The world's interest in the fascinating history of Titanic has endured for more than 100 years.

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On April 15, 2012, the tragic sinking of the Titanic will reach its 100th anniversary. Even a century later, the story of the greatest engineering feat of its time quickly becoming the greatest tragedy has captivated historians, filmmakers and people around the world. Although the history of the Titanic movie has included some impressive fictionalized versions like the award-winning “Titanic” (1997) by James Cameron or “A Night to Remember” (1958), the true story of the magnificent vessel and its watery grave deep in the Atlantic Ocean contains too much compelling detail to contain in a single feature film. Two upcoming DVD collections from The Discovery Channel and The History Channel have arrived in time for the anniversary to help answer the mysteries surrounding that fateful moment in human history, where human progress failed in the face of nature’s power.

Titanic: The 100th Anniversary Collection

This Discovery Channel collection brings together three different documentaries to tell the story of the RMS Titanic from the initial idea and construction to its present-day deterioration in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Titanic: Birth of a Legend” from Granada Television recounts how the Titanic was first conceived as and engineering feat, as well as the financial problems, political struggles and violent conflict that followed the project through its construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Ireland. Using the docudrama format, this film recounts the personalities that built the ship from the money men, engineers to the construction workers.

“Curiosity: What Sank Titanic?” from Dangerous Films Ltd. focuses on a forensic analysis of how the ship failed. Using testimony from the resulting legal trial, modern detectives piece together testimony from the survivors and engineering detail to better understand the complete breakdown of design and safety features.

“Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster” brings together scientists from microbiology, forensics and underwater archeology to explain how the ship foundered so quickly and completely. The film uses computer animation to give a scientific moment-by-moment recreation of the impact of the iceberg and the descent of the Titanic into the water. There is also a look at the Titanic today, deeply buried on the ocean floor as decay and time quickly reduce her elements into non-existence.

Titanic: The Complete Story

The History Channel provides five hours of insight into the “unsinkable” Titanic in this three DVD collection. With narration by David McCallum (“Man From UNCLE”), “Titanic: The Complete Story” gathers together newsreel footage, photographs, diary entries and survivor tales into a detailed account of the tragic ocean liner. “Death of a Dream,” directed by Melissa Jo Peltier, begins in Ireland, with 100,000 people gathered to witness the christening of the Titanic. The film then follows the maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and the unheeded iceberg warnings that led to the tragic sinking.

After the ship has been fatally wounded, “The Legend Lives On” continues the Titanic story with the efforts to save the passengers, from the S.O.S. calls for help and the overcrowded lifeboats, to the 1500 deaths in the sea. The film, also directed by Melissa Jo Peltier, joins modern day scientists as they undertake a dangerous undersea expedition to understand the tragedy by gathering evidence.

"Titanic's Achilles Heel," directed by Kirk Wolfinger, stars television’s “Deep Sea Detectives” John Chatterton and Richard Kohler use modern-day footage, archival records and advanced CGI technology to examine a new theory of the ship’s structural flaws. Naval architect Roger Long proposed a controversial theory that it was the design of the ship that doomed the enterprise, rather than the iceberg. This DVD also includes a timeline of critical events and biographies of some of the Titanic’s famous passengers.

Whether a history buff, or a fan of the hit movie, either of these DVD collections will provide a thorough history of the Titanic as well as answers to the lingering mysteries from one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century.