April 4th, 2012
12:35 PM ET
Moviegoers who are headed out to see "Titanic's" remastered 3-D release this week will actually see something new: Director James Cameron has swapped out the stars that are seen in a crucial scene in the original 1997 film in order to portray an accurate sky.
Cameron's re-editing was prompted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who's also the director of the Rose Center for Earth and Space at New York's American Museum of Natural History.
Tyson has noted that the stars Kate Winslet's character Rose views as she lies upon a piece of driftwood are inaccurate, a flub he found surprising from a filmmaker known for being an obsessive perfectionist.
"Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen," Cameron told U.K. publication the Telegraph.
And so, Cameron has edited the scene to portray the star field that would have actually been viewed on April 15, 1912 at 4:20 a.m.
But stars aside, how well does the 15-year-old film hold up in 3-D?
The Telegraph found that Cameron used 3-D with "intelligence, and often restraint...Re-watching 'Titanic' 15 years on, there can surely be little remaining doubt that this film ranks alongside 'Gone With the Wind' and 'Cleopatra' as a once-in-a-generation Hollywood epic. It has aged without dating. It transcends its target audiences. It is simply too big for genre."
Stateside, reviews were mostly just as enthusiastic. USA Today raves that "time proves surprisingly kind to the characters," and while its still the same story, "the dizzying visuals are even more spectacular, and the tension ratchets up several notches with the film's rebooting in 3-D."
The Detroit Free Press agrees that the film "is aging surprisingly well," and "quibbles" like running time, dialogue and "digital effects...fade with time."
The Philadelphia Daily News offers a voice of dissent, critiquing "Titanic" in 3-D as "offering no new moviegoing thrills," and, to this reviewer at least, "a less enjoyable visual experience."
Will you be seeing "Titanic" in 3-D? Leave your verdict below - and don't miss our iReporters doing their best impression of Winslet's Rose.
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