'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' Loses 3D Release
by Ethan Anderton
October 8, 2010
A small victory arrive for naysayers of the popular and profitable 3D format as Warner Bros. announced today, via press release, that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will only be released in 2D for both conventional and IMAX screens. The decision came as a result of being unable to deliver a quality 3D conversion by the time the film is supposed to hit the big screen on November 19th this year. Rather than upsetting the fans with a delayed release or delivering a shitty, rushed 3D conversion (looking at you Clash of the Titans), Warner Bros. has made the right move in avoiding any possible tainting of the two-part franchise finale.
Director David Yates comments, "This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first." Producer David Heyman added, "For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling's books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment." Applause all around for a very smart decision. I know fans were extremely upset when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was moved from its November 2008 release in favor of a July 2009 date, so WB has certainly dodged a bullet this time.
Despite a lack of 3D for the first part of the franchise conclusion, the studio did say that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will still hit conventional and IMAX screens on July 15, 2011 in both 2D and 3D formats. In the meantime be sure to check out the amazing trailers for the finale which have been released so far. You may commence with your 3D love/hate below!