Saturday, February 18, 2012

The obsession with 3D movies

I took J and 2 of his friends to go watch the re-relese of The Phantom Menace 3D today. I love the Star Wars films, they are absolute classics as far as I am concerned even though they are so cheesy and the characters have the most awful dialogue. I was really looking forward to seeing it in 3D. There was so many scenes that would have been very effective as 3D scenes - the pod race, the explosions, the final battle, where QuiGon Jinn dies... yet I never felt as if I was watchign a 3D movie. Nothing jumped out like it normally does, nothing flew across the screen at me. I was sorely disappointed.

Before the movie started, there was a trailer for Titanic. In 3D. The one released in 1997.

I don't understand the obsession with re-releasing movies now in 3D. It's all about making more money off of a succesful movie I am sure but still, what a ripoff it can be if the movie doesn't have much 3D in it.

The boys enjoyed it, I got to renew my acquaintance with old favourites.


J.A. Beard said...

Converted movies versus movies that were designed as 3D also have quality issues (particularly really dark and muted colors). :|

Cameron of all people knows this. He's even dogged some other post-production conversions for that reason. So it makes the Titantic thing all the more frustrating.

Claudine said...

It wasn't a bad conversion, the Star Wars one, just that there could have been more. At least, I expected more. However I certainly didn't expect the Titanic to be redone.