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It was only about five years ago that James Cameron's Avatar changed the world's perspective on the cinematic experience and both IMAX and 3D. And while we've seen some marvelous titles take advantage of both formats in the time since, the reality is that the industry is now regularly looking for a way to stay fresh and innovative.
Animation or Live Action: which format looks better in 3D? We look at the numbers, as well as the industry's thoughts on the format, and come up with a definitive answer.
James Cameron is considering a re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with some newly minted 3D additions. An audience member at Cameron's Q&A asked the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and innovator is he had any plans to retrofit his Terminator movies for 3D.
Regardless of your thoughts on the effectiveness that 3D has on a feature film, we can all pretty much agree on one thing: 3D glasses suck. Their bulky, uncomfortable, and have the effect of wearing sunglasses indoors. And let's not even talk about the pain in the ass they are for people like me who wear prescription glasses. Because of this problem, the obvious next evolution for 3D technology is the elimination of the glasses. Complicated as that might seem, it would appear that the technology now exists.
Director Darren Aronofsky shot his upcoming biblical epic Noah in 2D and that's exactly how the film will be coming to theaters Stateside next month - but the same can't be said for the movie's international release. Paramount Pictures plans to shake up their global release of the blockbuster by creating a special 3D version that will only be playing in cinemas outside of the U.S.
What do you do when you’re making a plan to go to the movies with a large group of people and everyone can’t agree on whether or not to see the film in 3D?
I see movies for free for my job, but even I see a trailer now and then that makes me think I can wait for it to hit Netflix. But once in a blue moon comes a movie that really demands to be seen in the theater as the director intended. And as I watched Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity in 3D, I became acutely aware that this was the only it should be seen.
Based on the continued popularity of our To 3D or not to 3D series, you're still being faced with many opportunities to pay extra and see a film in an extra dimension. But is Hollywood's latest effort to wring more money out of you finally in decline? Check out this graph posted to Reddit for a pretty compelling argument that it is
The Wizard of Oz is gearing up for its 75th Anniversary, which among other things, makes the film very old and in desperate need of a touch-up. Not only is the film and sound getting digitally enhanced for the anniversary, but Warner Bros. is also putting together a 3D and IMAX release of the film, that will then be brought to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Ultraviolet on October 1.
The Ice Age franchise is beginning to feel as old as its namesake. The fourth flick in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, follows the ragtag band of now-extinct animals as they meet up with an equally ragtag group of pirates. If you missed the movie in theaters—and you have children—you can catch Ice Continental Drift on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD beginning on December 11.
After submitting a photo, fans will get to choose one of three iconic moments from the movie, picking to be a part of the “I’m the King of the World,” “I’ll Never Let Go,” or “I’m Flying Jack” scenes. The app will then insert the fan photo into the moment from the film.
For better or for worse, you can thank James Cameron for the current era of 3D films we're living in . Of course, Cameron pioneered 3D technology that looked like nothing you'd ever seen in Avatar, and didn't exactly ask for a wave of copycats and poorly converted 3D films to follow
The regular Blu-Ray 3D sets and the limited edition gift sets won’t street until October 23, but if you happen to be hanging out at Comic Con right now, you may be one of the lucky 250 able to pre-order a set over at booth #4313. There’s no word on exact bonus features with the sets so far, but the box with the gift set looks pretty huge, and Fox Home Entertainment is assuring us it will come with the 3D Blu-Ray, a DVD version of the film, and an entire disc of extras.
Yep, that's a rather badass replica of Nick Fury's briefcase from The Avengers, complete with a light-up version of the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube. As you'd expect, the Phase One box set includes Blu-ray versions of all the "canonical" Marvel Universe films thus far: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers.
Next week sees the release of The Dark Knight, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but that won't be the end of the filmmaker's time in the world of comic book movies. Though he won't be involved with Warner Bros.' Justice League film, he is an executive producer on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. His involvement with that project, however, has raised some questions about how the new Superman flick would be released.
If ever there's a story that could benefit from proper use of 3D technology, it's the big screen adaptation of Yann Martel's adventure novel Life of Pi. Martel paints a vivid, colorful picture in the telling of Pi's story, which offers real potential for a visually stunning feature film. Factor in Ang Lee's involvement as director, and Life of Pi may just be one of the must-see-in-3D movies this year.
It ain’t easy getting work in this industry, especially a film like Wrath of the Titans, but boy did director Jonathan Liebesman take on, well, a monster. While Clash of the Titans went on to make a killing at the box office, $493.2 million worldwide, many moviegoers weren’t particularly happy with the experience. In a way, not only is Liebesman responsible for making his own movie good, but also for making up for the last one a bit.
Back in 2010, when 3D was still a fresh, new idea and was constantly being misused, we published a feature titled "The 10 Best 3-D Movies And What Hollywood Can Learn From Them". In the editorial, Josh, Katey and I wrote about the 3D films that we thought best utilized the technology. One of those films was 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Now, four years later, that movie’s sequel is arriving in theaters. Will its 3D be as effective as it was the first time?
There is a heavyweight comic showdown coming this summer. The Avengers vs. The Dark Knight Rises. Marvel vs. DC. 3D vs. IMAX. While Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol may have made a strong case for IMAX over 3D, these new specs might help tip the scales back to the third dimension.
For those of us who have never seen Cirque Du Soleil live, Judd Apatow gave us a sample of a production of it in Knocked Up, and now those with an interest in seeing more of it on the big screen in a more focused style (as opposed to the snippet shown to us in front of two guys on mushrooms), Paramount is set to deliver with a 3D Event Film called Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away.
“It's only a means, not an end,” Scorsese explained. “Real 3D is beautiful, but it's just one choice, one tool among many, and you only want to use it if it's the right tool.” Will it be the right tool for his next two projects? Scorsese tells the trade that he is “considering the possibility,” though stops short of confirming anything.
Movies actually shot in 3D will always trump those that have been post-converted, but the truth is that the latter has been getting much better recently. While the post-conversion fad got off to a horrible start with the release of Clash of the Titans - which is easily one of the worst 3D movies we've seen in recent years - some of 2011's best 3D movies weren't actually shot stereoscopically.
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace will make its way back to the big screen in 3D next February. The trailer for the movie is now online in all of its podracing, lightsaber fighting, space battle glory. Watch it ahead!
Welcome to our 33rd edition of “To 3D Or Not To 3D.” Since we started this feature paired with the release of Clash of the Titans [shudder], we’ve analyzed some of the best 3D movies have to offer (like Legends of the Guardians) to some of the worst (like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). This week marks the release of Immortals, a new epic starring Henry Cavill, Luke Evans and Mickey Rourke. But is the 3D up to snuff?
Yeah, they're tossing around a lot of cliches about the effect of 3D, that it "immerses" you in the story and that "you really feel like you're in it," but we've learned several times that CGI-heavy movies like the Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit lend themselves well to 3D, so there's reason to believe it will work here. Also, the broad subject of "3D" allows this featurette to wander all over the set