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When a rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. As the unstable vessel rapidly floods with water, they face unimaginable odds and life-altering decisions in their desperate fight to the surface.System Requirements:Running Time: 98 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio Warner
SKU 202859407
UPC 012569830127
UPC 14 00012569830127
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note German-born director Wolfgang Petersen (DAS BOOT, THE PERFECT STORM) returns to the sea for POSEIDON, a gripping remake of Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen's 1972 disaster classic, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. As passengers celebrate New Year's Eve aboard the massive ship Poseidon, a rogue wave devastates the luxury liner, turning it upside down as windows smash, fires break out, electric wires dangle dangerously, and people try to run for their lives--with seemingly nowhere to go. Despite Captain Bradford's (Andre Braugher) pleas for people to remain calm in the ballroom, a small group of people go against his orders and attempt to make their own way to the bottom of the ship, which is now the only section above water. Led by a low-rent gambler named Dylan (Josh Lucas) and the onetime mayor of New York City, Ramsey (Kurt Russell), and including a suicidal architect (Richard Dreyfuss), the former mayor's daughter (Emmy Rossum) and her fiancé (Mike Vogel), a stowaway (Mia Maestro), and a single mother (Jacinda Barrett) and her young son (Jimmy Bennett), they band together as they battle the elements, fight to save their lives, and learn something about themselves along the way. Although the special effects are cutting-edge, starting with the long, complex opening shot, Petersen makes sure to instill humanity into the characters, letting the film be driven by the story, not just the mechanics. To ensure the integrity of the project, one of the executive producers is Sheila Allen, who was married to disaster master Irwin Allen (producer of such films as THE TOWERING INFERNO, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, and THE SWARM) until his death in 1991, and played Gina Rowe in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (under her maiden name, Sheila Mathews). Fans of the Black Eyed Peas will get a kick out of Fergie as Gloria, the ballroom singer.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "You don't expect a remake to spring surprises. This one does." 05/18/2006 p.232
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t's a buoyant, old-wave disaster pic for a generation of well-conditioned thrill seekers....[Dreyfuss] holds the center of every scene he's in." -- Grade: B 05/19/2006 p.53
Sight and Sound "POSEIDON's action sequences are efficiently handled, conjuring a genuine sense of lung-busting tension..." 07/01/2006 p.64
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he movie's excellent visuals, set-pieces and breathtaking scale ensure it's an enjoyable piece of H20 hokum that makes for a solid (mari)time-filler." 11/01/2006 p.116
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] technically excellent white knuckle ride....The thrilling set pieces work rather well..." 08/01/2006 69
Wolfgang Petersen
Mia Maestro
Andre Braugher
Jacinda Barrett
Emmy Rossum
Cast & Crew
Emmy Rossum - Actor
Freddy Rodriguez - Actor
Jacinda Barrett - Actor
John Seale - Cinematographer
Josh Lucas - Actor
Kevin Burns - Executive Producer
Kevin Dillon - Actor
Kevin Ishioka - Art Director
Klaus Badelt - Original Music By
Kurt Russell - Actor
Mark Protosevich - Screenplay
Mike Mansbridge - Art Director
Paul Gallico - Based On Novel By
Peter Honess - Editor
Richard Dreyfuss - Actor
Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson - Actor
Wolfgang Petersen - Director
Wolfgang Petersen - Producer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 83012
UPC 00012569830127
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 98 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2007) Oscar, Boyd Shermis, et. al., Best Achievement in Visual Effects
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "Water, water everywhere, and not a moment to think. That about sums up Poseidon, a technically proficient but otherwise tedious redo of the classic 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, again based on the book by Paul Gallico...Despite solid visual effects and a few impressive, if incredulous action sequences (Josh Lucas's high dive into a fiery water pit is a dubious highlight), the movie mostly slogs along to its inevitable conclusion. The only minor tension comes from guessing who'll survive the journey, and there's at least one surprise on that front. My biggest surprise, though, was the wave of nostalgia I felt for The Poseidon Adventure. Suddenly, I missed its corny humanity, its campy, eclectic cast (Shelley Winters, Stella Stevens, Carol Lynley, and Roddy McDowall--all on one marquee!) and, of course, Maureen McGovern's gooey theme song, ""The Morning After."" Now that, folks, was entertainment."
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "Irwin Allen would be proud. Poseidon is a throwback - a 1970s-style disaster film made with 2006-era special effects. The movie delivers in most of the ways that matter for a motion picture of this ilk, with Poseidon never trying to be something it isn't. It's about a group of two-dimensional humans battling bad luck and Mother Nature in a sea-based disaster that makes Titanic look like a pleasure cruise...In the wake of Titanic, there's probably a temptation to turn a sea-disaster picture like Poseidon into en epic romance/adventure. It's a temptation that Petersen thankfully resists. Poseidon is devoid of anything that might conjure up memories of the Winslet/DiCaprio coupling. Its straightforward action/adventure approach is both a strength and a weakness. Petersen sets out to give us a group of undeveloped stock characters and a bunch of cheap thrills, and that's what he delivers. If that's the kind of thing you want from a would-be summer blockbuster, Poseidon will not disappoint."
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Russell,Kurt
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...a buoyant, old-wave disaster pic for a generation of well-conditioned thrill seekers...
Pete Hammond, Maxim A nonstop action film that doesn't come up for air.
Simon Braund, Empire ...awesome effects, nail-biting tension and a cast of characters we don't want dead after half an hour...

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