As you'll find out from this DVD, the Hollywood studios back in the early 70s were reigning in on spending large budgets. That is until "The Poseidon Adventure" came along, thrilling both audiences and the box office to a level where the majors were persuaded that blockbuster really is best.
Picture For a 30-year old movie it sure looks good, courtesy of a quality transfer. The picture is at times a little soft and with slight grain, but this is only to be expected.
Sound This really is the type of movie that would have benefited from a stereo or 5.1 upgrade. Only two years after "The Poseidon Adventure", Universal released "Earthquake" in stereo 'Sensurround', an effect that works well on even the VHS release, and certainly adds to the fun of the movie. Given that Fox did such a good job in creating a 5.1 mix for the original "Planet of the Apes" DVD, they should have done the same for this title. That said, the mono track is clear and powerful enough to handle any major sound effects without distorting.
The Return of the Movie Movie This original release ten-minute featurette celebrates the fact that after a drought of blockbusters, Fox was creating the spectacle of "The Poseidon Adventure". Interviewees include a youthful Gene Hackman and a possibly serious Leslie Neilsen (so hard to tell). There's plenty of behind-the-scenes footage of what looked like a scary movie to make, with fire and tidal waves engulfing, "ten lovely people who have to go through hell", as director Ronald Neame describes them.
Additional Extra Features Also on the disc is the original release trailer, and cast and crew biographies and filmographies.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono)
Technical Features: Scene selection, multiple language subtitles, and English captions for the Hearing Impaired
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.