The Titanic - The Epic Mini-Series Event [Blu-ray]
(George C. Scott, Peter Gallagher, Catherine Zeta-Jones, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: The Titanic sets sail on a collision course with destiny in this spellbinding epic adventure, featuring outstanding performances by Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Marie Saint, Tim Curry and Marilu Henner.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, I had very mixed feelings about this movie. Although there were quite a few flaws, it was certainly not without its charm. The first thing that must be taken into consideration when commenting on this movie is that it was a low-budget, made-for-tv movie, so the effects and other technical aspects were less than spectacular. However, to me the story is what makes a movie good or bad. Since there were a few stories sprinkled throughout the film, it was at times good, but usually not so good.
First the bad things. I think the worst thing about this movie is that there was a lot of pointless and boring filler that made the movie seem to drag on, especially around the time of the sinking. Also, and personally, I did not care much for the story of the Allison family and their paranoid nanny. I found their part when the ship is sailing extremely tedious and boring and the part when they're searching for their baby too obnoxious to be sad.
I also almost couldn't bear the performance of the actress portraying Mrs. Allison (Devon Hoholuk). And the whole part about the nanny just became annoying. The Allison family actually existed, and the young Allison girl was the only first-class child to die on the Titanic. This could have been a very sad and touching part, but I just saw it as a complete flop.
Now for the ok things. I really loved Catherine Zeta-Jones and Peter Gallagher in this. Although the love affair between the two was just a little more than okay, they threw in great performances and I found their characters interesting. I enjoyed much of the happenings in first class and especially found the old superficial socialite (that woman with the dog, her name slips my mind as of now) very entertaining and humorous.
As for those down in steerage, I found Jamie and Olsa to be quite charming characters and took interest in their affairs. However, my favorite part of the movie was most likely Tim Curry. If there is one thing I love in a film it is a good villain, and he is definitely one. His performance was, in my opinion, the best part of the movie. Overall, I'd say that 'The Titanic - The Epic Mini-Series Event' was not great, but there were some factors that saved it; and actually made it an enjoyable made-for-tv movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.