Exclusive: James Cameron on ‘Titanic’s arrival on 2D and 3D Blu-ray
Director James Cameron with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
It's been over 14 years since the film smashed worldwide box office records and took home 11 Academy Awards, but director James Cameron told us, "'Titanic' never really went away for me."
After a successful re-release this past April, it was announced today that the epic romance "Titanic" will finally be available on Blu-ray in September. Converting the film to 3D had been in Cameron's mind since 2005, he told us, but the studios considered it a "pretty radical idea" at the time. Eventually, the technology caught up to Cameron's ambitions, and now not only can "Titanic" be seen in three dimensions in the movie theater, but also at home with the 3D Blu-ray edition.
To mark the occasion, Cameron spoke to Yahoo! Movies about the new Blu-ray sets, including the one scene he deleted from the movie that he missed the most. Plus, he explained how he helped inspire Ridley Scott for his upcoming 3D project, "Prometheus," and Cameron let us in on his plans for filming the next two sequels to "Avatar."
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Meriah Doty: What in this new Blu-ray set will be new to viewers?
James Cameron: Blu-ray is the best home video format that's ever existed by a country mile and the closest thing you can have to the actual theatrical experience. And obviously, because I love 3D, I'm most excited about the 3D presentation, which I just supervised the final mastering of -- six, seven days ago -- and it's stunning. Even on a 48-inch monitor, it's just incredible compared to anything you've seen on video before. So to me that's the most exciting thing.
It's all the deleted scenes. It's a lot of the stuff that was on the big deluxe set that we did before, but this is more accessible, meaning it's a lower price point. My goal is to just turn over to fans everything that's available that could be of interest.
MD: Of all of those deleted scenes, which one was the toughest for you to let go of in the final edit?
JC: Well, there was one scene that was quite nice in the development of the Jack and Rose relationship, which is when they're coming back from the steerage party. They're walking down the deck and they're just singing and goofing around. And there's the moment where they look up and see a shooting star, and he says, "My dad always said that when you see a shooting star, it's a soul going to heaven."
And it was an elliptical moment with later when she's lying on the piece of wood, and she doesn't know it but he's already died and she looks up and sees the shooting star. There was nice symmetry in that I hated to lose, but ultimately I took it out because the transitions from them dancing together at the steerage party to the very sort of cold and brittle breakfast with Cal the following morning, which is such a nice transition that I went with that. Plus the movie was long and that took out three minutes.
Watch James Cameron in an exclusive clip from 'Titanic' on Blu-ray:
MD: I'm also curious about your thoughts on "Prometheus" since it's coming out soon, and you're part of that franchise, having directed "Aliens."