Poseidon Adventure: Kobal Collection
Clark Collis
April 25, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Poseidon Adventure

Current Status
In Season
Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, Jack Albertson, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Leslie Nielsen, Shelley Winters
Ronald Neame
Fox Home Video
Wendell Mayes, Stirling Silliphant

We gave it a B+

Wolfgang Petersen’s Poseidon remake may have a vast budget and computer enhanced special effects. But does it have — to quote the opening credits of the 1972 version — ”Leslie Nielsen as The Captain”? It does not — and that’s probably for the best given that the Airplane! star’s intoning of lines like ”Damn it man, the Poseidon is too fine a lady to be rushed to the junkyard on her last voyage!” retrospectively makes the disaster movie’s first act seem like a spoof. But once the lady in question is overturned by a freak tidal wave the tone shifts from unintentionally comedic to undeniably exciting as ”renegade” priest Gene Hackman leads a motley band of souls (including Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, and Roddy McDowall) on their upside down quest to escape from a watery grave.

Extras On his director’s commentary, plummy-voiced Brit Ronald Neame confesses that the water-logged shoot found most of the principal actors ”getting cross” roughly once every 10 days (”which was one a day for me”). On another track featuring actresses Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens, and Carol Lynley, suggestions are made as to what roles they could have played in the remake — had anyone seen fit to request their involvement. Also included: a slew of featurettes — one entirely focusing on the film’s Oscar-winning song ”The Morning After” — an AMC documentary, storyboard comparisons, and a ”Follow the Escape” option which allows viewers to do just that on a schematic of the ship.

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