"Welcome aboard Titanic" said a man in a captain's uniform, as he extended red roses to throngs of near-hyperventilating fans. On Valentine's Day, New York's AMC theater on 34th street doubled as a makeshift sea vessel to christen the first big-screen viewing of James Cameron's 3D-converted "Titanic." Like a Trekkie convention for the the uber-romantic, the scene was complete with a string quartet, sketch artists (indulging wannabe -- fully clothed -- Rose DeWitt Bukaters in their "I want you to draw me like one of your French girls" fantasy) and a fin de siecle dress up session.

"Titanic" first sailed into theaters in 1997, went on to win 11 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director for King of the World, Cameron), and has since muscled its way into the tear-jerkers' hall of fame. Now, with the centennial of the famous sinking on its way, the classic boasts a spiffy 3D revamp, which will completely destroy you hit theaters this April.

Ahead, 13 observations from the evening.

Leonardo DiCaprio: GREAT ACTOR HE WAS SO GOOD, HE WAS SO YOUNG. Another plus: mid-freeze, Jack is able to get out one last joke, "I don't know about you, but I intend to write a strongly worded letter to the White Star Line about all of this." Oh, Jack, you card!

Cal actually really loved Rose Worldly, rich, the other side of the handsome coin -- Billy Zane is the perfect counterpoint to the fresh-faced Leo. But here's the thing: Cal LOVED Rose, too! It would be easy to cast him off as unscrupulous and evil, but there's a little more nuance there -- despite a ticket off the doomed boat, he decided to stay and chase after her. He even gave her his coat! And he came down to the steerage section (!) to find her.

Rose's mother is the most loathsome character on the boat "Will the lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they're not too crowded."

Kathy Bates may be the best fairy Godmother out there "You shine up like a new penny."

Have you heard about this "something Picasso"? Because Rose did.

What about Freud? Mr. Ismay didn't.

Real-life dining etiquette lesson that you can take away "Start from the outside and work your way in."

Kate Winslet is the most refreshing sort of "indoor girl" "I know what ice fishing is!"

If you're a boy, you will mostly likely say you were most moved by... The string quartet. Or the captain going down with the ship.

Out of Jack's steerage friends, Tommy is way better than Fabrizio I know Fabrizio has that hat and speaks adorable Italian-English, but it's true.

The most accurate love story dialogue in the movie [After she jumps off the lifeboat] "Rose! You're so stupid! Why'd you do that, huh?"

First generation Titanic-watchers will say... "God, remember those VHS tapes? I only ever watched tape one."

"So you want to go to a real party?" Best pick up line. Ever.

"Titanic 3D" is out in theaters on April 6.

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