With Disney re-releasing new 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in theatres next weekend, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D about to do its annual October theatrical run, a lot of studios are giving thought to 3-D updates of other classic films as well. No doubt the success or failure of the Toy Story double bill will determine whether or not we see more of these types of re-releases.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, one film that is looking very likely to get a three-dimensional makeover in the near future is the highest grossing movie of all time, James Cameron’s Titanic. Folks at Cameron’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment have acknowledged 3-D tests for both Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Other movies that would be no brainers for a 3-D re-release include The Matrix and Star Wars. While Titanic must be an obvious choice just based on its past success, I have to admit, I don’t see 3-D really adding a lot to the experience. Do you?
I like the idea of re-releasing classics in theatres, but I’m not quite sold on the 3-D remastering process. How many worthwhile effects can you really add after the fact? I’m not totally against 3-D but I certainly prefer watching movies that were originally intended for three-dimensional viewing. Would you pay to watch Titanic again in 3-D? What about some of these other classics?