Titanic in Digital 3-D Will Put the Iceberg Right in Your Face
by Ethan Anderton
September 23, 2009
By now you know that digital 3-D is the cool new kid on the block, and he's stealing all of 2-D's friends. But with plenty of future blockbusters getting the three dimensional treatment, what else could possibly happen with the new technology? That's right! They're going to go back and turn all your old favorite films into 3-D adventures and we can all have a piece of it for the price of an admission ticket. Pixar's Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are the first (albeit deserving) of this 3-D re-release trend. But now, as THR reports, the the highest grossing film of all time, James Cameron's Best Picture winning epic Titanic, might not be far behind.
Over at Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, insiders are saying it will be less than a year before we see Titanic sink again in front of our eyes in digital 3-D. Apparently the guys at Lightstorm have already done 3-D tests on both Titanic, and another little film of Cameron's, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (didn't I already see that at Universal Studios?). While I'm sure Titanic will bring audiences back to the theater whether in 3-D or not (well, it is the biggest box office earner of all-time), I'm just not sure if this is entirely necessary. Sure there are some great visuals, but it just doesn't jump out to me as must-see in 3-D.
Of course, I'm sure this trend will take off, but when will the 3-D madness end? If ever? We've already heard rumblings of, in my opinion, films more deserving of a 3-D conversion like Star Wars, but I just think it's going to get out of hand. And this is just an indication that it's getting worse every day. I'm sure nobody wants to see The Notebook in 3-D, but there's bound to be some ridiculous re-releases, especially because the outlook for comparable home 3-D entertainment is said to be at least 5 years away. For now, I'm just along for the ride and hoping that Schindler's List in 3-D is a very distant thought. So is anyone excited?
Reader Feedback - 25 Comments
personally i hated Titanic but i could see how this could sell. But there's no way in hell I'm seeing it. by the way, Mr. Anderton you are a pretty good writer i hope Alex lets you write more for this site.
DoomCanoe on Sep 23, 2009
weird...but does this mean kate winslet winslet will be naked in 3-D too?? lol
Timo on Sep 23, 2009
There's a thin line between innovation and gimmick...
Dark Fist on Sep 23, 2009
why? Placing this film in 3-D is probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. it goes from a drama, to a stupid comedy. Its like taking "Nearer my god to thee" the song played by the band while the ship sank, and replacing it with some modern rap song, bringing what was once a great drama/romance to something mind numbingly dull trite failure. And 3-D? yeesh I fail to see the appeal, are Roses breast supposed to pop out? or is Jack gonna float out of the screen as Rose lets go? It sounds extremely stupid. Why do I even care? Oh God, I actually liked Titanic!
Xerxex on Sep 23, 2009
OMG that's gonna be 3d-tastic! Can't wait, maybe when they do the plastic paddy gypsy scenes they can stick in a few leprechauns with some frosted lucky charms floating about? Titanic is terrible, the story is ridiculous verging on Steven Seagal time limits for escaping passengers.
Crapola on Sep 23, 2009
I wonder how they do it? Are they gonna remodel every scene in CAD and put that 3d information over the image?
Bernhard on Sep 23, 2009
I'm not a huge fan of 3D, but a film like Titanic could be utterly amazing. I'm fully intrigued. I just am ready to move forward in the James Cameronverse and really don't want to hear anymore Titanic talk. I want to hear about his future projects instead.
Heather on Sep 23, 2009
You said that the Toy Story films are the first to get the 3D re-release treatment, but didn't they re-release Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D a couple years ago?
Andy on Sep 23, 2009
It will certainly be a coming of age experience for most people who missed out on it at its release.
John on Sep 23, 2009
Haha great title.
Note on Sep 23, 2009
Oh James Cameron, you and your silly "3-D" shenanigans.
bozo on Sep 23, 2009
Agreed #13. Cameron...seriously. Kate naked in 3D? Wow...so now when we can se actresses in 3D naked, it'll be more of a tease fest in that we can now see and "virtually" touch them but still never ever be close enough to be so lucky. Wow...when's 3D porn happening?
Tra la la la la di da on Sep 23, 2009
This 3D craze keeps on getting More ridiculous and absurd with each passing day...
Wylles on Sep 23, 2009
Re-releasing a movie so it can come out in 3D is now VERY overrated:(
cs on Sep 23, 2009
Just a waste of money the studio could use for other movies.
cs on Sep 23, 2009
imagine if it banks again at the box office, that would be hilarious
Darrin on Sep 23, 2009
they need to make the matrix trilogy in 3-D
bobstein on Sep 23, 2009
ugh....enough with the 3-D already! Oy!
TediusTed on Sep 23, 2009
Ethan Anderton! new kid on the block himself! i like your writing, good posting. however, I don't really see the point of re-releasing a movie that was filmed to be 2-D originally. why convert it just the for sake of it being in 3-D? - For the fucking ice bergs? in the words of Scrooge - "Bah, Humbug!"
Conrad on Sep 23, 2009
Yeh, 3D is overrated, they should move onto 4D.
Dean on Sep 23, 2009
3D works, but maybe Titanic is just too old, 'well-worn' a product, with many effects looking less than convincing now. I don't think it has timeless appeal - Titanic itslef does, but don't confuse the film with the real thing Mr Cameron.
Warren on Sep 24, 2009
Put boobs right in my face.... awesome.
Major Kusanagi on Sep 24, 2009
Titanic captured the world's imagination by offering an unparalleled cinematic experience in 1997... I think a 3d rerelease in 2010-2011 will only enhance the "you-are-there" feeling and make the film that much more unforgettable. i'll be there at the first showing with all my titanic-crazy friends.
Ryan on Oct 4, 2009
ok, look just cause u didnt like da movie doesnt mean u can trash talk it ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=>
kricken101 on Apr 19, 2010
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