Titanic: 3D Collector's Edition

Find out why this 3D retcon of the epic disaster movie hasn't left us with a sinking feeling

James Cameron's $200million disaster movie may lack a little polish in terms of storytelling and be responsible for unleashing My Heart Will Go On on the world, but in terms of sheer spectacle and scale there are first films that prove as satisfyingly epic. An entertaining film that has been transformed into a genuine cultural milestone.

Picture: The intricate detailing, robust colours and accurate black level of the AVC 2.40:1 1080p encode make this high-definition presentation of the film an absolute joy to behold. So crisp and clear is the imagery that it has the unfortunate side effect of drawing more attention to some of the unconvincing 'digital actors' that can be seen walking the ship's decks – but you can't blame the Blu-ray for that.

Also included in the set is a 3D conversion of the film (split across two discs). Interestingly, this version is unmatted at 1.78:1, revealing more picture information at the top and bottom of the frame. Technically, the 3D conversion and its presentation on Blu-ray is absolutely first-rate. Colour fidelity takes a little bit of a hit and detailing isn't quite as refined – but that's only really evident in comparison to the absolute perfection of the 2D Blu-ray encode.
Picture rating: 5/5

Audio: Titanic's DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is every bit the match for the film's stunning visuals. There's a precision and sense of power inherent in the mix that constantly swirls around the viewer, drawing them deeper and deeper into the on-screen action. As you'd expect, the real standout demo sequences can be found during the final act. However, even before then the mix offers countless audio highlights such as a helicopter flyby in one of the modern day scenes, the pounding of the Titanic's engines or the subtle ambience of its stately dining room. Add to that flawless dialogue presentation and rich musicality and you have a lossless soundtrack that truly merits the title 'reference quality'.
Audio rating: 5/5

Extras: The 2D version of the film is accompanied by a trio of audio commentaries (from Cameron, the cast and crew, and two historians) recorded in 2005. The remaining extras are housed on the set's fourth Blu-ray platter, which kicks off with two brand new documentaries, the 64-min Reflections on Titanic and the 96-min Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron. After this we come to an archive of all the old DVD goodies, in the form of 30 deleted/extended scenes (with optional commentary), 61 behind-the-scenes featurettes, a time-lapse look at the making of the ship, 'videomatics' (pre-viz videos), visual effects breakdowns, that music video, TV spots, trailers and a whole lot more.
Extras rating: 5/5

We say: A spectacular four-disc Blu-ray set that feels every bit as epic and grandiose as the film it contains

20th Century Fox, All-region BD, £29 Approx, On sale now