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Ships Ahoy!

How does the ''Poseidon'' DVD compare to original? -- We decide which disaster movie was the most disastrous

How does the ''Poseidon'' DVD compare to original?

SPOILER ALERT

Sure, it was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, Das Boot-meister. But the new Poseidon just isn't as fun as the campier original.

2006
Poseidon
GOING DOWN WITH HIS SHIP Captain Andre Braugher calmly awaits rescuers in a crowded ballroom, before the sea rushes in. WATERY GRAVE Mia Maestro follows everybody into a flooded corridor, gets tangled in some cables, and drowns. OUR HERO Kurt Russell makes the long underwater swim to disable the propellers blocking escape, gulps, and goes quietly lifeless. POISED UNDER PRESSURE Surviving hotties endure fire, flood, and flying debris, miraculously emerging alive.

1972
The Poseidon Adventure
GOING DOWN WITH HIS SHIP Captain Leslie Nielsen mans the bridge, shouts ''Mayday!'' as a megawave approaches. WATERY GRAVE Shelley Winters does a non-swan dive into a flooded corridor, rescues Gene Hackman, expires from the effort. OUR HERO Hackman yells at God, leaps to close a steam valve blocking escape, then defiantly drops into the inferno below. POISED UNDER PRESSURE Surviving hotties endure fire, flood, and flying debris, miraculously emerging still in high heels.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints