One of the most lucrative movies of all time is about to pull even more bucks from your pockets. James Cameron's "Titanic" makes its Blu-ray debut on Monday in several packages.
One of the most lucrative movies of all time is about to pull even more bucks from your pockets.
It's James Cameron's "Titanic," second only to Cameron's "Avatar" in U.S. and worldwide box-office returns, and fifth all-time even when you adjust for inflation, according to Box Office Mojo.
The romantic drama makes its Blu-ray debut on Monday -- breaking the customary pattern of Tuesday debuts -- in several packages: a four-disc set with the film on 3-D Blu-ray and 2-D Blu-ray (Paramount, $44.99); a four-disc set with the 2-D Blu-ray and standard DVD ($39.99); and a two-disc, standard DVD set.
As you would expect from Cameron, whose pursuit of technological perfection is long-standing, the Blu-ray looks amazing. I froze images on a small screen and still marveled at the clarity in the small details -- say, the lettering on a ship's wheel. At times it looked as if every drop of water was individually defined.
To be sure, Cameron's storytelling has its considerable weakness. And effects from 1997 sometimes look artificial in more recent high-definition presentation, including in some of the movie's big ship-sinking moments. But I am hard-pressed to go back to basic DVD after seeing this on Blu-ray.
And even if you are fine with your old DVD of the movie, the new sets try to lure you with a couple of extras -- a "final word" from Cameron and a piece called "Reflections on Titanic" -- that together run more than 2 1/2 hours. The Blu-ray sets also include a digital copy of the movie and selected extras. The standard DVD's only extras are deleted scenes.
A related release, coming Tuesday, is a reissue of "Ghosts of the Abyss," Cameron's documentary exploring the site of the real Titanic, with the 3-D version included. From Disney, the three-disc package has the 3-D Blu-ray, 2-D Blu-ray and standard DVD ($44.99). The 3-D version is the original, 60-minute production; the 2-D Blu-ray and standard DVD include that cut and a 90-minute one.