The untold story of the building of a legend.
Titanic Blood and Steel (On DVD December 4, 2012) The legend of the cruise liner Titanic will live on forever thanks to the popular James Cameron film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. But what about the construction of the ship? Titanic Blood & Steel is an Irish historical fiction miniseries set predominately in Belfast shortly after the turn of the 20th Century. Belfast is a city divided between rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant amidst a shaky time where changes in women’s rights, worker’s wages and pro-Ireland sentiments are rising and upsetting the upper class society who owns everything in town. Blood & Steel surrounds the building of the infamous ship and also the rapidly shifting society surrounding it.
Dr. Mark Muir (Kevin Zegers), a well-educated and gentlemanly metallurgist (scientist that studies metal) hired by JP Morgan (Chris Noth) and sent to Belfast for the building of the RMS Titanic at the Harland and Wolf shipyard. Belfast is a city of great divisions, whether caused by economic class or religion, and Muir is determined on hiding his true heritage from his wealthy Protestant employers. Building the Titanic wasn’t a simple task during a period of social upheaval where people from the working class to women are finding their voices and expressing discontent for their living conditions.
Beautifully produced television series.
Titanic Blood and Steel is a beautifully produced a series with clothing and manners of speech fitting well to the time of the plot. The characters within the miniseries are for the most part fleshed out well and create an emotional response when they are present on the screen. In particular, the female characters within Blood & Steel are multidimensional and aren’t in the background.
Unfortunately, Blood & Steel isn’t keen on historical accuracy, many of the events were rewritten to fit the story. Another issue the program has is its unusual manner of editing–the scenes occur in no order. One moment, something serious could occur while the next scene could feature Muir walking down the street. Perhaps this method used to hurry events along for the allotted time. Either way, the editing destroys whatever momentum pivotal or interesting scenes had before the dramatic shifts.
Titanic Blood & Steel–or the tales about the Titanic may lose it’s flair overtime; however, this series demonstrates the fantastic effort that has been put into its production.
Titanic Blood & Steel special features include:
- The visual effects of Titanic Blood & Steel
- Making of Titanic Blood & Steel
The visual effects of Titanic Blood & Steel reveal how the visual effects team were able to recreate the Harland and Wolf shipyard by use of a green screen and filming the ship building scenes in Belgrade, Serbia because of the wide space the team was able to work with. The making of featurette goes into detail how the crew tried to replicate the set and the costumes to how the shipyard offices looked at the time of the ship’s construction as well as the dress of the different social classes within the time period. The cast also have screen time to explain their characters and their roles within the miniseries.
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