This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard's 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox's custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic's 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival.~Bhob Stewart
Leonardo DiCaprioJack Dawson
Kate WinsletRose DeWitt Bukater
Billy ZaneCal Hockley
Kathy BatesMolly Brown
Frances FisherRuth DeWitt Bukater
Gloria StuartOld Rose
Bill PaxtonBrock Lovett
Bernard HillCaptain Smith
Jonathan HydeBruce Ismay
Victor GarberThomas Andrews
David WarnerSpicer Lovejoy
Suzy AmisLizzy Calvert
Bernard FoxCol. Archibald Gracie
Jenette GoldsteinIrish Mommy
Ewan StewartFirst Officer Murdoch
Ioan GruffuddFifth Officer Harold Lowe
Mark Lindsay ChapmanChief Officer Henry T. Wilde
Eric BraedenJohn Jacob Astor
James HornerComposer (Music Score)
Jeff AltmanFeatured Music
Jeff AltmanMusical Arrangement
Richard A. HarrisEditor
Peter LamontProduction Designer
Charles LeeSupervising Art Director
Martin LaingArt Director
Rae SanchiniExecutive Producer
Dominic MastersSet Designer
Marc NiroSet Designer
Michael FordSet Designer
Peter FrancisSet Designer
Deborah L. ScottCostume Designer
Christopher BoyesSound/Sound Designer
Mark UlanoSound/Sound Designer
Thomas L. FisherSpecial Effects
Josh McLaglenFirst Assistant Director
Martin F. KatzConsultant/advisor
Caleb DeschanelCamera Operator
Aaron SchneiderSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Dennis SkotakVisual Effects Supervisor
John M. StephensSecond Unit Director Of Photography
In 1997 I enjoyed this movie in the theater, and I’ve always thought this is one of the best movies ever made! I was telling some of my family members how great the movie was. Their response was why do I want to go see a movie were a bunch of people drowned? Actually in this movie the sinking of the ship is secondary to the plot. It Has a lot of insight as to how the “rich” believed they were “better” than the average or poor people. All the money in the world can’t buy a minute more of life on a sinking ship, and some died, rich and poor that could have been saved. Even now some people are trying to profit from this tragedy. Add in some romance and some drama & action and you have a truly great movie. The Blu-ray has has much improved video quality with decent surround sound. My only wish is to see how good it would look in 4K UHD.
I had this on VHS but gave it away when I moved. I have been looking for it in dvd to replace tape. I really like the Blu-Ray format. More vivid picture. I had forgotten how intense the scenes of the iceberg and sinking were. And I actually had forgotten the ending. The story brought out just how the different "class" of people were treated. It has romance, adventure, and even suspense.
We all know the story! This review is about the Blu-Ray and the 3D. James Cameron did a excellent job remastering and did very well with the 3D! So what's changed? Scenes that were somehow 'ordinary' before are now 'dimensional' - at times you feel you could reach out and actually touch them...
Examples - the front railings of the sunken liner at the bottom of the Atlantic at the beginning of the film, the unmanned sub that is filming it then making its way through the insides of the wreck - you now feel the machine and its cables - the space around it - the bubbling of the water - the barnacles and silt disturbed to the left and right. When the engine room ship-sized pistons kick into gear as the last boilers are lit - their size and power; the drinks glasses on the table at dinner as Bruce Ismay pompously tells of how he arrived at the ship's name - they have space around them and you feel you could almost lift them off the tablecloths. Even something as unassuming as Molly Brown's decorative hat as she talks to Jack (at a later dinner table setting) now reaches out of the screen into the aisles with extraordinary depth. Winslet's costumes are glorious too - First scene when they go back when she gets out of the car first thing that pops out is her hat... her radiant eyes and lustrous hair. The feeling of sea air and wind on the ship's gangways when Rose and Jack walk and talk and discuss art is accentuated - more realistic.
But if I was to note just one scene that sums up how improved this version is - it would be the one where Rose tries to kill herself by jumping off the back of the ship. As she steps over the railings and the camera looks down at the cold wash below - suddenly the distance and the hugeness of the ship becomes 'real' - looking downward and with that added depth - you can 'feel' that fall...that freezing water below...
The sound is huge too - groaning steel - creaking wood - the water crashing out of the screen right into your face as it floods corridors...
Side note...... James Cameron is a perfectionist when it comes to detail and just take notice how the small things stick out in 3D also the above..Can't wait for his Avatar 3D to come out in October 2012
This review is from Titanic in 3D [4 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [3D] [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
Titanic is one of my favorite movies and I am so glad to have it on Blu-ray. It’s definitely a movie I would recommend!