Are you sitting down? Because I’m about to hit you with some news that’ll bring you right back to middle school (in the best of ways).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron’s Titanic is returning to select AMC theaters December 1 in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary — and it’s showing in both 2D and (if you can handle it) 3D. It’s also been remastered with state-of-the-art Dolby technology, which I’m guessing will make the epic iceberg strike and sinking scenes even more climactic than they were 20 years ago.
“We mastered a few minutes of Titanic in Dolby Vision and I was stunned,” Cameron said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “It was like seeing it for the first time. Now that the entire film has been mastered, I’m excited to share it with audiences across the U.S.”
He also added this little nugget, just to make sure you get just HOW epic this updated version will be: “This is beyond 3D, beyond 70mm, it’s beyond anything you’ve ever seen before.”
Okay, no need to twist my arm, James Cameron! I’m totally buying like, a row of tickets as we speak. I just hope this time around, getting a seat will be easier.
I attempted to see the original movie three times before I finally got in. Back in ’97, the only movie theater in my town was inside our local mall, and it was pretty tiny compared to today’s standards. The lines to see the film stretched out of the actual theater entrance, around the corner, and past at least 10 stores!
I can still remember standing in front of dELiA*s on my first try, crossing my fingers (and toes) that I’d make it in. Everyone had been talking about it for weeks. It was THE movie of the year; the decade, even. Word in the middle school halls was that it would leave you in a puddle of tears and emotion unlike any other movie had before. It was a roller coaster of emotions, filled with glorious PG-13-style romance.
I needed to see what all the fuss was about. (And what in the world everyone meant about that hand touching a steamy window … )
Sadly, though, I didn’t get in that day. Or even on my next attempt. The theaters had all filled to capacity, and because it was a three-hour movie and I had a 12-year-old’s bedtime, I couldn’t stay up for the latest showing. But on my third try, I finally made it. And all the rumors turned out to be true — it WAS glorious, and I fell in love with Leo harder than I had when I watched him woo Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet the summer before.
Of course, I also cried unabashed 12-year-old tears, because FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY COULDN’T ROSE JUST SCOOTCH OVER ON THAT GIANT DOOR?
It’s been almost 20 years since the film first rocked my world and left me with a Titanic-sized crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. And while I’ve seen it a million times since, and still own it on VHS, I will totally head back to the theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary, because unlike Rose, I’LL NEVER LET GO, JACK!