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Titanic to be Re-released in 3D in 2012

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011 5:00 PM

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Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Lightstorm Entertainment announced today that James Cameron's 1997 hit movie Titanic will be re-released in movie theaters in 3D on April 6, 2012. The release of Titanic 3D will mark the 100th anniversary of the cruise liner setting sail.

Cameron was quoted in the press release as saying:

"There's a whole generation that's never seen ‘TITANIC’ as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen.  And this will be ‘TITANIC’ as you've never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D.  With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike."

The movie was a big hit with audiences as it opened in late 1997 and stayed in theaters well into 1998. It received a record 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director. People kept going back to experience the love story between Jack and Rose, and it went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time. That is, until Cameron's latest movie, Avatar, did much the same thing in 2009. That movie unseated Titanic by becoming the new highest grossing movie of all time, and it caused movie studios to create 3D movies (or 3D conversions of upcoming releases).

“This new presentation of Paramount’s top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio. Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of ‘Titanic’,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

There's no mention in the press release of whether the re-release will be available only in 3D or if the original 2D version will be released as well. Here's hoping that they give audiences a choice of how they want to revisit this movie.

I'm not a fan of 3D conversions, so I'd prefer not to have to wear the funny glasses. My eyes were strained after more than two and a half hours of Avatar 3D, and I can't imagine sitting through Titanic's 3:14 running time without feeling the pain afterwards.

This re-release is unlikely to push Titanic back to the top of the heap in the box office draw, but even if it did, Avatar 2 3D is scheduled for release in 2014...

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May 19, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

I would go to see the 2D version again, but not 3D. 

May 20, 2011 - Dan Zee  

I think conversions are phony 3D. It's more of a gimmick to try to get you back into the theaters. Even Avatar which was made in 3D had its drawbacks, such as a darker projected image.

The thrill of 3D may be wearing thin. 70% of Thor showings opened on 3D screens, yet 50% of people saw Thor in 2D! That's a lot of empty 3D seats! People may not feel the extra $4 is worth seeing something in 3D. 

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