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Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Thompson on Hollywood

In a welcome sign that the studios are recognizing the hazards of retrofit 3-D–even if done well–Warner Bros. is dumping the idea of releasing Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series, in 3-D on November 19. (An IMAX release will proceed.) Smart move–although the studio blames a lack of time for the change in conversion plans. With time to spare, they say they’ll still release Part II in 3-D on July 15. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Why? Warners doesn’t need to do it, and after looking at some of the converted footage, they realize that 3-D could actually hurt the film’s quality. They’re not even putting the film out with a few 3-D scenes, as they did on the last one. The Harry Potter films are among the most expensive and lavishly produced in Hollywood. Why muck them up with 3-D, especially if they weren’t shot that way?

Another likely plus from this move: Deathly Hallows will be taken more seriously by older Academy members who may not respond to 3-D. I maintain that there’s a generational divide on how viewers perceive 3-D.

While Sony continues to double its bets on 3-D, the studios can’t help but see that the bloom is off the 3-D rose. Tiffany productions from FX wizards like James Cameron and CG animators like DreamWorks and Pixar function well in a CG digital realm where 3-D is an enhancement. Disney’s upcoming Tron: Legacy also falls in this category. But why spend $200-million plus on Harry Potter only to muck it up with a fuzzy gimmick?

Warners saw the 3-D backlash that met its rushed Clash of the Titans 3-D conversion. Bravo to Warners for making the right call and here’s hoping the rest of Hollywood sees the wisdom of cherry-picking the right films for 3-D and not just burning audiences with low-budget 3-D flicks at premium prices.

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Sharon Kahn

Anne, I even wonder about the generational divide on this. Granted it’s not much of a sample, but I have an 11 year-old niece who says that she and her friends don’t think that 3-D adds much–and she’s a fan of big action films. We found ourselves on opposite sides on Avatar — I, not a big 3-D enthusiast, thought there was real artistry in the 3D work on that film. She saw it in IMAX 3D, wide-screen 3-D and a couple of times in 2-D, and said the 2-D was every bit as good an experience for her.


I agree with the majority here. I’m relieved it won’t be in 3D. For me, it ruins a film.

My reservation is whether Part 2 really will be in 3D. If Warner still insist its going to be, then I see no point in going to see Part 1, as I won’t watch Part 2 in 3D, I get no local 2D alternative, and I don’t want to see only half a film.


3D makes me angry….cant wait til it is gone and we can watch movies the good ole fashion way again :)


Finally no 3D movies!!!! GREAT MOVIE WARNER BROS. I hate how all the film coming out are all in 3D, they only do it just to make more revenue and 3D takes the joy out of enjoying a film. Anyways, I just started my movie blog guys and it would be cool if you guys can check it out and comment about what I should improve on, its, I am new to all this so I would love some advice Thanks. And thank you Warner Bros. for no 3D!!


Can’t disagree with anything you say Anne. Warner’s decided with wasn’t worth it or really necessary. Besides I still believe that 3D movies will go the way of 3D films back n the 50’s. Here today, gone tomorrow


In the interest of fairness, I must point out, having read the book, that most of the first half is just the three kids on the run and living in a tent. There’s really very little there for the process to be exploited. Part 2, on the other hand, is spectacular (including the climactic war) and will work quite nicely in depth.

vickie nock

3d isn’t all it’s cracked up to be i’d much rather watch a normal film than watch something with stupid uncomfortable glasses on. why cant we just enjoy the film???

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