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Crappy post-conversion tests are what saved your eyeballs from Fast Five 3D

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You almost had bulging biceps and whizzing vehicles hurled at your noggin in 3D, but Universal tried it with this week's FAST FIVE but didn't like what they saw. (And actually decided not to release it in 3D despite that.)

According to the LA Times, the quintuquel (what do you call a fifth movie in a franchise?) was considered for the omnipresent 3D treatment, but the results weren't impressive enough to justify the additional $10 million to convert the movie to the additional dimension.

"The test was not great. It was discombobulating and we discovered that the things that we find exciting about 3-D just didn't apply to a FAST film," Universal co-chairman Donna Langley said. "The way we shot the movie and, more importantly, the way we cut it does not lend itself to 3-D."

I'd say it's nice to see studios recognizing the limitations and oversaturation of the format, but this summer is about to be an onslaught of big 3D movies both post-converted (THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, HARRY POTTER, GREEN LANTERN) and shot native (CARS 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON), so we'll see just how tired audiences' eyes are by September.

Extra Tidbit: Plan on seeing any of the blockbusters in 3D, or strictly sticking to flat?
Source: LA Times

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5:34PM on 04/29/2011
While I think 3D is a huge innovation in the film industry I must admit that Hollywood has gone overboard with it. I believe that it should be done with certain movies and not by companies wanting to painfully drag a few extra dollars out of my pocket. No more of this post-conversion BS. If you're not going to take the time and money to shoot a movie in 3D don't make me pay extra to look at a pop-up book(which is what post-conversion movies remind me of).Most movies released in 3D shouldn't be
While I think 3D is a huge innovation in the film industry I must admit that Hollywood has gone overboard with it. I believe that it should be done with certain movies and not by companies wanting to painfully drag a few extra dollars out of my pocket. No more of this post-conversion BS. If you're not going to take the time and money to shoot a movie in 3D don't make me pay extra to look at a pop-up book(which is what post-conversion movies remind me of).Most movies released in 3D shouldn't be and I go out of my way to find it playing in 2D. It's bad enough that it costs us $40 worth of gas to drive 5 miles to the theater. It's only a matter of time before they start making movies like The King's Speech in 3D.
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10:57PM on 04/27/2011
And thank god. Not EVERY film needs to be in 3D. Even films of this caliber often times benefit from simply being in 2D.
And thank god. Not EVERY film needs to be in 3D. Even films of this caliber often times benefit from simply being in 2D.
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9:00PM on 04/27/2011

2D only for me, thanks.

Call me old-fashioned, but I felt totally uncomfortable watching 3D movies that are dark and headache-inducing. I LOVE digital projections, though, so I'll try to watch every movie in digital 2-D. (Or IMAX 2-D, if available.)
Call me old-fashioned, but I felt totally uncomfortable watching 3D movies that are dark and headache-inducing. I LOVE digital projections, though, so I'll try to watch every movie in digital 2-D. (Or IMAX 2-D, if available.)
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12:12PM on 04/27/2011
Post conversion is always awful. The only movie this summer I plan on seeing in 3D is Cars 2. Generally speaking I just don't care for live action films in 3D, even if they are shot as such.
Post conversion is always awful. The only movie this summer I plan on seeing in 3D is Cars 2. Generally speaking I just don't care for live action films in 3D, even if they are shot as such.
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11:17AM on 04/27/2011
I'm glad the studio wised up and realized a conversion 3D would suck balls. Either do it from the beginning or don't do it at all. I will be watching most these movies in 2D. Only one I'll watch in 3D is Transformers since it was filmed with 3D cameras and it'll probably be in IMAX.
I'm glad the studio wised up and realized a conversion 3D would suck balls. Either do it from the beginning or don't do it at all. I will be watching most these movies in 2D. Only one I'll watch in 3D is Transformers since it was filmed with 3D cameras and it'll probably be in IMAX.
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9:29AM on 04/27/2011

Converted 3D sucks!

Most movies don't need 3D, what they need is a good script. I know, I'm expecting too much.
Most movies don't need 3D, what they need is a good script. I know, I'm expecting too much.
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8:33AM on 04/27/2011
I made sure I watched Thor in 2D, even though it was on more screens in 3D. If people avoid post-converted stuff, eventually the studios might get the message.
I'm all for stuff that's shot in 3D though. Tron and Resident Evil: Afterlife were both cool experiences in 3D because they were created with that in mind.
I made sure I watched Thor in 2D, even though it was on more screens in 3D. If people avoid post-converted stuff, eventually the studios might get the message.
I'm all for stuff that's shot in 3D though. Tron and Resident Evil: Afterlife were both cool experiences in 3D because they were created with that in mind.
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11:46PM on 04/27/2011
too bad Thor has OUTSTANDING post-converted 3D.

Agreed that it's been pretty common knowledge in the past that post-converted 3D has sucked... but the technology has evolved and the process is beginning to be perfected, case in point: Thor.
too bad Thor has OUTSTANDING post-converted 3D.

Agreed that it's been pretty common knowledge in the past that post-converted 3D has sucked... but the technology has evolved and the process is beginning to be perfected, case in point: Thor.
7:23AM on 04/27/2011

2D for me....

I am planning to watch all converted movies in 2D and will only watch pirates in 3D....
I am planning to watch all converted movies in 2D and will only watch pirates in 3D....
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5:27AM on 04/27/2011
I live by this simple rule:
Only see the 3D version if it was shot in 3D.
Saved me a ton of money, but also allowed me to see some great 3D movies.
Easy.
I live by this simple rule:
Only see the 3D version if it was shot in 3D.
Saved me a ton of money, but also allowed me to see some great 3D movies.
Easy.
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4:33AM on 04/27/2011

Thor in 3D...

It's already out in the UK and I can tell you that I wish they hadn't bothered with the post-conversion there either. Asgard and the CG stuff looked ok, the stuff set on Earth less so, and then an obligatory pointy 3D credits sequence at the end, as per Green Hornet. On the other hand, Thor was awesome, and Fast Five (also out here) was brain-numbing.
It's already out in the UK and I can tell you that I wish they hadn't bothered with the post-conversion there either. Asgard and the CG stuff looked ok, the stuff set on Earth less so, and then an obligatory pointy 3D credits sequence at the end, as per Green Hornet. On the other hand, Thor was awesome, and Fast Five (also out here) was brain-numbing.
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3:20AM on 04/27/2011

movie looks BADASS!

glad they made the right choice.

However I'll be seein Thor in 3D in a week or two, the 3D trailer I saw of it looked very cool in terms of the 3D!!

Will probably see most of the other big ones this summer in 3D as well... Green Lantern for sure, maybe Captain America and DEFINITELY Transformers: Dark of the Moon
glad they made the right choice.

However I'll be seein Thor in 3D in a week or two, the 3D trailer I saw of it looked very cool in terms of the 3D!!

Will probably see most of the other big ones this summer in 3D as well... Green Lantern for sure, maybe Captain America and DEFINITELY Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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2:07AM on 04/27/2011
Good news that they finally woke up and worked out you can't jsut slap 3D on like a coat of paint.
OMG you poor little things, all getting a headache or whinning on about 3D.
So if 3d is in your face its a gimmick, if it's subtle, it's not worth it. Hard to please you bitches isn't it. Are all of you female or something?
Good news that they finally woke up and worked out you can't jsut slap 3D on like a coat of paint.
OMG you poor little things, all getting a headache or whinning on about 3D.
So if 3d is in your face its a gimmick, if it's subtle, it's not worth it. Hard to please you bitches isn't it. Are all of you female or something?
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8:40AM on 04/27/2011
Well put,I would have gone with liberal pussies but lil bitches works. People in America find reasons to cry about something instead of worrying about real issues,there is going to be a lot of people giving you shit for this(its happened to me before for similar shit) but well put man.
Well put,I would have gone with liberal pussies but lil bitches works. People in America find reasons to cry about something instead of worrying about real issues,there is going to be a lot of people giving you shit for this(its happened to me before for similar shit) but well put man.
1:56AM on 04/27/2011
Only normal 2D and IMAX in 2D for me. I can't tolerate 3D. It gives me an amazing headache.
Only normal 2D and IMAX in 2D for me. I can't tolerate 3D. It gives me an amazing headache.
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1:29AM on 04/27/2011

Fast fart 3D

I think i'll check this out when it comes on TV just to see The Rock. Vin Diesel is a damn punk!
I think i'll check this out when it comes on TV just to see The Rock. Vin Diesel is a damn punk!
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12:23AM on 04/27/2011
2D all day baby.
2D all day baby.
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12:13AM on 04/27/2011

Death to 3D conversions!

I'll be checking out the summer movies in 2D. Although, I have to admit, there is a part of me that wonders what a Michael Bay movie like Transformers 3 would be like in 3D. Its not like people see his films for the story. However, 3D and shaky-cam action scenes will likely make my head explode.
I'll be checking out the summer movies in 2D. Although, I have to admit, there is a part of me that wonders what a Michael Bay movie like Transformers 3 would be like in 3D. Its not like people see his films for the story. However, 3D and shaky-cam action scenes will likely make my head explode.
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12:08AM on 04/27/2011
Glorious 2D flatness for me, baby!
Glorious 2D flatness for me, baby!
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11:51PM on 04/26/2011
2D for me.
2D for me.
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11:48PM on 04/26/2011
Kudos to Universal to coming to the realization that 3D wouldn't work. I'll be sticking to 2D for the summer blockbusters.
Kudos to Universal to coming to the realization that 3D wouldn't work. I'll be sticking to 2D for the summer blockbusters.
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11:19PM on 04/26/2011
Jackass 3D was the best 3D I've seen, and it still didn't impress me enough to pay the extra three bucks for future 3D films.

If Peter Jackson with the Avatar cameras shoots a movie starring Christina Hendricks, ScarJo, Katy Perry, and Salma Hayek in a Hollywood remake of 'Big Tits Zombie' that doubles as a 'Braindead' sequel...okay, yeah, I'll buy the glasses.
Jackass 3D was the best 3D I've seen, and it still didn't impress me enough to pay the extra three bucks for future 3D films.

If Peter Jackson with the Avatar cameras shoots a movie starring Christina Hendricks, ScarJo, Katy Perry, and Salma Hayek in a Hollywood remake of 'Big Tits Zombie' that doubles as a 'Braindead' sequel...okay, yeah, I'll buy the glasses.
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11:13PM on 04/26/2011
To save my eyeballs from Fast Five they should stop showing the trailer before movies and also stop showing it on television. Because 3D or no 3D I now suffer from eye disease and fear I might go blind...
To save my eyeballs from Fast Five they should stop showing the trailer before movies and also stop showing it on television. Because 3D or no 3D I now suffer from eye disease and fear I might go blind...
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11:11PM on 04/26/2011

FLAT FLAT FLAT

I don't like 3D period. I hated it in conversions like Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, and Green Hornet. And I equally hated it in "natives" such as How to Train Your Dragon, Drive Angry, and Avatar. Its either a distracting and "in-your-face" or subtle and pointless. I never notice the effect past 30 seconds into the film. Focus, depth of field, and perspective create 3D. For christ sakes, life itself is 3 fucking dimensions.

Oh yeah, it also dims the colors and gives me a
I don't like 3D period. I hated it in conversions like Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, and Green Hornet. And I equally hated it in "natives" such as How to Train Your Dragon, Drive Angry, and Avatar. Its either a distracting and "in-your-face" or subtle and pointless. I never notice the effect past 30 seconds into the film. Focus, depth of field, and perspective create 3D. For christ sakes, life itself is 3 fucking dimensions.

Oh yeah, it also dims the colors and gives me a headache.
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10:58PM on 04/26/2011
I'm pretty shocked that the studios give a sh*t. True, with a bad post 3D conversion, the reviews would be terrible, but they still would of made a hell of a lot more mulla...

I'm glad to see that the studios know that if you want 3D, you have to do it right. PS- still think Jackass 3D was the best 3D I've seen yet, no lie.
I'm pretty shocked that the studios give a sh*t. True, with a bad post 3D conversion, the reviews would be terrible, but they still would of made a hell of a lot more mulla...

I'm glad to see that the studios know that if you want 3D, you have to do it right. PS- still think Jackass 3D was the best 3D I've seen yet, no lie.
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10:54PM on 04/26/2011
All flat. I get massive headaches with 3D
All flat. I get massive headaches with 3D
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10:53PM on 04/26/2011

Tidbit.

Seeing all of them flat.

Don't need 3D to distract me during some of the greatest movies of the summer.
Seeing all of them flat.

Don't need 3D to distract me during some of the greatest movies of the summer.
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