Titanic is a classic. You can argue on the finer points, the fake story tagged onto a true tragic event, some over the top sappy plot points, exploiting that aforementioned tragic event, all that can’t take away from the spectacle and experience of watching Titanic. The first time I saw it in the theater back in 1997 I really enjoyed it, if you can say that about a retelling of a horrific event, from a movie lover perspective.
It has amazing costumes, amazing sets, and amazing special effects. This isn’t news to anyone who has been grown up enough to have heard of, watched, or read about this movie. As for the costumes, it’s a museum on the big screen. The sets make it luxurious, indulgent. The special effects changed the way big action movies have been made ever since, so it wasn’t just a good flick made to retell an historic event, it made it’s own movie making history.
I don’t think we need to be reviewing this movie, these many years after it came into our lives. It only makes sense to read a review of Titanic if you haven’t seen it, and let’s face it, current generations have most likely seen it. It will be about 2020 before we need to be introducing it to people who say “Titanic? Yea, I learned about that in history class…oh and there was a movie about it?”
There is that little matter of the fictional love story woven into the true life event. I would have rather had a true story of real people on that ship. This is something I have learned to live with over the turn of the century, along with about a bazillion other more important issues in this big world…so I got over it.
Jack and Rose are the flash and bait on the hook for the mass public. They show us the ship, the people, the truth as it’s known by historians about the events of that night. There is a reason stories are told in ways that make us listen, so we soak up the story. If I want a documentary, or more information about this and other true slices of true human experience, I’ll watch a documentary. I can find more information on my own, but first I’ll watch Titanic and get my dose of romance, tragedy, drama, and human condition.
What more is there to say about this movie? It makes my husband giddy like a first time movie watcher. He’s seen probably more than 10 thousand movies, so watching this one over and over, giving him THAT feeling, that makes me like it that much more.
- 3D & 2D Versions Of The Movie
- 3 Commentaries By Cast, Crew & James Cameron – Three commentary’s from 2005 with Cameron and the cast and crew.
- Reflections On Titanic – A one hour four part feature that covers everything about the making of the film. It even covers the 3D conversion and the 4K transfer.
- Titanic The Final Word With James Cameron – James Cameron and eight different experts discuss the real story of the RMS Titanic. This feature runs 90 minutes and is very very technical in parts.
- 30 Deleted Scenes – The 30 deleted scenes that were included in the DVD release in 2005. Lots of little gems here mostly extended sequences.
- 60 Behind The Scenes Featurettes – There are so many featurettes on this disc that we can’t go into them all here. Everything included on the old DVD set plus some new surprises. And YES that Celine Dion music video is included.
- Digital Copy – A digital copy that can only be redeemed on Itunes, nothing for non apple users here.
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The only thing I like about the cover image is that it’s not a very glamorous view of our leading people. That’s something that has a little bit of interest. Beyond that all the other garbage is annoying and boring and yuck. I would not have this Titanic image as a poster, no way. It does not do justice to the film, the story, the history. Better luck next time blu-ray designer people.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Titanic is the best Blu-Ray release so far this year, yes Jaws was also incredible but the amount of special features here is hard to ignore. Titanic is easily one of the most breathtaking visual films ever and this 2D and 3D AVC encode really shines. If you go the 3D route the movie is spanned across two different discs meaning you have a brief intermission where you go swap them out. The 2D version of the film comes on one disc and to my knowledge is the first time we have been able to watch the home version of the movie without getting up.
Both versions of the movie have undergone an exacting 4K transfer and like most of the films that are treated in this way it looks stellar. From the opening sequences to the final frames the color saturation and fine detail really stand out. (my wife commented about how good it looks and she normally does not notice these things).
Audio is handled using the DTS-HD Master audio 5.1 lossless codec and is one of the greatest soundtracks ever to grace the Blu-ray format. The track handles everything that is thrown at it from subtle speech to loud over the top explosions. During the second half of the movie you really feel like you are trapped inside a ship that is grumbling and crumbling around you. Very impressive stuff.
You will get your money’s worth if you are a Titanic fan. If you haven’t seen it, rent it, and then decide what’s best for your bank account. We aren’t talking much though, you can get the whole 4 disk set for 20 bucks. With all the extras and the movie you can enjoy a bargain in the entertainment world, which is rare.
Overall Score 10/10