'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!
Reader Feedback - 24 Comments
NeoSlyfer on Oct 8, 2010
zzz on Oct 8, 2010
FINALLY, someone in the industry gets smart! Thank you WB, thank you!
one on Oct 8, 2010
Hope this 3D fashion goes away FAST!
dan on Oct 8, 2010
ah, so good to get some promising news from Hollyweird, let the fad die. If only we could get them to understand that 3-D add only negative quality, and not an ounce of good quality. Keep the fight up my fellow anti-3-D Crusading brethren!
Xerxex on Oct 8, 2010
WB didnt make the decision cause their hating on 3D all of a sudden, this was strictly a decision due to technical reasons.....part II will still be in all its 3D "glory" to make WB more monies
monal on Oct 8, 2010
3D is stupid. It makes you look stupid while were the glasses, when you reach out and touch what you think is floating in front of you, and when you pay extra money for a TV that has you hook up to a cable provider that provide zero HD/3D channels. Stupid.
LetterJ13 on Oct 8, 2010
I wasn't going to see this in IMAX before because of the 3D, now I am. I'm happy WB, and you get more money! 🙂
Geoff on Oct 8, 2010
Those behind the Potter films have had good taste. I applaud them.
Johnny Neat on Oct 8, 2010
A victory for the world of cinema.
Moon on Oct 8, 2010
Don't be silly. Warners certainly don't want to be hung with not getting it right twice, but the likelihood is that they were given the same choice of a delay as with HBPrince. The key to getting 3D right is to spend a lot of time on it. This was the lesson of the Alice experience – the post houses were given the 2D version too late and the rush job was good in some parts, but not everywhere. They probably saw the schedule slipping, but didn't want to lose the December release. (Clash was a different story, with an immature technology.) And, this gives them an opportunity to re-release the movie in 3D and get a 2nd shot at the audience. Slowly, better projectors are coming out, with better glasses and glasses for kids. 3D is not going to disappear, as sad as some of the early evolution has been.
DCineGuy on Oct 8, 2010
I live in 3D everyday of my life. I don't need my films containing any extra "D's". I'm already scared that I will get a Penis in the eye at Jackass 3D... at least the glasses will protect me.
Knawx on Oct 8, 2010
DCineGuy no. 3-D has no place in cinema.
Xerxex on Oct 8, 2010
@ Xerxex... once again we disagree. If it wasn't for 3D Avatar wouldn't have been a great movie. ...oh wait... nevermind... 😀 Props to WB and Potter execs. Thankfully we'll see a worthy ending to a great franchise. Sopranos... Lost... I'm looking at YOU. BTW: Any chance they 'fixed' Half-Blood and will open Hallows with the funeral??? Just asking
Akirakorn on Oct 8, 2010
People are posting on all the movie sites that they're sure Warners will finish the 3D on this and then release the 3D version right before the debut of Part II.
EJP on Oct 8, 2010
YAY!!!!!not every movie needs to be in 3D. i have gained more respect for WB for putting the quality of the film first instead of the latest gimmick. way to go.
salber on cinema on Oct 9, 2010
I'd like to see 3D's funeral...in Three D
Jimmy Love on Oct 9, 2010
Alex you stated "They tried to make it look good, realized they couldn't in the amount of time they had, so they said screw the 3D." That's a technical limitation as I said...not necessarily artistic one since their not hesitating with adding 3D in Part 2.
monal on Oct 9, 2010
som uch for this crossing the billion mark
adam on Oct 10, 2010
This only one film....everyone..keep the boycott going. FUCK THE 3D SHIT!
DiR3cT on Oct 11, 2010
I find it hilarious people are so against 3D. If you don't like then don't go see a movie that is presented in the format. So far each release has has a counterpart 2D release. Obviously enough people enjoy it, or it wouldn't be done.
jason onyx on Oct 15, 2010
Yeah. Hell with 3d. And that whole idea of color too. Just because I see the world in color doesn't mean I want my films in color!! And hell with stereo and surround sound too. Just because I hear the world in stereo... You don't want your films in 3d?! You all sound like the naysayers of the past 100 of film. History repeating itself again.... Remember when people didn't want their video games in 3d either? (not stereoscopic 3d, but 3d geometry) Now the idea of buying consoles that only do 2d games is laughable.
Kevin on Oct 18, 2010
do u guys have anything better to do then complaining about 3d movies "o lets boycott 3d" fuckin homo's this means u have no life and all u do is cry and get on websites and cry bout stupid shit GET A LIFE AND QUIT WHINNING
stupid homo's on Oct 25, 2010
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