The Poseidon Adventure [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1972]

Fox's two-disc edition of The Poseidon Adventure treats this cult favorite with the respect its fan base expects. For starters, the feature has been given a slick remastering job; the anamorphic, letterboxed transfer offers stunning levels of detail and color and the Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is crisp and clear, with a nice blend of the dialogue, the stirring John Williams score, and the plentiful sound effects. The first disc also offers a "Follow the Escape" option that allows the viewer to access a map of the ship during key points in the film and a pair of commentaries, one with director Ronald Neame and the other with actors Pamela Sue Martin, Carol Lynley, and Stella Stevens. Both tracks offer fun information for the film's fans, but Neame's track is the standout, an excellent nuts-and-bolts insight into the complexities of directing a large effects-oriented film. The second disc offers an array of featurettes new and old as well as a variety of vintage promo material. First is the AMC Backstory for The Poseidon Adventure, a tight half-hour look at the film from conception to release. This is followed by an array of short featurettes focusing on different aspects of the film -- the most interesting are the ones that focus on the film's Oscar-winning theme song, "The Morning After," and an intriguing look at the religious themes inherent to the film's storyline. The interviews are capped by a trio of short interview clips with Ronald Neame, who makes an entertaining and gracious interview subject. The promo material section of this disc includes trailers and an entertaining on-set featurette while the galleries area offers a comprehensive collection of stills, promotional pictures, and ad mats. There's even a screen-by-screen reproduction of an article on The Poseidon Adventure from American Cinematographer magazine, complete with clickable enlarged pictures. The packaging of the set is rounded out with a set of eight postcard-sized reproductions of stills from the film. All in all, this is a stellar special edition that offers tremendous value for the money and is simply a must for the film's fans.
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Special Features

  • All-new audio commentary by director Ronald Neame
  • All-new full-length audio commentary by stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley
  • Interactive "Follow the Escape" feature: Access 3-D views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film
  • Nine all-new featurettes: "The Cast Looks Back," "Falling Up With Ernie," "The Heart of Disaster: Stirling Silliphant," "The Heroes of the Poseidon," "The Morning After Story," "The R.M.S. Queen Mary," "Sinking Corridor," "Generations of Fans," and "Turning Over the Ship"
  • AMC Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure
  • Storyboard-to-film comparisons
  • Interactive article from American Cinematographer
  • Still photo galleries (marketing, publicity, behind-the-scenes)
  • Original teaser, trailer, and more
  • Closed Captioned


The Poseidon Adventure
The Poseidon is an ocean liner charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Rev. Frank Scott
  • Ernest Borgnine
    Ernest Borgnine - Mike Rogo
  • Red Buttons
    Red Buttons - James Martin
  • Carol Lynley
    Carol Lynley - Nonnie Parry
  • Roddy McDowall
    Roddy McDowall - Acres

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