Just in time for the 20 year anniversary of the theatrical release of Titanic!
I'm proud to announce the completion of my Titanic fan edit: Titanic (1997) - 1912 Fan Cut
Running Time: Just under 2 hours and 30 minutes
I've made this fan cut due to being a huge fan of the theatrical release of Titanic (1997). I was always fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic after receiving a book about it when I was 10 years old. I've seen just about every documentary, feature film and miniseries ever made about the ill-fated steamer. I've even played several Titanic games including Titanic: Adventure Out of Time as well as Collapsible D. Also, I'm writing a novel about the remarkable true story of Commander James Lawson of the Royal Mail Line and the ill-fated steamship Humber which was lost at sea on February 15, 1885. Titanic inspired me to finally tell this tale.
Despite being a fan of Titanic ever since its original theatrical release, over the years I'd seen other fans critiquing a few key elements which I came to realize that I wholeheartedly agreed with:
1. Jack should have lived (even Kate Winslet agrees on this point)
I couldn't bring DiCaprio's Jack back to life, so I did the next best thing. I've given fans the über romantic and poetic ending. Think Romeo and Juliet (which interestingly enough, also starred... You guessed it... DiCaprio).
2. Jack should have told Rose that he loved her
Even though Jack did technically tell Rose during the "fitness room" scene that he, indeed, loved her... I fixed this.
3. The present day (1996/1997) scenes were unnecessary
I fixed this as well.
4. The ending was too ambiguous, was it a dream or was it heaven
I fixed this too. My ending is extremely straightforward and leaves no room for doubt one way or the other.
All of this aside, the original theatrical release of Titanic remains (in my opinion) the best fictionalized account of the loss of the grandest steamship of her time.
I do not own the copyright to the theatrical release of Titanic. The film was written, directed and edited by James Cameron. The film was released by Paramount (US) and 20th Century Fox (Global).
UPDATE: My husband (Mike) and best friend (Phil) who both disliked the original theatrical release of Titanic, watched my fan edit and found it to be epic. The critiques that both of them had about the theatrical version have been rectified in my fan edit. In fact, my husband who often refers to things (even things he likes) as being "okay", thought my fan edit was "great". He used those exact words. That's really saying something and I'm so happy for the support that I've received from both my husband and Phil. Mike felt that my fan edit has transcended the original theatrical version and has become a completely different movie, largely in part due to the fact that the present day (1996/1997) scenes were as he put it "slow" and that they detracted from not only the immersiveness of the film but the sense of awe and wonder that you get from the Edwardian Era. In fact, my husband loved it so much that he was completely absorbed by it and and was completely oblivious whenever I tried speaking to him. That made me grin from ear to ear. As such, I'm really excited for others to watch my fan edit too. If you liked the original theatrical release yet still found it to be somewhat lacking and unfulfilling, or if you didn't care much for it to begin with; I hope you finally find satisfaction after watching my fan edit.
Thank you! I hope you all have a smashing day!