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What It Says On the Tin

The Wizard of Oz Is The Oldest Film Ever To Be Converted To 3D [VIDEO]

As much as I don’t care for post-conversion 3D or IMAX in general, I will definitely be seeing The Wizard of Oz when it’s re-released September 20th. Of course I’d go and see it just as quickly if it were being showed in it’s original format but after watching this video showing the process of how it’s all done, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

(via Movies.com)

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

For Its 50th Birthday, Doctor Who Is Going 3D

“Your television is now bigger on the inside.”

I see what you did there, Stephen Moffat.

So remember when we said we didn’t know anything about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special?

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May The Force Be With You

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?

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she blinded me with science

Star Trek Into Darkness‘ 3D Post-Conversion is Going to be Good, Guys, Really, Says J.J. Abrams.

3D can be a controversial subject among film fans. On the plus side, it can turn out well if done properly, i.e. if the film is shot with 3D cameras and not converted in post-production (see: Hugo, Cave of Forgotten Dreams). However, that tends not to be the case, with a large number of films post-converted so the studio can tack a 3D surcharge onto ticket prices (see: Clash of the Titans, Green Lantern). Post-conversion has a bad rap, and for a good reason: It tends to not be good.

But post-conversion has a fan in J.J. Abrams, who spoke out recently about how Paramount forced him convert Star Trek Into Darkness to 3D… and he actually ended up liking it.

OK, Abrams. You have thirty seconds. Convince me.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Zemeckis Still Waiting on Roger Rabbit Sequel, Says He’d Like to Convert the Original to 3D

Robert Zemeckis tells MTV Movies that whether or not a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit gets made at this point is entirely in Disney’s hands. The script, written by the people behind the first movie, is in, he thinks it’s good, and is just waiting on them. Or, as I said last month, “if this film was a baby, it’s parents would still be quickly looking away and blushing whenever their eyes accidentally met in the laundromat.”

But the only reason Roger Rabbit came up at all in the conversation is because he was asked which of his movies (which includes, lest we forget, the Back to the Future franchise, Death Becomes Her, and Contact) he’d like to see converted to 3D for a theatrical rerelease.

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And That's Terrible

Guillermo del Toro Changed His Mind On Pacific Rim 3D Conversion, Calls It “Doing A Romney”

The phrase “post-production 3D conversion” usually evokes a strong reaction in movie goers. Many aren’t fans of 3D in general so when it’s done after the fact, and sometimes against the director’s wishes, it’s even worse. But then there are those times when a director who was previously against the idea, changes his mind. Like Guillermo del Toro with his sci-fi disaster film, Pacific Rim. I’ll let him explain. 

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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

And Another One Bites the 3D Conversion Dust: Pacific Rim

I’d describe my feelings towards 3D in feature film as a big on the negative side of neutral. While I don’t think I will ever want to see a 3D movie where I’d actually like to invest myself in the characters and plot for the first time, I’m all in favor of 3D rereleases. There’s something magical about seeing a movie on a big screen in a dark theater full of other folks who love it, and I feel like 3D is a small price to pay, even it means I have to wear two sets of glasses. Case in point: I haven’t seen the original Star Wars on a big screen since I was eleven. And there are even some cases, like Tron: Legacy, where I feel that 3D enhanced (even if slightly) my experience of an otherwise (okay, perhaps “even still”) forgettable movie.

But my sympathy for 3D ends at it being applied to movies against the wishes of the director, and particularly with 3D post conversion, the laziest way of making 3D movies.

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The Future Is Now!

Are We Close To 3D Movies Without The Ugly Glasses?

You hate wearing 3D glasses. That’s ok, you’re in a very large boat. Studios and theaters have tried to make it more fun for us; I’ve got a great pair of Harry Potter rimmed glasses from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Avengers had an array of different designs, the last Star Wars re-release got podracing glasses, and most recently we learned The Hobbit would be getting a very Tolkien-esque pair. Honestly, I don’t care for 3D at all but it would be a lot more pleasant if I didn’t have to wear those glasses. Well, thanks to a new study, that day could be closer than we think! 

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To Boldly Go

Star Trek 2 Will Be in 3D and IMAX, and There Might Be a Third Movie, Says Damon Lindelof

So, Damon Lindelof has been in the news a lot these days, discussing Prometheus and signing on to fix Marc Forster‘s World War Z. But now, he’s talking about the movie that’s a little less controversial and higher up on the excitement level — Star Trek 2. And what he’s saying now over at TrekMovie.com will probably get us all even more psyched for this highly-anticipated sequel: it’s been shot in 3D and IMAX. Not just for the extra dollars at the box office, but because tests done on scenes from the first movie just looked so darn cool that it turned everyone at J.J. AbramsBad Robot on to the gimmick. So, that good, huh? We’ll see about that — and see if it’ll warrant a third movie.

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Oh Hollywood

Hollywood Weirdness of the Day: Imminent G.I. Joe Sequel Pushed Back Nine Months

We haven’t done a lot of coverage of G.I. Joe: Retaliation here, for a number of reasons. None of the editors are huge fans of G.I. Joe, so it’s difficult to write about it with knowledge. The first movie… uh… was not considered to be that great. And while I found the trailer really amusing, with its transparent excitement over having Bruce Willis in the movie, it wasn’t amusing enough to get me interested in the movie.

But now G.I. Joe: Retaliation has done something really interesting, really inexplicable, and quite possibly really stupid. Yesterday, Retaliation was one month and five days from release. Today, it is ten months and four days from release.

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