With the release of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows now just over a month away, Warner Brothers have made a pretty shocking announcement with regards to the 3-D release of the film: there won’t be one. At a time when it is basically just expected that every major blockbuster will be released in 3-D, they have decided to give up on the 2-D to 3-D post-production conversion. The quality was simply not living up to their supposedly high standards and they have run out of time to fix it. The movie will be released in standard 2-D prints and it will still play in IMAX theatres, however, a press release confirmed that the studio “will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window.” I guess this is cause for celebration?
Director David Yates said that this is further proof of the WB’s commitment to quality, but let’s not forget this is the same studio that got slammed for a poor 3-D transfer of Clash of the Titans earlier in the year. It would appear that they didn’t want to risk the negative attention that a crappy 3-D release could bring, although with a Harry Potter movie, could a little bad buzz really make much of a difference? They would still make a lot more money from the higher ticket prices either way. My guess is that the 3-D conversion was literally incomplete and hopelessly behind schedule, leaving them with no other choice but to drop it. There’s been no word on what this might mean for the 3-D release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, however.
Are you disappointed that there won’t be a 3-D release of the next Harry Potter flick? Did Warner Brothers make the right decision or should they have pushed back the release date in order to accommodate it? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits theatres on Friday. Nov. 19th.