The dive further into this box-office phenomenon will begin in September when Paramount and Fox launch their "TITANIC" Special Edition DVD website: titanicmovie.com. The website offers U.S. visitors a chance to take a virtual tour of the ship, view footage of the original dives to the "TITANIC," see original costume sketches and set designs from the film, download screensaver and desktop images and more. At the International pages fans can participate in the "TITANIC Trivia King of the World" contest; view "Titanic Revealed" to see key scenes with text balloons revealing little-known facts about the film; discover deleted scenes; and more.
With the 2-disc Special Edition (Europe, Australia and Latin America), consumers will see the newly remastered theatrical feature along with a wide selection of all new materials put together under the direction of James Cameron.
In addition to taking viewers through the special features of the 2-disc set, the journey of the 3-disc Special Collector's Edition (US, Japan, Korea) goes even deeper, with over three additional hours of never-before-seen material brought together especially for this release. These special features give viewers an insider's look at scenes that didn't make it to the final cut of the film, show James Cameron in action during production and much more about the legendary "TITANIC" than ever imagined.
For the ultimate cinema fan, the 4-disc Deluxe Collector's Edition (Europe, Australia and Latin America) joins the special features of the 2 and 3 disc compilations plus a "TITANIC" television special, parodies and trailers.
2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
-- New Ending: a nine minute alternate film ending shown for the very first time.
-- Behind-the-Scenes Branched Footage: from exclusive footage of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio to a glance into what really happened behind-the-scenes of this multi-million dollar production and much more. Viewers get 50 minutes of new branched footage.
-- Three Brand New Commentaries: includes a James Cameron commentary; a cast and crew commentary; and a historical commentary.
3-DISC SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Includes the 2-disc Special Edition plus more than three hours of never-before-seen material:
-- Over 45 Minutes of New Deleted Footage: Jack fighting for his life, the passionate kiss you never saw, and Jack and Rose in their final moments together, this is just a sampling of over 45 minutes of new deleted scenes made available for the first time. Each scene is state of the art, with the effects finished to match the special effects in the theatrical feature.
-- Production and Special Effects Featurettes: with this selection of featurettes, take an insiders look at James Cameron in action. Get a better understanding of what goes on behind-the-scenes of a major movie production. Experience the building of the "TITANIC" studio and film set from the ground up. Dissect scenes. Dive to the wreckage of the actual ship. View the film crew's personal video footage and much more.
-- "Breaking New Ground": this TV special shows that there is much more to "TITANIC" than you ever imagined. Watch the monumental efforts that went into creating this film, beginning with building a studio just for the production of "TITANIC" through to its changing of industry standards, and breaking industry records.
4-DISC DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Includes the 2 and 3-disc Special Edition content plus:
-- "The Heart of the Ocean": HBO's First Look TV special takes a look at "TITANIC" before it became the largest floating vessel of the worldwide box-office that we know today
-- Three "TITANIC" Parodies: watch as the biggest film of all-time is spoofed in these three pieces
-- Trailers: a selection of trailers, including some never-before-aired or shown
"TITANIC" will be presented from a brand new high definition transfer, 16x9 anamorphic edition with 5.1 Surround EX Dolby and 6.1 DTS ES Audio offering the highest visual and sound quality on DVD.
To support the new Special Edition DVD releases, Paramount and Fox have put together a Titanic-size marketing, publicity, promotions and media campaign. With planned media targeting television, print, radio and online outlets, a far-reaching publicity campaign via print and broadcast, and extensive media promotions, the "TITANIC" Special Edition release is Paramount's biggest catalog launch since "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" and Fox's biggest catalog launch since "The Star Wars Trilogy."
"TITANIC's" fantastic voyage had an enormous effect on the movie-going public. The tale of the famed ocean liner touched audience's worldwide beginning with its debut in Australia on December 18, 1997, charting a course into industry record books with incredible speed. 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 -- totals more than $1.8 billion -- ($600.8 million US/$1.2 billion internationally). Now eight years after its theatrical release, "TITANIC" stands alone as the only film to ever achieve more than $1 billion worldwide. Following it's record-breaking run in cinemas, "TITANIC's" course continued on home entertainment, selling 59 million VHS units (31 US/28 International) and 8 million DVD units (4 US/4 International) to date. The "TITANIC" DVD was the first ever to ship more than one million units to retailers in North America. Overseas, the VHS release became the #1 selling video in international history after only three months of release.
Honored at the 70th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS(R) in March 1998 with a record tying 11 OSCARS(R), including Best Picture and Best Director, the ever popular "TITANIC" remains the top grossing film at the worldwide box office.
"TITANIC," a Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures presentation of a Lightstorm Entertainment production, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and OSCAR(R) Nominee Kate Winslet, who light up the screen as Jack and Rose, young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. Nothing on earth is going to come between them -- not even something as unimaginable as the sinking of Titanic. The film also features Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber and Bill Paxton. Written and directed by James Cameron, the film is produced by Cameron and Jon Landau. Rae Sanchini is executive producer.
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