Second Most Popular Movie Ever Made Gets 3-D Make-Over. Scenes Were Previewed Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, for the Press. Is That Sea Water Crashing Into the Theater? EW.com's Inside Movies blog; Reuters
"A very trim-looking James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau presented eight scenes from the newly [three] dimensionalized second-highest-grossing-movie-of-all-time to a gaggle of press and industry types this morning, Friday, Oct. 28th, 2011, in Los Angeles," writes Adam Vary at EW.com's Inside Movies blog.
The film is Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," which grossed almost $2 billion worldwide. (The No. 1 grossing film of all-time, Cameron's "Avatar," which was originally released in 3D, has grossed about $2.7 billion worldwide.).
Writes Vary: "[A]fter 60 weeks and $18 million, [Cameron] says he feels confident that 'Titanic' is as close to 3-D perfect as possible. “It’s 2.99-D,” he said with a wry grin. That said, 'Titanic' will also be re-released [in April 2012, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy] in regular 2-D theaters, as well as in IMAX (in both 3-D and 2-D), which will enjoy some added picture since Cameron shot the film in “Super 35,” which allows for more image above and below a normal widescreen frame. But what you really want to know is: How did the film look in 3-D?"
Here's Vary's assessment: "Pretty darn good. The first scene we saw was also, in hindsight, the most overtly three-dimensional: Rose’s arrival at the RMS Titanic as it’s being loaded up with steamer trunks, crates, and shiny new cars, all thrusting their way into and out of the frame."
Vary adds, "[W]e also saw the iconic moment between Jack and Rose on the bow, and yes, almost in spite of myself, I felt a twinge of that sweeping romance that first hit me when I saw the movie on opening night. I have no idea if being able to fully appreciate the size of the ship behind them added to that feeling or not, and Cameron himself even admitted that it’s difficult to parse just what kind of effect 3-D has on an emotional experience."
Besides the potential big box-office bucks with next year's re-release of "Titanic" in 3-D, the film can now eventually be re-released for the home entertainment video market in 3-D. Earlier this year Cameron "predicted 3-D would become a major player in television programing within five years."