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Lucas To Turn Star Wars Films Into 3-D Videos

Lee Stewart
07-24-2008, 04:24 PM
Lucas To Turn Star Wars Films Into 3-D Videos

24 July 2008 10:36 AM, PDT | From Studio Briefing | See recent Studio Briefing news

Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is a major advocate of theatrical 3-D films, has disclosed that George Lucas is investing in a technology that could turn all of his Star Wars movies into 3-D features that could be given new releases. Katzenberg told the website ComingSoon.net that he now has the technical resources to begin the conversion process. Previous attempts to turn 2-D movies into 3-D have produced mixed results and reactions -- mostly negative -- but Katzenberg remarked in the interview that Lucas "isn't going to put a product out, I think, that isn't anything other than first rate."

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0266383/

anythingwt
07-24-2008, 04:42 PM
Very exciting news. I am interested to learn about how that process would work(Turning a 2D film to 3D)

Lee Stewart
07-24-2008, 05:02 PM
Very exciting news. I am interested to learn about how that process would work(Turning a 2D film to 3D)

This is all I was able to find at the moment:

iF MAGAZINE: What can you tell us about the 3D versions of the STAR WARS films?

RICK MCCALLUM: 3D we�re working on, and it�s just a question of how many theatres are out there. Hopefully by the end of this year there will be about fifteen hundred theatres. We need about two or three thousand before it makes it viable for any of us to go forward with 3D. That looks like it�s going to happen sometime in the year 2007, so I am unbelievably happy about that. The 3D is something I�m really happy with. We�re not sure when the technology will be totally there. I think there are a lot of major filmmakers interested. [James] Cameron is interested in re-doing TITANIC and TERMINATOR 2. Peter [Jackson] wants to do all of the LORD OF THE RINGS movies. We want to do all six STAR WARS, and we know there is hunger out there. There is a dimensionalization process by a company called M3 that we�re all working with. They have proprietary software that creates a double image that produces a 3D effecting post-production after you�ve filmed a 2D film. It�s amazing. You use wonderful glasses that are flicker free, they are hooked up to a wireless transmitter in the theatre. It has to be digital cinema, that�s our problem. That�s what makes it great, and it makes it a problem because there aren�t enough theatres out there to make fiscal sense.
http://www.ifmagazine.com/feature.asp?article=1492

I have not been able to find anything on this company called M3 . . . still looking.

EDIT - got it. It looks like there was a typo:

http://www.in-three.com/

Super XP
07-24-2008, 10:41 PM
This is really good news. Can you imagine watching it in 3D? Wouldn't that make you dizzy though?

And will this be available on DVD and/or BD? or do you need an HDTV with 3D capabilities.

Mase
07-25-2008, 07:20 AM
THere has never been one movie that was turned from 2D to 3D with any good reception..

This is just another way to milk a franchise that is past its prime.. Yes I love Star Wars and own a couple different version, but the only other version this movie needs or even deserves is an HD version.... Why waste money on something that is 99% likely to fail, when you know bringing it to Blu will be welcomed with open arms and likely one of the biggest selling titles on the format...

Lee Stewart
07-25-2008, 08:45 AM
THere has never been one movie that was turned from 2D to 3D with any good reception..

This is just another way to milk a franchise that is past its prime.. Yes I love Star Wars and own a couple different version, but the only other version this movie needs or even deserves is an HD version.... Why waste money on something that is 99% likely to fail, when you know bringing it to Blu will be welcomed with open arms and likely one of the biggest selling titles on the format...

Really?

I thought The Nightmare Before Christmas was done very well. It is a 2D film turned into a 3D film.

If you have an IMAX theater near you - catch it around Halloween time and see with your own eyes that it works VERY well.

Mase
07-25-2008, 09:25 AM
Really?

I thought The Nightmare Before Christmas was done very well. It is a 2D film turned into a 3D film.

If you have an IMAX theater near you - catch it around Halloween time and see with your own eyes that it works VERY well.

I thought the Nightmare Before Christmas was originally a 3D film to begin with...

Hmmmmm :confused:

Lee Stewart
07-25-2008, 10:45 AM
I thought the Nightmare Before Christmas was originally a 3D film to begin with...

Hmmmmm :confused:

Nope - it was a 2D film that Disney re-released as a 3D film.

It was shot with a 1.66 AR

brant
07-28-2008, 12:18 AM
Okay I gotta ask:

I caught the end of a show on history channel the other night about star wars. They were showing clips from the different movies, and they showed the ending sequence from ROTJ, and in the scene with the 'ghosts' of obiwan, yoda, and anakin, hayden christensen was now in the shot. Did george change something again? it didn't make sense because the spirits of obiwan and yoda were their older selves, as when they died, but now there's this young kid standing there that was supposed to be old man vader.