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Take Those Glasses Off: No More Star Wars 3D Releases


It’s not you, Star Wars 3D rereleases. It’s just that the Star Wars franchise really needs to focus on its career right now, and it’s not sure that it’ll be able to give you the attention that you, Star Wars 3D rereleases, really deserve. Disney? No, no… Star Wars and Disney are just friends!

…Okay that’s enough of that. Am I the only person who’s a little disappointed that there aren’t going to be any more 3D Star Wars releases?

Deadline reported last night that under Lucasfilm’s new management, the company will discontinue its plan to bring all six Star Wars films back to theaters in 3D.

This surprising decision follows the underwhelming box office performance ofEpisode I: The Phantom Menace re-released in 3D in February 2012. It debuted to only $23M domestically but maybe even more importantly hardcore fans felt it was yet another craven cash grab by George Lucas.

The reason given to Deadline for the change was that Lucasfilm wants to focus entirely on “rebooting” the franchise with its new movies now, not rehashing the old stuff in shiny new 3D.

And yeah, I’m a little bit disappointed. Not for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the two movies in the prequel trilogy that had yet to make their re-debut. But for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I’m not even a huge fan of 3D, really, which I enjoy as much as anybody can enjoy wearing two pairs of glasses for an afternoon. But what I do enjoy is watching the kind of movie that screams “I WAS MADE FOR THE BIG SCREEN” on a big screen with fabulous sound. Opportunities to do that with classic films are few and far between, and one of the reasons I’m very much looking forward to Jurassic Park returning to theaters this summer even though it is in 3D is because although I was alive in 1993, I never saw it theaters. The last time I saw Star Wars on the big screen, I was in the 6th grade.

Of course, I wasn’t at all willing to shell out a single cent to see the first three movies that Lucasfilm had decided to remaster in 3D and push to theaters, but rather to patiently wait until something worth watching happened along. I can understand that that wasn’t particularly ideal for them. Someday I’ll build that home theater …or make friends with somebody with a big home theater …or who owns a theater. Maybe I’ll just cut out the middleperson and marry a multiplex. I didn’t want kids anyway.

(via Deadline.)

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  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    The sooner 3D dies, the happier I will be.

  • T Wilson

    I’m a little bummed, as well! But, even more so, are my kids! They wanted to be able to see them all on the big screen and I wanted that for them! They LOVED seeing TPM on Opening Day last year. :-(

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    That said, I’d be happy if they just released them in the theaters again anyway, unaltered.

  • Anonymous

    I swear I saw Star Wars in 3d as a kidlet with the old blue/red glasses. I was going to say I’ll just wait till the Retrodome plays it, but while looking them up I found out they closed down last week. : ( So this has been a bummer of a post for me.

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    Y’know i was little dissappointed in myself for missing EP. 1 in the theaters last year, I figured I would at least make it to the dollar movies to check out the pod race in 3D. But now I really have no big interest in seeing any of the rest of the films in 3D. Oh and Jurassic Park in the theater? I was 11 and 12 in the summer of ’93 and made it to that flick twice. Super Sweet!

  • http://brightblueink.net/ Inky

    I had a feeling this was going to happen when Lucas said they wouldn’t rerelease the original trilogy until they got through the prequels…so I’m disappointed but not at all surprised.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1780916799 Jennifer Dougherty
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745027821 Jeremy Pennini

    The The Phantom Menace was crap. That’s why no one wanted to watch it again.

  • http://twitter.com/smoke_tetsu Smoke Tetsu

    The sooner converting older films to 3D dies the happer I’LL be. IMO 3D is best when it’s done from the ground up. Enough with this cash grab conversion nonsense.

    Also even though when done well I like 3D especially with games I kind of also resent it due to making people not happy with just plain old fashioned HD 2D.

  • http://twitter.com/LauraTruxillo Laura Truxillo

    I can’t actually see real well in 3D movies. Firstly, I wear glasses, so I spend most of the movie pushing the 3D glasses against my real glasses and trying to make that work. Secondly, about 90% of anything I ever saw in 3D was too dark to make the most of it. Animated movies work okay, more or less, but for the live action ones, like the Avengers, it was actually more difficult for me to tell what was going on in 3D than it was when I watched it regular.

    Thirdly–it’s a stupid gimmick. I don’t like gimmicks that don’t actively enhance the storytelling, and I’ve only seen that done ONCE (Coraline–the magic world was in 3D, had more depth, looked more mysterious). For the most part, it’s still exactly what it was in the 70′s with the blue-and-red glasses: “Oooooh, loookit this thiiiing, it’s coming right towaaaard youuuuu!”

  • WheelchairNinja

    That’s disappointing. The 3D in Phantom Menace wasn’t good (at times it looked like the actors were in front of a cardboard backdrop) but the real draw was seeing it on the big screen again. It was a great nostalgia trip. (Yes, I know the movie was bad, but I was 10. Shaddup…)

  • http://www.facebook.com/KozmikPariah Ryan Colson

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO but only for no 4-6; screw the others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anatasia.beaverhousen.7 Anatasia Beaverhousen

    I’m gutted, it wasn’t the 3D really that I cared about, it was getting to see the movies again at the cinema.

    I saw Empire and Return when I was teenager and they were re-released and I wanted my niece to have the experience of seeing them on the big screen like I did.

    I did go to see Phantom menace in 3D and seeing Darth Maul in 3D was awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/SmokeyPSD Paul Smokey D

    All I can say is good. The less the original films are touched the better for me.

  • Rachel

    You know, I really don’t like it when people sensationalize their headlines or put words in peoples mouths. Lucasfilm did NOT say that the rest of the 3d films were cancelled. They have been postponed. Those words do not mean the same thing. They may eventually come out and say that they will not do anymore 3d rereleases but it has not happened yet. Here is the official story from starwars.com http://starwars.com/news/focusing-on-star-wars-episode-vii-lucasfilm-postpones-episodes-ii-and-iii-3d.html

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Or, you know, the initial reports said it was cancelled and that’s why the headline reads the way it does.