Titanic will return to the big screen in the US on this Friday at Dolby Cinema. The original Avatar movie, along with all the sequels, will also be released in HDR, director James Cameron revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Titanic in Dolby Cinema
James Cameron has created some of the best-selling movies of all time. He is a fan of 3D and apparently also High Dynamic Range, specifically Dolby Vision.
Like many other Hollywood directors, he has returned to the studio with his team in order to remaster catalog titles in Dolby Vision. Titanic will return to the big screen at select Dolby theatres in the US beginning Friday, December 1.
"It’s beyond 70 millimeter, it’s beyond any format that you’ve seen before"
- “Seeing a film that everybody knows, but seeing it in HDR in 3-D with proper light levels on a Dolby Vision laser projector—it’s really a glimpse of the future. . . . We had the whole film remastered in HDR, and it’s stunning. It’s beyond 70 millimeter, it’s beyond any format that you’ve seen before,” James Cameron told Vanity Fair, referring to the remastered version of Titanic.
Titanic will be released in collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Paramount. The latter has committed to Dolby Vision for home releases. However, the remastered version of Titanic has not yet been confirmed for release on UHD Blu-ray and online.
4 Avatar films, 3 Terminator films
It is hardly a surprise that the upcoming Avatar films will be mastered in HDR but the original from 2009 is also planned for release in Dolby Vision, Cameron revealed in the interview.
- “Obviously the [new] Avatar films will be [in Dolby Vision] as well, and in fact, we’re also going to do a conversion of Avatar to HDR. We’ll re-release that at some point down the line.”
A total of four additional Avatar sequels have been planned along with three new Terminator films. Cameron will direct. The Avatar sequel will most likely also be shot in HFR (High Frame Rate).
Lastly, Cameron who was instrumental in reviving 3D on the big screen praised Dolby theatre initiative that combines Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for a premium movie experience.
- “I want to try to help this rollout of the Dolby cinemas, because I think it’s fantastic what they’re doing,” he said.
The next Avatar film is expected to premiere in 2020 in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, which is the only major Hollywood studio to have rejected Dolby Vision for home releases so far. It backs the format for theatrical releases.