News: Titanic Blu-ray in 2012?

TitanicParamount Home Entertainment hasn’t made it official yet, but it looks like the long-awaited Blu-ray version of James Cameron’s record-breaking romance film, Titanic, will be coming next year.

Cameron has said that Titanic would be released on the high-definition format around the time the movie arrives back in theaters in a worldwide re-release in 3D. The date for Titanic‘s 3D theatrical release has been set for April 6, so the only question now is whether the movie will be available on Blu-ray that month or will come out in the 2012 fourth quarter in a Blu-ray 3D version.

The romance drama is the second highest-grossing film of all time (more than $600 million in the U.S. alone) and one of only three films to have earned a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron. The film also made households names of its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Telling a fictional tale of rebellious love and a stunning blue diamond aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the real-life ship, Titanic‘s cast also includes Kathy Bates, Billy Zane and Bill Paxton.

Our guess for the Blu-ray release? Paramount will hold off until the summer or fourth quarter, after the new 3D re-release has made its round of theaters. And then, the movie will be offered in a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD pack and a Blu-ray-only version for a less expensive price.

Cameron also could do a split release a la Avatar, by bringing out Titanic as an uncompressed no frills Blu-ray 3D in the summer and a bigger, multi-disc Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D set in the fourth quarter packed with special features.

The last time Titanic was released on disc was the Three-Disc Special Collector’s Edition DVD in 2005, which came with these extras:

  • 29 deleted scenes
  • alternate ending
  • branching viewing option with background materials
  • production and special effects featurettes
  • “Breaking New Ground” TV special
  • visual effects breakdown of the film’s stunts
  • and the music video of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

We’re guessing all of these plus more will be on the Blu-ray release. Cameron usually does right by his home-viewing fans.

To get you back in the spirit, here’s the trailer:

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.