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TITANIC is bigger than ever in 3D!

TITANIC is not just a movie—it’s a phenomenon, an event, and a colossus—but it could have easily swerved in another direction. I vividly remember the period right before James Cameron’s wildly expensive 1997 epic about the legendary luxury liner tragedy came to shore. Amidst all the hype and speculation, a lot of pundits were predicting a whole other type of disaster than the one the film documented: A bomb!

But once the public got a look at the breathtaking special effects, attractive leads, terrific old lady, and great song, it was a smash, and no one cared that the star-crossed plotline of love across the decks would never have happened in anything approaching real life.

Even when the film’s dialogue bordered on the ludicrous, the sheer confidence of the performances and the production carried it off, and it became clear that this was basically GONE WITH THE WIND with icebergs—the “king of the world” of box office respect, complete with some grudging critical loving as well.

Eleven Oscars and many years later, it was inevitable that the film would be back for another go, this time in 3D—a form Cameron became pretty adept at with his 2009 megahit, AVATAR.  But didn’t TITANIC always seem like it was in 3D already? How could this lavishly moist epic really get any larger or more eye popping?

Well, er…it can’t, according to some unimpressed critics. In fact, Roger Ebert saw the new version and complained that “TITANIC was not shot for 3D, and just as you cannot gild a pig, you cannot make 2D into 3D.” Ebert also moaned about a “loss in brightness” with the amped-up re-release and concluded, “I know why the film is in 3D. It’s to justify the extra charge.”

Another scribe, David Poland, agreed, saying, “I found myself wanting to take the glasses off repeatedly….It’s like watching the movie through a filter….The movie takes such painstaking efforts to get every detail right….I want to see them, including the imperfections.”

Cameron must be shaking and quivering in terror all over again. Kidding. The man doesn’t have a fearful bone in his body, and besides, the masses will surely line up to board this vehicle one more time, with glasses on. Even if they look a little dark, the young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are a magical duo, and in any dimension, they do wetness better than anyone since the cast of 1937’s THE HURRICANE.

So now the dilemma is yours. Can you afford to see this new, controversial 3D TITANIC? More importantly: Can you afford to miss it?