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Titanic 3D set to sail into theaters

By Erin Bell
On April 2, 2012

  • The 1997 picture has been converted to 3D for a new audience. imdb.com

One hundred years after its maiden voyage, the "Titanic" sets sail again for theaters in 3D on Wednesday.  

The classic 1997 film was inspired by the shipwreck of the RMS Titanic and details the budding relationship between Rose and Jack, played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, respectively, two fictional passengers aboard the ship. The film won eleven Oscars and was the most expensive film of its time.

In addition to honoring the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's maiden voyage, the movie is also celebrating its 15th anniversary since the original 1997 film was released.  

Director James Cameron told Empire Magazine that bringing "Titanic" back to theaters in 3D will give a new generation of people the opportunity to see it on the big screen. Since the movie is a re-release, Cameron believes that converting it to 3D will entice a larger audience to view it.

Sophomore John Pimpinella does not agree with Cameron's decision to convert the classic.

"I'm not going to see it, because remakes, especially 3D remakes, aren't as good as the original," Pimpinella said. "Certain things in the movie would be good in 3D, but having the entire movie in 3D might be too much."

Senior Heather Rothwell said that she will probably see the movie, even though she agrees it probably will not be better than the original.

"I don't think it's going to be better, but I love the movie so I want to see it again in theaters," she said.

Although much of "Titanic" is being converted to 3D, the most memorable moments will remain the same. Cameron said he edited an entire scene to ensure that the stars in the sky matched those from the original film. All the emotional moments of the original film will simply be amplified by the enriched effects.

While sophomore Tessa Giordano does not think that the conversion will surpass the original, she is still excited to see the movie when it is released.

"I don't think it will be better than the original, but I've never seen the movie," she admits. "I don't think 3D will make it any better, but it's a good opportunity to see it in theatres. The movie is larger than life, and I think it should be seen on a movie screen."

"Titanic" is the second-highest grossing film of all time (following only James Cameron's most recent blockbuster, "Avatar"), and the inflated ticket prices for the 3D re-release may propel "Titanic" back to the top spot. The film has the potential to attract a wide range of viewers with its enhanced graphics and accessibility. Between the heart wrenching scenes between Jack and Rose and the sheer vastness of the shipwreck, the converted film has the potential to please new and old fans alike.

Melissa Murray can be reached at Melissa.murray@student.shu.edu.

Do you think "Titanic" 3D is worth seeing? Sound off in the comments!


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