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This featurette gives a convincing argument for why The Great Gatsby should be seen in 3D

May. 6, 2013by:

Since it was initially announced, I have been skeptical of THE GREAT GATSBY being in 3D. I understood the decision from both a business standpoint as well as the fact that Baz Luhrmann is first and foremost a showman, but what could a drama film really benefit from in the realm of 3D? Now just days before it hits theaters, we have an explanation as to why you should don the polarized lenses when you check out the movie.

According to Luhrmann, he is using 3D in a way it has never been utilized before. Taking cues from the theater, his take on 3D is it will lend more to the spacing and distance between characters and the audience as well as within the setting of the film. Luhrmann's hyper-visual style he has used to great effect in ROMEO + JULIET as well as MOULIN ROUGE is clearly on display in the trailers and 3D seems a natural toy for him to play with.

Aside from the 3D testimonials, this featurette provides some interesting looks at the amount of green screen that was used in the movie. I know we are in a day and age where pretty much every movie has a large amount of CGI that we know nothing about, but seeing these tiny sets with massive computer generated backdrops is still astounding to me.

I would imagine if he were to make MOULIN ROUGE today, it would have been in 3D. Luhrmann may just convince some directors to use the format for their films even if there are no action scenes present. Overall, I am lukewarm on 3D as it only seems to work in select project and leaves others feeling like a greedy upcharge from the studio. I will definitely check out THE GREAT GATSBY in 3D when it opens May 10th just to see if Luhrmann follows through on his promise to give us something truly unique.

Extra Tidbit: Now I want to see DIAL M FOR MURDER in 3D! If it was good enough for Hitchcock, it should be good enough for me!
Source: AMC Theaters

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3:02PM on 05/06/2013
I've seen clips from the movie and the green screen effects are AWFUL. [link]
I've seen clips from the movie and the green screen effects are AWFUL. [link]
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6:54PM on 05/06/2013
Well then the style sucks in my opinion cause it just comes off as lazy to me.
Well then the style sucks in my opinion cause it just comes off as lazy to me.
4:02PM on 05/06/2013
While I see what you are getting at. I think its part of the style he is going for and making it look like a "stage" performance.
While I see what you are getting at. I think its part of the style he is going for and making it look like a "stage" performance.
3:30PM on 05/06/2013

Has anyone noticed the trend lately

Where all the directors acknowledge that everyone hates 3D and that it sucks And that they didnt want to do it in 3D but when they were in production they realized they could get 3D and make it good. Baz. JJ abrams. Michael Bay. Etc. and then you see all the actors praising the 3D saying. Ive never seen anything like it before. Are all these guys BOZOs?
Where all the directors acknowledge that everyone hates 3D and that it sucks And that they didnt want to do it in 3D but when they were in production they realized they could get 3D and make it good. Baz. JJ abrams. Michael Bay. Etc. and then you see all the actors praising the 3D saying. Ive never seen anything like it before. Are all these guys BOZOs?
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3:35PM on 05/06/2013

Am I the only one who is looking foward to this?

Baz's style screams for 3D... I am sure it will be good
Baz's style screams for 3D... I am sure it will be good
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3:38PM on 05/06/2013
Im excited about this movie. But F 3D
Im excited about this movie. But F 3D
3:38PM on 05/06/2013
Im excited about this movie. But F 3D
Im excited about this movie. But F 3D
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5:11PM on 05/06/2013
This is actually the only movie this year I'm excited to see in 3D. The only one. Sure there are more interesting movies coming out (even using that format) but with Luhrman's visuals and from what I've seen this could be something exciting
This is actually the only movie this year I'm excited to see in 3D. The only one. Sure there are more interesting movies coming out (even using that format) but with Luhrman's visuals and from what I've seen this could be something exciting
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5:19PM on 05/06/2013

I called it first.....

I said long ago when I found out this movie was being made that it will be an epic fail. The only story without an actual plot. I just don't get it. Its eye candy and has a great cast but why they decided to be in the movie I will never understand. I really hope they prove me wrong but I'm 99% certain this movie will not be well recieved.
I said long ago when I found out this movie was being made that it will be an epic fail. The only story without an actual plot. I just don't get it. Its eye candy and has a great cast but why they decided to be in the movie I will never understand. I really hope they prove me wrong but I'm 99% certain this movie will not be well recieved.
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5:34PM on 05/06/2013
Of course it's suitable to see this in 3D-it's gonna be all style and no substance. This is NOT going to be the Oscar vehicle people were thinking it was going to be. And no, Leo's NOT going to get an Oscar nom for this.
Of course it's suitable to see this in 3D-it's gonna be all style and no substance. This is NOT going to be the Oscar vehicle people were thinking it was going to be. And no, Leo's NOT going to get an Oscar nom for this.
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5:36PM on 05/07/2013

Heh...

Do we get to use those theater/opera 3D glasses they were using?
Do we get to use those theater/opera 3D glasses they were using?
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