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HBO going 3D; Inception next?

HBO is planning to launch a 3D on-demand channel early next year.

The channel would feature 3D movies such as three that Warner Home Video recently announced for 3D Blu-ray, “Clash of the Titans,” “The Polar Express,” and “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” for a per-play fee.

There has been no official announcement and no launch date has been set but an HBO spokesperson confirmed the plans when I explained that a source had provided me the information.

A source also told me that HBO was going to present the world premiere of a 3D version of “Inception” from sister studio Warner Bros., or possibly the home debut of the 3D movie after a limited 3D theatrical re-release.

A second source told me he had also heard that “Inception” was being considered for a 3D conversion but although the strategy would provide a huge launch marketing coup for the new HBO 3D channel, I have not been able to substantiate this plan with anyone connected with filmmaker Christopher Nolan or the studio directly.

Both the HBO spokesperson and a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures say there are no such 3D plans for “Inception” at this time.

Although Nolan is a big fan of his movies being presented in IMAX, it was reported that he resisted efforts by Warner earlier this year to convert “Inception” to 3D in time for its initial theatrical release in theaters.

That was shortly after Warner’s “Clash of the Titans” was being bashed by critics and filmmakers for a poor quality after-the-fact conversion that was rushed at the last minute.

Even without 3D, “Inception” is the fifth biggest movie of the year with nearly $300 million in domestic grosses alone, and is one of only three of the top eight movies this year that was not released in 3D. “Clash of the Titans” is tenth with $163 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Personal and artistic preferences aside, most filmmakers say that properly converting a movie to 3D requires nearly as much time by the filmmaker to consider every shot as shooting the movie in the first place.

Even if he was interested in a conversion, Nolan has a lot on his plate at the moment. He is co-writing the story for a new Superman movie and is writing and directing the third Batman movie, both of which are in pre-production and scheduled for release in 2012.

Prevailing opinions at Warner are that Nolan will not enjoy the luxury of taking a pass on 3D for the new Batman movie, which will surely be set up for 3D from the beginning.

– By Scott Hettrick

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Please tell me they are not going to desecrate Inception with another shoddy conversion.


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Please tell me they are not going to desecrate Inception with another shoddy conversion.

If it's a crap conversion, you can always watch the 2-D version so no desecration going on...I do have my doubts about whether it's a serious conversion like Alice or a hack job like Clash.
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I remember reading an interview with Christopher Nolan in which he talked about some test footage he saw where 2D>3D conversion was applied to one of the scenes from Inception. He said it actually looked quite good and the main reason they didn't go 3D for the movie was a lack of time to get the rest of the film done to the same standard as that scene. So despite some reservations he's voiced in the past it sounds like he's amenable to the format as long as the studio invests the time and money to do it right.
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Christopher Nolan Speaks Brilliantly Against 3D

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Chris...-3D-19006.html


Warner Bros Execs To Batman Director: You MUST Film In 3D

Sep 28 2010

http://www.i4u.com/39993/warner-bros...u-must-film-3d
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anyone have an idea when Inception will be available on BD (2D) ?
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From Collider.com, Nolan's comments on 3D and Inception:

Nolan is not a fan of 3D. He feels the image is too dark and it hasn’t really gotten to the right place technologically yet for him to consider. They did post production tests for Inception, which he liked, but they didn’t have enough time to convert the whole film to his high standards

Full article is here: http://www.collider.com/2010/06/12/c...film-festival/



And from Screenrant, some thoughts from Nolan on post-conversion to 3D:

“It’s something we’re looking at and watching. There are certain limitations of shooting in 3D. You have to shoot on video, which I’m not a fan of. I like shooting on film. And so then you’re looking at post-conversion processes which are moving forward in exciting ways.”

Full article is here: http://screenrant.com/christopher-no...n-mikee-50838/



So, while he isn't 3D biggest champion, he also clearly hasn't rejected it out of hand.
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anyone have an idea when Inception will be available on BD (2D) ?

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I'm proud of WB for forcing it to be in 3D. There is no reason it shouldn't be filmed in 3D! The Pace/Fusion (Avatar, Transformers 3, RE4, etc) or RED 3D rigs (new Pirates of the Caribbean) are great and he can even throw in a few IMAX 3D scenes if he wants. If he was fine with the picture quality in TDK with IMAX then he has no logical basis to not like IMAX 3D and he shouldn't have a problem with Digital 3D.

Saying the image is too dark is such a BS thing to say. The film itself is not too dark or anything it's just that certain theaters are subpar. Many cinemas use low-gain screens with low-lumen projectors and the original RealD ZScreen. If he were to watch a movie at a Rave Motion Pictures theater he would realize how dumb his statement was. RealD ZScreen XL+High Gain non-hotspotting silver screen+4k and higher lumens is 3D bliss.
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