It’s Here: Titanic 3-D

An Active3D Movie Review: Titanic 3-D

Rating (out of 5 stars): *****

Let me nail my colours to the mast from the get-go: I am not, generally speaking,  fond of James Cameron’s movies, and I’ve never been a fan of the film ‘Titanic’. But, if ever a film has had new life breathed into it via the third  dimension, this has to be it.

Some reviewers who shared the press screening of this epic stereoscopic adventure, opined that it “didn’t come out of the screen enough”. They should know, however, that 3-D isn’t only about the gratuitous thrill of having swords and axes shoved in our faces (much as 3-D fans may enjoy it!). It’s about the depth, too, and the added sense of being there.

Thanks to the incredible lengths that the filmmakers had originally gone to, in order to ensure that the ship’s interiors and furnishings were faithfully reproduced, Titanic 3-D now offers you the closest experience that you’re ever likely to have of being aboard that majestic, though ill-fated giant. So, even from a historical perspective alone, it scores.

An aspect of the film that I found to be quite distracting is that Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Zane seem to be wearing scads of make-up. I don’t remember that from earlier viewings of the film, and pondered whether it might have something to do with the stereoscopic remodelling of their faces. Other than that (and I can’t be sure that the stereoptifying process was indeed responsible for this minor irritation) the 3-D conversion, which apparently took two painstaking years over at the company Stereo D, is the best I’ve seen. I would even go so far as to say that it looks better than most movies that were originated in 3-D!

In this bold re-envisioning, even wide-brimmed hats are given the 3-D treatment (as well they ought to be) and the stereo process is incredibly easy on the eye – which is good news, as the film runs for about three hours. Lovers of 3-D owe themselves this experience. The drama of that ship’s final hours and moments are more shocking, believable and tangible in this superb stereoscopic adaptation, and even the romantic scenes are somehow more romantic – it’s a widescreen, deep-screen treat!


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