Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows not in 3D
Now this is an interesting development, Warner Bros. have just announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will no longer be released in 3D, mainly because of quality and timing issues.
While that might not mean a lot to some, and perhaps a sigh of relief to most, it does raise some interesting questions about the second part of the film, why quality has suddenly come into the 3D conversion issue, and what will the film look like since it's already been filmed with 3D in mind?
The statement is short and sweet and simply states that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be in 2D and in IMAX, but not in 3D as:
”...we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window.”
”This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
Always? Really? A little while ago they weren't too concerned about the quality of the 3D conversion process, did Yates see Clash of the Titans? I don't know if this decision was based on quality, if that was the case then they either wouldn't have started the process or would be returning the product to the conversion company to fix. Perhaps it's more about timing than anything?
However it does raise a few questions, the first is the most obvious. What's going to happen to Part II? Are they going to convert that despite the failed conversion of the first film? I think not. I think it will fall by the wayside and we'll just see it in 2D and IMAX.
What about the film itself? I'm sure, and it can be seen from some of the moments in the trailer, that while filming they've been thinking about 3D and have purposefully made objects closer to the camera than they normally would and made objects fly by it many a time. For those of us accustomed to watching 3D films in 2D because we won't pay extra and don't really see it as anything more than a gimmick, it won't be any difference, but will 3D fans get annoyed at it?
There's a bigger question though, what does this mean for 3D? Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the conversions and a move to pure 3D filming? If so that surely ramps up the cost of production on potential 3D films and perhaps pushes the number of films being released in this format down, a good thing if you ask me.