The sweeping romance and human drama of James Cameron's OSCAR-winning epic film Titanic will be released worldwide as two new DVD editions this October, it was announced today by Cameron together with Paramount Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International. The Titanic DVD will be available as both a 2-disc special edition and 4-disc collector's edition, each filled with new bonus materials.
Beloved by film fans around the world, the new Titanic DVD is a must-have for every home movie collection. The two-disc special edition will include a branching feature, enabling fans to view a wide selection of never-before-seen footage. The four-disc collector's edition will be the ultimate for film and DVD enthusiasts - containing numerous deleted scenes, new in-depth documentaries that explore the odyssey of the making of the film and much more. Titanic will be presented in a brand new high definition transfer, 16x9 anamorphic edition, with 6.1 Dolby Digital Audio offering the highest level of picture and sound quality on DVD.
James Cameron commented: "The three year process of making Titanic seemed at times as arduous as the building of the original ship itself. Until recently, I wasn't really ready to dive back into it all and re-live the conflicts, disappointments, tough choices and, ultimately, the film's crazy, unexpected success. This special edition is more than just the hour or so of unseen footage we're including.we're taking fans on an untold journey, one which could have ended just as disastrously as Titanic's maiden voyage, and often seemed as if it would."
"We're very excited about the definitive Titanic DVD that is certain to fulfill fans insatiable desire for the film," said Rob Friedman, COO of Paramount Pictures and Vice Chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group. "The wealth of material that the collector's edition will have available is truly representative of the scope and depth of this movie phenomenon and we believe it will drive audiences everywhere to return to Titanic."
"When Titanic debuted in theaters, the film captured the attention of the world and has since become an unforgettable part of popular culture," Jim Gianopulos, Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said. "It is a privilege to once again be working with James Cameron and our partners at Paramount to launch the next course of Titanic'S journey."
Honored at the 70th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS in March 1998 with 11 OSCARS, including Best Picture and Best Director, the ever popular Titanic remains the top grossing film at the worldwide box office.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic struck an emotional chord with audiences worldwide who were drawn to the epic romance as well as its exquisite craftsmanship and grand scope. The film's now legendary box office - having spent more than 38 weeks in release, including 15 consecutive weekends at the top of the US box office - charted a course into industry record books with total receipts of more than $1.8 billion - ($600.8 million US/$1.2 billion internationally). Titanic was also the best-selling VHS and the very first DVD ever to ship over a million units upon its release in 1999.