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New Titanic Movies & Documentaries

Updated on October 15, 2014
The Titanic
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The Titanic Lives On In Movie and Documentary Form

Much note was made of The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 2012 and it seems that The Titanic holds as much interest today as it did one hundred years ago.

One highlight of the anniversary year was the re-release of the blockbuster movie Titanic by James Cameron on DVD, blu-ray disc and in 3D. The results were extremely well received.

Another was the release of Titanic Blood and Steel, a television mini-series about the building of the ship in Belfast and the labour unrest of the time.

Yet another interesting development was the release of a flotilla of new Titanic themed documentaries, including Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved, which uses scientific exploration and analysis to reveal the truth about whether or not the Titanic sank because of a weakness in how she was built, because of a flaw in her design or because of reckless human behavior and Titanic's Final Mystery, which uses eyewitness testimony to analyze the conditions in which the Titanic sunk. It is obvious that a disaster of this magnitude would have an impact on many families and their descendents. In a third new documentary film entitled Titanic & Me you will uncover some of those stories.

This page then is intended to be a review of several Titanic movies and documentaries. It will continue to grow as I uncover and watch new and possibly even old versions of The Titanic. I am curious about the old Titanic movies, like the 1953 movie with Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner and the move called A Night To Remember. My intention then is to add more reviews as I have the opportunity to view the numerous movies and documentary films about the Titanic.

Click here to see Amazon's complete collection of Titanic movies and documentaries.

Titanic Movies

Titanic Blood and Steel

"The epic adventure behind the making of the ship."

Some found the 12-part mini-series Titanic Blood and Steel a bit slow and took offense at the historical errors. I, however, enjoyed the period drama that was a look at what life might have been like for those who worked on creating a ship at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in 1909, that very ship that would be forever preserved in our minds because of the tragedy that befell her in 1912. Remember that this film is not a documentary and enjoy it for its entertainment value with a peek into the issues of labor, class and religious discrimination, feminism, idealism and politics. It might have been nice if everything was perfectly accurate or if there was explanation offered as to how much of the movie really was accurate but I still enjoyed the mini-series and I would watch it again.

James Cameron's The Titanic

James Camerons The Titanic
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James Cameron's The Titanic

Who doesn't know James Cameron's version of The Titanic? It was originally released in 1997 and was extremely well received at that time both commercially and critically. Of a whopping fourteen Academy Award nominations, The Titanic took home eleven, which included both the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

It seemed inevitable that The Titanic would be re-released and it was fitting that this movie was re-released in conjunction with the commemoration in 2012 of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the doomed vessel.

The original movie was reworked using modern technology to improve the quality of the film and to add special features. It was also released in a 3D version.

The Titanic on DVD re-release is comprised of two discs. Disc one has the first part of the movie and disc two has the second part of the movie and bonus features.

The Titanic blu-ray release and the Titanic 3D blu-ray release each contain four blu-ray discs that include the movie, two new documentary films called Reflections on Titanic and Titanic: The Final Word plus a total of 29 deleted and 60 behind-the-scenes clips and a digital version. Honestly, I would like to own the blu-ray version because it ranks near the top of the list of best blu-ray movies ever AND because of the extensive collection of special features.

Titanic Collector's Edition Blu-ray Release

Titanic Collector's Edition
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Titanic Collector's Edition Contents
Titanic Collector's Edition Contents

Titanic Documentaries

Titanic at 100 Mystery Solved (2012)

"Was the Titanic a weak ship? The truth will finally surface."

If you are only going to watch one documentary film about the sinking of the Titanic, make sure that it is the most up-to-date one you can find. While all documentaries will still have merits and interesting information, the most recent films will naturally share the most recent scientific explorations using the latest technological advances.

Released in 2012, Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved looks at the most recent expedition to the site of the sinking. It considers the science of the structure of the ship, and at in a very limited way, shares the lives of a few of the passengers and the crew, the last added, I suppose, to make the scientific look at the shipwreck a little more human.

Titanic's Final Mystery

Titanic's Final Mystery
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Titanic's Final Mystery (2012)

"100 years later, the truth about the Titanic's demise is finally beginning to surface."

Titanic's Final Mystery takes another look at the sinking of the Titanic, this time by thorough investigation of the first-hand reports and testimonies given by more than 150 people shortly after the disaster. It studies statements by witnesses and historical data about the weather conditions on April 15, 1912 to come to some interesting and unexpected conclusions about why the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on a calm, clear night.

This film focuses on the most important testimony from a few individuals and features reenactments as the story of Tim Maltin's detective work unfolds. I found it riviting, because of the personal stories interwoven with the documentary, and had a hard time tearing myself away.

Titanic & Me
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Titanic & Me The Tale Lives On

How did the Titanic disaster impact those left behind?

It is obvious that a disaster of this magnitude would have an impact on many families and their descendents. In you will uncover some of those stories and how the reverberations from the Titanic are still felt more than 100 years later. It is a different but important slant on the Titanic story.

More Titanic Documentary Films

These documentaries about the Titanic were released in 2012.

I've only just started watching some of the newer Titanic documentary films and I will be adding my thoughts about each of them to this page as I progress through them. If you are interested then bookmark this page and stop by again to see what other interesting Titanic themed films I have uncovered. Additionally, you can click through to Amazon on any of the following pictures to learn more about these 2012 Titanic documentary film releases:

  • Titanic: The True Story
  • Titanic: The Complete Story.
  • Titanic: 100 Years On
  • Titanic: The 100th Anniversary Collection
  • Curse of the Titanic Sisters
  • Waking the Titanic
  • Secrets of the Titanic: Anniversary Edition
  • Titanic: Birth of a Legend

Of course, if you want to see all of the Titanic films, you can check on Amazon by clicking right here.

My Interest in the Titanic

I'm pretty sure that my interest in and curiosity about The Titanic started in school when we read the Walter Lord book, A Night to Remember. I certainly remember it being a class-read book but I could be wrong about that. How about you? Are you interested in the Titanic? If so, do you know why or what started your interest?

© 2013 Treasures By Brenda

Are you interested in the Titanic? If so, what is your interest and do you know how it started?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had watched titanic once with my little girl at age 3, it was a havoc in the cinema.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: So glad to meet you, Thomas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I Have a Connection To The Titanic via My Name Thomas Humphrey[Titanic Victim Thomas Humphrey Humphreys] and Where I Was Born Danville Illinois- Titanic Honeymooning Couple Last Name of Bishop had Friends There That they visited after the Disaster and Mrs Bishop died after Head trama Accident!!! Also Was Member of Titanic Historical Society for 11 Years and met Titanic Survivor on Titanic related Trip in 1993 some 20 years ago!!!! Became interested at age 12 after reading Walter Lord's A Night to Remember.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm not sure I remember how I learned about the Titanic. Seems I've always known, but of course the movies over the years have really cemented the knowledge. I'm not crazy about disaster movies of any kind, but I love reading the anecdotes such as the recent story about the Titanic's violin being found. Anything "Titanic" is certainly hot and seems to show no signs of cooling, especially with the April anniversary coming up.