The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/3D Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount - 1997
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 194 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 1.78:1/2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish
Starring:Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Victor Garber, Bernard Hill
Written & Directed by: James Cameron
Music by: James Horner
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 10, 2012
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, Titanic is a tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece. The story of the R.M.S. Titanic is something that interested me going back to my younger years. I honestly can’t recall the first time I heard about it but I remember it affected me. It wasn’t something that I researched or anything but I always looked at it as one of our history’s significant events (I felt the same way about The Hindenberg).
When the film was released in 1997 the hoopla surrounding it was hard to miss. It seemed like everyone was talking about it either to complain about its syrupy love romance and lengthy run time or to marvel at its superbly crafted story and earth shattering special effects. I sat firmly on the fence about seeing it in the theater until I happened to be at the movies and after the film I was seeing ended poked my head in to a theater where Titanic was (still) playing. It was during the early parts of the sinking as Jack and Rose were running through the bowels of the ship with water rushing in from every direction. I watched maybe five or six minutes and decided I needed to catch it all so I left and came back the following day.
Not at all what I expected, I thoroughly enjoyed it and still do. Titanic is truly an experience. Epic in scope, grandiose in execution it is a trans-generational film that I find haunting, tragic, and engaging. Being a romantic I can’t help but root for Jack and Rose. I find the inspirational message that rises from the tragedy that is their love to be one of the film’s most defining moments. James Horner’s sweeping music is a masterpiece that underscores that film’s emotive theme. I like the concept of setting the events surrounding the ill-fated ocean liner’s sinking to a love story. Yes we all know how the story of Titanic ultimately ends but integrating that with a tale of two young lovers that experience it coupled along with the many factual details and their visual recreation is fascinating to me.
The script is well crafted, historically significant and contains elements of melodrama, thrills, suspense, romance and humor. The characters are wonderfully drawn and represented by a superb ensemble of acting talent headlined by Leonardo DiCpario and Kate Winslett but everyone including Billy Zane (in one of his best performances), Frances Fisher, Kathy Bates, Jonathan Hyde, Victor Garber, David Warner and Gloria Stuart are deserving of praise. It goes without saying that James Cameron is a visionary and pioneering director with a penchant for groundbreaking films. Titanic is an effects laden spectacle that (at the time) pushed the envelope. Fifteen years later it hasn’t lost any of its luster/appeal and is still as marvelous as it was the first time I saw it. I have owned several of its releases on DVD, the most recent of which is the Special Collector’s Edition. I have waited patiently for its arrival on Blu-ray. I am thrilled to report that the wait was well worth it. Read on…
The rating is for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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3D Presentation: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Titanic 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.
Titanic wasn’t shot natively in 3D and was converted (and re-matted/framed at 1.78:1) in post- production. Large portions of the film were shot against green screens and the reproduction of the digital effects and wide angle background elements translates positively here. Detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity as objects within the frame are delineated and sharp. Depth is appreciable as evidenced by the notable separation of objects or people layered in the foreground/background which serves to visually draw you in by creating a more discerning sense of virtual space occupied by things of various sizes and shapes. There is little use of 3D imagery that goes well beyond the screen’s borders but natural dimension abounds which enhances the “being there” effect. I wasn’t drawn out of the film by odd looking proportions or hokey 3D for 3D’s sake. In fact I would say that it was just the opposite. Comparing color and fleshtone reproduction to the 2D presentation I found the 3D presentation to be just a tad warmer but not unnaturally so. The rendering of detail and clarity is identical. I couldn’t help but feel a slight preference for the 3D version but that is probably more of a placebo effect. You can’t go wrong either way.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is highlighted by robust dynamics and James Horner’s superlative music score. The orchestrated elements are spread across the soundstage and blend beautifully with the film’s variety of sounds/effects to create a transparent well focused presentation. Panning sequences are delivered with seamless precision which make for a cohesive listening experience. High level detail and excellent directional correlation enables smaller background sounds within the mix to be audible. Dialogue is definitively reproduced with refining clarity and discerning room penetration through the center channel. Surround activity is effectively used to broaden the sound field and primarily consists of enveloping ambience along with discretely placed effects that integrate well with the front speakers. The soundstage opens up during the large scale set pieces, beginning with the iceberg collision, and delivers solid impact and clearly articulated audio that allows all of the sonic detail within the soundtrack to be distinguishable. Bass reproduction is clean with palpable presence that adds depth to the music score and low level punch that underscores the action based sequences. Titanic is a film that relies as much on its quiet moments as it does on the more active ones. This is a well balanced audio presentation that handled each with aplomb and sounded magnificent in the process.
2D Video Quality:
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Titanic comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps.
Titanic is a film that I have looked forward to seeing in high definition and the results are superb. The film’s period colors are naturally depicted with vivid textures and pleasing primaries that appear rich without over emphasis. Fleshtones appear lifelike with a mildly warm essence that conveys rosy complexions that don’t appear unnaturally pinkish. Images are noticeably detailed and sharp which draws out plenty of delineation and texture within clothing, physical features, and objects onscreen. Long range visuals are resolved with above average clarity and depth which highlights the film’s superlative cinematography. The higher resolution allows some the seams in the CGI to be noticeable but that’s to be expected and isn’t a problem. Contrast is spot on and blacks exhibit excellent dynamic range and pop nicely when onscreen with mixed content. Dark sequences have appreciable dimension and sufficient shadow detail that combine with the video’s higher resolution to enhance depth perception. The video has an undisturbed and light veneer of grain that imparts a filmic texture. I found little to complain about with this superb1080p rendering that presents this film in its finest light since coming to home video.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D):
• Feature film in high definition and 3D (Part 1)
Disc 2 (Blu-ray 3D):
• Feature film in high definition and 3D (Part 2)
Disc 3 (Blu-ray):
• Feature film in high definition
• Commentary by director James Cameron
• Cast and Crew Commentary
• Historical Commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall
Disc 4 (Blu-ray):
o (HD) Reflections on Titanic (New) – Four part documentary totaling 60 minutes
o (HD) Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron (New) - 96 minute documentary
• 30 Deleted Scenes with intro/commentary by James Cameron
• Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes – 61 production pieces that peek behind the curtain
• Construction Timelapse (with commentary by Ed Marsh) – 4 minutes
• Deep Dive Presentation—Narrated by James Cameron – 15 minutes
• $200,000,001: A Ship’s Odyssey—the Titanic Crew Video – 17 minutes of fun with the cast/crew
• Videomatics – 3 sequences
• Visual Effects – 4 sequences
• Music Video—“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
• TV Spots
• Still Galleries:
o Titanic Scriptment by James Cameron
o Storyboard Sequences
o Production Artwork
o Ken Marshall’s Painting Gallery
o Concept Posters and One Sheets
o By the Numbers
• Titanic Parodies:
o MTV’s 1998 Movie Awards skit
o Saturday Night Live skit
o Titanic in 30 Seconds
- Digital Copy of Titanic
Winner of 11 Academy Awards Titanic is a sweeping and memorable epic film that remains among my personal favorites. It makes its debut on Blu-ray in this four disc offering that includes resplendent 3D/2D high definition video, terrific 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound and a comprehensive assortment of bonus supplements that presents fans with an in-depth look behind the scenes and beyond. In addition to this release Titanic is available in a four disc Blu-ray release that contains the 2D version, DVD (parts 1&2), and the separate bonus material disc. Unless you want the DVD or definitively never plan to go the 3D route my recommendation would be to get this release. If you don’t currently have a3D capable system you’ll have the film in 3D should you upgrade in the future. This outstanding Blu-ray package from Paramount Home Entertainment gets my highest recommendation. Enjoy!
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My copy has been on pre-order for quite a while now, so really looking forward to seeing it. I almost passed on the 3D version, but decided what the heck at the last minute before placing the order. Glad to read that the 3D turned out well.
But will wait patiently for Black Friday before buying.
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The 2D version is included however it is framed at 2.35:1. The 1.78:1 framing is only for the 3D version which won't load/play without a 3D capable system.
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