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|James Cameron's Expedition - Bismarck|
Actors: Andy Bader, David J. Bercuson, James Cameron, Richard Doyle, Bob Elkins
Directors: James Cameron, Gary Johnstone
Genres: Television, Documentary
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Gregory M. Doyle | Boston, MA | 03/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a history buff and interested in sunken ships, I had missed the television showing of this film on the Discovery Channel due to other commitments. So I ordered the DVD and anxiously awaited its release to that format. Rewatching it recently, I have to say it is mildly disappointing. The underwater footage is excellent, but there isn't enough of it. The history of the ship and sinking is decent, but not extensive. The recreations are well made, but at times out of place. The interviews with survivors pretty moving and helpful, but don't add as much as pure narration could have. Some of the questions about the sinking and final fate of the ship are brought up ambiguously and, apparently resolved, yet not convincingly and in an anti-climatic fashion. Overall, I didn't get the amount of pure footage of the sunken ship that I expected. The bonus materials on the second disc are essentially worthless. The main complaint? More underwater footage was needed to make this worthwhile."
The big mystery is solved.
mactans | 05/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I do not know which program was being watched by the reviewers who say there is no information or substance in this documentary. This is by far the best documentary on the Bismarck and the Battle of the Denmark Strait ever filmed. Not only do you see the most awesome footage ever shot of this legendary ship but they bring back undeniable proof that answers the biggest question about this epic event in maritime history. They prove conclusively that the German crew's claim that they scuttled the ship was absolutely true. The ROV entered the area of the hull where the Dorsetshire's torpedoes hit and showed that they did not even scorch the paint on the inner armour belt much less penetrate it. Cameron also does not gloss over the fact that the British continued to mercilessly pound the ship and butcher helpless men for more than an hour after the Bismarck had lost the ability to return fire. It is easy to understand why the decision was made to scuttle the ship.
Excellent portrayal of what REALLY happened!
M. SCHMIDT-BREMER Jr. | Alexandria, VA USA | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you ever truly wanted to know what happened on that tragic day that the awe inspiring Bismarck sank beneath the waves of the Atlantic ... this documentary is for you!
A titan amongst ships, technologically leaps ahead of her time, she was still a graceful lady ... just armed to the teeth! Allied naval experts during the war classified her as being the best floating gun platform worldwide. The British reacted accordingly: "Sink the Bismarck at all cost!"
Excellent computer animations give insight into how people of the day must have seen the ship: from her maiden voyage, her passing through the Nord-Ostseekanal to her final days in the Atlantic.
However, this documentary also proves that the British covered up the truth for decades, claiming a victory that was not theirs.
This review was written with the deepest honor to the fallen on both sides: the Bismarck and the HMS Hood."
Cloud | Canada | 03/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"James Cameron, for lack of a better phrase, was on top of the world after Titanic came out. The biggest cinematic gamble at the time, it went on to score 11 Oscars and get a domestic profit of 600 million, the highest ever. Then he kind of dropped off the map, well sort of. Since then he made 3 deep sea dive documentaries and a short-lived tv show. After his Titanic documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, he made Expedition: Bismarck which chronicles the sinking of a german war ship during WWII.
During World War II, the German forces had a ship called the Bismarck, which was a very formidable battleship. After it sank a British clip, they got a bit angry and decided an all-out assault on the ship. A lucky shot nailed the propeller, crippling it and sending it in circles, allowing British fleets to sink it. This film centers around recreating the sinking and allowing James Cameron and other divepeople to explore the wreck.
One of the things that's always interesting with re-creating mysteries is when they have little demonstration videos to show just what happened in a kind of CSI-like fashion. So when they talk about shells rupturing hulls and the ship sliding you're kind of "huh?" but the CG videos allow you to see it in clear detail, without the water's murkiness.
One thing that's thankfully kept to a minimum, which later film Aliens of the Deep suffered from is when people go "wow that's great, wow that's awesome!". There's a couple of scenes like it here but it's not as intrusive so it's more basic and to the point. Granted a jellyfish with a translucent scarf is going to bring about such reactions but then again an 800 ft ship damaged and on the bottom of the ocean should bring the same reaction.
It's a well-made documentary from a guy who did quite a few. To see a representation of war in its most horrible form and revisit it is quite compelling and the fact that it was a German ship Hitler actually visited but without being finger waving throughout the film was a nice touch."