Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the World Premiere of James Cameron’s Titanic 3D. If you remember I was lucky enough to take the lady along to one of the special Valentine’s screenings of Titanic 3D back in February - which you can read about here! But the opportunity to see a modern masterpiece screened in the stately surroundings of The Royal Albert Hall on what would surely be the pinnacle of 3D projection units was too good to pass up.
In the lead up to the premiere there was little to no fanfare - that combined with James Cameron being on an Avatar 2 inspired research mission to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans around the same time as the premiere, led me to believe that this would be a fairly low key affair.
How wrong I was, as low key in this case turned out to mean dignified yet epic, very much in line with what one would expect from the world premiere of the epic romantic disaster film that won 11 Academy Awards and held the position of highest grossing film of all time for 12 years until Cameron’s Avatar knocked it off its pedestal. As it turns out after completing his record-breaking dive, James Cameron stepped out of his tiny one man submersible and made his way to London for the premiere.
In contrast we made our way to the Royal Albert Hall on what must have been the sunniest and most pleasant days of the year so far. Turning the corner into the back road of The Royal Albert Hall, the full scale of the premiere dawned on me as we could see that Titanic 3D had taken over the Albertopolis part of South Kensington. With the end of Prince Consort Road and the entire stretch of majestic south stairs of the Albert Hall covered in Red Carpet and surrounded by crowds that came along to take participate in the World Premiere of Titanic 3D.
But Jon Landau was quick to let me know that there wasn’t anything special about the 3D projection unit and rather the Valentine’s version I had seen was not a completed version of Titanic 3D.
James Cameron's Titanic is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the 'ship of dreams' -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
THE ESTABLISHING SHOT: TITANIC 3D WORLD PREMIERE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL WAS BREATHTAKING WITH FLAWLESS 3D