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'Star Wars 3D' -- and every other 3-D movie on the planet -- coming within the next year

March 3, 2011 |  5:53 pm

Fox today announced that the first installment in its "Star Wars 3D" re-release series is indeed coming in 2012 -- and rather early in the year, in fact.

A converted version of George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace" will come out in just about 11 months, on Feb. 10. Interestingly, the Natalie Portman-Ewan McGregor space opera will open against another film that could appeal to the same adventure-oriented audience, Ryan Reynolds' and Denzel Washington's "Safe House."

There are still few details on what the new release will contain (Lucas, incidentally, hopes to open a converted "Star Wars" film each year), although given all the DVD extras we've seen for the franchise over the years, we could probably expect some additions here that go beyond a new axis.

The early-year release of "Phantom Menace" should give it plenty of room before that other 1990s tentpole comes back in 3-D, James Cameron's "Titanic." (That movie isn't expected to come out until April 2012.)

Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be some 3-D overload before we even get to February.

A quick look at the release calendar shows a whopping 15 3-D releases already dated for the August-December period alone, movies as different as "Conan the Barbarian," "Fright Night" and "Adventures of Tintin." In fact, between now and Thanksgiving, no more than two weeks will go by without a new 3-D movie opening. Come February, the question may be whether viewers will want to see not only more "Star Wars" but more 3-D.

--Steven Zeitchik



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Photo: Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson in "Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace." Credit: 20th Century Fox

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It's a great film but quit milking the public over 2-d into 3-d but if the public wants it, who am I to stop it.

enough of 3D until they work out the glasses... and please do not release Casablanca in 3D. Unless a film was shot for 3D, it will always look worse than the original.

Conan the Barbarian converted to 3D? My, how deep they're going in the source material archive for that one.

Arnold "Conan" Schwarzenegger: "I vahnt to CROSH my enemies and hear da lamentations of der wimmen!"

When men were men and the women were glad of it.


How can a movie shot in 2-D all of a sudden become 3-D?! This reminds me of vinyl when there was the advent of stereo. Capitol records would put-out a recording that was produced in mono, throw the original recording on one side and add some echo on the other to simulate some kind of audio ambiance; pathetic. At least the old Beatle releases had the music on one side and the vocals (w/ echo) on the other; but even Paul must have groaned when he heard what they did. This decision to release Star Wars in 3-D by the motion picture studio has Greed written all over it; "there's a sucker born everyday" mentality has been adopted by the 'bean-counters'. Buyer beware!
JSJR 352011


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