For decades the wreck of the liner RMS Titanic had eluded those seeking to locate her grave site. Many failed until Dr. Robert Ballard turned a dream into reality in 1985 when he found her ...
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For decades the wreck of the liner RMS Titanic had eluded those seeking to locate her grave site. Many failed until Dr. Robert Ballard turned a dream into reality in 1985 when he found her remains over 12000' beneath the North Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Ballard tells how his missions to two lost submarines from the Cold War helped him find the debris trail of the Titanic that she left across the sea bed. Interspersed with this intriguing once-Top Secret mission is the story of Ballard's 2004 trip back to Titanic to document the ensuing effects of visitors and salvagers since his last trip in 1986. Understanding that the Titanic and her remains belong to everyone, Dr. Ballard returns with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help make his vision of a museum - a museum available to all - become a reality. A companion to Return to Titanic. Written by
Glenn C. Reimer
Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic wreckage, returns to the site to see how much deterioration has happened in the nearly twenty-plus years plus we enter the debate on those going to the wreckage to rob items that have been there for nearly a hundred years. This is another exceptionally well-made documentary that really benefits from the HD cameras that were able to get some tremendous shots of the wreckage. I really think these HD photos and images are going to be the main attraction here because it really puts you right there at the ship and you get to see things that were previously unavailable. It's also interesting to hear from Ballard who discusses what differences he notices from his last trip there and he also gets to open up on how the mission came to be. Originally the Navy and government made him keep quiet on many things but he is able to speak up about the mission and this is another interesting segment. However, the most fascinating section comes when we see all the artifacts that have been removed from the ocean floor. This includes many Titanic buffs and collectors who debate on whether or not stuff should be brought up and if so then what should be done with it. Fans of the ship or history buffs in general should really enjoy this documentary as it hits a few topics that aren't often brought up in other films.
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