An Epochal Love Story in 3 Dimensions!

Director: James Cameron
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane , Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, David Warner

Synopsis: Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment jointly announced the re-release of James Cameron’s “TITANIC” which will release across theatres on April 5, 2012. The release, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail (April 10th), will present the film in 3D for the first time ever. Written, directed and produced by Cameron, “TITANIC” is the second highest grossing movie of all time. It is one of only three films to have received a record 11 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.Called “A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling” by Variety upon its release in 1997, the long in the works 3D conversion is being overseen by Cameron and his Lightstorm producing partner Jon Landau who produced the hit movie. 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."

Review: Love makes the world go round…
I concur.

And the thought has been applied and re-applied umpteen times in the films that we have all grown up watching. Aah! What bliss! Girl meets boy, boy meets girl… love happens and they live happily ever after… Well, in most cases. It is truly believed that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. Someone once said that ‘only heartbreak can teach you the true meaning of having loved and lost.’

Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) fall in love soon after they meet aboard the gigantic ship, “Titanic” and hence begins their timeless love story. Little do they know, that it’s only the memories that shall remain. It’s been 15 years since we saw the original, read: 2D version of the film i.e. in the year 1997. This time around, the characters remain the same, the ship is the same and so is the love story. What’s different is an added dimension to the whole frame. Indeed, “Titanic” released across theatres this year to mark the 100th year of the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage which hit the bed of the North Atlantic Ocean taking along more than 1500 people, with it.

The film had then kickstarted the careers of actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and had plummeted the trust instilled in director James Cameron’s work. Ironically, when the director released the path-breaking 3D film, “Avatar” in 2010, it was marketed as “from the director of Titanic”; this year however the tables have turned for the 3D version of the latter film which was instead marketed using the popularity gained by “Avatar” two years back.

I bow to the tremendous effort put forth by the film’s crew in re-releasing the film in 3D giving an altogether new look to the film. It seemed like I was watching the film for the first time. This happens with great films once made and shared with the audiences, although a risk, if it works, it instantly makes the film a huge hit, eventually qualifying to the list of DVD collectibles that sit in your library.

What can I say about the wonder that “Titanic” was… something that hasn’t already been said before? Great acting and spectacular expertise at direction woven into an impeccable script brings forth a result such as this film. Each scene had been enacted with such and reverence for cinema that it shows. As a matter of fact, the ship looked larger than it looked in the film’s 2-dimensional counterpart, and the iconic scene where Kate Winslet bared it all for Leonardo DiCaprio to sketch her was also a wee-bit prolonged. A great piece of information to know here would be that the hands that are shown as Leo’s, drawing Kate were actually the director, James Cameron’s. Such is the power of the Right (side of the brain)! We all know the story of the ship’s mishap having read the same on various websites as well as by following the documentaries on Infotainment channels, however, watching  the film told through a storyteller’s eyes makes a world of a difference.

Jack and Rose have been immortalized through the re-release and soon enough it shall be on one of the “most romantic films to watch” lists. Thumbs Up to the fabulous endeavour of preserving timeless classics – one, it becomes available for all to see notwithstanding the age group; two, this also gives way, as a means of inspiration, for other classics to be changed from a plain black and white to colour, as done for Dilip Kumar starrers “Mughal-E-Azam” and “Naya Daur” in Bollywood. It will not be a surprise if the names Jack and Rose become synonymous to a tragic love story or perhaps make their way to Madame Tussauds’ soon? Anyone out there listening?

Verdict: Looking for reasons to watch a great film isn’t a very feasible option. Go watch it in a theatre near you.

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