Originally Posted by reanimator
Watched the 3D PHANTOM MENACE earlier today, and would agree that the digital source is the same as the bluray. The DNR on the bluray is present in this 3D version. I don't object to it as badly as some of you, but on a 60ft wide screen it was clearly apparent.
CGI Yoda looked very
good to me, much better than the stoner Yoda puppet.
Was a new scene added? After they talk to Terrance Stamp when they arrive on the capital planet, Jar Jar and the kid go flying away, and Jar Jar makes a comment that Padme is hot. I don't remember this in the original release.
Sound was extremely good. John Williams is a borderline deity.
The 3D conversion: I disagree with some of the comments here. I would rate this 3D about on par with TRON: LEGACY, which is to say much of the film doesn't have any 3D pop. This has nothing to do with the quality of the post-conversion, which is really quite good.
PHANTOM MENACE has a lot of what cinematographers would call flat space imagery, meaning that many of the angles don't create any significant depth. For example: Darth Maul firing up his dual blade lightsaber while standing in front of a wall - there is no depth to that image, so the 3D conversion still remains flat.
On the other hand, shots where people stand in front of windows overlooking the city, or windows out into space show clear depth. There's a shot of Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor overlooking the city at sunset from a balcony that has nice depth.
Anyway, I'd say there's only a few wow 3D moments - but that's more of a product of the original cinematography.
Apparently 3D PHANTOM MENACE did over $1m in midnight shows and is on the way to grossing over $20m for the weekend. Not the failure some were hoping for.
Lucas knows how to milk this cow.