Titanic, 25 Years Later


Photo courtesy of The Cinema in The Power Station website

After returning to theaters on February 10, 2023 in celebration of its 25th anniversary, James Cameron’s multi Academy Award®-winning Titanic will be leaving local theaters this week. This film has been considered one of the biggest hits of all time since its release on December 19, 1997. 

The plot follows the recounted experiences of an elderly survivor of the RMS Titanic, Rose Dawson Calvert. She is brought aboard a vessel searching the wreckage of the “ship of dreams” in 1996 after the research team discovered she was linked to the item they desired to find — a large diamond necklace known as the “Heart of the Ocean”. While on the research vessel, she recounts the harrowing tale of her survival as a 17-year-old upper-class girl, then Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), aboard the ship in 1912, as well as the compelling, romantic, and action-packed events that came before. Most notably, the long-lost love story between herself and a poor, young artist, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The film, already of epic proportions, was remastered to 3D 4K HDR for its 25th anniversary re-release. It is also being presented with Dolby Atmos sound and a higher frame rate to provide a more enhanced theatrical experience.

Within the 25 years since its initial release, Titanic has been re-released on two previous occasions. The first was in 2012 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D to mark the centennial anniversary of the sinking, and the second was in 2017 in Dolby Vision to commemorate the film’s 20th anniversary. Comparatively, this year’s re-release is the highest quality theatrical release of Titanic thus far.

Though current high school students were not born yet when Titanic first hit the theaters, the epic romance and disaster film has withstood the test of time and continues to touch the lives of many young people today.

“It felt like I got to relive an event, the Titanic release, that I always thought would’ve been really cool to experience. It kinda connected me to those who did get to see it when it initially came out, like my parents who have their own memories of the film’s release,” junior Dani Goodlett said.

Students were also able to appreciate the stunningly high quality of the re-release.

“Seeing Titanic in 3D was so cool because it felt like I was getting a first person experience,” junior Lauren Straits said.

“It was amazing to see a film I love so much in such great quality where I could really notice and appreciate every detail,” Goodlett said.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the biggest hits of all time on the big screen! Titanic is showing now at local theaters until Thursday, February 23.