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George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead Getting 3D Revamp

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May 19, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Dawn of the Dead

George A. Romero's classic 1978 zombie flick Dawn of the Dead is being "dimensionalized" into stereoscopic 3D for a theatrical re-release sometime within the next 12 months. A company called In-Three will use its proprietary conversion technique to turn the film into 3D, a process which costs upwards of $50,000 to $100,000 per minute. The Nightmare Before Christmas has been the only other movie to similarly be converted from its original 2D format into 3D. With around 1000 3D-ready digital screens in the US, this conversion may become a huge success when it eventually hits theaters. Although I'm not the biggest fan of 3D, I'll admit that the idea of seeing Dawn of the Dead in 3D is very tempting.

In-Three's Neil Feldman justifies the idea, saying, "we are seeing interest now that people realize there will be sufficient screens to justify the cost." In-Three uses patented software tools and techniques to create a second camera image from a 2D image. Each frame is "dimensionalized," meaning that all objects are moved forward or backward from the screen or in relation to one another so as to achieve the desired dramatic effect. Dawn of the Dead's conversion is expected to be completed within the year.

As opposed to 3D as I typically am, the idea of Romero's Dawn of the Dead being used as the frontrunner for proving how entertaining classic films can be in 3D couldn't be a more perfect choice. There are a lot of great scenes that will be cool to see in 3D and I think using horror to show how great 3D looks is a smart idea. As long as In-Three's dimensionalization process is detailed enough that the 3D doesn't come out looking simple, I'll be supportive. My big problem with 3D nowadays is that it's done so poorly sometimes that there are only a few planes of dimensions, and not the hundreds or thousands that are required for it to be realistical. But that's just my own personal gripe, as most people seem to enjoy 3D as is.

Will you see George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead in theaters again in 3D?

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  • Ronald, The Boy
    I like George Romero, and I like Dawn of the Dead, no doubt. But my question is, are there no original ideas anymore?? Everything is being re-done, or adapted to film, or in this example re-released with 3-D added. Look at this summer..."speed racer", "batman", "iron man", "indy", "caspian". And Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes remaking all of the old iconic horror movies that we love. rape me!! Don't get me wrong, I really love, and and will see all of these films, because they in the end, are great, but I'm looking forward to wall-e because you get to meet the character for the first time. There is a virgin quality about this that makes it so new and exciting. C'mon Hollywood!! We need a few more cherries to pop!
  • Tom
    For one, just the chance to see one of my all-time favorites on the big screen is enough for me to cough up the money for an admission ticket. But it's in 3D!? Even better!
  • CSpuppydog
    One of my favorite movies of all time.. I really wnat to see this.
  • Scorpio
    Also one of my all time favorites, can't wait. I will be there opening night!! Hurry up already. On a side note, the first time I saw this movie was a midnight showing in 1980 in Times Square in NYC at some grindhouse theatre, that smelled like puke. (I kid you not) Ahhh the memories.
  • Glad to see you looking forward to more 3D Alex!
  • Hopefully it would be better than that cheaply made "Night of the Living Dead 3D" film with Sid Haig from a couple years ago.
  • Yeah, isn't there ALREADY a 3-D version of this out there that flopped?????????
  • No, there was a 3D remake of Night of the Living Dead, which was pretty much an unauthorized version (thanks to the fact that the original is in the public domain)
  • The should re-do Chairman of the Board in 3D, I'd see that
  • Kyle A. K.
    of course their isn't any original ideas..originality=risk. Recycling old movies, making sequels, remastering movies and making movies in 3d=far greater risk....Hollywood is so amazingly lame.
  • jason_md2020
    I'd be there even if it wasn't 3D. I was only 7 when it came out in theaters the first time. (Zombies + Big Screen = Kick Ass) + 3D = Icing on Cake!
  • jimmyslang
    this author is a dildo, he repeated two times that he is not a fan of 3-d movies. guess what guy, no one cares what you like, its supposed to be an editorial piece that you present the information indifferently without bias. learn to write. peace.
  • Toddyboy
    This will never come out,--its just talk--I luv DOTD---but they are just blowing smoke up your tush. t-boy---3/10/09
  • 3D Artist
    Wrong. Not smoke. I worked on the test shots. We scrutinized every frame. The change is so subtle for each pair of images, it looks like it was filmed in 3-D.
  • Dan Walimaa
    Is there any new info concerning the 3D DOTD?
  • rick
    Yeah, but even if this does happen it will probably only get a limited release! Don't expect this to get a wide release folks.
  • I have to make a confession that fast zombies creep me out. I think everyone agrees that anything that runs like an Olympic sprinter and doesn't get tired is a scary thought....they are pretty cool though. I just wonder if this film is based on the book The Breathing Dead by Esmonde?
  • Cburdick9
    did they come out with the 3d dawn of the dead yet

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