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“Titanic” in 3D Whisks You Away Much More Than It Blows

"Titanic" in 3D Whisks You Away Much More Than It Blows

I wasn’t blown away by the 3D-converted footage I just saw of “Titanic,” and I think that’s a good thing. A great thing, actually. I also believe James Cameron, who presented 17 minutes of the re-release material to press this morning, would agree to a certain extent. Financially, the $18 million spent on the conversion process is reason for at least Fox and Paramount to want us to be wowed by the added effect. But there’s no reason to consider it wasted money if we don’t think about the 3D while watching it. Not only will people flock to the upgraded Best Picture winner, they’ll find the conversion to be an incredible experience, albeit more familiar than new.

That’s what I found it to be, and I am grateful, mainly because this endeavor is not all for the sake of added razzle-dazzle. As Cameron stated after the preview, it’s not about “Titanic 3D.” It’s about “Titanic” being back on the big screen — which now just happens to be available in 3D. And in 2D, and in 2D IMAX, all from a 4K digital master produced for a general return to cinemas. “If I had my druthers,” he told us, “people would only see my movies in the theater.”

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