This is a great miniseries. I really enjoyed it a lot. It
reminds me quite a bit of the great old historical
miniseries that used to air in the 70's and 80's, yet it's
much better than those, and faster-paced. It seems very
realistic and not as overly-romantic as, say, "North and
South". I can't compare it to the famous Titanic movie,
though, because I never saw that one.
The main character is Dr. Muir, played by Kevin Zegers.
He is fabulous in this role, and so gorgeous, with wonderful
blue eyes. His character is a metallurgist, come to Belfast,
where they are building the great new ship Titanic. He is
determined to make sure that the ship will hold up and be
safe. He battles against businessmen with their own agendas,
who are themselves fighting against unions and other
problems, and he has a big secret of his own that he has to
keep. The dialogue of the movie is enchanting. They use
unusual words that you don't hear too much in today's
speech, such as "supine" and "obdurate". That made it seem
more like it was from an older time.
Of course there is still plenty of romance for the
protagonist Dr. Muir and others. The story is great and
woven very well. It's interesting to see how they made ships
back then, and how it affected not only their company but
the whole town. The legendary British actor Derek
Jacobi plays the man in charge of the local office of the
White Star company, which is building the ship. There are
smaller roles by Neve Campbell as a reporter and Chris Noth
as J.P. Morgan, who is funding the building of the ship. A
lot of the story is about how the poor Irish workers fare in
their jobs building the job, but also the people in
management, most of whom are British.
Of course, there is a sense of tragedy and inevitability
in the movie before it even begins, but you are quickly
drawn into the story of the characters and their lives as
well. We can only hope they all survive by the end of the
miniseries and are not too affected by the Titanic's sinking
(I'm not telling). You will have to watch it to find out.
You really should watch it because it's a really enjoyable
The DVD has two special features. One is about the visual
effects of the movie, and the other is your standard "Making
of" documentary. Both are illuminating, though.
The Legendary Adventure Titanic:
Blood & Steel Arriving on December 4 From Lionsgate
The epic miniseries Titanic: Blood & Steel, Starring Kevin Zegers, Neve Campbell
and Chris Noth arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download December 4 from
Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
A hundred years after the fateful maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic comes the thrilling
adventure Titanic: Blood & Steel, available December 4 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and
Digital Download from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The 12-part television mini-series
chronicles the story behind the construction of the "unsinkable" ship. Starring
Kevin Zegers (TV's "Gossip Girl"), Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love), Derek
Jacobi (The Kings Speech), Neve Campbell (The Scream Franchise), and with Chris
Noth (TV's "The Good Wife"), Titanic: Blood & Steel is directed by Ciarán Donnelly
(Showtime's "The Tudors").
The 3-disc Blu-ray and 3-disc DVD sets both include two extensive featurettes: a
"making of" plus a behind-the-scenes look into the visual effects of the mini-series.
Titanic: Blood & Steel will be available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc and
DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.97 and $29.98, respectively.
Belfast, 1909. The Harland and Wolff shipyard has been handed the greatest project
in its history. It will build a great, unsinkable ship. And it will be called the
RMS Titanic. Titanic: Blood & Steel is the untold story of the building of a legend,
and the many lives it affected during its 3-year construction. To its wealthy investors,
it was a dream. To the middle class who oversaw the project, it was a challenge.
But to the working class who built it, Titanic was the start of a revolution. With
Ireland under British rule, and the Protestant and Catholic struggle intensifying,
Titanic was more than a ship...it was a symbol of ambition, hope and unity.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
The Visual Effects of Titanic: Blood & Steelfeaturette
"Making of Titanic: Blood & Steel" featurette
*Subject to change
Street Date: December 4, 2012
Price:$29.97 Blu-ray / $29.98 DVD
Title Copyright:© 2012 DAP Italy-RAI. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary
© 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 634 minutes
Type: TV on DVD
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format:1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Format:16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
Blu-ray/DVD Audio Status:5.1 Dolby Digital
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