This week we were lucky to attend an event for the upcoming release of Titanic in 3D – this included 40 minutes of footage from the film and a Q&A with Academy Award winning producer Jon Landau. Check out our thoughts after the jump
Almost 100 years to the day of the Titanic sinking, and 15 years since the film was originally released, Titanic is sailing back onto cinema screens around the world.
A team supervised by Landau worked for 60 weeks on bringing the film to the 3D format. Landau calls it a “3D enhancement” and not a “3D conversion”. Each frame of the film was looked at one-by-one, and slowly put back together in the “enhanced” 3D format. At a cost of US$18 million, the studio will be hoping that Titanic fans share the experience of seeing the film on the big screen with a new generation of cinema-goers.
So what did we think of the 3D?
Well it was a bit of a mixed bag. The shots where the camera was stationary or moving slowly were generally quite good. The 3D added depth without being gimmicky. However, in shots where the camera moved fast or panned around, it was a little blurry and appeared out of focus. As with all 3D films, the dark scenes were very dark. With a runtime of over three hours, the 3D may prove to be hard work for the eyes.
Is it worth seeing (again)?
We say yes. The 3D aside, the feeling of seeing this epic in the cinema again was quite magical. We had a giggle at the youthful appearance of Kate and Leo, and loved seeing the fantastic Bill Paxton searching for the secrets of the Titanic again. Titanic really is one of those films that has to be experienced on the big screen.
Titanic returns to our screens in 3D on April 5th, 2012. Be sure to check back later in the month for a full review.
Will you be heading along to see Titanic? Let us know your thoughts about the 3D release in the comments!
Our thanks to Andrew Buckle for giving us opportunity to attend the event. Check out his work at Andy Buckle’s Film Emporium