You know 3D has gone way too far when you stop reporting about a movie getting that extra dimension, and start reporting about a movie who isn’t going to be in 3D. Crazy world we live in, folks.
Warner Brothers has announced that even though they’ve put much effort into getting Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows converted to 3D in post production, they just don’t have the time to pull it off. The studio had plans to do all of the 3D work in post — a process that has led to very bad results for other films who have attempted it — and still has plans to do it for the second part of their epic two-part finale, but the quality they were seeking was just not possible before the scheduled November 19 release date.
This is grand news for fans of the series, due to the aforementioned fact that movies converted in post production have been pretty awful. There’s no point in risking the integrity of your franchise just to make a little more money on poor post-production 3D, and it’s a shame that they still plan to go through with the makeover for Part 2.
Here’s what WB had to say about their decision:
Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate Harry Potter.
Considering how long 3D has been booming, you’d think that the studio would have just filmed the whole thing in 3D from the start to ensure the best quality. It seems pretty strange that they decided so late to just convert it later. Personally, I think it would be a bold and admirable move to go 2D for both movies, and prove that big movies don’t need to fit in with the popular kids to be great.
Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that at least Part 1 will be in good old 2D, and we don’t have to worry about how good or bad the 3D conversion will look until July 15, 2011 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is released in theaters.
Fingers crossed that by that point, Warner Brothers decides to keep it 100% pure and move forward without the added novelty of three dimensions.