Maria Doyle Kennedy (centre) and Toby Jones (right) fight for their lives in Titanic.
TITANIC (eOne, 2012) D: Jon Jones, w/ Linus Roache, Geraldine Somerville. Rating: NNNN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NNNN
In this four-part miniseries about the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage, a dozen intertwining stories spanning the full range of passengers and crew combine to paint a picture of British society in 1912. There are romances, rivalries, marriage troubles and crime, all embedded in the British class system.
Playing the same scenes from different perspectives in different episodes builds complexity and keeps the stories fresh. Each episode ends with a character in peril as the disaster progresses, until the fourth takes us through the entire nightmare. The effects sequences are convincing rather than gaudy.
The cast is restrained, realistic and uniformly excellent, notably Geraldine Somerville as the Countess of Manton, a woman so cocooned in unconscious privilege that she can barely move.
The Titanic wasn't the only colossal White Star ship to sink. Check out the extras for a look at the fate of the Britannic.
EXTRAS Commentary, two making-of docs, Titanic and sister ships doc. English audio and subtitles.