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    3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    By Carolyn Giardina
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Aug 16, 2007

    The Walt Disney Co.'s October rerelease of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 3-D digital cinema proved a success, playing in 168 theaters and grossing $8.7 million. It even ran in some venues until New Year's Day.

    On Oct. 19, Disney again is rereleasing the film, but this year the studio is planning for a four-week run in about 600 theaters.

    The 3-D-ready screens then will be needed to accommodate the debut of Paramount Pictures' 3-D "Beowulf" on Nov. 16, says Chuck Viane, president of distribution at Disney. "I would say within 12-18 months the marketplace will take care of itself," he says. "While the initial (3-D) installations are going on, you have to be quite cognizant of what is available to you in 3-D."

    This shift could mark the arrival of a new stage in the 3-D digital-cinema movement.

    Big titles are driving installations. Paramount estimates there will be 1,000 3-D-ready screens for "Beowulf," but that figure is skewed as it counts film-based Imax screens as well as digital installations from Real D and Dolby Digital Cinema. For digital 3-D releases, 3-D provider Real D is more optimistic, saying that it expects to exceed 1,000 screens in the fall. Dolby, which announced a 3-D digital-cinema system in March at ShoWest, is testing its technology in theaters and plans to roll out in time for "Nightmare" and "Beowulf." The company did not yet have screen-count figures.
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    Re: 3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    I wonder how many more great film theatres will become victim to the digital onslaught. 3-D's great and all, but outside of that, I still greatly enjoy a film experience.

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    Re: 3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    If only somebody would find the sense to rerelease House of Wax... such a great film. And the greatest 3-D film ever made.
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    Re: 3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    Isn't it funny that the biggest opening of all was the Simpson's in 2D? Less D's more good movies.
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    Re: 3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Orville View Post
    Isn't it funny that the biggest opening of all was the Simpson's in 2D? Less D's more good movies.
    We're not talking CGI movies, you know. So, really, that's a bit irrelevant to the context of the thread...

    Considering that there is a larger amount of 2-D movies made with the majority of wide releases being made in 1953, 1983, and the timespan of 2005 to present, it's not that hard to have a 2-D film make more money than a 3-D film. But it's also like saying that the people of Rhode Island are living in poverty because the wealth of all the other states combined is a lot more than the net worth of Rhode Island.

    In animation alone, there's been maybe 5 animated releases in 3-D. One of them being a rerelease. In almost every case, the 3-D version outsold its 2-D counterpart.

    There's just a big animation slump period (not to mention the overall slump at the box office). The only ones with the big blockbuster status that we saw during the first few years of the CGI novelty have been overly-anticipated movies that continued a well-established franchise -- CGI or not. The Simpsons and Shrek get the numbers they do primarily because the have the huge established fanbase, not because of the medium. And the other big grossers -- mostly franchises. The other movies -- who cares if they're great? People can wait because it's not familiar territory.

    But all that's really off topic.

    With 99% of the movies each year being 2-D, pointing out that a single 2-D movie is grossing more than a 3-D movie just doesn't make sense.
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    Re: 3-D-ready screens popping out all over

    Venice, 27 August 2007

    Biennale Cinema 64th Venice Film Festival
    “Tim Burton Day”:
    Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Tim Burton

    For the “Tim Burton Day”, there will also be a screening of the new stereoscopic 3D version of the feature film, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, created and produced by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick. Presented as a world premiere in Venice in 1994, the film has become a charming and magical cult animation film. For the first time in the history of film festivals, the Venice Festival will screen an entire film - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - in 3D Stereoscopic Digital Cinema, making use of highly advanced technological solutions to ensure viewers in the Sala Grande the best possible visual quality, as desired by the film’s director. This has been possible due to the consistent work and collaboration of the Biennale di Venezia’s Digital Cinema Team with the Disney Production Team.

    Using the new “Shutter” 3D spectacles, the public will be able to “make contact” with the film’s characters. The 3D technology provides a 3D effect by projecting a double image, one for the right eye and one for the left, creating a sense of depth and reality. Disney Digital 3D takes the application of this technology to a level never previously experienced, using a single projector that alternates the images for the right and for the left eye extremely rapidly (144 times a second), so that the brain perceives the stimulus of a third dimension.

    This new Disney Digital 3D process had its first successful debut with Chicken Little, but Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in the new 3D version explores a higher level. The film marks the first instance in which a complete analogical film in 2D is converted into a 3D Stereoscopic Digital Cinema format. For Walt Disney Animation, the project represents a rare opportunity to enable the public to perceive an already greatly appreciated classic from a completely new perspective. The Disney Digital 3D technology is the result of a collaboration between Disney Studios, the special skills in the digital field of Industrial Light and Magic and the digital cinema projectors and servers of DCI comply.
    The 3D version of the film will be released in European cinemas in time for Halloween, on 31st October 2007.
    http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/ci...n/77865.1.html

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