Poseidon DVD Review
PicturePoseidon is presented in a fabulously broad 2.40:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. It looks fantastic, with excellent detail throughout, no softness and negligible signs of digital artefacting and edge enhancement. Grain is also kept to an absolute minimum. The palette is also superb, bringing the watery adventure to life, with rich, deep colours. Solid blacks round off the colour scheme and provide for decent shadowing and overall it is a very good video transfer indeed.
SoundTo accompany the movie we get an equally dramatic Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The lack of DTS is apparent, but this is nevertheless a superb offering. Dialogue, often screaming or shouting, is presented clearly from the frontal array and the spot-on score gives ample support through the rears, along with a fair amount of bass. There are effects pretty-much throughout, from the big bang explosions to the gurgling of drowning victims and the cracking of glass windows under pressure. The soundtrack is perfectly suited to the aquatic disaster movie.
ExtrasSlightly disappointingly there are only a couple of extras on this release. The first is a twenty-two minute Making-Of Featurette entitled Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage, with offerings from the cast and crew, including Director Wolfgang Petersen, Actors Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Kevin Dillon and Emmy Rossum. They talk about the huge set they worked on, the effects, the original movie (and how they did not want to do a by-the-numbers remake) and the book that that was based on, which in turn was based on what happened to a real ship. They discuss 'rogue waves' (which is a really stupid name for them), how they take out about one ship a year, we get to see the crew bossing the cast around on set, lots of behind the scenes snippets and - thankfully - few shots from the final movie. It is not a bad effort, but between this and the Theatrical Trailer (and some Trailers on disc start-up), there is simply not enough in the way of extras. I suspect the two-disc edition will probably be better suited to fans of the movie.
VerdictPoseidon is quite an enjoyable little disaster movie, that easily manages to captivate and entertain you for its duration. The disc is good in terms of technical specifications but distinctly lacking when it comes to extras (something you can rectify by purchasing the two-disc special edition). If you enjoy these kinds of movies then this is a perfectly worthy addition, not as grand as War of the Worlds, not as illogical as The Day After Tomorrow and far superior to the drab Titanic. Well worth checking out.
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