After the success of films like The Lion King 3D, it looks like 2012 will be the year of the back catalogue 2D – 3D conversion. This year will see the re-release of Titanic, Finding Nemo and possibly Inception. Of course next month sees the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D.
Star Wars: Phantom Menace 3D will be one of the biggest re-releases this year and it will be in cinemas from February 10th (February 9th in North America).
The classic has been converted by Prime Focus, the company behind Immortals, Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Wrath of the Titans. The 2D to 3D conversion specialists used their View-D system and a team of over 1000 rotoscope artists in India, LA and London to convert Star Wars: Phantom Menace to 3D for Lucasfilm.
Back in March George Lucas said, "It was incredibly important to me that we have the technology, the resources and the time to do this right. I'm very happy with the results I've been seeing on Episode I."
Depending on the commercial success of the first conversion, George Lucas intends to convert the entire series of Star Wars movies into 3D but talking last year he said that would be a yearly release process and only if the public's appetite for it continues.
What do you think?
Do you intend to watch Star Wars 3D? If yes, will that be because it will be in 3D or would you have watched it anyway, just for the chance to see it back on the big screen? Will you steer well clear? Do you believe the quality of conversion is acceptable now? (Hugo and Transformers featured many converted scenes). Or do you feel the back catalogue 3D re-release is exploitative?
With the release of Star Wars 3D a few weeks away, we would be delighted if you could vote in the Star Wars poll (via the box on the right in the centre column). The results will be revealed at the end of the month. Also, it would be great to hear your thoughts on 2D to 3D conversion in general.
20th Century Fox Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D TV Promo
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