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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by pablo, Apr 4, 2012.
Interesting. Though I think my wife will have enough with all the Titanic documentaries I have set to record.
What are those?
Titanic's final mystery 4/5 on smithsonian at 8
Titanic: ballards secret mission 4/7 on nat geo at 8 (this is a few years old)
Titanic the final word with James Cameron nat geo 4/8 8-10
Titanic at 100: mystery solved on History. I'm recording it on 4/16 12-2 am because my hr34 said it was busy for the first airing.
I also recorded titanic: birth of the legend on green, that was also fairly old but recorded it anyway.
I think I saw a few others that I passed on, either because of age or only in sd.
How many ships have sunk in the world in the last 500 years?
Are there dozens of flicks on any one of them?
People need to get over this one.
To me there are a few ships that stand out among the others. Titanic is one of them. If it's not your thing, then don't watch them
Thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely record those.
Thanks. I would probably just thought it was reruns of Cameron's movie if I had not seen this thread.
There's a great 3D/IMAX theater about 3 miles away here...they have already sold out 6 days worth of tickets for the Titanic 3D/IMAX release showings coming up locally....so I guess somebody must still be interested.
As for the other posted programs....
I have always found the various other such content to be informative, and often learn something new about this historical event.
Different strokes topic I suspect.
Well, over 1500 people lost their lives. It's a pretty big deal.
I think there's more to it than that. I get what SayWhat is saying in a sense. Disasters like the sinking of the Sultana (the most casualties on a ship I can think of that wasn't due to attack, though I'm sure there are others) don't get the kind of attention Titanic does. The Sultana didn't exactly get a lot of press when it sank, let alone much talked about it now. Other stories took the medias attention from that one during the time.
Titanic has endured for a few reasons. The size and opulence of first class (I realize Britannic was larger), that they called it virtually unsinkable, yet sunk on her maiden voyage, and probably because John Jacob Astor IV and Isador and Ida Strauss died. It's also the disaster that caused many changes to happen in terms of ship safety and design, the creation of the ice patrol etc.
The first two decades of the 1900's was really the pinnacle of newspaper influence on popular culture. The "yellow journalism" battles of Pulitzer vs. Hearst in the late 1890's for all the sins involved, set the stage for a sensational newspaper press while radio would not begin to displace newspaper "scoops" until the next decade.
Add to that the fact that in 1912 the European-American engineering and scientific community was pretty full of itself.
Now it's 2012 and things are surprisingly similar in the news biz. Imagine a slow news month with CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, plus the broadcast networks taking on a story with as many different elements. There was just so much to work with in this story.
For the record, the Doña Paz collision was the most deadliest with over 4000 casualties: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Doña_Paz
PBS is also showing Saving the Titanic: http://www.pbs.org/programs/saving-titanic/
The Smithsonian special was the most interesting I've seen I think, that the iceberg couldn't be seen due to a mirage. I'm glad I got the extra pack.
Looks just like the movie, but with a much smaller budget. Not sure I get the point.
BTW... if there are any "Doctor Who" fans out there, one of the cast members of this mini-series will be the actress who will be playing the new companion in the upcoming season.
We watched the 2 or 3 shows on Smithsonian last night and I agree, they were really good.
It's just more Hollywood franchising.
The thread subject show should have been a PBS Masterpiece series presented over two Sunday nights. ABC adds nothing to the credibility of the production, adds advertising, and scheduled it in a really goofy way.
This is not, I repeat not a Hollywood production. It is an IFC production written by Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of "Downton Abbey." It has more in common with "Upstairs, Downstairs" than James Cameron’s Hollywood version of the story.
Fellowes explained his viewpoint:
Though each episode will include all the characters in every episode, each episode will give us the view from a different economic class. At the beginning of each episode the characters have no idea of the fate that awaits them and at the end of each episode the ship will start sinking.
The creator and producer of this version of the story, Nigel Stafford-Clark, explains:
This isn't two star-crossed lovers standing on the prow of a ship while Celine Dion sings.