A decade after seeing James Cameron's Titanic, I still don't like it. My consistent dislike is hardly an epiphany, but when I watch the biggest blockbuster to come out of Hollywood since the Golden Age, I don't let the film itself get me down; what depresses me is this thought: They don't make epics like they used to.
The "making of" is the biggest thrill of the highest grossing film in movie history. While much of Titanic rings hollow, the 10th anniversary special edition DVD released on Nov. 20 does what any good Titanic disc should do: it highlights the technical marvels.
The 10th anniversary DVD is the third issue of Titanic on disc. It doesn't offer everything that the 3-disc Collector's Edition DVD gave those hungry for Titanic trivia, but it does offer something new, as any good DVD should. This time around, while we steer towards the iceberg, a behind-the-scenes branching feature gives viewers the option to access one-minute featurettes as the film is running. The brief interruptions are optional and make the already long film even longer, but are probably the most direct way to appreciate the spectacle that is the making of Titanic.
Jack still dies. Rose still throws a 56 karat diamond necklace into the deep. Rose's fiancé is still a prick. But whether you considered James Cameron's boat movie to be a large scale vanity project or a masterpiece, you have to, I mean have to, admire the production. The Pop-Up Video-esque feature makes that even more possible. And if you're like me and don't love the movie, you only have to take it in five or ten minute segments before branching off to the good stuff.
- Commentaries by James Cameron, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart, Lewis Abernathy, producer John Landau and executive producer Rae Sanchini, along with historians Don Lynch and Ken Marschall.
- An alternative ending, “Brock's Epiphany,” which was also featured on the 3-disc Collector's Edition DVD.
- Celine Dion's “My Heart Will Go On” music video.