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Warner Bros. decides against 3D for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

10.08.2010

With the final chapter of HARRY POTTER coming to a close, you might figure that they would do the whole sha-bang up including 3D bells and whistles.

Turns out that isn't the case. Warner Bros released a statement just a bit ago saying that HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is going the 2D route, Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience."

Thank you for sparing us a shitty conversion. This is what I like to hear. If you aren't going to give the audience their money's worth then just give it to us in basic 2D.

Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.” Director David Yates chimed in with a similar sentiment, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

Extra Tidbit: What movie would you want to see in 3D? Does it involve boobs?
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10:29AM on 10/11/2010
well done!
well done!
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4:17AM on 10/11/2010
Good on them for having the balls to say no to the bs. If your movie is good then people will see be it in 3D or not. A piece of poo is still poo even if it jumps out the screen at you.
Good on them for having the balls to say no to the bs. If your movie is good then people will see be it in 3D or not. A piece of poo is still poo even if it jumps out the screen at you.
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8:49AM on 10/10/2010
Glad to see a major studio defy the assumption that 3D is a pre-requisite for family/fantasy movies. We were going to see it anyway (3D or not), so why waste money on what is ALWAYS a fairly underwhelming 3d experience?!
Glad to see a major studio defy the assumption that 3D is a pre-requisite for family/fantasy movies. We were going to see it anyway (3D or not), so why waste money on what is ALWAYS a fairly underwhelming 3d experience?!
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11:34PM on 10/09/2010

Bravo, WB

I'm impressed. WB could've of easily taken in MILLIONS more on the addition of 3D; awesome, or not awesome-at all. That being said, I think some 'suit' within the company truly felt the 3D sucked, as I'm sure it did. The whole thing about keeping Rowlings storys in check is hogwash for the press IMO.

I'd much rather see it in 2D IMAX than 2D.3 in IMAX.


I'm impressed. WB could've of easily taken in MILLIONS more on the addition of 3D; awesome, or not awesome-at all. That being said, I think some 'suit' within the company truly felt the 3D sucked, as I'm sure it did. The whole thing about keeping Rowlings storys in check is hogwash for the press IMO.

I'd much rather see it in 2D IMAX than 2D.3 in IMAX.


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8:03PM on 10/09/2010
Good. I hate it when bad 3D happens to good mov- oh wait, all the converted movies sucked
Good. I hate it when bad 3D happens to good mov- oh wait, all the converted movies sucked
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2:28PM on 10/09/2010
no matter how much time, 3D conversion SUCKS. Theyre entire excuse here sucks because if they had the time they would still make it 3D this way and it would suck anyways.
no matter how much time, 3D conversion SUCKS. Theyre entire excuse here sucks because if they had the time they would still make it 3D this way and it would suck anyways.
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2:17PM on 10/09/2010

They do a good job bs'ing around

It seems they're only cutting the 3D because they don't think it's worth pushing back the time. They would have done it if completed by now, so don't let them trick you into thinking this is a "quality" issue. It's completely a time issue
It seems they're only cutting the 3D because they don't think it's worth pushing back the time. They would have done it if completed by now, so don't let them trick you into thinking this is a "quality" issue. It's completely a time issue
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10:43AM on 10/09/2010

Make no mistake...

Basically, they're saying they would have done 3D IF THEY HAD TIME. That's the crux here. Quality is not as important so much as Quantity (in this case BIG money for the last Harry Potter movies) and they are avoiding bad word of mouth at all costs. Just look at how everyone's rushing to defend the decision not to convert. I'm sure the movie will be good, but I bet you there are some who are pretty miffed right now that the studio won't be making maximum buck. Maybe they're saving the bang
Basically, they're saying they would have done 3D IF THEY HAD TIME. That's the crux here. Quality is not as important so much as Quantity (in this case BIG money for the last Harry Potter movies) and they are avoiding bad word of mouth at all costs. Just look at how everyone's rushing to defend the decision not to convert. I'm sure the movie will be good, but I bet you there are some who are pretty miffed right now that the studio won't be making maximum buck. Maybe they're saving the bang for Part 2.
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3:54PM on 10/09/2010
They had time. They announced that the films would be in 3D back in January. They had plenty of time. They're clearly just using it as an excuse. Mark my words: Part II will not be released in 3D either.
They had time. They announced that the films would be in 3D back in January. They had plenty of time. They're clearly just using it as an excuse. Mark my words: Part II will not be released in 3D either.
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8:17AM on 10/09/2010
The best news all week
The best news all week
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4:43AM on 10/09/2010

Oh, finally!

Thank God some big studio stepped up to say "If we can't make this right, lets not make this at all!" And better still that it's happening to a massive film like Harry Potter.
Thank God some big studio stepped up to say "If we can't make this right, lets not make this at all!" And better still that it's happening to a massive film like Harry Potter.
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2:53AM on 10/09/2010
That is awesome. Although, realistically, it probably wasn't as much of a quality issue as much as a monetary one. The studio's seen the bad wrap that post-conversion 3d's been getting, and has noticed that converting to 3d hasn't helped movies like Clash of the Titans at all in the box office, and doesn't want to spend the cash on a conversion if it doesn't mean profits for the trouble.
That is awesome. Although, realistically, it probably wasn't as much of a quality issue as much as a monetary one. The studio's seen the bad wrap that post-conversion 3d's been getting, and has noticed that converting to 3d hasn't helped movies like Clash of the Titans at all in the box office, and doesn't want to spend the cash on a conversion if it doesn't mean profits for the trouble.
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2:51AM on 10/09/2010

wow, nice

3d is for the ignorant and misinformed.....much like buying apple products.
3d is for the ignorant and misinformed.....much like buying apple products.
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7:22PM on 10/11/2010
Yeah, all those recording studios, editing houses and design companies must not know what they're doing.

I remember when I had no creative outlets and used a generic computer, too. Oh wait, I'm a musician and happy Apple user.

But for checking email and posting inane comments on the internet, a PC is just fine for you, halflife...
Yeah, all those recording studios, editing houses and design companies must not know what they're doing.

I remember when I had no creative outlets and used a generic computer, too. Oh wait, I'm a musician and happy Apple user.

But for checking email and posting inane comments on the internet, a PC is just fine for you, halflife...
2:07AM on 10/09/2010

THANK GOD!!

All you studios out there I hope you are reading this article. You can learn a lot from WB. For god sake get rid of 3D. We are fine without it and the experience is far better.
All you studios out there I hope you are reading this article. You can learn a lot from WB. For god sake get rid of 3D. We are fine without it and the experience is far better.
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2:07AM on 10/09/2010
Finally a studio that is able to recognize that a movie where the 3D is slapped on in a hamfisted fashion should not be in 3D
Finally a studio that is able to recognize that a movie where the 3D is slapped on in a hamfisted fashion should not be in 3D
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1:20AM on 10/09/2010
Never get the complaints about 3d? Last time I checked every movie was available in 2d as well, if you do not like 3d (not a huge fan) then watch it in 2d :)
Never get the complaints about 3d? Last time I checked every movie was available in 2d as well, if you do not like 3d (not a huge fan) then watch it in 2d :)
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11:49AM on 10/09/2010
That is a great point. But with the big push that 3D has had lately in the movie world, and the TV market, I was a bit worried that everything was going to end up being 3D. If 2D ever went out of theaters, I'd be very sad. Those stupid glasses give me migraines.
That is a great point. But with the big push that 3D has had lately in the movie world, and the TV market, I was a bit worried that everything was going to end up being 3D. If 2D ever went out of theaters, I'd be very sad. Those stupid glasses give me migraines.
2:14PM on 10/09/2010
maybe because it's a cheap ploy to trick people out of a few more bucks
maybe because it's a cheap ploy to trick people out of a few more bucks
12:02PM on 10/11/2010
I see your point, but a lot of theatres, especially some of the bigger chains, don't give the option for a 2D viewing. So you either pay the extra couple of bucks, and leave with a headache, or don't watch it at all. Not very much choice there.
I see your point, but a lot of theatres, especially some of the bigger chains, don't give the option for a 2D viewing. So you either pay the extra couple of bucks, and leave with a headache, or don't watch it at all. Not very much choice there.
11:14PM on 10/08/2010
Hopefully 3D will die off just like it did in the 70's... and the 80's... and the 90's. Maybe one day people will realize that crap jumping out at you from a screen won't save a movie.
Hopefully 3D will die off just like it did in the 70's... and the 80's... and the 90's. Maybe one day people will realize that crap jumping out at you from a screen won't save a movie.
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11:02PM on 10/08/2010
It looks like the cracks are finally beginning to show in the 3D conversion fad. And this decision is coming from the studio who, earlier this year, said that they would "post-convert ALL their future releases from now on into 3D". Well, there goes THAT plan. And good riddance, obviously. Post-conversion 3D is the plague of the film industry right now, and the faster it goes away, the better. We should all rejoice and go enjoy this film as it was REALLY meant to be seen: 2D IMAX.
It looks like the cracks are finally beginning to show in the 3D conversion fad. And this decision is coming from the studio who, earlier this year, said that they would "post-convert ALL their future releases from now on into 3D". Well, there goes THAT plan. And good riddance, obviously. Post-conversion 3D is the plague of the film industry right now, and the faster it goes away, the better. We should all rejoice and go enjoy this film as it was REALLY meant to be seen: 2D IMAX.
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10:54PM on 10/08/2010
Fuck 3D
Fuck 3D
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10:39PM on 10/08/2010

Smart Move

I respect WB for doing this. They could have easily accepted the crappy conversion and charged $15 or $20 per ticket. I don't mind 3D if it's filmed with 3D technology (Avatar). And then, only some movies benefit from 3D. Deathly Hallows is going to be awesome, and I think 3D would only have detracted from the experience.
I respect WB for doing this. They could have easily accepted the crappy conversion and charged $15 or $20 per ticket. I don't mind 3D if it's filmed with 3D technology (Avatar). And then, only some movies benefit from 3D. Deathly Hallows is going to be awesome, and I think 3D would only have detracted from the experience.
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10:38PM on 10/08/2010

NO!!

looks like im going to have to watch this in 2d, greeeat, NOT
looks like im going to have to watch this in 2d, greeeat, NOT
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10:30PM on 10/08/2010
Fine by me. While I don't hate 3D, I do find it to be a distraction and it puts too much focus on the gimmick, so it makes it a little difficult to connect to the story and characters on an emotional level.
Fine by me. While I don't hate 3D, I do find it to be a distraction and it puts too much focus on the gimmick, so it makes it a little difficult to connect to the story and characters on an emotional level.
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9:43PM on 10/08/2010

YES!!!!!!!

I love love love love love love LOVE THIS NEWS. Fuck 3D and thank god that WB is getting that people besides JC HATE 3D. YES!
I love love love love love love LOVE THIS NEWS. Fuck 3D and thank god that WB is getting that people besides JC HATE 3D. YES!
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9:18PM on 10/08/2010
I'm very glad that Warner Bros. decided to do this. Good call!
I'm very glad that Warner Bros. decided to do this. Good call!
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9:02PM on 10/08/2010

I'm very, very hip to this news

Excellent news. Now cancel the Part 2 plans too, and I can see the whole series unfettered by 3D stupidity!
Excellent news. Now cancel the Part 2 plans too, and I can see the whole series unfettered by 3D stupidity!
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8:29PM on 10/08/2010

FINALLY

Thank you Warner Brothers. GREAT NEWS!
Thank you Warner Brothers. GREAT NEWS!
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8:06PM on 10/08/2010
Good move, WB.
Good move, WB.
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7:36PM on 10/08/2010
Somehow I believe Warner Bros is one of the few studios that still maintains its intelligence with the audience and this is proof. Fox on the otherhand... FAIL
Somehow I believe Warner Bros is one of the few studios that still maintains its intelligence with the audience and this is proof. Fox on the otherhand... FAIL
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7:23PM on 10/08/2010

Very pleased

Hell to the yes, THANK YOU WARNER BROS.
Hell to the yes, THANK YOU WARNER BROS.
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7:16PM on 10/08/2010
Good choice. Would have seen it in 2D anyway.
Good choice. Would have seen it in 2D anyway.
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7:09PM on 10/08/2010

HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Warner Brothers!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Warner Brothers!!!!!!!!!
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6:42PM on 10/08/2010

Porn

The movies you watch at the cinemas should be in 2D but the porn you buy on DVD should be in 3D and the store that sells the DVDs should also sell you decent glasses that you can keep on your coffee table for every time you are in the mood for 3D porn on a wide screen TV. That would make porn worth buying again.
The movies you watch at the cinemas should be in 2D but the porn you buy on DVD should be in 3D and the store that sells the DVDs should also sell you decent glasses that you can keep on your coffee table for every time you are in the mood for 3D porn on a wide screen TV. That would make porn worth buying again.
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6:20PM on 10/08/2010
This is a great idea and newws, but I wouldn't mind seeing some Emma Watson in 3D. I can't wait to see how Jackass used the 3D for Jackass 3D. Should be great.
This is a great idea and newws, but I wouldn't mind seeing some Emma Watson in 3D. I can't wait to see how Jackass used the 3D for Jackass 3D. Should be great.
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6:03PM on 10/08/2010

Extra Tidbit

Jaws 3D (the third Jaws) in the highest possible quality even if that mean updating the special effects.
Jaws 3D (the third Jaws) in the highest possible quality even if that mean updating the special effects.
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5:51PM on 10/08/2010

It's news like this

That keeps Warner Bros. being my favorite studio.
That keeps Warner Bros. being my favorite studio.
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5:50PM on 10/08/2010

Hold On

Before we get all "yay this studio is awesome". Let's remember that the reason is purely because they "didn't have time" to complete a 2D to 3D conversion to a decent standard.

To me that still sounds as if they were trying to force a shit Clash of the Titans style conversion on the film and probably still will do for Part 2
Before we get all "yay this studio is awesome". Let's remember that the reason is purely because they "didn't have time" to complete a 2D to 3D conversion to a decent standard.

To me that still sounds as if they were trying to force a shit Clash of the Titans style conversion on the film and probably still will do for Part 2
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7:23PM on 10/08/2010
Let's just enjoy the positive side of it.
Let's just enjoy the positive side of it.
5:48PM on 10/08/2010
Wow, a studio with integrity; can this be the start of a glorious new trend?
Wow, a studio with integrity; can this be the start of a glorious new trend?
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5:37PM on 10/08/2010
Best news ever.
Best news ever.
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5:33PM on 10/08/2010

Classy move

Thanks for not tacking on any 3D gimmicks/trickery and tarnishing the end of this glorious series. The now mature cast and somber tone of these films have really grown on me. The only enjoyable movie that effectively used 3D was How To Train Your Dragon.
Thanks for not tacking on any 3D gimmicks/trickery and tarnishing the end of this glorious series. The now mature cast and somber tone of these films have really grown on me. The only enjoyable movie that effectively used 3D was How To Train Your Dragon.
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5:32PM on 10/08/2010
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5:31PM on 10/08/2010
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5:13PM on 10/08/2010
I can see why the HP7 trailer played before the 3D movies at my theatre isnt in 3D. Honestly if the conversion doesnt look close to being filmed in real 3d, I wouldnt care if they dropped it outright. It would be awesome to see some of the fight/flight scenes in 3D though. :] Im happy the release date stays the same!
I can see why the HP7 trailer played before the 3D movies at my theatre isnt in 3D. Honestly if the conversion doesnt look close to being filmed in real 3d, I wouldnt care if they dropped it outright. It would be awesome to see some of the fight/flight scenes in 3D though. :] Im happy the release date stays the same!
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5:05PM on 10/08/2010

I am going to make a prediction . . .

I foresee Warner Bros. still releasing a 3D version of this film either during the Christmas/New Year holiday or a few weeks before part 2.
I foresee Warner Bros. still releasing a 3D version of this film either during the Christmas/New Year holiday or a few weeks before part 2.
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4:58PM on 10/08/2010

My 3D dream...

It involves Christina Hendricks and a zoom lens.
It involves Christina Hendricks and a zoom lens.
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4:52PM on 10/08/2010

Best news in awhile.

now if only all other movies thinking about post conversion would just follow this films example.
now if only all other movies thinking about post conversion would just follow this films example.
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