February 23, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Titanic’s Final Mystery (DVD)

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DVD cover Titanic hit by icebergTitanic’s Final Mystery. DVD. 92 min. Prod. by Bedlam Prods. and Airborne TV & Film. Dist. by Inception Media Group. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98; Blue-ray: $19.98.
Gr 9 Up–It’s been over a century and people are still talking about the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Through the years, legend has overtaken fact when it comes to what really happened that fateful night. Tim Maltin, a “Titanic Detective,” leads viewers across the globe as he pieces together a new theory on why the ship sunk. Starting with the testimony of survivors, presented via reenactments of the post-rescue interviews, Maltin builds up to a convincing and original argument: the Titanic sunk because conditions made the icebergs invisible to the naked eye. Maltin and viewers inspect the remains of the ship in Las Vegas, experience the icy waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, explore a mirage in the Mojave Desert, and uncover condition reports in the logs of ships that traveled the same path only days before the disaster. The film features a good balance of live footage, reenactments, computer-generated graphics, and film and photos of the ship. Sure to be a hit with those who enjoy good detective work.–Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, Voorhees, NJ