Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Dr. Robert Ballard
Genres: Television, Documentary
DVD extra 16 minutes of bonus run time. Join Dr. Robert Ballard as he returns to the RMS Titanic, and learn how the lost liner is once again threatened with disaster.
Not Enough Dr. Ballard or Titanic. Is not what it bills itse
Stephanie Sandlin | Spokane, Wa | 01/23/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
I just purchased the DVD of this production. After watching the entire feature along with extras I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed.
From the way this DVD is promoted you expect a documentary of Dr. Ballard going back to the Titanic to go over what the grave robbers have done to it and document its condition. Sadly, we get that but in much less quantity that I expected. What we do often get is mini segments about Titanic collectors, super secret Navy missions, commentaries from people within the community and a debate about whether salvaging is appropriate. The interview with Ken Marschall is especially akward.
The segement about Dr. Ballard's "super secret" mission I think was being over dramatic and unecessary. Many people knew of his dives on the Thresher and the Scorpion right before the Titanic. So thats not some huge revelation as to why he got to search for the ship in 1985.
Personally, I was hoping for something akin to the National Geographic Special "Secrets of the Titanic." While filmed in 1985 with less sophisticated cameras. It honored the ship with no Jim Cameron style fluff and detours. That 1985 documentary stands out against later videos - it has heart, its human and it focuses on the ship. The Titanic is the star; not a sub, not a film maker. Dr. Ballard's original piece humanizes the wreck. The humanization is one of the most powerful elements of the Titanic story.
In the final anaylsis this production does not live up to how it hypes itself. It should be titled "Titanic Debates with some footage of Bob Ballard again at the Titanic." That is far more honest as to what this DVD is. Only the special section only partially redeems itself. It though is way too short and recycles video from the main feature.
I agree with Dr. Ballard it is terrible the way the wreck is being plundered for profit. Titanic is a graveyard and should be treated as such - with great respect. It should be honored and allowed to rest without vultures picking at the carcass. More than one Titanic survivor felt that way.
For the price (almost $18) stay away from this DVD. If it were $5 I'd say its fine. However, for the hefty price tag for an hour and 15 minutes of a presentation that doesn't live up to its billing. Don't waste your money."
A Sequel to National Geographic's 'Secrets of the Titanic'
Bette | Antarctica | 03/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this documentry last summer on I think... the Discovery Channel. In it, Dr. Ballard returned to the titanic to see how she would appear, what was still in good condition, etc. Unfortunately, between 1986 and 2004, many artifacts were taken from the wreckage much to the disappointment of Ballard. I was fascinated by his new findings upon his return. What was most sad was the fact that someone had taken the plaque he had placed on the titanic in memory of those who were lost. Basically this is a part two of his first documentary that he did back in 1986 for National Geographic called "Secrets of the Titanic". It's a really great DVD for those who are fascinated by this historical disaster."
Jessica Tessene | Wisconsin | 03/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Such a huge contraversy surrounds Titanic and her treasures. The right to salvage or not to salvage. This DVD explains Dr. Ballard's side of the debate. When actually meeting him and getting to talk with him, he truely believes that Titanic is a memorial and should be deemed as such, as an underwater museum. And his plans for the future are fascinating. This is a great documentary and really makes you think about the current situation with Titanic and the right to salvage along with Titanic's current state of condition."
Paula S. Nesiba | Nebraska, USA | 02/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was an awesome "last look" at Titanic, through the eyes of her discover!! The beauty and amazement of this ship is still very much alive in this movie. The pictures are crystal clear and the amount of detail reveiled is mind blowing!!!! A must see for all who love Titanic, her story or anything about shipwrecks. Great for all ages!!!"