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Titanic (1997)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the October 2005 "Special Edition" DVDs. The original DVD release did not have any commentary tracks. replica watches replica watches replica watches rolex replica watches

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director James Cameron Rating:8.2/10 (28 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on November 10th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
For someone who admits that he’s not into doing commentaries he has no problem talking us through his movie. Cameron points out the parts of the film that are authentic to the real Titanic and what parts he took cinematic license with. He admits that his theory of the Titanic’s demise is not the definitive one because no one knows for sure but he believes that it is the most accurate based on the available information. There is surprisingly little repetition from all the extras on this very informative track.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on March 15th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
This was a great laid back commentery.
James Cameron isnt afraid and doesnt shy away from pointing out some of the faults with the film. Historically and technically.
There is rarely a gap between him talking and i came away from the chat track knowing more about the film than i did (which is always a bonus from a talky audio track)
This isnt the first JC track ive heard (Aliens, T2) and i would recommend it to anyone thats a fan of learning how effects movies are made or those that want to know more about Titanic(the film and the event) and those that wish to hear if James Cameron is an ego maniac (he isnt in my opinion)
Reviewed by MonkeeJuice on December 10th, 2007:Find all reviews by MonkeeJuice
James Cameron's commentary on the masterpiece Titanic is pure gold.
Reviewed by loyalcitizen on June 29th, 2009:Find all reviews by loyalcitizen
A lot of the comm was him just saying whether a shot was CGI, miniature, or the boat set in Baja. Was interesting to hear about how some of the stuff was done, but overall not that great. The parts where he talked about the collaboration and rehearsals between himself, Kate and Leo were the best parts.
Reviewed by bjs501 on November 16th, 2010:Find all reviews by bjs501
Cameron has a very commentary-suitable voice, which is useful considering that this movie is around three hours long! He mentions that he isn't particuarly a fan of doing commentaries, and that he would rather let the movie speak for itself. I disagree. He has some interesting, and, at times, rather amusing stories to tell, such as how Kate Winslet could not spit, and had to be taught for the spitting scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, and that it was Rose who originally dressed her mother in the bedroom scene (rather than the other way around).
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 19th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
One of the best tracks I've ever heard. James not only tells you about the making of the film but about the history of the Titanic as well. He talks about every character who appears on screen and what they did on the Titanic.

There's barely a moment where he stops talking. This track will please fans of the film plus Titanic buffs as well.
Commentary 2: Actors Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart, producer Jon Landau, and executive producer Rae Sanchini Rating:7.4/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Drood on November 25th, 2005:Find all reviews by Drood
Despite what the box says, pretty much all the major stars, barring Leo and David Warner, appear on this track. You've also got several crew members, the most interesting of which is the Art Director believe it or not! Of the production related chatter, his was the most interesting. James Horner also appears sporadically, and is given pretty much the entire closing credits to tell the story of how "My Heart Will Go On" came to be.

Kate Winslet gets the majority of the speaking time for the acting, and is a joy to listen too. She's unpretentious, and gives great insight into the making of the movie, her relationship with Leo etc.. Including some pretty funny anecdotes. It's too bad Kate wasn't given an entire track to herself as she was so much fun to listen too. Supporting characters, like Captain Smith, have appropriate commentary from the actor/actress who played them in most of their scenes. When the crew talk, you get some great background on the shooting of the movie, how things were done etc...

Splitting the commentary into seperate cast and crew commentaries would have been nice, but what we have here is close to being the perfect commentary track. Never boring. Highly informative, and well worth investing three hours of your time in. (Or you could cheat as I did, and listen to disk 1, then disk 2 the following night.)
Reviewed by The Cubist on December 16th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Thankfully, subtitles let you know who’s speaking at all times as everyone provides their perspective on the making of this movie. Gloria Stuart talks about meeting Beatrice Wood, an elder artist whom James Cameron based Old Rose on. As stated in the above reivew, Kate Winslet is the definite highlight of this track as she speaks of the challenges of acting in front of a green screen and how she and DiCaprio reworked scenes that they felt were “too sickly sweet,” much to Cameron’s chagrin. And yes, the infamous PCP poisoning incident is covered with refreshing candour (although, no one admits who was the culprit).
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on July 26th, 2007:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
to follow up what has already been said there are far more in this commentary than the ones mentioned on the box.
Billy Zane, Victor Grber. Art Directors,Producers, Sound Designers and many many more that i cannot recall.
Was it just me or was there no Leo DeCaprio though.
Over all you do learn quite a bit about the film from the cast and crew, even including the now famous PCP poisoning. Did i prefer this one to the Jim Cameron track. I dont know. But this one is definately worth a listen.
Reviewed by bjs501 on November 16th, 2010:Find all reviews by bjs501
This is not really a "listen to in one go"-type commentary, mainly because they are an incredible number of participants. If they had all been in the same room together at the same time for this commentary....well....it would have probably been chaos.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 19th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Really they're just interviews put together to make it like a commentary, excluding a few people like the producers. Yeah, it's worth watching once or twice I guess.

Kate tells a funny story of how she told Leo to go into her dressing room before the drawing scene only for Leo to find Kate standing there naked. The producers talk about how they wanted to get a PG-13 rating for that scene. How did this film get a PG-13 if they showed breasts? How? Before you know it, they'll show genitals in PG-13 movies in the future.

Kate makes fun of Leo throughout her comments. She talks about how they ate smelly food for their kiss just to make each other gag.

Even actors and actress that had small parts are in this track. Why isn't Leo or David Warner in this track again?
Commentary 3: "Historical Commentary" (details not yet available) Rating:7.6/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Drood on November 25th, 2005:Find all reviews by Drood
I often wondered how historically accurate Titanic was. There are several major parts that we know to be true, but just how far did they go for the sake historical accuracy?

This track will show you just how far they went, even debunking myths about the movies alleged inaccuracies. (The term "hard to starboard" for example.)

Going into the track, I wondered just how picky they were going to be when it came to pointing out inaccuracies. It was with some relief that the first one is pointed out at the one minute 37 mark. (The two submersibles next to each other.) From there on it's great fun. You're in the company of two experts on the ship. You're in for a history lesson accompanying one of the most specatcular films of the late 20th century. (And I say this as someone who was NOT a fan of the movie at all until checking out this DVD.)

While there are no real laughs (except when Jack is set up by Lovejoy, which elicits a funny moment), you can tell these two guys love the film, and love the Titanic, but aren't about to let anything slide when it comes to accuracy. I half expected them to start saying "See, that's wrong. That rivet was two inches lower in reality." These guys know their stuff, and quite clearly had a great time doing the commentary, and you'll become a Titanic expert just by absorbing what they have to say.

More historical movies need tracks this entertaining. (I'm looking at you Pearl Harbor...)
Reviewed by mikl on November 29th, 2005:Find all reviews by mikl
This is a fairly good track! There are almost no dead spots and the track provides pretty good background on the story. The most interesting parts are when they talk about real vitness accounts and how they compare to the story in the movie. However, they often go into how cool it was to be on the set, what a fabulous movie it is, how great Jim (Cameron) is, what is miniature shots, what is the real deal etc, which is not really their job in my opinion.

All in all, it's an interesting track and you're never bored.
Reviewed by bjs501 on November 16th, 2010:Find all reviews by bjs501
They spend a lot of time praising Cameron, but that's surely understandable. This is probably not the best commentary for the behind-the-scenes buffs, but it is still enjoyable (in my opinion).
Reviewed by sunchick116 on January 5th, 2016:Find all reviews by sunchick116
this is a really disappointing commentary. it's like they took every interview cast members ever did about the movie, and looped it over the scenes. it's really distracting and takes you out of the moment when someone says 'there was a moment when' as the scene is being played. clearly, they're not watching the movie as they comment. that being said, you DO learn some interesting things and especially a lot of things are dispelled about james cameron and his 'tyranny'. you find so much of the film was improvised or the actors idea, and you find out he's isn't totally inflexible.