James Cameron: People are still fascinated by Titanic's story

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PHOENIX -- Fresh off a National Geographic special that took him to the deepest part of the ocean, director and explorer James Cameron checked in with 3TV's Javier Soto live from Manhattan to chat a bit about the 3D version of his epic blockbuster movie "Titanic."

The 100th anniversary of the famous disaster -- which continues to intrigue people around the world today -- is this weekend.

Late the moonless night of April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable shop" hit an iceberg. A few short hours later, Titanic was at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean (which is not nearly as deep as the Mariana Trench) and more than 1,500 people were dead.

Originally released in 1997 and winner of a stunning 11 Oscars, "Titanic" was directed by Cameron. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose, while Billy Zane plays Rose's rich fiance.

"There's something in it for everyone," Cameron said of Titanic, both the movie and the sinking. "If you're looking for the human stories, the emotional stories -- that's all there. If you're looking for the object lesson, the parable -- that's still there."

With a budget of about $200 million, a record for the time, "Titanic" went one to earn $1.8 billion worldwide, making it the top-grossing movie of all time, until 2009's "Avatar," another of Cameron's babies, came along.

The conversion to 3D was a laborious two-year-project and the results, according to Cameron, were well worth the time and $18 million price tag.

Reviews of the 3D version have been positive, if not glowing, saying that the way the 3D effects were applied literally bring depth to the story.

"Titanic" in 3D is playing nationwide for a limited engagement.