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Is 'Star Wars 3-D' a good idea?

September 28, 2010 |  7:29 pm

It's more entertaining than a Darth-Luke light saber duel to imagine how the "Star Wars" faithful will react to the news that the sci-fi franchise is coming back, and along the Z-axis this time. Blind rapture? Abject skepticism? A Jabba the Hut-size pile of confusion?

But like it or not, here it comes: "Star Wars" in 3-D.

Fox, undeterred by its middling re-rerelease of "Avatar" this past summer, will take on the mothership of all re-releases. It's putting George Lucas' epic back in theaters after a massive conversion of the space opera to 3-D. "The Phantom Menace" will come first (as it does chronologically) in 2012, with the five pictures following it in sequence. Lucas has come around on the format, making several comments of late that he may be willing to give conversion a shot. And now, apparently, he is.

There's plenty to chew over here — the box office ripple to all the other tentpoles in the coming years not least among them — as a piece of cinema history will crash up against a piece of technology present. Yes, new generations and all that. But is it also true that part of our cultural memory is getting reworked for studio profit? Not since colorization has a technological advance been capable of creating such controversy.

— Steven Zeitchik



Star Wars saga in 3-D will start in 2012

Photo: Mark Hamill and "Yoda" in "The Empire Strikes Back. Credit: 20th Century Fox.

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The haters can bash it all they want, but I think that - as long as they're done properly - the battle sequences in "Star Wars" and "Jedi" would be phenonemal, especially the trench run, as would the Hoth battle and asteroid field in "Empire".

The key there is that the 3D is done is done PROPERLY!

I only recognize 3 Star Wars movies.

Yet another re-release of Star Wars... . When will they stop milking these movies made decades ago and do something new?

Cinema's most successful one trick pony has found another way to sell the ride.

Ironic, is it not, that the realm's other one trick pony director is also named George? Mr. Lucas and Mr. Romero keep finding new variations on singular themes.

Can't wait for 'Plan Nine From Outer Space' and 'The Giant Claw' to be added a dimension. It will all happen soon, you know. 3-D TV will open an insatiable appetite for 'dimensionalization'. Just copyrighted the word.

- Criswell predicts

Regardless of the quality, I will be looking forward to taking my son to see the movies in an actual theater. I remember seeing Jedi (too young for hope and empire) in the theater with my dad and now my son and i will be able to go and he will be able to experience the movies on the big screen.

It's a good idea...but the RELEASE STRATEGY is a TERRIBLE idea! Release the originals first then the prequels? Who the BLANK really wants to sit through Attack Of The Clones again? The very thought of ultra-pubescent Hayden Christensen whiling for 2 1/2 hours in 3D is horrifying!

It's one thing to restore a few cut or unshot scenes to fix plot issues. Automatically replacing perfectly good model and matte work with CGI is an insult to the original FX artists who created it. Hey, why not rework the 1933 King Kong with CGI? Or dub over those corny 1933 accents and slang?

This gives us hope that "Remains of the Day" will be re-released in 3-D. Now that will be something!

Post-production 3D looks lame.


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