The success of James Cameron’s Titanic was largely due to the chemistry between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. The two young stars instantly connected, making the 1997 epic the iconic classic it is today. Over 20 years after the film’s release, their bond is still a marvel, which Winslet gives new insight into for a new featurette, Titanic: Stories from the Heart, found on the bonus disc of the new 4k Ultra HD release.
Winslet recalls that they “clicked immediately, right away.” She describes DiCaprio as a “ferociously intelligent man” and praises his way of seeing their characters. The close bond they formed on the Titanic set is still alive today. Winslet shares how often the two connect in real time, saying, “And we’ll always just make that call right away. There’s no like, ‘Hang on, I’ll call you tomorrow.’ It’s instant. And that’s actually really something.”
To think there had been a chance that DiCaprio wouldn’t have landed the role of Jack opposite Winslet as Rose! While chatting with ET last year, Cameron revealed that he had to “sell” the young actor to the studios at the time. Needless to say, it was a “tenuous” journey for Cameron. “It shows you how fragile the whole thing is, this whole moviemaking thing,” he said, before later adding, “I’m pretty careful about my casting.”
Winslet said of the film, “I have always maintained that Jim is a complete genius. He’s an extraordinary filmmaker and he knows exactly what he’s doing. His storytelling, his scriptwriting — he’s extraordinary at creating not just strong roles for women, but women who are at the center, who are leaders, you know, who lead with integrity.”
Fans can dig into more behind-the-scenes goodies when Titanic drops in 4K Ultra HD for the first time on Dec. 5. It’ll be available in a new two-disc set that also includes a Blu-ray disc with five hours of new and legacy bonus content, including the new Stories from the Heart featurette. A limited-edition collector’s boxed set is also available, featuring a coffee table book, a blueprint of the Titanic, movie prop reproductions including ship menus and Jack’s fateful boarding pass, and sheet music for “My Heart Will Go On.” The bonus disc also features new behind-the-scenes content with producer Jon Landau, taking audiences behind the making of Titanic and its trailer.