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article imageOp-Ed: Classic films should not be re-released in 3D

By Stan Rezaee     Apr 10, 2012 in Entertainment
Movie goers were given a treat over the weekend with 'Titanic' returning to theaters in 3D. It was only a few months back that 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace' was re-released in 3D. Hopefully this does not devolve into a trend.
Audiences and film connoisseur may now have that dream of having their favorite films converted and re-released in 3D. Despite ones desire, it's better for Hollywood to avoid making this into a trend or it will result in the same professional backlash endured by film colorization in the 80's.
First one needs to understand the difference between a movie that was filmed in 3D and one converted in 3D. Movies like Avatar were filmed using the 3-D Fusion Camera System, a digital movie camera that films in stereoscopic 3-D. This camera was developed by James Cameron and has been used in other major films shoot in 3D.
The success of Avatar has lead to other studios trying to get in on the 3D bandwagon by taking the path of least resistance, hence you have the problem of films converted in 3D. These are movies that were filmed with a regular camera and then converted into 3D during post production. For studios this is more cost effective but at the same time it does not give audiences the same experience of a movie filmed in 3D.
The drawback of 3D conversion is during the process the image is darkened which degrades the visual quality. This is a major problem for movies filmed with a dark background. Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender became infamous for this and received a furious backlash from Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
Hence here is the problem, this technology is new and obviously all classic films were not filmed with a 3D camera. Unfortunately the 3D conversion process will not only fail to offer the same 3D quality but it will also present a degraded picture quality for most films.
So while Cameron fans may have enjoyed Titanic during the weekend but should abandon all hope for any future 3D conversions of Aliens or Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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