Along with an extremely well remastered DVD release of The Towering Inferno, comes Irwin Allen's first theatrical blockbuster, The Poseidon Adventure, released theatrically in 1972. I never had the opportunity to see this film on the big screen. Instead, my first introduction to this film was on broadcast televsion, which by the mid-late '70s seeing a blockbuster on network TV was actually a huge event within itself. Even under those circumstances, I was immediately captivated by this story of a capsized ocean liner which was inspired by a true incident which occurred aboard the Queen Mary during World War II. I only had a brief opportunity to look over this brand new Special Edition release. It was my goal to give all of you a short overview of how this new version stacks up against the original 1998 DVD release. When I viewed both old and new releases of The Towering Inferno, I was amazed at just how much better the Special Edition transfer looked. The same thing can easily be said for this new transfer of The Poseidon Adventure which looks better by leaps and bounds over the original release. If you compare both the OLD and NEW releases, the differences are apparant right from the first scene where we are looking at the Captain's control room. In the original DVD the scene is not only littered with a small amount of debris, but there is a distractive amount of visible grain/noise in the picture -- particularly as you look at the whites in the ship windows. In this new remastered Special Edition, all of that is cleaned up and for the first time, we are looking at a miraculously clean, detailed print that is miles ahead of the old. Let's take a look at some pictures of OLD vs. NEW. Before we begin, let me note that these screenshots are compressed and they don't do the comparisons full justice. While some of you may prefer the sharpness of the original photos, they are actually extremely grainy, whereas the newer photos are cleaner and softer. Here is a look at the menus from Disc One and Disc Two... Fox has put a wealth of extra material on this 2-disc DVD set that includes two audio commentaries....the first from Director Ronald Neame and the second, from stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley. More of a gimmick than anything vital to the storyline, is a Follow The Escape feature that gives you 3-D access views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film. You set it all up in the SPECIAL FEATURES menu and it looks something like this example... As you watch the film and the passengers progress to a new escape route on the ship, an icon appears on the lower right of your screen. Click on the icon and you are taken out of the film and branched off to a schematic of the ship, where the passengers are located, and their present status indicated. I gave a brief overview of the Supplements on Disc Two which include 9 all-new featurettes, an AMC BACKSTORY, storyboard-to-film comparisons, trailers, production stills and more! One of the most interesting featurettes is entitled The Cast Looks Back, which seems to be a brand-new featurette though actor Roddy McDowell, now long deceased, is featured. Doesn't seem like any of the major stars are featured here (not even Shelley Winters prior to her recent death). The NEW interviews are basically with Red Buttons, Pamela Sue Martin and Stella Stevens. There's also a great original 1972 featurette that is as interesting to watch as the 1974 featurette found on The Towering Inferno DVD. I enjoy these features because they give you a rare glimpse of what it was like to actually be on the set of a disaster film in the making. Finally, I should note that the DVD contains a stereo track that has been long missing from the presentation of this film. I really haven't had the opportunity to evaluate it, but I do know it is something fans have been asking the studio to include and it's nice to see that they did. What else can I say other than the obvious? The Poseidon Adventure is certainly worthy of a double-dip and a full commendation should be given to Fox for doing such a marvelous job here!