Went to see it yesterday evening.
A bit of background: I'm normally not a big fan of 3D. Hated Piranha, Alice, Tron and even Avatar, which so many people liked.
I did very much like Despicable Me in 3D, but that's animation.
One movie opened my eyes a bit, though: Hugo.
I really loved that movie in 3D. It really added a lot of depth to the images without feeling tacky.
So i was sceptic to go see Titanic 3D. I love that movie on the big screen, it made a huge impact on me as a kid, and it still does. It's one of the movies where I think the difference between small screen vs big screen is VERY large. The impact of seeing that big ship, the crane shots going over it when it's sinking, ... You really have that feeling of scale on the big screen.
I was actually searching where I could see it in 2D, but there aren't many places in Belgium showing it in 3D. Because I heard about the 4K cleanup, and not being a fan of 3D and being skeptic about the whole post-conversion process...
But yesterday, my curiosity got me, and I went to see it.
In short: I really was amazed. This was Hugo-quality for me, not Alice-quality.
It's so difficult to image that this is a post-conversion.
My biggest fears weren't a problem in the theatre where I went to see it: color and clearness. Both were outstanding in the cinema I went to (Kinepolis Ghent) so I was very relieved that I wasn't seeing a dull image.
And the 3D conversion left me pretty speechless at times.
Up front, people expecting the ship to go into the theatre or water splashing in your face can go home. There's pretty much none of that in the movie.
But they DID add (what felt like) real depth to almost every shot in the movie. Spacing out people in the foreground and the background. It works in the underwater-shots, it works in the dining-shots, it works in a lot of places.
It's subtle, but I found it to be very much noticeable.
There are 3 or 4 shots where I found the 3D didn't work well. Biggest one being the steady-cam shot where Jack runs to get on board of the Titanic on time. The movement works against you in 3D. But that's honestly the only shot I remember.
Cameron shot Titanic pretty classic way, not too fast in cuts, and not a big shakiness. It definitely helped.
Having only 3 or 4 shots that didn't work well, on a 3hour+ movie isn't a bad result.
If I have to have 2 other complaints, it's that in some shots in the beginning, it looked like they were more in a play, or on a stage. I felt it was a bit because of the spacing of the actors and the background.
And another complaint is that although I did not have any problem watching the 3 hours with glasses on, AFTER the movie I definitely noticed that it had put more strain on my eyes then seeing a 2D movie.
But I really was amazed. The texture, the depth to the rooms and spaces...
I still have such a hard time believing that this movie looks better then most movies shot in 3D...
Ow, and I saw the trailer of The Hobbit and Prometheus in 3D for the first time, both Epic :-)
Both looked very good!