10th Anniversary Edition on DVD
Far more than just a love story, Titanic is epic filmmaking at its best and it deserves its place in movie history. Cameron's famed attention to detail shows through in just about every frame and the end result is a film that's ultimately moving, inspiring, exhausting, exciting, and emotionally draining at the same time.
The new DVD's copy of the film, undoubtedly the same as in the three disc set, has received the THX treatment, and the audio and video quality are as befit such a movie experience. The limiting factor to your enjoyment of "Titanic" will be in the size and quality (the bigger and better the better) of your TV screen and the size and quality (ditto) of your audio system. The picture is generally superb, though there are a few shots that don't match the quality of most of the film.
We had the pleasure of watching this release upconverted to 1080p and on a 106 inch screen, and it was as marvelous as you might think. We were particularly captivated by the final scenes of the ship's sinking, where its bum extends straight up into the air and the sea looks as if it's about a mile below. This worked really well in our home theater environment.
The audio, which gives you the choice of Dolby Digital or dts, is also superb. The groans of the dying ship surround you, and the multi-layered sound and musical tracks give your speakers an excellent workout.
Extras include a director's commentary and a cast/crew commentary as well as a historical commentary and you can use DVD's branching capability to get some behind the scenes looks at the creation of this epic work. Oh yeah, there's also the music video of Celine Dion inflicting the hit song "My Heart Will Go On" on us.
If you have the three disc set, you might was well keep enjoying it, but if you bought the original non-anamorphic DVD and have been itching to get a good copy of the movie, this may be what the doctor ordered.
Titanic, the 10th Anniversary Edition, from Paramount Home Entertainment
194 min. anamorphic widescreen (16x9 TV compliant)/ Dolby Digital and dts surround audio
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet,
Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau
Written and Directed by James Cameron
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