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Pacific Rim will be post-converted to 3D, possibly against Guillermo Del Toro's wishes

09.12.2012

When a new Guillermo Del Toro film hits theaters, it is time to rejoice. The man has so many projects in various states that having one actually come to fruition is worth celebrating. And, PACIFIC RIM aims to be his biggest movie yet. The enthusiasm Del Toro displayed at Comic Con was phenomenal and he also shared his hesitancy for releasing the movie in 3D.

Del Toro said at Comic Con “I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big, the thing that happens naturally is you’re looking at two buildings at 300 feet. If you move, the buildings don’t go like this (moves his hands closer together), there’s no parallax. They’re so big that you barely notice anything no matter how fast you’re moving, so to force the 3D effect on robots and monsters that are supposed to be that high, you’re making them miniaturized, you’re making them human-scale. I knew that the 3D effect sounded like a great idea, but it was gonna be counter.”

Well, Variety reports today that Warner Bros. will be going ahead with a post-conversion of the film into 3D. No word on whether Del Toro had any involvement with the final decision, but based on his Comic Con statement, I would find it quite hypocritical if he did. If he didn't, then this will be the final nail in the coffin for upcharging movie-goers.

Do you really need 3D for a plot this awesome? When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

3D is a big money-maker internationally which is where the studios are making their profits these days. For them, it is a foolish decision to not release the movies in the format, even if the result is lackluster. Thankfully, PACIFIC RIM will be released in both 3D and 2D when it bows on July 12th, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: Del Toro hinted that a trailer would be revealed around Christmas. I want it now!
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12:46PM on 09/13/2012

I see his point.

He has an interesting point I'd never thought of before. I'm not sure I agree but he's probably thought it through or tested it. I'm imagining Jurassic Park 3D and I think the dinosaurs would still look big but maybe I'm wrong.
He has an interesting point I'd never thought of before. I'm not sure I agree but he's probably thought it through or tested it. I'm imagining Jurassic Park 3D and I think the dinosaurs would still look big but maybe I'm wrong.
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11:15AM on 09/13/2012
this really shows how much control a film maker truly has. regarding the trailer, it wouldn't surprise me to see it before The Hobbit
this really shows how much control a film maker truly has. regarding the trailer, it wouldn't surprise me to see it before The Hobbit
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8:35AM on 09/13/2012
If there's an option to watch a film in 2D I will, especially with post converted stuff. I actually paid more to see Thor in 2D in a fancier cinema. I'll watch in 3D if I have to, but it seems odd to force the format onto a respected director's work who doesn't see it as a good idea.
If there's an option to watch a film in 2D I will, especially with post converted stuff. I actually paid more to see Thor in 2D in a fancier cinema. I'll watch in 3D if I have to, but it seems odd to force the format onto a respected director's work who doesn't see it as a good idea.
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4:06AM on 09/13/2012
The sad part is that sometimes you don't have that choice between 3D and 2D and they force you to watch in 3D. That's when I usually decide not to give them my money
The sad part is that sometimes you don't have that choice between 3D and 2D and they force you to watch in 3D. That's when I usually decide not to give them my money
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9:51PM on 09/12/2012
this is my biggest complaint about 3D studios want to do it for money only. I never see a movie in 3D if it was converted to 3d, only exception would be animation since it isn't shot traditionally though i haven't seen any 3d animated movies in the theatre, and will not go see the disney 3d reprint.
this is my biggest complaint about 3D studios want to do it for money only. I never see a movie in 3D if it was converted to 3d, only exception would be animation since it isn't shot traditionally though i haven't seen any 3d animated movies in the theatre, and will not go see the disney 3d reprint.
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9:37PM on 09/12/2012

I see his point.

He has an interesting point I'd never thought of before. I'm not sure I agree but he's probably thought it through or tested it. I'm imagining Jurassic Park 3D and I think the dinosaurs would still look big but maybe I'm wrong.
He has an interesting point I'd never thought of before. I'm not sure I agree but he's probably thought it through or tested it. I'm imagining Jurassic Park 3D and I think the dinosaurs would still look big but maybe I'm wrong.
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6:45PM on 09/12/2012

I don't really

understand what he was getting at with that quote... maybe he's right but I'm not seeing what he's trying to say. Anyways just in concept this movie sounds like it could be awesome in 3D. But as far as 3D conversions have come it's a simple fact that this movie was not shot FOR 3D so at the very best it'll be a 'good' 3D experience, rather than a great, fantastic or amazing one. Who knows, maybe they converted some footage and GDT was surprised by how it turned out so it changed his mind, so
understand what he was getting at with that quote... maybe he's right but I'm not seeing what he's trying to say. Anyways just in concept this movie sounds like it could be awesome in 3D. But as far as 3D conversions have come it's a simple fact that this movie was not shot FOR 3D so at the very best it'll be a 'good' 3D experience, rather than a great, fantastic or amazing one. Who knows, maybe they converted some footage and GDT was surprised by how it turned out so it changed his mind, so 'possibly' it's WITH his blessing -- we don't know. We'll just have to wait and see how it turns out, fingers crossed it's as good as possible.
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6:40PM on 09/12/2012

Robot Taekwon V

So Guillermo is copying the stories of hundreds of Anime and mangas.. No thank you! I look forward to the Korean movie Robot Taekwon V.
So Guillermo is copying the stories of hundreds of Anime and mangas.. No thank you! I look forward to the Korean movie Robot Taekwon V.
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