James Cameron Talks 'Titanic 3D' in New Featurette

It's hard to tell how James Cameron's re-release of Titanic will do at the box office come April 6, 2012. While die-hard fans are sure to revisit the three-hour tale of the doomed super ship and the love that blossoms between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, there are plenty of cynics who see this as a not-so-subtle cash grab by Cameron.

The director is front and center in a new featurette released during the holiday weekend where he talks about fans coming back to watch the movie again, the difficulty in converting the movie to 3D and why you should spend money on a 3D ticket to check it out.
 
"I've been looking for years for an opportunity to put Titanic back on the big screen, because that's where it belongs. So we started exploring the idea of converting Titanic to 3D. The question was, when do we do it and I always felt the centenary of the real sinking would be a perfect opportunity."
 
When the opportunity presented itself, Cameron delved into every aspect of the conversion process.
 
"Titanic's my baby, so of course I wanna roll up my sleeves and get in involved in every step of that process. We started with, 'How do we make Titanic everything it can be before we put it in 3D?' So we cleaned it up and made it as pristine as possible before we even started the conversion process. So even if you watch it in 2D, it looks more amazing than it did in 1997 when it was first released."
 
Cameron doesn't miss an opportunity to tout the benefits of 3D.
 
"3D definitely enhances small human interactions. Intimate moments are very powerful in 3D because you feel like you're really there."
 
The question is, will audiences return to theaters to watch Titanic again?
 
"I think Titanic will have a different meaning to people who saw it 14, 15 years ago, who have gone on in their lives, maybe gotten married, maybe they have children, maybe they're going to look at love and life and what has meaning differently now than they did then. Maybe it will be less about the glow of romantic love which is a teenage idea and more about a sense of duty about what we're on this planet for and what we mean to each other. Titanic always has something for you, no matter what your age."
 
Watch the full featurette below and sound off in the comments on if you'll be checking out the little ditty 'bout Jack and Rose next spring.
 
 

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