Titanic in 3D is exquisite April 6, 2012Posted by ronannarbor in Movies.
Tags: Titanic in 3D, Titanic movie, Titanic re-release 2012
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First, despite the fact that this is primarily a blog of reviews, I am NOT going to review TItanic, the 1997 blockbuster now released in 3D. I am instead going to say that the remastered 3D version of the movie is simply spectacular, especially if seen in IMAX where the spectacular becomes exquisite.
The re-release of the picture also demonstrates so very clearly why this is a motion picture that needs to be seen on a giant movie screen (hopefully, the larger the better) and not on your television, iPhone, or iPad.
There it is: larger than life; underwater and above, sweeping across smokestacks, and running through boiler rooms. And the movie magic takes over once the Titanic scrapes the iceberg and the combination live-action and CGI-wizardry comes to life for the last hour of the movie.
In 3D, the water simply glistens, both inside and outside. In lovingly remastered shots the focus clearly draws the eye exactly where Cameron wants it to go. Rivets pop at you; bubbles burst around you; and it all reminds you of why this movie was the Box Office and Academy Awards champ that it was. Sure, there is plenty to quibble about — there is the sappy love story (which seems less irritating now than it did 15 years ago); there is the Celine Dion song that nobody wants to hear ever again in their lives (although its orchestral variations throughout the movie serve their purpose to manipulate emotion just as they should); and there is the haunting but manipulative “nearer my God to thee” sequence while babies are put to sleep over bedtime stories and Monets and Degas float away. Yet its haunting in its beauty.
If you have seen it before, by all means rest assured that it looks even better in this 3D version. If you have never seen it out of spite, this is a good time to go see it, and take a look at that technical feat that Cameron and his crew accomplished with this movie 15 years ago that seems it hasn’t aged a day. If you were too young to have seen it in movie theaters, what are you waiting for: this out-Potters and out-Games any of the current blockbusters. And if you have only seen it on tv, then you have not seen TITANIC. Go right now.
I recall seeing this several times when it came out, one of the few movies I have ever seen in a movie theater more than once. And I feel the same way today — I have already purchased another IMAX ticket for tomorrow. Its a sweeping, dramatic, and stunning work of film that needs to be seen on that big screen, the way most of us originally saw it many years ago.
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2012-2013 Musical Theater Season in SE Michigan/NW Ohio
Broadway in Toledo, Stranahan Theater
Billy Elliot the musical, Oct 2-7
Blue Man Group, Dec 4-9
Mary Poppins, Feb 26 – Mar 3, 2013
Dreamgirls, Apr 25-28, 2013
Wicked (Dates TBA)
Broadway in Detroit
Billy Elliot the musical, Sept 4-16, Fisher Theater
La Cage aux Folles, Sept 25-Oct 7, FIsher Theater
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dec 18-30, Detroit Opera House
The Book of Morman, March 12-24, 2013 – Fisher Theater
Memphis, April 9-21, FIsher Theater
Catch Me If You Can, May 7-19, Fisher Theater
Olympia Entertainment, Fox Theater Detroit
Christmas with The Rat Pack, Nov 27-Dec 2, 2012
Rain, Feb 23 2013
Hair, March 2,3 2013
Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, April 19-21, 2013
The Addams Family, June 15,15, 2013
Wharton Center, East Lansing
Anything Goes, Oct 16-21
Billy Elliot the Musical, Jan 15-20, 2013
Sister Act, Feb 12-17, 2013
American Idiot, April 9-11, 2013
Catch Me If You Can, April 16-21, 2013
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo
West Side Story, Nov 13-14
Les Miserables, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2013
Hair, Feb 26-27
Wicked, Apr 24-May5
KeyBank Broadway Series, Playhouse Square, Cleveland
Anything Goes, Oct 2-14, Palace
Beauty and the Beast, Nov 6-18, Palace
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Jan 15-27 2013, Palace
Sister Act, Mar 5-17, Palace
Guys and Dolls, May 1-June 23, Hanna
Book of Mormon, June 18-July 7, Palace
Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, MI
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat…Feb 7th – March 3rd
Lend Me A Tenor…March 28th – April 14th
Grease…May 16th – June 9th
South Pacific…July 11th – August 11th
Company…Sept 26th – October 20th
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas…Nov 21st – December 22nd.
Performance Network, Ann Arbor, MI
A Little Night Music, Nov 15 – Dec 30th 2012