Video Blog: James Cameron's 'Titanic' in 3D Footage Truly Impresses
by Alex Billington
October 28, 2011
I know what you're thinking. James Cameron's Titanic in 3D? Come on, really? But bear with, it's actually not that bad. I was invited to the Paramount lot this morning to see about 18 minutes of converted 3D footage and a brief intro/Q&A with James Cameron and producer Jon Landau. Most already know I'm not a fan of 3D in general (especially converted 3D), but I will honestly say this was impressive. Cameron showed scenes to "jog our memory" of the movie, and he certainly did, as most of us in attendance this morning were considerably impressed by how good Titanic looked in 3D. Video blog and more info below!
Following the presentation of footage and a rather short Q&A afterwards, I met up with my good friends Peter from SlashFilm and Frosty from Collider (in the Paramount parking lot) to record a video blog on our thoughts. We're all die-hard movie fans (and James Cameron fans) who've seen Titanic numerous times and none of us are too keen on converted 3D normally, but we all had some great things to say. Watch here:
For those interested, Paramount is re-releasing Titanic (first out in 1997) in theaters on April 6th, 2012, four days before the 100th Anniversary of the real ship's departure on April 10th, 1912. They're releasing it in 3D nationwide, IMAX, and also in 2D, featuring a fully digitally re-mastered 4K print that Cameron says looks better than it ever has before. Cameron also said at the beginning that his motivation for doing this was to get Titanic back into theaters, where audiences should truly be seeing it, not so much the 3D aspect alone. But since he's been involved anyway, they "painstakingly" converted it into 3D spending 60 weeks and $18 million with two conversion companies to make it look as good as it does in 3D. And it looks great.
It's obviously challenging to convince anyone converted 3D looks good unless you see it with your own two eyes, but Cameron explained it best. He said that the Titanic 3D conversion, while not perfect and not fully there, is about "2.99D" (instead of "3D"). But by comparison, most post-converted movies only ever come as close to around "2.4D", so this is still a drastic step up and you'll notice it, especially if you've seen the movie over and over. I'm already planning to catch this when it's released, it's an immersive experience, and James Cameron has once again hooked me into his latest project, even if it's just another new 3D re-release.