Not particularly. I found it to be about two hours worth of techical errors, albit mildly entertaining. There's really nothing special about a Scotch Marine Boiler. These were the boilers installed onboard the Titanic which supplied steam for the propulsion plant. You can read a description and see a diagram of one on This Website.
For some time now I have been searching for a copy of the 1980's mini series/film 'Goliath awaits' and so far have I have been entirely unsuccesful in finding a copy.
I learned about this film sometime ago whilst reading old threads here on Titanica, although some people said it was rubbish, i fancied trying it myself as I like original idea films like that.
Anyway, the problem is, I live in the UK, and after contacting Amazon.co.uk and Blockbuster, noone has this film in their catalouge, I even tried Ebay!
The only place that has a copy is Amazon.com, and whilst I was overjoyed at finally finding a copy, the website reminded me that American videos will PROBABLY only play on North American,Canadian and Japanese video players, and will be unlikely to work over here in the UK.
If there are any Brits reading this message, have you ever bought an American video and viewed it succesfully? Or is there anywhere else I could try to purchase it.
Gary, unless you have equipment designed for the job you won't be able to use tapes recorded for the American NTSC video system over here in the UK. You might consider buying one and taking it to a local video specialist to have a converted copy made for use with UK PAL equipment (or they could convert to DVD if you prefer), but by the time you've paid for the tape, the postage and the copy your wallet will weigh a lot less.
Bob is generically correct, but TVs are becoming more and more available that can play NTSC format videos. I am given to understand that video gamers are a demand driver for this type of kit, as many games run on 60 hertz resolution (NTSC), whereas most PAL TVs run only to 50 hertz.
So it depends on what sort of TV that Gary owns.
An example of a NTSC-compatible TV for the UK (via Amazon) can be found here. (Scroll down to mid-screen to see the full technical details.)
Thanks Bob and Paul! I knew someone on here would be able to help.
I dont really know the specifications for my TV, just that one is made by Matsui and was bought about 5 years ago and the other larger one is made by Sony and is about 2 years old.
Ive emailed Amazon.com in America asking their advice also. Its just a shame that it seems the film was not released over here in the UK.
Just another quick question though, would it be very expensive to have the film converted to PAL playable? and where could it be done?
Gary, your VCR also would need to be a multi-standard type, capable of playing NTSC tapes. Like the multi-standard TVs these are not uncommon in the UK, but if your VCR is several years old it probably will not have this capability. Check the manual. And ask around your friends - there's a good chance that you know somebody who has a suitable machine. Commercial copying/conversion would probably cost in the region £10-20, but keep in mind that copyright may be an issue.
Thanks again Bob!
My Lounge Room TV (sony) was bought in 2002 complete with dvd/video player, I will have to find the maunal to see if it is NTSC compatable.
After much more searching, ive come to the conclusion the film was probably not released in the UK, although the American Amazon is selling a version with Spanish subtitles aswell??!! oh well, if and when i get the film, i hope its worth it!! Thanks Bob.
Gary, if you ever did get the film on VHS be aware of the fact that the version on VHS runs considerably shorter than the original miniseries which aired in two parts on US television and less commercials was well over three hours. The video release shears out quite a bit of this just as the video release of SOS Titanic edits down the original US TV running time.
Yes i did manage to track down a copy of "GA", and although pleased in general with the film, i was dissapointed with the very bad editing, particulary at the end when the survivors come up to the surface.
One girl who had never seen the sun looks up and sayes " its wonderful".....then very quickly it cuts to the end credits...very bad editing indeed.
Hello every one. I'm new to Encyclopedia Titanica and am enjoying the site immensly.
I have a question to which the answer has evaded me for many years.
Some years ago I watched a movie on TV which involved a sunken liner on the seabed that had passengers living on it. Somehow they had adapted. (I think they'd grown gills, I'm not sure). They had gone down with the ship but were living quite happily in the wreck. It was a rather low budget film...It'd have to be!
Can anyone tell me what the film was called? Thanks if anyone can help.
Best regards, Kevin.
John, Linda and Dave. Thank you. That's bothered me for years. Just awaiting 'Poseidon' now. Anyone else excited by this remake. Won't be the same without Shelley and Gene. Hollywood effects will dazzle, no doubt.
Thanks again for your help.
[Moderator's Note: Thie message and the four immediately above it have been moved from a new thread in "Other Ships and Shipwrecks" to this pre-existing thread discussing the same movie. MAB]
Dont think you are missing to much by not seeing the remake of Poseidon Adventure - screened on television here in Australia a few weeks back and it was a poor excuse for a movie- there is a thread regarding it on this site....regards.
Actually, there is another "Poseidon" remake, due out this year, with the tidal wave, not terrorists, causing the capsizing. I'm going to see that version (missed the television film, and have no regrets) when it comes out in theaters. A link to that movie's website is listed in another thread.
Hi John, yes, that's the one I'm going to see too. I've seen a trailer on the net and it does look good. of course, this time round, it's just GOT to be a HUGE liner! I await it with bated breath. I couldn't wait to see Ghosts of the Abyss, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hope Poseidon lives up to expectations.
Trevor. Hi. Friends of mine have mentioned the telly Posiedon and by the sound of it, they agree with you.
Later. Thanks. Kevin.