“Titanic” on Blu-ray 3D
We explore the facts vs. fiction on James Cameron’s “Titanic”
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN Movies
Recently MSN Movies was invited to Belfast, Ireland, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the 2 Billion-dollar box office hit, “Titanic’s” release. The film introduced us to one of cinema’s timeless love stories, between Jack and Rose, and now is available via DVD and Blu-ray in 3D and 2D. Kicking off our coverage from the trip, we have compiled a list of myths vs. fact from the real Titanic ship and voyage, and James’ Cameron’s iconic film. Stay tuned for 1:1 interviews with both Cameron and Producer John Landau.
More: "Titanic" on Blu-ray 3D
Paramount Home Media distributions, “Titanic” made its debut on Blu-ray 2D and 3D on September 10, 2012. It reportedly cost $18 million and 300 production artists to do the 3D conversion. The 3D experience we saw was so well done, every scene came to life even more and we enjoyed watching it this time even more than the first time. The length is the same but because of the 3D conversion; it somehow felt more fast-paced.
Onto the list:
Fact: Captain Edward John Smith (played by Bernard Hill), Macy’s owners Ida and Isador Straus (the older couple who held each other in bed at the end of the movie), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (played by Kathy Bates), Titanic designer Thomas Andrews (played by Victor Garber), Benjamin Guggenheim all existed on the original Titanic ship and were featured in the movie.
Fact: James Cameron created Jack Dawson from his imagination. After the film was produced, Cameron found out there was a real life Jack Dawson on the Titanic. An Irishman named Joseph Dawson was a coal trimmer who died in the sinking.
Myth: Because of the way the social classes were divided, there was no way Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) could have ever met or crossed paths.
Fact: It cost $200 million to make the movie “Titanic”. It cost 22 times more than building the actual ship.
Myth: In the movie, the women and children boarded the ship first. In real life whoever came to the boats were able to go on board.
Fact: In 1998, after Titanic’s release, Jack and Rose were the two most popular baby names. For those children, the 3D re-release of the film would have been their first chance to see Titanic on the big screen.
Fact: Titanic grossed over $600 million in the US, and became the first film to gross over a billion dollars worldwide. The 3D re-release in 2012 grossed almost $60 million in the US, and $284 million internationally.
Fact: Leonardo DiCaprio’s signature line, “I’m the king of the world!” has been so thoroughly assimilated into American lingo that pop culture website The Gawker was able to put together a video featuring almost 50 instances of the line being used since the film’s original release. These instances include clips from “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” WWE matches, “Seinfeld,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons,” “The Office,” and “Modern Family,” among many others.
Fact: The film’s theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” is Celine Dion’s best-selling single and has sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. It also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.