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‘Titanic’ resurfaces in special DVD set

Cameron not planning an HD release at this time

“Titanic” will get its first special-edition makeover on DVD in October.

A four-disc set will include 58 minutes of deleted scenes, including some with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, as well as an alternate ending. The bonus discs also will include a documentary on the making of the pic.

A two-disc edition of the movie also will be available, featuring discs identical to the first two in the bigger set. They feature the movie presented in its original theatrical form but in a new high-definition transfer with Dolby 6.1 sound, as well as audio commentary.

Although “Titanic” was the first title for which 1 million DVD copies were shipped to retailers, it was among the earliest titles released in the format back in 1999, when there were only a few million homes with players. Thus, just 4 million of the 35 million homevideo copies of the movie Paramount claims to have sold in the U.S. are DVD; the rest are VHS. The numbers internationally, where pic is distributed by Fox, are 28 million VHS and 4 million DVD for a total of 67 million units worldwide.

Bow of the special edition comes as the first high-def DVDs are supposed to begin hitting the market, but James Cameron said the title would not be released in high-def this time. Par has committed to support the HD DVD format; Fox has not decided if it will support HD DVD or the competing Blu-ray format. Cameron took the diplomatic road in answering a question about his preference: “I’ve seen both, and they both look pretty good.”

Cameron said he waited this long to do the special edition because he, producer Jon Landau and others needed to get away from the movie for a while after spending so much of their lives on its production.

Decision to do the special edition, Cameron said, was made when they felt they had something else to say about the movie. They began working on the special edition two years ago.

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