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