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DVD Review: Titanic 10-Year Anniversary Edition

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Titanic DVD ReviewHas it really been ten years since Titanic hit theaters? Oh yeah, no one was counting. I thought Titanic was great when it came out, but now I realize just how overblown this film was. It’s still a good movie, but an Oscar powerhouse, I think not. Titanic is just a bit too mainstream for its own good, and any movie that can’t get an Oscar-worthy performance out of Leonardo DiCaprio has a few issues. That being said, no one can fault James Cameron for making one of the most critically and financially successful films of all time.

But that’s not what this article is about. Titanic: 10th Anniversary Edition is coming to DVD on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, and I have a copy of the two-disc collector’s set. For those of you who don’t own Titanic, the Best Picture winner is certainly worth owning, but what about all of you who already own it? Is it worth buying a new version, especially when the DVD format is going to be obsolete in a year?

The answer is a clear no. The movie is split across two discs, which is annoying enough, and it’s probably split across two discs because the movie has three different commentaries (one by James Cameron, another by Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart, Lewis Abernathy, Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini, and a third, historical commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, whoever those people are) and behind-the-scenes featurettes built into the flow. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a commentary guy (and I would probably only listen if Leonardo DiCaprio was involved), and I am definitely not a big fan of special features that I can only access when I actually watch the movie. If I’m watching the movie, I want to watch the movie; if I want to watch special features, I want to watch special features… I don’t want to do one to do the other, and vice versa.

The historical commentary might be interesting.

The only real interesting part of the DVD set is an alternate ending that looks more at the modern day cast and wraps their stories up a bit more. Since no one cared about Bill Paxton’s character or anyone outside the scope of the narrative, it’s no surprise that a lot of this stuff got cut. In addition, the actual ending and the way the old woman (Rose) tosses the diamond over the side of the ship is a lot cheesier here, as she does so in the presence of most of the other characters. Paxton goes off his rocker in a rather goofy way, and the fat comic relief guy takes away any dramatic impact of the scene.

While I was never a fan of any of the modern day sections in Titanic, the version that actually appeared in the theatrical release is much better. Still, it’s interesting to see what might have been.

Overall, if you really like feature commentaries, Titanic: 10-Year Anniversary Edition might be for you, but otherwise, it will be a complete waste of money. In reality, the DVD doesn’t have many special features whatsoever.

By Erik Samdahl
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  • http://Netscape Jacqueline Carpenter

    This is my all time favorite movie and I would die for a copy of this.

  • http://Netscape Jacqueline Carpenter

    This is my all time favorite movie and I would die to win this.

  • james montroy

    wifes favorite

  • james montroy

    I would love to win this.

  • Lorraine Fitzsimmons

    love it

  • Sonja Dickey

    one of my all time fav movies..”I’m kind of the world!” “You jump, I jump!”

  • Christopher

    What a waste of money …serioulsy folks!!
    Way back in 2005 a Titanic Three-Disc Special Collector’s Edition was released, and by looking at this “Titanic: 10th Anniversary Edition” it’s just a “SCALED” down version of the 3 disc which I already own and love! If loved the film “Titanic” go to AMazon.com & get the “Titanic Three-Disc Special Collector’s Edition” it’s worth it then this skimpy 2 disc DVD!

    The three-disc set has an abundance of materials; the galleries, for example, contain 628 on-set photos, 447 personal photos from the cinematographer, 532 storyboard sketches, 148 technical drawings, and even a 72-page bibliography. The features on the sets and effects offer some great tidbits, many dealing how everything had to be made versus rented since most items were going to be destroyed on camera.

    One caveat: there’s a four-disc Region 2 version available in Europe with parodies and other extras, but no one is offering an official reason why it’s not offered in the States?????

  • http://www.movie-source.com/ Erik Samdahl

    Thanks for the feedback, Christopher. I figured the DVD was a bit of a rehash of things that had already been released, but good to know they actually removed stuff. What I can’t stand is studios can make as many editions as they want just by adding and removing some silly special features.

    Interesting that the parodies one never made it over here… That’d be great.

  • Lane

    Ugh, that version is a major waste! At least the 3 disk version has the deleted scenes…all the 2 disk version has is the alternate ending. Its basically the 3 disk edition minus the 3rd disk. How is that a special edition when its inferior to the previous one?

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