If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Okay, to start off, I feel that TItanic is one of the greatest movies ever made. It is one of my top 20 favorites movies of all time (don't believe me, here's a link to another post about my top 20 favorites movies of all time: http://my.spill.com/profiles/blogs/my-top-20-favorite-movies-the-20...). I've watched the film every Thanksgiving night since 2009 and hope to keep that a tradition. I won't bother going into the plot or anything like that because most everyone has seen the movie since it's been released, this is more or less a review of the restoration and the 3D conversion. So here it is:
Titanic, at one time, was the most popular of all time. It was initially thought to be a disaster in the making, a movie about the sinking of the ill-fated maiden voyage of a ship with a budget of $200 million. Surprise, surprise, it wasn't a disaster and walked away with over $1billion in box office receipts and 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, and launched the careers of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and actress Kate Winslet, and gave us a great song by Celine Dion (you may find it annoying, but I don't). Now, director James Cameron has supervised not only a restoration of the film, but also a 3D conversion, both of which supposedly 60 weeks to complete. Has Cameron's hard work paid off. Well, I want to review each aspect separately and give you the answer.
I saw Titanic back in 1998 when I was 5 years old. I don't remember a whole lot from that experience except for certain shots of the ship, certain shots of the sinking, and Kate Winslet's boobies. Since then, I've seen the film on Pan & Scan VHS, non anamorphic widescreen DVD, and incorrectly formatted HDTV broadcasts. I can honestly say this 4K digital restoration of the film is the best I've seen Titanic ever look and sound. I hope the future Blu-ray release can emulate this experience (and hopefully be released before Thanksgiving this year).
The 3D Conversion:
For the most part, I really enjoy the 3D format. Sure there have been a few bad apples, but for the most part, filmmakers have used it in good measure. I've seen the 3D conversions of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace", "The Lion King", and "Beauty and the Beast" (which was the best of the 3) and none of them could even hold a candle to the effort put into converting Titanic. I felt as if I was underwater exploring the wreckage for treasure. I felt as if I was on board the ship. I felt as if Kate Winslet's boobies were close enough for me to motorboat them (had to put in a joke about the drawing scene, but I love that scene not only for the nudity, but because it was a beautifully done scene.) I felt as if I were holding on the railing as the second half the ship was beginning to submerge. In short, I felt like I was there. This and "Hugo" are tied for my favorite 3D movies (Avatar isn't on here because my theatres didn't have 3D at the time). The 3D does add more to the film, but it is not needed to be fully invested in the film. But, if you do get a chance to see it in 3D, DO SO!!!
So that's my thoughts on the film. I hope more 3D re-releases follow this formula so the studios don't seem like they're just trying to make a quick buck. George Lucas needs to get James Cameron to supervise the 3D conversions of the rest of the Star Wars movies.