With the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the movie Titanic being released, Disney and James Cameron are re-releasing the movie remastered for a fresh viewing. Cameron and his longtime producing partner Jon Landau had hinted about the re-release during Disney’s CineEurope Presentation in Barcelona.
The classic was introduced in 1997 and led to Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Kate Winslet becoming big stars overnight. The movie roped in 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. The movie was also a financial juggernaut, grossing over $2 billion at the box office, without accounting for the inflation.
The last time a movie was released with such hype was Avengers: Endgame by Disney, which went on to beat James Cameron’s Avatar and become the highest-grossing film. With the remastered version of Titanic soon to the hit theaters, it is expected to rake in a tidy sum.
The eccentricity of James Cameron
The Oscar-winning director James Cameron, who grew a penchant for heavy special effects, saw it blossom in his pet-project Avatar, and has continued to explore it further with the well-anticipated sequel to Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water.
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The movie saw no end to the heaps of praise it received for its special effects, as it was shot with a special camera, crafted to capture all angles of the actors in the scene. But, many criticized the plot and one-note characters, believing that most of the time and money was spent on the special effects rather than fleshing the characters out.
With the remastered version of Titanic coming to theaters, with nothing new to add to the movie, many questions the necessity of the re-release.
With the tiring onslaught of remakes and adaptions and very little original making the big bucks, many have criticized the decision to re-release Titanic, declaring it a cash-grab.
Interestingly, in 2017, a remastered version of Titanic has announced on its 20th Anniversary and the director called it the best-looking version of “Titanic” ever released, further fueling the notion that this is just a cash-in.
On the other hand, a movie filled with iconic scenes and breathtaking visuals does look dated to people who are used to well-rendered special effects of recent movies. The remastered version will certainly help the new generation witness this Oscar-winning movie without getting distracted by the dated visuals.