Best Titanic documentary


Mike Bull

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What do you consider to be the best/worst Titanic documentary, on video or on TV? I like the 'Answers From The Abyss' show as I like the depiction of the break-up, and I never tire of hearing Ralph White desperately trying to pick stuff up in 'Titanica'-very funny!
 

Dave Hudson

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My favorite has to be The A&E four part documentary. Very well made. As far as wreck documentaries, there was a Discovery documentary (not sure which one, there's been a lot) where they went through the mail room complex and followed the route that Boxhall (I think) took on his inspection. They actually used a recording from a 1930's interview, so you were actually listening to him tell where he went as you watched. Very moving.

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David. I have never heard of that one before. If you remember it by name, let me know and I will start searching for it!!!!!!
I agree that the A&E is my favorite too. Because of that video, I started going to the local book store and looking up the historians to see what books they had written, and in buying those books, just snowballed my curiosity.
My least favorite..... I guess Search For Titanic, but more due to the fact that the box is misleading, and only after you start to watch the video, do you realize that this is the Jack Grimm expedition, and they do not find the Titanic as they claim on the box. Then again, it is the only video I have seen with an interview of Frank Goldsmith.
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Adam Leet

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That reminds me, maybe Grimm's documentary is what influenced the Discovery Channel's latest batch of documentaries that fail to reach their objective (i.e. Giant Squid, Indianapolis, etc.)

As for my favorite Titanic doc., I'd agree with David about the A&E piece, but I also have to say NG's Secrets of the Titanic is my all-time favorite, if not because of the historical background, but because it was the film that got me started.


-Adam
 

Dave Hudson

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Adam,

"...I also have to say NG's Secrets of the Titanic is my all-time favorite, if not because of the historical background, but because it was the film that got me started."

You too?! My mom got that one for me when I was 3 and it's what got me hooked! I still have it. What's left of the jacket is hardly recognizable (3 year olds can get very passionate about their interests!)

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The A&E one gets my vote as well. The one that made me the maddest, was one called "Iceberg Titanic's Greatest Tragedy"
The documentery was getting really good, and it just cut off. It covered all the usual things a Titanic doc. will cover, but just as they started to get into some things you don't usually hear about, it ended..midsentance. My Husband was even getting into it and he doesn't have near the interest that I do! So stay away from that one! LoL

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I would say is it undoubtedly "Titanic: the nightmare and the Dream" which was shown on British TV in autumn 1986 and was mainly concerned with Robert Ballard's second expedition. If only later expeditions had had the same good intentions and treated the wreck with the same repsect as Ballard had.

I would say the worst one I've seen (that was not done in collaboration with RMSTi) is "Titanic: A question of Murder". I think so mainly because of Walter Lord's dissenting opinion about the truth of the supposed quarell between Alec Carlisle and H&W over lifeboats.
 
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Trent Pheifer

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My favorite would also have to be the A&E one. Probably because that documentary was what fueled my intrest when I was little, and all the interviews with Ruth Becker. I need a new tape though lol. Mine is getting worn out , after 8 years and a million viewings lol.

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Hello,

To David: The documentary which followed Boxhall's examination down stairways, the mailroom, etc. was called "Deep Inside Titanic." Even the name sounds cool! And, like the title says, they do indeed go DEEP inside Titanic! A very good documentary; I was going to tape it and ran out of blank tape. If you ever get the chance to buy this one on video or DVD then don't miss it!


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Mike Lasowski

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Can someone tell me where I can find a DVD or VHS of "Deep Inside Titanic"?.....I have looked at several different places.....and cant seem to locate it....if someone has a VHS copy....and would be willing to make me a 2nd generation copy....I would greatly appreciate it

Thanks,
Mike
 

Mary Hamric

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The A&E documentary is definitely my favorite. It's very comprehensive and well done. I ended up getting it on DVD because it's much easier to skip around to the parts I want to see. It really fueled my interest as well. Got me buying and checking out books like mad.
 
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Karin Kasper

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I also vote for the A & E documentary. I have it on video, and am planning on buying it on DVD in the near future.

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Has anyone seen the History Channel documentary? It's now available on DVD. How does it compare to the A&E doc?

I found both of these documentaries, and lots of others, by searching on "Titanic" at Amazon.com under DVDs. I noticed the HC doc and the A&E doc had the same cover, which was a little confusing!

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Has anyone heard of a movie called "The Titanic Chronicles" (1999) ??? I saw it in a search and this is the 1st I have seen or heard of it.
According to the synopsis this is what it is about:
An enactment of the most striking and revealing moments from the U.S. Senate hearings which was an attempt to understand and investigate what led to the Titanic disaster.

Thanks for the feedback all!

Beverly
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I don't think I have seen this one from the History Channel either.

Titanic: The Complete Story (2001)

Produced for the cable's The History Channel, TITANIC: THE COMPLETE STORY is a detailed and authoritative account of one of the most fascinating disasters in history. 6 hours in length and huge in scope, the documentary uses a combination of newsreel footage, passenger diaries, underwater coverage of the recovery mission, and even interview with survivors of the tragic event to tell a compelling true story.

Feedback appreciated! TYVM
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Haven't seen this one either:

Titanic: Born in Belfast (2001)
The infamous ship Titanic was built at the shipyards of Belfast, and this program looks at the long and arduous process of building the magnificent ship, filmed on location in Belfast. Includes rare photographs and interviews with eyewitnesses of the ship's construction and launch.

Feedback appreciated!!! Thank you!
 
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Adolf Smith

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My favourite Titanic doc is Death of a dream. Its very informative and interesting to watch.
 

chris lakin

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My favorite documentry is "Titanic untold stories" its a discovery channel video released in 1997. I love the A&E 4 tape set too, and "Ghosts of the abyss" too. my least favorite is "Explorers of the Titanic" and any other involving George Tulloch that man really doesnt care to much about the Titanic, its all money, money, money with that guy or am I wrong?? leave the wreck in one peace, put the artifacts back, its a graveyard not a treasure chest.
These are my personal views not the views of this website.
 
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>>...and any other involving George Tulloch that man really doesnt care to much about the Titanic, its all money, money, money with that guy or am I wrong??<<

I suspect you'd be wrong on that. There are a few members of this board who knew the man personally and can vouch for his caring quite a bit about the ship and her heritage. He was the one with a vision of a museum dedicated to the ship and I hope at some point, somebody with the same vision comes along to make it happen.
 

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