- Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton
- Directors: James Cameron
- Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled, 3D, Multiple Formats, Digital_copy
- Language: English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Studio: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Sept. 10 2012
- Run Time: 194 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- ASIN: B007UPWIYY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,816 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Titanic (4-Disc Combo) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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See TITANIC as you have never seen it before, digitally re-mastered and overseen by Academy Award®-winning director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shine in the timeless love story born of tragedy that created an international phenomenon as memorable as the legendary “ship of dreams.” Winner of 11 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, this epic masterpiece is destined to sweep audiences anew into the journey of a lifetime.
Nothing on Earth can rival the epic spectacle and breathtaking grandeur of Titanic, the sweeping love story that sailed into the hearts of moviegoers around the world, ultimately emerging as the most popular motion picture of all time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar®-nominee Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose, the young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. From acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron comes a tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece.
When the theatrical release of James Cameron's Titanic was delayed from July to December of 1997, media pundits speculated that Cameron's $200 million disaster epic would cause the director's downfall, signal the end of the blockbuster era, and sink Paramount Studios as quickly as the ill-fated luxury liner had sunk on that fateful night of April 14, 1912. Some studio executives were confident, others horrified, but the clarity of hindsight turned Cameron into an Oscar-winning genius, a shrewd businessman, and one of the most successful directors in the history of motion pictures. Titanic would surpass the $1 billion mark in global box-office receipts (largely due to multiple viewings, the majority by teenage girls), win 11 Academy Awards including best picture and director, produce the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time, and make a global superstar of Leonardo DiCaprio. A bona fide pop-cultural phenomenon, the film has all the ingredients of a blockbuster (romance, passion, luxury, grand scale, a snidely villain, and an epic, life-threatening crisis), but Cameron's alchemy of these ingredients proved more popular than anyone could have predicted. His stroke of genius was to combine absolute authenticity with a pair of fictional lovers whose tragic fate would draw viewers into the heart-wrenching reality of the Titanic disaster. As starving artist Jack Dawson and soon-to-be-married socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater, DiCaprio and Kate Winslet won the hearts of viewers around the world, and their brief but never-forgotten love affair provides the humanity that Cameron needed to turn Titanic into an emotional experience. Present-day framing scenes (featuring Gloria Stuart as the 101-year-old Rose) add additional resonance to the story, and although some viewers proved vehemently immune to Cameron's manipulations, few can deny the production's impressive achievements. Although some of the computer-generated visual effects look artificial, others--such as the sunset silhouette of Titanic during its first evening at sea, or the climactic splitting of the ship's sinking hull--are state-of-the-art marvels. In terms of sets and costumes alone, the film is never less than astounding. More than anything else, however, the film's overwhelming popularity speaks for itself. Titanic is an event film and a monument to Cameron's risk-taking audacity, blending the tragic irony of the Titanic disaster with just enough narrative invention to give the historical event its fullest and most timeless dramatic impact. Titanic is an epic love story on par with Gone with the Wind, and like that earlier box-office phenomenon, it's a film for the ages. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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In Canada, Titanic (blu ray) comes in three flavours: 1) Four disc 3D combo: two BD-50 discs dedicated to the entire 3D version, one BD-50 disc for the 2D version and one blu ray disc for Special Features, with Digital Copy. No standard DVD. 2) Four disc 2D combo: one BD-50 for the 2D version of movie, and second BD-50 for Special Features, and the remaining 2 discs being standard DVD dedicated to the standard version of the movie. 3) Two disc Blu Ray/DVD combo with Digital Copy: one Blu ray disc and one standard DVD (but also has the highest price)! In the 4 disc set, all four discs sit on flipper plates inside a slightly thicker than normal blue keepcase and accompanied by a glossy slipcover with lightly embossed lettering. All these packages are beamed with tons of bonus features, including 2.5 hours of new bonus content, that would keep me delightfully entertained for hours.
In the United States, there is an additonal Amazon.com exclusive Collector’s Edition box set, consisting of 2 3D blu ray discs and 2 2D blu ray discs, plus souvenir book, passenger dossier, sketch postcards, etc., housed in a big box, resembling the RMS Titanic. By the time one pays shipping and custom duty, the final cost will be around US$100….a little too steep for even frivolous spender like myself. But now, it is even out of stock on Amazon.com. I did enquire at Amazon.ca for its availability in Canada, but was politely told that this will not be available in Canada. Too bad!
Apart from 3D vs 2D, the major difference in video is that in 3D, it was 1.78:1 while 2D, it was a wonderful 2.35:1. I know that James Cameron personally preferred the smaller 1.78:1 aspect ratio (like Avatar). But for such a grandiose presentation, the wow factor is increased with 2.35:1 aspect ratio, especially for people with anamorphic lens (constant height imaging), plus filling up my entire 12 foot wide screen.
Titanic was not originally filmed in 3D, like Avatar. Considering James Cameron is one of the leading pioneers of this latest filmmaking trend and this is also one of his biggest sellers, I am not all that surprised he would place a personal investment and take enormously great care to ensure the best possible high-def transfer, presented in its open matte aspect ratio of 1.78:1 for the first time on home video. The final result is that Titanic 3D is definitely the best 3D conversion of a catalog title ever.
This presentation is not about gimmick effects or astounding audiences with cool camera tricks. It is about immersing viewers and pulling them further into the world of the "Ship of Dreams," creating a sense of almost being there. And on that front, the movie succeeds like a charm. From the moment it commences, we instantly notice the incredible amount of depth and feel as if characters on screen move within a genuine three-dimensional space. The background penetrates deep into the screen, making the hallways and promenade decks feel elongated and far beyond our distance. Whether watching Rose suffer another mindless sit-down chat with snobs or Jack sneaks about in the back, separation of the foreground is sharp and pristine, giving viewers a wonderful pop-up book effect on several occasions. The exterior of the ship and all the interior rooms appear immense and spacious as characters walk around independently of their surroundings.
This high-def video is richly saturated with a wide range display of colours, from lush, vibrant primaries to warm, full-bodied secondary hues which bring Russell Carpenter's cinematography to life. Facial complexions appear natural with astounding lifelike textures. Contrast is pitch-perfect with crisp, brilliant whites that add for some highly impressive moments of clarity while black levels remain luxurious and sumptuous with deep penetrating shadows. Definition is razor-sharp and highly-detailed, allowing audiences to fully appreciate the tremendous amount of work and time that was put into the film's making. We can clearly make out the individual stitching and threading of the costumes, practically count each rivet holding the ship together, scrutinize the detailed, ornate woodwork of the grand staircase, and be amazed by the intricate details of the decorations on walls.
All the above happens, even when we are wearing those 3D dark glasses! (5/5)
Titanic (2D) splashes onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode. It was the same ratio as in the theatrical run. James Cameron also took great care in restoring this classic to its original glory. There is simply no comparison to all previous releases. All the above description in the 3D version is now simply more open, without the dark glasses, and with the video filling up the entire screen (2.35:1), making the final result much more spectacular and more alive. Here we trade the more immersive experience with 3D versus the more spectacular presentation of the video in 2D. Details are razor-sharp with great contrast. One can tell by simply just watching how sharp the word title Titanic on the screen. Colours are vibrant and warm. Skin tones are natural. Blacks are inky and deep. This really gives a completely refreshingly new video presentation on home video. (5+/5)
Both 3D and 2D versions have the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless tracks. I am very familiar with James Horner’s amazing soundtrack. I even bought and enjoyed the recent 4 CD release of the Titanic soundtrack. (my review elsewhere). It starts off very subtle and understated, but it grows with the narrative into something quite spectacular and engaging. It is as if deliberately broken into two parts, much like the story itself, between a guided tour of the ship and its thrilling sinking.
For the first half, the movie is very front-heavy, with voices very detailed and precise in the center, and channel separation is well-balanced. For the second half, the entire sound system suddenly comes alive with thrills and excitement, beginning with some mild directionality soon after the ship crashes with the iceberg. When the ship starts to take in lots of water, the rears display the loud cracks of wood and the bending of steel with enthralling discrete clarity. In the final moments, the screams of people, the splashing of watering and the death moans of the "Ship of Dreams" fills the entire room and envelopes the listening area.
This first half of the film is an interestingly restrained design, but the second half offers an engrossing aural experience. Of course, hearing our Celine Dion singing the heart-wrenching My Heart Will Go On is like icing on the cake, bringing this wonderful soundtrack to its conclusion. (5/5)
In 1998, Titanic won 11 Oscars:
01 Best Picture (James Cameron, Jon Landau)
02 Best Director (James Cameron)
03 Best Cinematography (Russell Carpenter)
04 Best Music Score (James Horner)
05 Best Original Song (James Horner and Will Jennings) for My Heart Will Go On
06 Best Art Direction
07 Best Costume Design (Deborah Lynn Scott)
08 Best Sound Effects Editing
09 Best Visual Effects
10 Best Film Editing
11 Best Sound
Titanic was also nominated for 3 Oscars:
01 Best Actress (Kate Winslet)
02 Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart)
03 Best Make-Up
Titanic has an estimated budget of $200 million, and it grossed worldwide $2,185 million, second only to James Cameron’s own Avatar ($2,781 million).
I still remember the first time when Titanic opened in theatres in Toronto, at the time when theatres in Toronto started Big Picture, Big Sound. This is one of the few pictures that I went to the Coloseum in Mississauga to watch this twice, and cried every time. I am so grateful that this high definition transfer is top-notched and did not disappoint at all. But, the 3D version is the genuine surprise. I have low expectation of post-movie 2D-3D conversion, like Clash of the Titans. But this 3D is simply wonderful and natural, so immersive in experience that makes you feel like that you are actually there on the ship. James Horner’s soundtrack of course is also fantastic, and with a clear dialogue, bringing us deeper into this Ship of Dreams. Tears will simply be overflowing when Dicaprio finished his heart-warming dialogue to Winslet, and then sank deep into the ocean bottom. The whole story is very simple, but very effective and touching.
If you have 3D system, the 3D version presents a new experience and new appreciation of this movie. Thanks to James Cameron for putting the 3D video onto 2 discs. But don't be disappointed if you only have a 2D system. The 2D video with a wider screen is my preferred choice. The above set is definitely very highly recommended, and is a must-own. I hope the Collector’s box set will eventually be available on Amazon.ca…I wish!
Lastly, a few words after pricing: for block-buster releases, the price usually drops prior to releases. Just watch the prices carefully. In this case, the initial price was $32.99, then it went up to $34.99, and finally settled at $27.99…unfortunately, after release, the price has gone back up to $32.99…still a great value for a 3D release.
I hope the above review is helpful to you.
Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a poor artist that lives on the edge, and does not waste life. Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), a high class woman who lives a life that is not her own. The two are completed different, and that is what draws them to each other. At first you see the connection Jack has with Rose, and it blooms like a rose at the peak of summer. It escalates and you start to feel for these characters. You feel for them, and you don't need to justify their actions, because the character development is so strong, you really get to know their personality's. What they will do for each other, why they do these things.
The picture quality is amazing. You would not realize that this is a movie that came out 13 years ago. The 1080p transfer (Aspect ratio: 1.78) is really brilliant. Besides some of the green screen and animated segments -the sunrise in some of the shots- are surely dated, but that does not matter much. The film. The bluray is one disc, aside from 2 discs like the 3D version of the film. The 3D surpasses alot of now-a-day's conversion into 3D. This looks alot better than alot of movies that were ACTUALLY shot in 3D. The crowd's burst to life, and in my opinion, it makes the tragedy of the TITANIC even more disastrous, and surreal.
The audio is equally amazing. Again, this does not sound like a movie that is dated. The English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is haunting, and makes it more surreal as the 3D presentation did. The sloshing of the water, the splitting of the wood, all of those haunting sounds come off clear and crisp. The film is very haunting, thinking about all of the lost lives, and this presentation makes it so real.
The Special Features included are brought in bulk. The DVD version of this release included "about an hour of special features", where as the bluray contains 2 & 1/2 of NEW content, making it around 6 hours in total:
Feature Film & 3 Commentaries by Cast, Crew, and James Cameron
Reflections on TITANIC (1080p, 1:03:47):
TITANIC: The Final Word with James Cameron (1080p, 1:36:16):
Deleted and Extended Scenes (1080p, 57:32)
Behind the Scenes (480p):
Deep Dive (1:05)
Escondido Underwater Set (1:08)
Two Roses (1:08)
Sinking Simulation (0:54)
1912 Morph Transition VFX (1:04)
Southampton Flop (1:24)
View from the Pub VFX (0:53)
Leaving Port VFX (0:46)
Melting Pot (0:57)
The Millionaire's Suite (1:06)
The Engine Room (1:22)
Titanic at Sea (0:58)
Digital People (0:55)
The Million Dollar Shot (2:17)
The Big Exterior Ship Set (1:00)
Rose Suicide (1:15)
Big Ship Set VFX (0:37)
Tux Story (0:55)
The Grand Staircase (1:07)
Costume Design (1:03)
First Class Dining Shot (1:08)
The Dinner Shoot (0:56)
Third Class Party (1:16)
A Woman's Place (1:23)
The Etiquette Kid (1:26)
The Boiler Room (0:50)
Flooding Hold Miniature (0:28)
Iceberg/Deck VFX (1:02)
Boiler Room Flooding (0:42)
First Class Lounge Miniature (0:44)
Construction Timelapse (480p, 4:20)
Deep Dive Presentation Narrated by James Cameron (480p, 15:30)
$200,000,001: A Ship's Odyssey (The TITANIC Crew Video) (480p, 17:52)
Videomatics Introduction (1:08)
Deep Dive (0:51)
Visual Effects (480p):
VFX Shot Breakdown: "Engine Room" (2:22)
VFX How-To For "I'm Flying" (1:41)
VFX How-To For "First Class Lounge" (1:56):
Music Video (480p, 4:46): "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.
Still Galleries (1080p)
Titanic Scriptment by James Cameron: A reproduction of his script.
Ken Marschall's Painting Gallery
All in all, this release is well worth the price it is now, and how much it was for preorder's ($27.99 now $34.99). For newcomer's, and for long time fans, this is a bluray you want, and need to pick up. I myself am a newcomer to the movie, but I knew exacly what it was about, and what happened, but it was just as emotional as it would have been if I didn't know. This was a blind buy, and I am so glad I did it.
Yet a lot works. As much as I didn't want to give in, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio make a great, old fashioned, star crossed romantic couple. Many of the effects and stunts are amazing (although at other times you realize some wide shots are basically giant video-game like cartoons). And it made me cry -- while I felt like a fool for being swept up in it's shameless melodrama.
I can't argue that "Titanic" is art, or deep, or a great film, but I can say it's a terrifically effective entertainment that everyone should see at least once.