Does Titanic hold up in 3D?

MOVIE REVIEW – I remember my father took me to see Titanic when it first released in 1997. Of course I was only 6 years old, and he was putting his hand over my eyes during the infamous “drawing” scene. Since then I have seen Titanic many times on DVD and it has remained one of my favorite films of all time. James Cameron was referred to by Kate Winslet as a “perfectionist”, and when you watch Titanic you can not only see it, but feel it.

I could write a review and rave about the attention to detail or marvel at the special effects, but we have all seen Titanic. I would, however, like to talk about the one big difference between the 1997 release and the 2012 re-release: the conversion to 3D.

Being a skeptic of 3D, I wasn’t too excited about the re-release. To me it was a cheap gimmick in by the studios, in attempts to rack in another truckload of box office cash. In the end, I figured I would never have a chance to see Titanic again on the big screen, so I decided to suck it up and see it anyway.

Titanic was converted to 3D by film that was originally shot in 2D. When this is done, often the 3D is unconvincing or bland. In some cases it is just horrible looking.  I would much rather see a film that was originally shot in Real 3D. Having said that, James Cameron has taken this process and made it somewhat watchable, even for a 3D cynic like myself. Try to imagine a 3D movie without things flying out in your face, instead you are looking into a window where the events are happening right in front of your face. This is the approach that Titanic takes, and one that doesn’t come off as cheap.

One big noticeable difference I saw was that many of the shots seemed zoomed in and more close-up, which can make you feel a little claustrophobic. Objects and props that lie on the outside of the frame now seem in your face, you almost find yourself looking around brandy glasses just to get a look at the actors’ faces. In some scenes, that can be a major distraction.

On the other hand, I found myself often discovering new aspects and images of the movie that I had never noticed in countless viewings of Titanic on smaller screens. It was almost as if the film was re-cut and new scenes were added. Whether this was because it was in 3D or on the big screen, I’m unsure. One thing for sure is the 3D does not compromise the viewing experience. Titanic still glows with fascinating imagery and will keep new and old viewers alike, on the edge of their seat. Longtime fans of the film should not pass up this rare opportunity to view James Cameron’s classic.

THE DeLaCruz DESIGNATION (on the 3D-conversion): A-

Edward DeLaCruz is a videographer by trade and has been sharing his opinions on movies with others since junior high.  The opinions stated in this article are his and not those of St. George News.

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Copyright 2012 St. George News.

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