The up and coming rereleases of “Toy Story” 1 and 2 in the 3-D format have the industry abuzz in regards to the potential of hitting up popular library titles of the different studios to also give the 3-D treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lightstorm Entertainment is claiming that a 3-D release of the world’s most successful box-office film “Titanic” is itself less than a year away. With that in mind, the eventual consideration of your favorite mega-action blockbusters to get revisited seems more of a forecast now than just wishful thinking. Click the jump to daydream about Rivendell, the Death Star, and/or Keanu Reeves in the third dimension.
This news in regards to “Titanic,” while huge in its own right (how much bigger can you get than the most successful box-office draw in film history?), gets one excited more about the potential of other releases than it does to revisit the waterworks (literal and metaphorical) at the hands of seeing Leonardo DiCaprio sink into the abyss. Imagine experiencing the final Death Star sequence from “Star Wars” in 3-D; or the Balrog chase in Moria from “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and the opening sequence of “The Two Towers.” Even more so, how about the taking of Zion in “Matrix: Revolutions” (maybe you’ll actually like the film now). One could even think back on what Stanley Kubrick may have wanted to do with 3-D for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” if anything at all. The stargate sequence, while already iconic, could be one of the most transporting experiences one could have even outside of the film medium.
That does bring up a further question, though, and that’s whether or not the consideration of the filmmakers would be a factor. Maybe certain filmmakers wouldn’t want their films released in 3-D, or maybe they’re not alive, like Kubrick, to give a hint one way or the other. While the thought of seeing the aforementioned “2001: A Space Odyssey” or Victor Fleming’s “The Wizard of Oz” in 3-D I’ll admit has me salivating, a part of me would wonder whether that’s how I was supposed to see it. That being said, with many modern filmmakers, such as James Cameron and Robert Zemeckis, themselves being fans of the format it’s not likely the revisiting of library titles would be completely shunned by the directors.
For now, though, with the popularity of 3-D in its infancy, and home theater not yet able to accommodate it these questions and dreams are still in the future; just maybe not the so-distant one.