What Titanic movies do you own, and what are their formats?


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When did you first see the 1964 film The Unsinkable Molly Brown that sparked your interest in the Titanic? Mine was the 1997 film when I was 5.
In 1967 in my native Bangalore, India. That was the second run. I was 12 years old at the time.

To be truthful, I took only some notice of the Titanic at the time; I was more fascinated by the iceberg, which was depicted in that film to be far larger than it actually was..Then the following year, a cousin was involved in an RTA and broke his femur badly enough to be confined to bed for 9 months. He became a guest at my house during that time because my adopted parents were doctors. As he was in my age group we chatted a lot about common interests like comics, movies etc. He had seen the 1953 Barbara Stanwyck version of Titanic (probably in its third or fourth run) and could not stop talking about it. That was what really made my interest take off. But other than ANTR and Geoffrey Marcus' book The Maiden Voyage I had little source material in India for the next 17 years.

My wife and I came to the UK in 1985 and in the first 12 months lived in a small town called Burton-on-Trent in the Midlands. Being doctors ourselves, we were given hospital accommodation; opposite our apartment building was a second hand bookshop. Its owner was very interested in the Titanic since his friend, who had died the previous year, was related to a survivor. We got talking -a lot - and I have never looked back since. :)
 
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I really like Raise The Titanic actually even though obviously it’s so wrong portraying the ship in one piece. I find it very emotional when it comes out of the water. The music is so beautiful. I think I had this on VHS years ago.
 
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If it had been some other ship other than the one and only Titanic, I accept that it was a good film. But having been a Titanic buff for over 50 years, the events shown in the film are hard to digest.
 
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In 1967 in my native Bangalore, India. That was the second run. I was 12 years old at the time.

To be truthful, I took only some notice of the Titanic at the time; I was more fascinated by the iceberg, which was depicted in that film to be far larger than it actually was..Then the following year, a cousin was involved in an RTA and broke his femur badly enough to be confined to bed for 9 months. He became a guest at my house during that time because my adopted parents were doctors. As he was in my age group we chatted a lot about common interests like comics, movies etc. He had seen the 1953 Barbara Stanwyck version of Titanic (probably in its third or fourth run) and could not stop talking about it. That was what really made my interest take off. But other than ANTR and Geoffrey Marcus' book The Maiden Voyage I had little source material in India for the next 17 years.

My wife and I came to the UK in 1985 and in the first 12 months lived in a small town called Burton-on-Trent in the midlands. Being doctors ourselves, we were given hospital accommodation; opposite our apartment building was a second hand bookshop. Its owner was very interested in the Titanic since his friend, who had died the previous year, was related to a survivor. We got talking -a lot - and I have never looked back since. :)
I became interested when they found the wreck in 1985. My father had a couple of books on it.
 
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If it had been some other ship other than the one and only Titanic, I accept that it was a good film. But having been a Titanic buff for over 50 years, the events shown in the film are hard to digest.
Yes I agree. The book and the film differ somewhat to each other also. I hate it when they do that!
 
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I really like Raise The Titanic actually even though obviously it’s so wrong portraying the ship in one piece. I find it very emotional when it comes out of the water. The music is so beautiful. I think I had this on VHS years ago.
That movie was entertaining despite the flaws. I watched it again not that long ago. I liked the book even more.
 
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I watched the film first then read the book :)
 
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SPOILERS!

Yes books are generally better than the film versions but I think in the book version they use the Byzanium but keep it secret in the film don’t they? I preferred they kept it secret :)
 
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Well, I'm not sure if I should even post a reply as it's been over a year since the last activity on this thread, but here's my reply.

In Nacht Und Eis 1912 (download) DVD-R
La Hantise 1912 (download)
Atlantic 1929 DVD
Titanic 1943 Blu-Ray & DVD
Titanic 1953 Blu-Ray, DVD
A Night To Remember 1958 Blu-Ray & DVD
S.O.S. Titanic 1979 DVD (Blu-Ray release upcoming)
Raise The Titanic 1980 Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Titanica 1995 DVD
The Titanic 1996 Blu-Ray & DVD
Titanic 1997 Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Ghosts Of The Abyss 2003 Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Titanic 2012 Blu-Ray & DVD
Saving The Titanic 2012 DVD
Titanic: Blood & Steel 2012 Blu-Ray & DVD

Most of these replaced VHS/VHS-R copies.

I hope to soon get a couple programs as well: Titanic: Birth Of A Legend, and Titanic: The Aftermath. Apparently there was also a 1984 German program covering the disaster inquiries - but I have not seen any U.S. home video releases of that one.
 
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Didn't see this one on your list. Mention it because its one of my favorites. Its not perfect but for watchability its one of the better ones IMHO. I've got in both DVD and VHS. A&E's Titanic: Death of a Dream.

 
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This is my list:
(1) "Atlantic" 1929 (DVD)
(2) "Titanic" 1943 German Propaganda Movie (watched online)
(3) "Titanic" 1953 (DVD and VHS - also saw the movie in its first run in a theater in San Diego in 1953)
(4) "A Night To Remember" 1958 (DVD)
(5) "Titanic" 1997 (DVD and VHS)
 
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I mean that the 'special effects' are very poor. The camera angle, lighting etc are all fine but the sinking effects were poorly staged. A lot of the scenes have an obvious studio model with stationary 'smoke' and in one scene towards the end, the ship is shown with thick smoke coming out of the funnels (engines had been off for a while) and going forwards towards the sunken bow! If you have the DVD, watch behind the Ismay character's head as he sits in the lifeboat.

Another negative point for me ANTR is that I don't like Kenneth More and I am not a Lightoller fan. So, one playing the other was not exactly watchable.
And I don't like the Tucker Maguire impersonation of Mrs. Margaret Brown ......LOL
But Kathy Bates ! Ah Yes ! But I guess from a somewhat prejudiced angle ? After all she did attend SMU in my old home town ! :)
 
Interesting.... Is this a dramatized documentary, like "Saving The Titanic"? Or is it just a regular documentary, like "Titanica"? I like watching documentaries and this one sounds like something I would like to see, but as far as collections go, mine centers around dramatizations, although not all of them are theatrical releases. I received the DVD of "Titanica" as a gift which is the only reason I own it, even though it is a good documentary.
 
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It's a documentary, not dramatized. But it has a style of its own. IMDB labled it a (tv movie) but that's a poor discription.
 
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