'Titanic' in 3D is spectacular, says Jeffrey Katzenberg. Will you see it?

titanic-3dImage Credit: Everett CollectionI know, I know. I should be writing about how DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show on Wednesday that DWA is converting the first three Shrek films to 3D for a Blu-ray release. (They’re going back into the digital files, with the filmmakers, and doing it right, he noted, so no need to throw his recent statements dissing poorly-executed, post-conversions in his face. He was asked to speak again about Clash of the Titans, if you were wondering, and politely declined, Variety reports.) But really, 3D Shreks don’t excite me. Instead, this bit of news in the Hollywood Reporter‘s recap of his chat grabbed me: “He added that he saw a test for Titanic and said: ‘It is spectacular. Jim is a perfectionist.'”

We’ve known James Cameron was working on converting Titanic to 3D — for an anticipated 2012 release to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sailing — but hearing someone say they saw a test makes it real. So now, we have to ask ourselves that question: Are we prepared to face (possible) ridicule again for seeing Titanic in theaters? Or will there be no shame in seeing the movie this time because everyone in their right mind should want to experience the ship’s sinking in 3D? I mean, imagine when it’s standing vertical and people are clinging to the railing and falling, and then feeling like you’re bobbing in the freezing water. You’ll want to push Rose off her door-raft.



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  • crispy

    I’d rather watch Aliens in 3D.

    • John

      Agree 1000% Aliens is still Cameron’s best film to date.

      • paige

        id rather not see non-3D movies in 3D

      • Suntrap

        I’d rather not see ANY movies in 3D.

  • michelleee

    i might see it i theaters, but only because i couldn’t see it in theaters when it was released. since i was eight at the time.

  • Derek

    Does anyone really need to see TITANIC AGAIN?!?!?!? I mean, come on….. Just another way to trick the public to pay $15 to see a movie that they’ve already seen before.

    I personally thought the movie was completely overrated anyways. Kate Winslett AND Leonardo DiCaprio were both not at their bests either. She was WAY better in ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and FINDING NEVERLAND and Leo was WAY better in THE DEPARTED and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

    It ABSOLUTELY should NOT have won the Best Picture Oscar. It should have been GOOD WILL HUNTING! That was an AMAZING movie. Way better.

    • davidfsf

      He should have just tossed everyone but Kathy Bates, called it the Molly Brown story and kept all the sinking ship scenes. She and the boat were the best part of the movie anyway.

  • Ana

    I think I’ll pass on the opportunity to watch hundreds of people die in 3D.

    • Stacie

      Boosh!

  • Laura

    Haha,yes I will see it. Titanic was the first pg-13 movie I’d ever seen in theaters, can’t believe I was only 9 when it came out.

  • brandy

    I’ve never seen this movie, and I don’t plan on it.

  • Ben

    YES!
    it will be so awesome!

  • Poop

    T2 is a sickening masterpiece.

  • MWC

    Would only see this if it included a deleted scene of Celine Dion drowning in the icy waters while singing that stupid theme song.

  • Jen

    I am ashamed to admit that Titanic is my absolute favorite movie of all time! I proudly admit I am a dork. I saw it 4 times in the theater and I will totally see it in 3D- can’t wait!!!

  • Dums

    I’d be somewhat interested. No doubt revisiting Titanic has much more universal appeal than Aliens (and I’m a big fan of Aliens, but face the facts Titanic is a much more popular film). I’m a believer that Titanic deserved all it’s wins, and money. It’s a classic – it brings “you are there!” feeling to a major historical event, sure with the fictional romance tossed in. Fantastic realism & effects. Who didn’t tear up at the scene of the old couple in bed as the water rushed into their room? And the action fan in me loved the whole spectacle of the sinking. It’ll be fifteen years since the movie was in theatres – in time for the next generation to experience it’s scope on the big screen.

    Now I’ve been wary of converted (non-animated) 3D movies, but have confidence that if Cameron’s doing it, it’ll be done right or not at all.

    Does Shrek need a 3D conversion – no. But I believe that at least with the animated films (Shrek, Toy Story), they have all the dimensional info in the computers already, so regenerating a new camera angle should be much more effective than going back to live action movies and “cutting & pasting” characters into 3D.

  • Lady Pirate

    I can’t stand 3D and will never see a movie done this way, including Titanic. (Besides, I can’t bear to sit through that four hour long movie again. The only parts worth watching are the transitions from wreck to past. And the footage of the wreck itself.)

  • Dan North

    Was this announced yesterday? Is it not a little tasteless to do it on the anniversary of the Titanic hitting the iceberg? Are we supposed to memorialise the 1000 killed in the sinking with the heartwarming news that James Cameron will be milking more cash out of the disaster in time for the centenary?

    I hope they’ll take the opportunity to remove the utterly false scene where officer William Murdoch shot a passenger and then killed himself.

    The Clash of the Titans 3D conversion was a mess, and after Cameron has been berating producers for converting films that weren’t shot with 3D in mind, this smacks of hypocrisy.

  • the dude

    why do they need to redo a movie in 3d? it’s not like it didn’t make enough money the first time it was in theaters

  • at

    What I want to know is why, after decades, is 3D finally getting huge? If it took this long to become popular – maybe because it was never popular.

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