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Paramount, Fox, Cameron Relaunch Titanic Again in Retro-3-D

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 19, 2011 at 12:12PM

I know that James Cameron is invested in the future of 3-D, but it pains me that having set the highest possible 3-D standard with the glorious global blockbuster Avatar, the filmmaker is making Paramount and his home studio Twentieth Century Fox happy by retro-fitting the second-highest-grossing film of all time, 1997's Titanic, in 3-D. The studios plan a worldwide rerelease on April 6, 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's sailing.
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I know that James Cameron is invested in the future of 3-D, but it pains me that having set the highest possible 3-D standard with the glorious global blockbuster Avatar, the filmmaker is making Paramount and his home studio Twentieth Century Fox happy by retro-fitting the second-highest-grossing film of all time, 1997's Titanic, in 3-D. The studios plan a worldwide rerelease on April 6, 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's sailing.

The filmmaker and studio promise top-of-the-line quality, of course, but even though Cameron and longtime Lightstorm producing partner Jon Landau are overseeing the 3-D conversion, the bottom line is: real 3-D quality comes from films that are filmed that way from in front. Why can't we remember this fabulous winner of eleven Oscars in 2-D? I, for one, will not go.

Said Cameron:


"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."
 

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Digital Future, Exhibition, James Cameron, Period, Drama, Romance, Classics, Leonardo DiCaprio, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.