Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will NOT be in 3D

Looks like the anticpated first chapter of the last book adaptation of Harry Potter will be screened in old fashioned traditional format as the 3D conversion is not going to be done in time.

But what’s taking them? That’s right. Its not looking up to snuff and can’t be fixed in time for the release.

Empire reports:

Warner Bros., long the champion of and big believer in 3D, has announced that one of the studio’s biggest new releases is ditching the third dimension. Yes, Part One of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will indeed arrive without the need for special glasses.

“We will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window,” adding “despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality,” the company announced in a press release picked up by The Playlist. “We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”

Now I read what they are saying, but what I am hearing is that they don’t like the quality, so they are not doing it. Clash of the Titans was torn a new one over its sloppy 3D effects, and WB is likely driven to a standard of quality that this film has yet to achieve.

I appreciate that they are pushing for better quality instead of spoon feeding us 3D versions because they know we will pay. This move sounds like they are trying their best for quality and wont sacrifice that to put out the film in 3D for its November 19th release date.

Yes, they have a deadline to hit, but it sounds more like they wont be offering it up unless the quality of 3D post conversion is up to par, which they didn’t say they CAN’T do, but rather they couldn’t do it at an acceptable quality in time for their release date.

To quote Wesley in the Princess Bride in regards to Buttercup saying they would not survive the fire swamp:

“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”

And that sticks with me when I think of the Post3D debate. People are so against it like some plague that infests Hollywood (other blind extremes say 3D alone is the plague) but that isn’t to say they should give up. Did they give up with CGI when it stood out like Roger Rabit on the screen? Now we have Avatar.

I still have faith that post conversion 3d is possible, just that in these early days of the technique, they haven’t found a way to do it so it looks as good as Real 3D filmed on 3D cameras.

But with this last chapter(s) of Harry Potter not being in 3D? I can accept that because the previous 6 films were not. Not to say it wouldn’t be cool, but I can live without it for this franchise.

Of course this could all be marketing genius and a ploy to re-release the film in 3D just ahead of Part 2 to double dip on the fanbase when Part 2 inevitably does come out in 3D.

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