Nearly 15 years after “Titanic” first sailed to the big screen, Leonardo DiCaprio’s and Kate Winslet’s hearts will go on in 3D on April 6, 2012. James Cameron’s romantic epic is getting a 3D worldwide re-release just in time for the 100th anniversary of the ship leaving the dock in Southampton, England, and setting sail for New York City (it set sail April 10, 1912, and sank April 15).
Cameron’s romantic epic follows poor artist Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and wealthy socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) as they fall in love aboard the ill-fated ocean liner. “Titanic” was an Oscar-winning juggernaut that was the highest grossing movie ever with a worldwide gross of $1.8 billion until it was edged out by Cameron’s other blockbuster powerhouse, “Avatar,” with a worldwide gross of $2.7 billion. A large chunk of “Avatar’s” change came from its 3D screens, a concept Cameron seems to be capitalizing on again with the “Titanic” re-release.
I’ve never been a huge fan of 3D, but “Avatar” really got it right. It enhanced the story and made viewers feel like they were truly part of this stunning new world. But that film was always made to be in 3D. I would love to see “Titanic” back on the big screen, but I don’t really see what a 3D post-conversion would add to the story in that case. Cameron is probably better equipped to handle post-converted 3D better than, say, “Clash of the Titans” did, but it still feels like an unnecessary addition to rake in a little extra cash.
What do you think? Are you excited at the prospect of seeing “Titanic” in 3D, or has its ship already sailed? Sound off in the comments section.
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