remember
    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
      Honor Blackman - Mrs. Lucas
    • Anthony Bushell
      Anthony Bushell - Capt. Rostron
    • Ronald Allen
      Ronald Allen - Clarke
    • Robert Ayres
      Robert Ayres - Peuchen
    • Image coming soon
      Jane Downs - Mrs. Lightoller

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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best & Most Accurate Titanic Film


      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Titanic Movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great British Film

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Superior in every way. The folks at Criterion did an excellent restoration. This film is not to be missed

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellant interpidtation of the Titanic

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      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

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