Avatar: The Way of Water is still #1 in movie theaters, but it appears that one hit movie isn’t enough. James Cameron’s other big movie, Titanic is coming to back around to theaters to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The newly remastered version will be re-released to theaters in 3D 4K HDR and high-frame rate beginning on February 10, 2023 – just in time to depress your loved one for Valentine’s Day.
Written, directed and produced by Cameron, Titanic won a record 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. Upon its initial release in 1997, the film became the #1 all-time global box office champ. It has only been surpassed by Cameron’s other gem, the original Avatar a dozen years later and then knocked down a spot when Avengers: Endgame was released.
This will be the third re-issue of Titanic after 2012 and 2017. Titanic is currently the third highest grossing film worldwide and could go up on the list once again making Cameron “the king of the world” once again.
Though the very young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet head the cast and get all of the attention, the action/romance/disaster film actually features an all-star cast including Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber and Bill Paxton.
While it’s hard to fathom, the movie’s hit song, “My Heart Will Go On”, written by James Homer and sung by Céline Dion, almost didn’t make the cut. Initially, Cameron didn’t want any music or songs with singing in them for the film. Only after listening to Dion’s vocals a few times did he approve. The song only solidified the film’s success.
Surprisingly, there were a number of film critics who predicted that Titanic would flop at the box office. It was the most expensive film ever made after all and a run time over three hours in length. But people stuck with it until the end. The film also surprised many in that it had a strange effect on male audience members – it was a romance movie that made them cry.
In 2017, Titanic was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Main image: Paramount Pictures
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