Re­turn voy­age

Con­vert­ing one of the most pop­u­lar movies ever made into 3D re­ally does take the ex­pe­ri­ence to an­other di­men­sion, writes Vicky Roach

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

Those in­ti­mate mo­ments that put you in the room with Jack and Rose in an al­most voyeuris­tic way, that’s what’s go­ing to res­onate with peo­ple

Pro­ducer Jon Lan­dau

PRO­DUCER Jon Lan­dau swears the 3D re- re­lease of the block­buster Ti­tanic, 100 years since the ocean liner sank in the North At­lantic, is not just bla­tant op­por­tunism. The tragic, high- seas ro­mance was made to be seen on the big screen, sur­rounded by a bunch of fel­low movie­go­ers, says the heavy­weight pro­ducer who also worked with di­rec­tor James Cameron on the ground­break­ing sci- fi block­buster Avatar.

And the new 3D con­ver­sion, which took more than a year to re­alise, will only ex­ag­ger­ate those qual­i­ties.

‘‘ When we watch some­thing at home, it’s an in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Lan­dau says.

‘‘ It’s not the same in terms of the scale and the scope and the sound but it’s also not the same shared ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘ Com­edy is fun­nier in a crowded cinema when the peo­ple around you are also laugh­ing. And a tragedy plays dif­fer­ently in a theatre when the 6ft, 100kg guy next to you is cry­ing.’’

It’s that al­most evan­gel­i­cal pas­sion for the shared, big- screen ex­pe­ri­ence that led Lan­dau and Cameron to spend $ 18 mil­lion con­vert­ing their 1997 film, which won a whopping 11 Os­cars, into 3D.

‘‘ We are do­ing it not just for the au­di­ence but also for our in­dus­try, be­cause we think we have to con­tinue to re­mind peo­ple why the cinema- go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is spe­cial,’’ Lan­dau says.

The 3D re­cre­ation of the scenes aboard the doomed ocean liner – par­tic­u­larly the eerie se­quence when Rose ( Kate Winslet) and a trapped Jack ( Leonardo Dicaprio) find them­selves alone in the half­sub­merged cor­ri­dors – cer­tainly add height­ened drama to the story.

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