More 3-D films coming

posted by HowardBHaas on April 4, 2008 at 7:36 am

With better 3-D quality than ever before, more 3-D films are on the slate to be issued.

Katzenberg, though, is evangelising about a brave new world of digital 3D – one with no need for Nurofen hand-outs at the door, and whose images are crisp and bright enough to take your breath away. As well as expanding its horizons with the wrap-around effect of Imax screens, the cinema of the future will push depth of field beyond anything previously experienced. And the only snag? You’ll still need specs to see it.

This 3D comeback has been creeping up on us, thanks to advances in digital projection, the popularity of the huge Imax screens (of which there are now around 300 across the world), and new levels of expertise in computer animation.

Read more in the Telegraph.

Comments (23)

efriedmann on April 4, 2008 at 7:41 am

The so-called “3D comeback” of the ‘80s did not exactly set the world on fire. Movies like FRIDAY THE 13th-PART 3-D, JAWS-3D and AMITYVILLE 3-D all bombed. Why should this comeback be any different?

markp on April 4, 2008 at 7:53 am

They say, Love movies, that this whole “digital” thing is going to be the “end all be all”. I always have, and always will prefer good old 35mm to anything. And yes they can call me old fashioned, but I have been running it for almost 33 years, and as my dear old father used to say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

longislandmovies on April 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

Nothing is even close to current 3d ..old 3d was so bad ..This is amazing..Still think will be a fad for 3 -5 years.

PeterApruzzese on April 4, 2008 at 9:18 am

Properly projected double system polarized 3-D – the way every songle one of the golden age films from the 50s were made and shown (the article linked above is hideously incorrect about the process) is not “bad”. LIM – you must not have ever seen one.

JodarMovieFan on April 4, 2008 at 10:48 am

We should remember that no matter what the technology, if the story isn’t engaging, it won’t sell. Remember a few years back when Zemeckis' “Polar Express” in IMAX 3D was the BIG thing with its state-of-the-art motion capture techniques? The movie was a bore and the characters behaved not much more than animated zombies. It wasn’t much of a box office or critical success.

Perhaps the often discussed Digital 3D versions of older films such as “Star Wars” saga, the “LOTR” trilogy, etc, etc would bring in new fans and breathe new life into them.

muviebuf on April 4, 2008 at 11:17 am

Lionsgate recently announced they are starting production on a remake that 1980’s chestnut “My Bloody Valentine” to be filmed in Digital 3-D and which will be called (surprise, surprise) “My Bloody Valentine 3-D”.

moviebuff82 on April 4, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Oh, man. Even concert movies are going 3d with the success of Hanna Montana, which is the highest grossing 3d film of all time. I would love to see something original and in 3d, not some remake or sequel or something based on a book.

longislandmovies on April 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Peter i have never seen that…woukld like to have..

longislandmovies on April 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I saw JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (OPENING THIS SUMMER)IN 3D ..The movie was so/so but the 3d was sure to please ….

PeterApruzzese on April 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I hope you’ll get a chance as most of them look exceptionally good if the projection is correct. I’ll be showing some again – probably next year – at the Lafayette in Suffern. I imagine there will also be a third World 3D Expo in LA at some point.

BobFurmanek on April 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

The article finally gets it accurate about two interlocked projectors being used in the fifties, but then totally screws up the facts by saying the glasses were red and blue/green. What are they referring to – the 3 Lippert shorts or the handful of Dan Sonney burlesque films?

Doesn’t any journalist do research anymore???

efriedmann on April 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Jodar, I had no idea that the STAR WARS and LORD OF THE RINGS required new life to be breathed into them. What will Hollywood butcher next???

Gimmicks, gimmicks, and more gimmicks! This doesn’t mean the actual movies are going to get any better!

Hey! How about bringing back 3-D porn to the movie theaters??? Didn’t they mess around with that a little back in the ‘70s?

JodarMovieFan on April 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Why wouldn’t it be great to see Star Wars & LOTR in 3D Digital? Imagine being smack right in the ‘middle’ of either the battles in space of SW or the battle at Helms Deep in LOTR?

Let’s not be cynical here. If it works and brings people to the movies, then more will come. As posted earlier, Hanna Montana did terrific business and you can bet your dollar that there will be more 3D concerts to come.

BobFurmanek on April 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm

HANNAH MONTANA is the highest grossing 3-D film of all time? Perhaps in 2008 currency, but consider this:

In 1954, HONDO grossed over 4 million dollars – and the average ticket price was 49 cents.

I have a feeling that a few more people saw that 3-D film than HANNAH MONTANA.

markp on April 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

Good point Bob.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm

3-D announces to the paying paying public that “it is no good and so we needed a gimmick”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 5, 2008 at 8:06 pm

IMAX announces “no one else would take it”.

moviebuff82 on April 6, 2008 at 8:14 am

the stewardesses is getting remade in 3d again.

KingBiscuits on April 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Spy Kids 3-D is actually the highest grossing 3-D film ever, despite having been released in the red/blue format.

BobFurmanek on April 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

As I pointed out on April 4, when you adjust inflation into the factor, the 3-D movies of 1953/1954 sold many more tickets.

When you take that into consideration, highest grossing in terms of dollars and cents means nothing.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 29, 2008 at 11:19 am

My guess is that “The Stewardesses” would be the top 3D film followed by “House of Wax”, if figures were adjusted for inflation.

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