Titanic 3D: Film fans give their verdicts at Cineworld Sheffield- VIDEO

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TITANIC, the epic disaster movie about the ill-fated cruise liner, is sailing again in 3D and on IMAX screens - but is it worth a night out to see a film which is 15-years old?

Will hearts go on for romantic leads Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio? Does the epic, which won 11 Oscars, stand the test of time?

Titanic 3D: Movie fans lapping it up at Cineworld Sheffield.

Titanic 3D: Movie fans lapping it up at Cineworld Sheffield.

And can the 2D film really work and look any better in 3D?

The Star’s digital editor Graham Walker asked movie fans to give their verdicts after viewing it at Cineworld Sheffield.

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So, the verdict of Star readers?

They gave a unanimous “must-see” rating to Titanic in 3D, especially those who have seen it on the big screen years ago and own it on DVD.

That’s because director James Cameron’s masterpiece has been brought back to life in stunning cinematic three-dimension, which magnifies the size of the doomed ship and the human tragedy.

It helps to immerse the audience in the story and leaves you feeling like you are actually on board the ship, sharing the real-life tragedy with its fictional love-interest characters played by Winslet and DiCaprio.

The new release marks the 100th anniversary of the ship’s maiden voyage, when it hit an iceberg and sunk, taking 1,500 people to their deaths in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

Star reader Neil Hargreaves, aged 41, Wadsley Park, said: “I thought the 2D to 3D conversion would be rubbish - but it’s so well done. I would say anyone with that apprehension should come along and see it.

Daniel Marsh, 16, of Sheffield, said: “I really enjoyed the film. It’s really emotional. You feel really into it. I’d give it a five star rating.”

Chris Burke, 63, of Jordanthorpe, said: “I thought it was really good. I’ve seen it several times before and got it on DVD. But the 3D effects have made it really special. I really enjoyed it. It was so realistic you felt you could touch the ship and you were actually on board. The special effects are really good.”

Karina Kennedy, 28, of Handsworth, said: “Brilliant. It’s my favourite film anyway. I saw it for the first time when I was 14 and went to see it eight times at the cinema. The 3D brought the film to life. It was great.”

Sister Danielle Kennedy, 22, also of Handsworth, added: “It was fantastic, absolutely amazing and I really, really enjoyed it. 3D gives it something extra that it didn’t have before. It’s more lifelike, more real and there inn your face. I didn’t get to see it on the big screen before. I wasn’t old enough. So this is the first time I’ve seen it at the cinemas and it was great. It had me crying.”

Andy Meakin, Cineworld Sheffield’s Operations Manager, said: “Talking to the customers on their way out it’s been a fantastic response. Some people have seen it 30, 40 times before - they’ve got it at home on DVD and so on, but they are saying the transfer to 3D is so sharp it seems like a different film.

“It brings out the magic of the film. It looks so real. James Cameron has done a grand job.

“I can see there’s going to be a great audience for this film. We had a lot of young people who haven’t see the film before. A whole new generation are now lapping it up.

“I watch some of the screening but even I want to see this now. I’m going to be giving this a shot when it comes out on our IMAX screen, where it’s going to be huge, excellent sound and the best vision you can get.

“People are still putting their toe in the water to look at IMAX. The general view of people who have watched an IMAX screening is that it’s worth paying that extra bit.

“The Hunger Games hasn’t been as well received, because it’s only in 2D. It doesn’t quite have that extra edge. But with Wrath Of The Titans this week, Titanic the week after, Battleship the week after that and then Avengers, towards the end of April, I think that’s when it’s really going to start the ball rolling with IMAX.”

Actress Kate Winslet, who attended the 3D premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall, said looking back at her younger self would be “weird”.

“It is like being forced to go through a photo album of your former self for three and a half hours solidly.

“It’s quite strange but the film is still wonderful and it looks incredible.

“I haven’t seen the whole film in a very long time, I’ve seen little pieces of it, but it’s a whole different me and we look much younger and our acting was different, hopefully not as good as now.”

She also admitted it would be “terrible” to see herself nude in 3D.

The actress said she “wouldn’t look” when intimate scenes between her character and Leonardo DiCaprio are played during the premiere of Titanic in 3D.

When asked about how she would feel seeing herself naked on the big screen, the 36-year-old said: “Terrible, wouldn’t you?

“I’m not going to look, I’ll be in the bar by that point.”

Titanic the movie, including actual footage of the ship at the bottom of the ocean, was released 15 years ago and took $1.8 billion at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film of all time until director Cameron’s next effort, Avatar, in 2010.

It’s 3D release includes the ultimate movie-going experience in IMAX at Cineworld in Sheffield, from Thursday, April 5.

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