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The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray

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20th Century Fox | 1972 | 117 min | Rated PG | Apr 03, 2012

The Poseidon Adventure (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (31.98 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch… (more)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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The Poseidon Adventure

 (1972)

The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive.

For more about The Poseidon Adventure and the The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray release, see the The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Jack Albertson
Directors: Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen

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The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

As reactions from many fans have already confirmed, Fox's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of The Poseidon Adventure looks terrific. The source materials are in excellent shape (and/or have been faithfully restored), and the image is beautifully detailed with rich, saturated colors, deep and solid blacks, and a sense of depth that is essential to conveying the sheer scale of the production. This film was shot long before the era of home video, when directors and cameramen used the whole width of the Panavision frame to convey important information, especially with stories involving large groups of characters; in shot after shot, director Neame and cinematographer Harold E. Stine arrayed people in carefully composed groups. The Blu-ray lets your eye take in everything the frame has to offer.

Compression artifacts, banding, artificial sharpening and other defects that would militate against a recommendation were nowhere to be seen. I did notice something that merits comment, though, but since it won't affect the video rating, readers who never look past the score won't hear about it. There's almost no visible film grain on this Blu-ray (once you get past the titles, where optical superimposition guarantees a certain amount), and that's surprising in a film from 1972. Under different circumstances, this might raise suspicions of high-frequency filtering (often mistakenly called "DNR"), but careful inspection revealed no signs of lost detail, "frozen" grain, waxy faces or any other tell-tale signs of such tampering. There's really nothing here to complain about.

Still, if one were to screen a 35mm print of The Poseidon Adventure, I very much doubt that the image would resemble the one on this Blu-ray—and here is where issues of technology and philosophy converge. None of us knows what really happens at a digital colorist's workstation, and the sophistication of the software available to these artisans has progressed rapidly, especially now that the film industry uses digital intermediates as a standard procedure and routinely distributes content digitally. Fox has been on the front lines of experimenting with ways to make the appearance of older films acceptable to a generation used to contemporary "cleanliness" in their video experience, and the results have often been controversial (e.g., Patton or Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition).

But with Aliens, Fox managed to find the right combination of software and artistry to "de-grain" an older film without sacrificing picture detail or producing any of the side effects that so outraged film purists; even the film's notoriously finicky director, James Cameron, applauded the results. Having now found the "sweet spot" that appeals to both HD purists and film enthusiasts, Fox appears to have applied a similar approach to The Poseidon Adventure. I don't blame them, and I can't fault the results. But part of me can't help but regret that yet one more pop classic from the age of film no longer looks quite the same as it used to.


The Poseidon Adventure Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The DTS-HD MA 4.0 track appears to contain the film's original "four-track stereo" mix, which predates Dolby Surround and its variations (which wouldn't be available until the following decades). Almost all of the sound occurs in the front three speakers with only occasional effects or reinforcement from the mono rear channel. The discrete center channel aids in preserving the clarity of dialogue, especially as the noise of the ship's deterioration increases, and the stereo separation between the front mains contributes a welcome sense of dimensionality as the survivors work their way through the various spaces and past increasingly challenging obstacles. The dynamic range is respectable but limited at both the bottom and the top, so that explosions that routinely rock the capsized vessel won't do much for your subwoofer and the high notes of John Williams' memorable score (yes, John Williams really has been writing great movie music for all these years) sound a bit harsh. Still, given the vintage of the production, the track sounds quite good.



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Hell Upside Down: The Making of The Poseidon Adventure - April 10, 2012

Survivors fight for their lives in a world turned upside down! In our most extensive Silver Screen column yet, we take you behind the scenes of The Poseidon Adventure with exceptionally rare graphics and stories ranging from the Queen Mary to "rogue waves" to cast ...

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Blu-ray - February 26, 2012

20th Century Fox Entertainment has revealed that it is planning to release on Blu-ray director Ronald Neame's The Poseidon Adventure (1972), starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, and Carol Lynley. The Blu-ray will be available for purchase exclusively ...


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