This year commemorated the 100th anniversary of the legendary sinking of the Titanic and there was no shortage of movies, documentaries and specials to fulfill our unending curiosity about the mysterious ship.
One of the most anticipated broadcast events of the year was “Titanic,” an ABC four-part miniseries written by Julian Fellowes, an Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner.
His work on the highly addictive series “Downton Abbey” and movies such as “Gosford Park” reeled in a large audience for “Titanic,” but unfortunately couldn't hold on to them throughout the miniseries airing.
“Titanic” adheres to the focus of much of Fellowes' past work, the “Upstairs/Downstairs” theme, which shows perspectives from the aristocrats and servants of early 20th century England.
What makes dramatic version of the story of “Titanic” different is that another social class is brought into the fold, second class or middle class.
“Titanic” has a huge ensemble cast to tell each class' respective stories, including Linus Roache (“Law and Order”).
What Fellowes did well was give the audience a new perspective of what was happening in Europe at that time.
The uneasy relationships between classes and different ethnic groups are clearly expressed and, in turn, explain why so many people were so eager to get on a ship, which was the only way to get to America at the time.
The broadcast ratings fell throughout the miniseries airing, largely due to the somewhat confusing nature of the storytelling, jumping from past to present repeatedly.
Also, with so many storylines to watch, we never really see an epic love story we want to root for, as in other theatrical tellings of the sinking.
Available on DVD, BluRay disc and BluRay/DVD combo pack, the two full hours of bonus features include six making-of featurettes and “Titanic — Behind the Production.”
Also included is an informative documentary, “The Curse of the Titanic Sisters,” which chronicles the company that built the Titanic and details the doomed history and flawed design of her and her sister ships, the Olympic and the Brittanic.
— Tiffany M. Poole