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Before I even start, rise your hands those who have seen Titanic as children/teenagers? Now, rise your hands those who cried at it? Those who had a Leonardo Dicaprio poster on the wall? I guess this one is just me, but apart from that, we all share this sentimental feeling towards Titanic, and 3D won’t ever change it.
I have already wrote about Titanic 3D in January when I attended a Q&A with the producer, John Landau. Although I liked the way he discussed the movie and even after seeing a few converted clips, I still wasn’t persuaded to this visible, yet hardly major change. But then, a couple of months later, I was invited to the screening of Titanic 3D. This time without the official introduction, without any help to understand the reason behind it and without the typical vibe. Nobody has yet review it and nobody had any opinion. It was served to us like it was served the first time- raw and open to all sort of critique. But this time it was served on the plate of sentiments.

The question this time wasn’t ‘if  cry’, but rather ‘WHEN to cry’. The second it starts, Titanic 3D is just an exquisite sentimental journey. And it’s not the journey that we remember we loved. It is the journey we want to take again, that we re-discover and that we re-love. The tears of nostalgia mixed with completely new tears of amazement makes you realise that Titanic 3D is simply universal and it will never grow old.

When it was announced that no special effects have been touched while converting Titanic into 3D, I was more than surprised. It came out in 1997 and from my experience, films, especially the ones filled with dollars, tend to look silly after some time. If they are lucky enough though, they just look old, and we look at them just like we look at the old photographs of ourselves- we like the memory more than anything else. But something magical happened to Titanic. It didn’t age. Just like Rose’s memories, it remained vivid and full of flavour. It’s alive!

I won’t be writing about the story in Titanic, because those who have seen it, know it very well, and those who haven’t will have chance to go to the cinemas now. The only thing I want to say is that yes! Titanic is amazingly cheesy, the background characters are stereotypical and bland and the world in the film is divided into black and white. Rose’s fiance is probably one of the most evil villains in the history of cinema and I was just looking at his actions in awe. How much evilness can there be in one human being? How about making him a Batman villain? I’m not joking, this guy is so bad, he almost sacrifices his own life in order to destroy the relationship between Rose and Jack, but when his evil plan fails, he kidnaps a random child in order to have a priority in life boats. As for Jack and Rose, it is indeed an unimaginably romantic love, but a believable one. With the help of cheesy atmosphere and Celine Dion, the lovemaking in a car definitely becomes one of the most erotic scenes of the cinema and this:

this makes you put Leonardo Dicaprio’s poster on the wall.

And what about the 3D? I must say, I’m not a fan of 3D, but in Titanic it just works. I agree with John Landau, that this film was simply perfect to be converted into this new technique and it looks just breathtaking when being watched with the embarrassing 3D glasses on.The picture is clear and vivid, the sound is simply stunning; and because, like in Avatar, the 3D effects are mainly in the background and they are not pushy like normally in movies, and also because Titanic has proven to be a strong movie without it, the conversion made the film an experience.

Titanic is simply outstanding and the moment I left the cinema, I could not stop talking about it. Say whatever you want, but to me it is one of the most amazingly crafted blockbuster of all times. It has its flaws, but it never aimed to be an ambitious film. It aimed to be an unforgettable experience and it is indeed. Mr. Cameron, you are a magician.

 

Lucky enough to hear about Titanic 3D from the man himself, Jon Landau (yes, I know for a second you thought about James Cameron, or as called by Jon Landau ‘Jim’), I hear present my second view on this masterpiece rape.

First of all, I have already made it quite open that I am definitely not 3D fan. I enjoyed Avatar and I enjoyed some of the horrors shot in 3D, but for me it is still a retarded version of what the future of cinema beholds, and maybe since there is still some time to wait, we could slow down a little and not do the Godfather in 3D just yet. However after the screening of eight scenes from Titanic 3D (coming out in April), I now see what the appeal is. For the producer at least.

Jon Landau is a nice guy who loves films, and although he chose the role of often hated producer, after listening to him I think he is a perfect person to translate the language of James Cameron into dollars. He understands both the technical and the artistic process of moviemaking and it seems that he is not afraid to use words such as promotion and money along with such as vision and art. I liked how bravely he spoke about 3D, even though I wasn’t the only sceptical one in the audience.

Jon is the devil’s advocate for 3D cinema. Straight away I will say that after seeing the footage and hearing Jon talking about the project, I am still not converted. If I see Titanic again on the big screen, it will be in 3D, however, I can see how Landau’s mind works and how apart from the obvious he sees 3D as the new way to take the people out of the houses and into the cinema. Jon talked about the generation I’m a little afraid of- the generation of kids for whom 3D is nothing new and who were brought up on the louder and pushier cinema that I have.Still, he believes that this generation can enjoy the same Titanic we have enjoyed 13 years ago, however, it should be served for them differently.

Landau spoke about the process more artistically that I expected the producer to speak. He said how surprisingly, these were not the action sequences that were the most difficult to convert into 3D, but rather long, wide shots, in which every detail could be visible. 3D conversion seems less soulless since i found out that Cameron has been as active in the process as any other member of the crew. They went together frame by frame, and in Jon Landau’s words, it was a “memory lane” since he’s “been with Jim longer than any of his wives”. The film has been shown to Leonardo di Caprio who according to Laundau, approved of the conversion (after showing the amazement of how young he looked in Titanic).

The audience filled the room with intriguing questions. What makes Titanic number one film of all times? What makes it a film we would want to watch again? And again? And again?
Jon Landau claims the secret lies in story itself, and also in Cameron’s directing ultimate quality- the universality of the theme, or in his own words, “that the theme is greater than the genre itself”.

Titanic is the story of Rose, who loses the love of her life, faces the death and experiences something we all would love to experience, and survives. Rose’s survival gives audience hope that it too can survive anything. And I won’t argue- it is a beautiful message indeed.

Of course, any conversation with Jon Landau will finally bring some Avatar 2 questions. What was revealed is that it is coming out in about 4 years (!) and that they are working on increasing the amount of frames we see per second (to about 60). Landau spoke about the project with enthusiasm and I won’t lie- I’m actually interested in what this technical experiment will bring this time.

But the most important question of all would of course be, if Titanic works in 3D? Well, to me it doesn’t. Although the team managed to get rid of all the disadvantages I discussed in my previous article, while watching it, I got used to the effect so quickly, that after two minutes I wasn’t actually able to notice it anymore. It is the story that drew my attention and I still think it would look more amazing in IMAX than in 3D. Titanic will be released in April both in 2D and 3D, and if ever I would have to choose, I would still choose the original version. But at least I understood why other wouldn’t.

In his madness, James Cameron is re-realising his cult classic, Titanic in 3D. It comes out in April but I will have a chance to see it tomorrow at the press screening with question and answers with the producer himself, Jon Landau. Thinking about life, death and 3D movies, I have came up with literally millions of questions to ask the man himself, and most of them start with simple “why”. The main question to ask though, it seems is, WILL EVERYTHING BE 3D FROM NOW ON?

I cannot see the appeal and honestly, it ha been years now since the studios has been pushing 3D features into the cinemas and sometimes even giving us no choice, but to see the chosen movie in this format. I might sound like my grandparents rather than a representative of so called “younger” generations, but to me, there’s more cons than pros when it comes to 3D. They are all very personal, but let me name them here:

1. It’ fucking dark- the picture seen through our amazing 3D glasses is simply too dark. Some films manage to achieve the acceptable brightness, but mostly the film we watch is too dark to notice anything interesting.

2. It’s blurred - and it’s not like both of the glasses are blurry- just one of them, from what I remember the right one is. And it’s also not the kind of blur that would make you want to stop watching it; it’s this irritating blurry that just makes you want to swear loudly but still masochistically watch the feature.

3. It makes filmmakers lazy- It is not a secret that often 3D movies are simply worse in quality (I’m not talking about the special effects here, just storyline and technical quality) than 2D films. It’s simply because 3D is like popcorn- nobody cares what it really tastes like as long as there’s a lot of it. And as long as there’s a lot of “throwing stuff at the audience”, “jumping out of the screen” and “limbs and guts flying around” (well, maybe not necessarily the last one), the audience will be satisfied…OR WILL IT?!

4. It is uncomfortable- 3D might be the future of the cinema and I’m open minded enough to accept it, but definitely not in this form. The whole movie experience is more painful than pleasurable and the effect on the screen is repetitive and boring. It works well for animation, but for feature films it just fails.

Apart from Piranha…it was some badass 3D

The film I recently enjoyed was Ghost Protocol (MI:4) and it wasn’t in 3D- it was in Imax, and just seeing it on the huge screen impressed me more than watching Avatar in cinema. Or even Avatar in Imax.So to be honest, I’m a little scared of Titanic 3D. I’m afraid the focus will be more on the effects rather than the story itself and although Titanic might not be the film which would loose the most in this process, if we continue to turn everything into 3D, some film definitely will…

Since it’s release of 7th part in 3D, the story in SAW became a little…flat…