Posted December 17 2012 - 10:15 AM
Titanic was shot in Super35 so it does make sense that the 2.39 version will have "less picture" than the others. However Cameron was fully aware of what scope he was shooting for theatrically (there are guide bars on the monitors showing him the 2.39 frame) and he no doubt composited for it, so there should be no feeling of "loss of picture" viewing it at 2.39. I recall reading [back in the day] that most of the effects were finished initially only at 2.39 which is why previous home video pan and scan versions of Titanic actually panned and scanned instead of just revealing the entire original frame because the effects wouldn't be there.
Given the amount of time and money that went into the 3D version, I'm hoping they extended the effects to fill the 1.78 frame so that the entire film is opened up instead of going back to pan and scan during the effects shots.
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