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A Night to Remember

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Night to Remember
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In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord's book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the Titanic's final hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night To Remember is cinema's subtlest, finest dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.

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Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2012]
Edition: Two DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604655698
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE N
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet ([20] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.).

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Aug 23, 2014
  • richibi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this is the Titanic film you'll remember, top notch production values from beginning to end, gripping, technically riveting

Jun 15, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Iceberg - Dead Ahead!.... Don't Panic You're On The Titanic!

If you were to ask me, I'd honestly have to say that this 1958, $1.6 million, b&w production spotlighting the tragic sinking of the famed ocean-liner, Titanic, actually scores a notch higher than does the likes of James Cameron's 1997, $200 million, colour spectacle. (I'm not kidding here.)

This film is a first-rate production all the way from its involving story, to its attention to detail, to its awesome effects depicting the actual sinking of this "unsinkable" luxury-liner.

I swear you'll be absolutely amazed at this film's top-notch production values, especially on its budget of only $1.6 million.

You know, I'd actually go so far as to say that A Night To Remember puts Cameron's glittering showpiece to shame in a number of ways.

This film also clearly brings to light certain crucial facts about the distress call sent out by the Titanic once the iceberg had been struck. This aspect was pretty much ignored in the Cameron version.

Yes. I recommend this film very highly.

Great book, and the film is worthy of its material.

Oct 23, 2013
  • nat_cyr0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful movie with a wonderful cast.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An impressive film with a more in-depth approach to factual detail of the tragedy, unlike James Cameron's melodramatic box office biggie following it forty years later. We're shown the irresponsibly of the wireless operator as he neglects the crucially important warning of icebergs; the irony of the ship The Californian being within ten miles of the horror; the heroic efforts of second officer Herbert Lightroller... Amazing pieces of the puzzle that weren't considered important enough for inclusion in the '97 blockbuster. Oh well. This one was enthralling, albeit lacking in glamour and glitz. Highly recommended. FIVE STARS.

Sep 22, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

Aug 13, 2012
  • Tom1969ca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Despite a few historical inaccuracies (mostly excusable because they represented the beliefs of experts in 1958, but have since been refuted by more recent discoveries), this remains one of the best tellings of the Titanic story - no fictional "upstairs-downstairs" love stories, no estranged couples finding reconciliation as the ship goes down - just an excellent true-to-the-story historical document.

@ books_rock:

No, there were a few before this one. Here is a list and a brief history of them all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_about_the_RMS_Titanic

Of note, there was one made and released just 29 days after the sinking. It starred one of the actual passengers. She used the actual dress she was wearing the night Titanic sank.

As well, the movie, "Titanic", was made during WWII, as a Nazi propoganda film. It commissioned a ship called the SS Cap Arcona to make the movie. It is a very interesting tale - the making of it, the fact it was banned in Germany by the Nazis, and what happened to the director of the film. The most incredible part of this story is the real history of the SS Cap Arcona afterwards, with an even greater loss of life than that aboard the Titanic.

Scenes from that movie and that ship were actually used in this movie, but never credited. A Night to Remember is regarded as the first well made film about Titanic.

Is this the original movie

Jul 08, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A++ DVD

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Final Title Card) "But this is not the end of the story ~ for their sacrifice was not in vain. Today there are lifeboats for all. Unceasing radio vigil and, in the North Atlantic, The International Ice Patrol guards the sea lanes making them safe for the peoples of the world."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(On The Carpathia, after the Titanic sank) Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: "Excuse me, sir." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "Oh Cottam, yes, what is it?" Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: "A message from The Californian, sir -- she's nearby. Just heard about The Titanic. Wants to know if there's anything she can do." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "Tell them: "No, nothing. Everything that was humanly possible... has been done." " (cut to Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller of The Titanic, staring solemnly)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Captain Edward J. Smith (of The Titanic): "...How long will she last?" Andrews: "Just trying to work that out, now. As far as I can see, she made fourteen feet of water in the first ten minutes after the collision. That's not very fast. She should live... another... hour and a half. Yes. About that, I should think." Captain Edward J. Smith: "There must be no panic." Andrews: "No." Captain Edward J. Smith: "You'll be careful of what you say to the passengers." Andrews: "Of course... How many people are there on board?" Captain Edward J. Smith: "2200, or more. And room in the boats for...? How many?" Andrews: "1200." Captain Edward J. Smith: "I don't think the Board of Trade regulations ever visualized this situation. Do you?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (comes onto Carpathia's bridge): "Sir?" Capt. Arthur Rostron: "We're at the place now. I thought you'd like to see for yourself." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "Oh yes. Thank you, sir." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "We've only found one body, I'm afraid. The rest must have been carried further on by the current. Of course, we'll go on searching for survivors until we turn back to New York." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "Yes sir. How many...?" Capt. Arthur Rostron: "The purser's checked the figures now. We have on board 705 survivors. Several of those in the boats were dead, I'm afraid." Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: "1500 lost." Capt. Arthur Rostron: "That's right, yes."

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