The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of director James Cameron’s Titanic and the producers have a bit of a resurgence planned for it. The film has already grossed some 2.2 billion dollars worldwide and in December it will add to that total with runs of one week in 85 American Multi-Cinema (AMC) theatres in the U.S.
The producers of the film, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, along with AMC Entertainment and Dolby Laboratories, jointly announced the re-release of ‘Titanic’ on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The film, specially remastered in Dolby’s ultra high-definition Dolby Vision format for the occasion of the 20th anniversary, will begin the new run on December 1.
About 20 of the theaters will show the newly remastered film in 3D.
“We mastered a few minutes of Titanic in Dolby Vision and I was stunned,”Cameron, who wrote the movie as well as directed it, said in the statement. “It was like seeing it for the first time. Now that the entire film has been mastered, I’m excited to share it with audiences across the U.S.”
The Canadian director added that the new version “is beyond 3D, beyond 70mm, it’s beyond anything you’ve seen before. The image leaps off the screen as bright and vibrant as life itself. This is the way all movies should be seen and without a doubt, Titanic has NEVER looked better.”
The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is the second-highest grossing global movie of all time, behind another Cameron movie, the science fiction film Avatar (2009). Titanic has already had a re-release, in 2012 when it was brought out in 3D.
The ‘Titanic’ sunk in April of 1912 on its maiden voyage, with the loss of 1,517 lives. It is the most famous maritime disaster in history but not the biggest. In January of 1945 a German ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk by a Soviet submarine with the loss of 9,400 lives. The greatest maritime peace-time loss of life occurred in 1987 when the Dona Paz, a ferry bound for Manila, collided with an oil tanker, killing almost 4,400 people.
There was no mention of plans to show the Dolby version of the movie in theatres outside of the U.S.