James Cameron’s epic story about the ill-fated ship gets even bigger with its 3-D Blu-ray release. Theatrically released in 1997 and then again this year to theaters in the 3-D format, it is now available on Blu-ray and 3-D Blu-ray for home enjoyment. The boat looks amazing but it still sinks. No spoilers intended.
Within the confines of history, a fictional love story about class distinction emerges in this movie. So, yes, the movie ultimately about the boat sinking, but it is more about the love story between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet).
Rose is upper-class, and the Titanic is a microcosm for the classes of that day and age. Poor people who couldn’t afford a high-priced ticket were below deck in very closed quarters, and the rich people had stately rooms and fancy dinners. Jack is poor. He manages to “win” a ticket to come aboard the ship and that is how he gets on. We as the audience wince greatly to see him win that card game because we already know the outcome: the boat is going to sink.
The beauty of Cameron’s story lies not in the outcome but in the “getting there”. How will these people survive? Will they survive? Will Rose and Jack’s love manage to survive? The fact that the audience cares deeply about what happens to Jack and Rose says a lot about the characters. We see them as people and want the best outcome for them: happily ever after. This is the secret to the success of Cameron’s Titanic.
DiCaprio and Winslet also are aided by a stellar cast which includes Kathy Bates as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, Billy Zane as Rose’s fiancé Cal Hockley, Gloria Stuart as the elderly Rose, Frances Fisher as Rose’s mother Ruth, and Bill Paxton as the sea explorer Brock Lovett.
The story of Jack and Rose is told by a 101 year old Rose. Rose is set to marry Caledon Hockley but she is not happy about it. Her mother is pushing her into the marriage for class and privilege. On the ship, Rose meets Jack, a drifter and artist who has the lust and zest for life that she envies.
He is not confined to the stringent upper-class ways, he is free to move about as he pleases, not beholden to anyone. The two fall in love but it is a doomed love, not just because of the class system, as they could have probably overcome that, but because the ship is about to hit an iceberg.
The old Rose tells her story and when Brock Lovett reaches the shipwreck, he manages to pull a safe from it hoping to find the diamond that Cal gave Rose, he instead finds the nude picture that Jack drew of Rose. It has stayed locked in the water-proof safe for 84 years. Surprise, surprise.
The film flashes from past to present with young Rose enjoying her time on the ship with her new friend Jack and fending off Cal. Within old Rose’s story, there is also the mystery of the blue diamond, the heart of the ocean, and what happened to it. Lovett wants to find it and he was sure it was in the safe. There is also the thought: should this man Lovett be looting a graveyard for valuables?
In the end, and spoiler warning here if you are one of the few people who haven’t seen this film, Rose has the diamond and has kept it all these years. She throws it back into the ocean, where she believes it belongs. And in doing so, she says goodbye to her friend Jack.
Titanic was one of the biggest films of the 1990s in terms of budget and success. It went on to not only capture the hearts of its audience but also earn nominated for 14 Oscars nominations with 11 wins. Now in its new format, audiences can enjoy the love story in 3-D 1080p and revisit the ill-fated tale of the RMS Titanic once again.
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