Do you remember how I was saying just last week that Warner Bros. had cancelled plans to convert the upcoming ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1’ into 3-D for its theatrical release this November? I applauded the decision, because I’m bothered by the current trend toward foisting 3-D onto movies never intended for the format. Well, I should have guessed what would happen next. That’s right, now Warner has announced that it’s converting the earlier ‘Harry Potter’ movies to 3-D. Isn’t that just great?
According to ‘Variety’, the studio has begun work preparing both ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix‘ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘ for eventual release on 3-D Blu-ray. No doubt, the first four movies in the series will be converted as well. No expected release date has yet been announced.
To be fair, both ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Half-Blood Prince’ played in IMAX 3-D theaters with selected scenes that jumped to 3-D format. At the very least, it can be argued that those scenes were always designed and intended for 3-D. However, the bulk of both movies were straight 2-D. And of course, the earlier ‘Potter’ flicks were never made with any notion of 3-D at all.
The worst part of all this: the 3-D conversion is being performed by Prime Focus, the same firm that was roundly criticized for the poor quality of its ‘Clash of the Titans‘ 3-D conversion earlier this year.
I don’t have a problem with the current 3-D fad when it comes to movies produced in native 3-D, or at the very least those planned from the beginning with 3-D conversion in mind (such as Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘). But this willy-nilly conversion of older movies into 3-D has got to stop. This is the 21st Century version of colorization, and it’s a travesty.