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Exploring The Deep: The Titanic Expeditions Book Review

Exploring The Deep- The Titanic Expeditions Book

James Cameron’s “Exploring The Deep: The Titanic Expeditions” book is as epic as his films.  

Despite how one may feel about 1997’s award-winning “Titanic,” no one can deny its cultural impact. At the time of its release, it became the highest grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) until it was later surpassed by another James Cameron picture (“Avatar”). To James Cameron, however, “Titanic” was not a mere film, but a passion project. The real question is- why does Cameron have such a fascination with both the deep sea and the Titanic tragedy of 1912? In James Cameron’s new book “Exploring The Deep: The Titanic Expeditions,” “Titanic” history and film buffs and admirers of the auteur will certainly get some insight into the mind of the storied director.

As you may or may not know, “Titanic” wasn’t the only Titanic related film project James Cameron worked on. He also directed a documentary titled “Ghosts of the Abyss” in which he and actor Bill Paxton explored the deep blue sea to survey the sunken Titanic. While the film is interesting from a historical standpoint, it’s clear that the documentary was more personal than anything else. “Exploring The Deep: The Titanic Expeditions” is essentially an extension of that documentary only it’s far more revealing. Throughout the 252 pages of this oversized coffee table book, readers are not only treated to glossy one of a kind photos from Cameron’s multiple undersea expeditions, but we also get some insight into the life of James Cameron. More specifically, we get to the root of his fascination with the ocean via childhood stories. We also learn about his intense passion for history, discovery, and exploration. While I won’t give too much away because I don’t like to be Mr. Spoiler, I will say that readers can expect to see discussions about Jacques Cousteau, a model sub, the Turkish Bath room, eyewitness inaccuracies, and much, much more.

Equally compelling here are his stories from the expeditions themselves. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in his writings about the meticulous planning that went into the expeditions, the technology used in these adventures, the Deepsea Challenger, the dangerous underwater blizzard, or the attempted Spider-bot rescue mission

While his personal and undersea accounts are the heart of the book, the visuals are also a real selling point here. Between the CGI recreation stills, the shiny and detailed artwork by Ken Marschall, and the photographs of what certain items or rooms appear like underwater, there’s no shortage of stunning imagery here. The real highlights (in my opinion anyway) are the paper inserts/attachments/folds outs (such as Cameron’s Dive 5 Journal) and the side by side photographs of real items inside the Titanic compared to set pieces from the film. It really shows you the level of detail that went into Cameron’s film to make it as authentic as possible.

Summary: If you are endlessly fascinated by James Cameron’s work or are merely curious to learn certain historical facts about the Titanic ship, “Exploring The Deep: The Titanic Expeditions” will appeal to you. It may be a tad pricey, but I can assure you that the price tag is warranted with the amount of information, photographs, stories, attachments, and artwork that are included in this big book.

 

July 26, 2013 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , ,

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