Titanic Blu-Ray/DVD Review

Thursday, September 27, 2012

About Titanic:
The two billion-dollar box office phenomenon and winner of 11 Academy Awards®, TITANIC, makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray 2D and 3D on September 10, 2012 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Available in high definition for the first time ever, James Cameron’s timeless and unforgettable tour de force will be presented in stunning 2D and 3D, providing a cinematic in-home experience of TITANIC like never before.

James Cameron commented, “Blu-ray extends TITANIC’s immersive 3D theatrical experience into audiences’ homes, where their living room becomes the backdrop for big spectacular environments and intense action, as well as profoundly intimate human moments, allowing generations of fans—new and old—to truly become part of the movie like never before.”

Presented in a four-disc 2D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with Digital Copy or, for the ultimate experience in fully immersive 3D, in a four-disc Blu-ray 3D and 2D combo pack with Digital Copy, this high-definition presentation of TITANIC is a must have for film fans’ home media collections.  Both sets feature more than 2 ½ hours of new bonus footage never-before-released on disc, including a fascinating in-depth exploration of the film with James Cameron, as well as documentary footage produced by National Geographic with James Cameron that brings the world’s leading RMS Titanic experts together to solve the lingering mysteries of why and how the “unsinkable” ship sank.

The sets also boast additional special features including 30 deleted scenes, over 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, a look at the groundbreaking visual effects, over 2,000 photos, three commentaries and much, much more.  TITANIC will also be available in a two-disc DVD set with deleted scenes and, for the first time ever, for digital download.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the roles that would make them global stars, TITANIC tells the story of the epic romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the legendary and ill-fated maiden voyage of the “ship of dreams.”

About the Four-Disc DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack:
The TITANIC Blu-ray containing the feature film is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.  The DVDs are presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French and Spanish subtitles.
The disc breakdown is as follows:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Commentary by director James Cameron
  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Historical Commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall
Disc 2 (DVD):
  • Feature film in standard definition (Part 1)
Disc 3 (DVD):
  • Feature film in standard definition (Part 2)
Disc 4 (Blu-ray):
  • Documentaries
    • Reflections on Titanic—NEW!
    • Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron—NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary by James Cameron
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Construction Timelapse
  • Deep Dive Presentation—Narrated by James Cameron
  • $200,000,001: A Ship’s Odyssey—the Titanic Crew Video
  • Videomatics
  • Visual Effects
  • Music Video—“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Galleries
    • Titanic Scriptment by James Cameron
    • Storyboard Sequences
    • Production Artwork
    • Photographs
    • Ken Marshall’s Painting Gallery
    • Concept Posters and One Sheets
    • By the Numbers
    • Bibliography
    • Titanic Parodies
      • MTV’s 1998 Movie Awards skit
      • Saturday Night Live skit
      • Titanic in 30 Seconds
My Thoughts:
I have only seen Titanic once in its entirety, so I really enjoyed watching it all again. What a amazing love story it was! I actually can't believe it's been 15 years since this was shot (100 years since the Titanic sank) and by the special effects, you wouldn't know its been that long. Titanic holds up really well, probably because of the touch James Cameron had.

For the first time ever Titanic was released on Blu-Ray. This set contains 2.5 hours worth of bonus footage. You have 60 behind-the-scenes featurettes, 30 deleted scenes and a bunch of brand new features like "Titanic: The Final Word w/ James Cameron" and "Reflections on Titanic". These two features were probably my favorite additions of the set.

This set is a must own for any Titanic film fan. It is also worth the upgrade from either VHS or DVD. Even if just for the bonus materials. If you are part of the 3D craze, they have a version of the set including that as well. They really have it all covered for you! This release gets 4 out of 4 stars from me. The value is there for this older title for sure. They really put the effort into it.

I was sent the above viewing kit. Very cool! Loved the soundtrack and it will be nice to play in the house or in the car during those long car rides. I am going to use the book for writing notes. It's super cute!

*Please note that I received a copy of the DVD so I could give my fair and honest opinion. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way.*


Sadie Heldberg September 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM  

Great review, when I decide to see a movie the point is to be swept away and to become part of the story. With Titanic, I want to know what it felt like to be a passenger on that ill-fated native voyage and if any director can put me there, it’s James Cameron. Many reviews and some of my coworkers from DISH have said that Titanic on Blu-ray will blow me away, so I’ve added it to the top of my Blockbuster @Home rental queue and will get it in a couple days. If watching the great ship sink beneath the waves is even more realistic than the first time, then I’m definitely buying it and will add the romantic classic to my growing Blu-ray collection.

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