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Converting the Classics to 3D: Cineblast or Cineblasphemy?

By: Tara McNamara on September 16, 2011 at 11:00AM Comments (13)

Earlier this week it was announced that Top Gun will be converted to 3D and re-released. Today, The Lion King 3D is in theaters. The combined result: some cinephiles are blowing a gasket. It is, indeed, cineblasphemy to mess with a classic and Top Gun is a modern day classic along with other films slated for a 3D release: Titanic, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.

Simmer down movie maniacs, the alternative may be worse. Hollywood is also on a remake bender. The Bodyguard, Dirty Dancing and Point Break are just a few of the films joining Footloose (out Oct. 14) in getting a “reimagination.” So pick your poison: wearing glasses and ducking a giant rolling boulder with Harrison Ford, or ducking a giant boulder with, let’s say, a fedora-topped Sam Worthington and still wearing glasses (you know an Indiana Jones remake would totally be filmed in 3D anyway).
 
If it makes you feel better, think of it this way:  3D conversion is no different than downloading a Beatles song on iTunes. Sure, vinyl gives it the most pure sound but you’ll take the convenience that digital modern technology allows. You can still listen to “Penny Lane” in high fidelity if you have a record player and you can still see The Lion King in 2D on Blu-Ray or DVD (incidentally, available Oct. 4).
 
Additionally, a 3D re-release provides a reason to go see an old movie again. Let’s be honest, you’re probably NOT going to revisit Ghostbusters when it’s re-released. But Ghostbusters 3D…could you resist getting slimed along with Venkman? New releases are an event, something everyone will be talking about, something it feels you can’t miss it. It’s this “event” mentality which creates the best part of the whole 3D rerelease: roping your kids into seeing your favorite movie with you.
 
Think this through: imagine asking your tween or teens if they’d go see one of your favorite childhood films, like Romancing the Stone? Eyes are already starting to roll. But, now think about the same movie available in 3D, it’s modernized, it's "new and improved." Sure…they’ll bite. Who knows, maybe they’ll even love it?
 
I wondered how my kids would feel about seeing The Lion King 3D, a film they both “grew up with” but never saw in the theater. A shrug followed by a “meh?” Actually, I got an entirely different reaction. My kids rediscovered how great The Lion King really is. My 17-year old son became wistful for hand drawn animation. My 10-year old daughter remembered just how catchy the songs are. As for the 3D, well, they both felt they could have done without it, but that’s them – 8-year old Mika told me she liked seeing things “pop out at her.”
 
Either way, here’s the clincher: they loved seeing The Lion King on the big screen and, had it not been for the 3D, wouldn’t have gone to see it in the theater with me. Who knew stereoscopic vision could bring generations together?
 
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  • Sep 19th 2011 2:06PM

    nyf85  said...

    I think it's great to get a chance to see a great movie again, especially 3D. I do think 3D movies are getting out of control. Everything is starting to say 3D! I would prefer to see some movies in plan old 2D and save some money for popcorn and gas. I can wait for DVD and watch 3D on my TV. Only my opinion.

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  • Sep 19th 2011 12:54PM

    Kilbaneisking  said...

    I'll agree I'd rather see a 3D conversion of a classic animated film. Animated 3D always is far more impressive than live action 3D. Don't get me wrong I loved the world of Asgard in Thor but the Earth stuff looked a lil flat. If a live action film is filmed in 3D it's pretty decent, but it's the converted ones that look a little wonkey. Animated films always blow them out of the water. The Lion King was awesome I saw it like 5 times in the theater when I was younger so yeah I am going to see the 3D version! I don't know how i feel about Raiders or Star wars converted tho. but more likely to see those than Top Gun in 3D or a footloose remake. If they gonna do it at least make them Epic pix that get the makeover.

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  • Sep 17th 2011 4:58PM

    jcwhitedog  said...

    I see nothing wrong with making a good movie in 3-D. You can just see the movie in a little different format but the material remains the same. You can choose what format you prefer. However, if the remakes are going to add swearing, sex and violence for today's "modern" audience, I will not buy one ticket! Result: 3-D - YES Remakes - NO

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  • Sep 17th 2011 10:36AM

    rimersoto  said...

    I was surprised the movie theater was not packed... sheesh I was highly excited and not disappointed in the least!!!!!!!!!! Everyone who was in audiotorium i was in truly enjoyed their viewing.... and we all bonded!!!! Two thumbs up to DISNEY for giving me an opportunity to share it with my little family as my family did with me!!!!!

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  • Sep 16th 2011 8:26PM

    FlySparrow  said...

    All these 3D movie releases of old classics are a great idea, I never got to see Lion King in theaters. only on VHS and really wished I could see a movie I know would have been not only fun but beautiful to see in theaters. Also I'd rather see a classic coverted to 3D than a remake. I hate teh idea of remaking so many movies that, to be honest, should be left the way they are. I don't think I'm going to see the remade Footlose or the remade Dirty Dancing they are talking about. But Top Gun in 3D heck yes!!! Its a classic with an awesome story that I know would be fantastic to see in theaters since, again, I never saw in theaters when released. I'm not saying 3D is amazing but it has come a long way from red and blue glasses to exciting.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 6:49PM

    sthornquist  said...

    I have to disagree with Ms Burkett when she said, "I see absolutely nothing wrong with re-releasing a great movie with a little enhancement." What's the difference between "enhancing" a classic in 3D and "enhancing" a black and white classic by colorizing it? The bottom line is while those embelishments may increase commercial appeal, they also tamper with the artistic choices and intents of the filmmakers! LEAVE MOVIES ALONE--let them stand on the merit with which they were made! Colorization just looks fake, and masks the shadings and contrasts that were intended in black and white, and 3D, while kinda cool, is ultimately fake, cheesy and unnecessary if it isn't the style in which the film was intended to be shown.

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  • Sep 19th 2011 12:04PM

    jakehbrown  said...

    I disagree to a point. Filmmakers are limited by technology. Not all have the patience to wait for technology, i.e James Cameron. There was a time when color was not an option, everything was black and white, not becuase of an artisic choice, but becuase that was all there was. I think George Lucas and Steven Speilberg both would have used 3D technology in a lot of their movies if they had the technology then that they have today.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 4:28PM

    moviegeek4eva  said...

    If I have to choose between seeing a classic butchered and remade for "modern" audiences & seeing the original re-released in 3D, I'll take the latter any day of the week. But then I doubt any studio, or executive, would ever dare to touch a Disney classic like "The Lion King" or "The Little Mermaid," and remake it. I could be wrong though.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 2:49PM

    mman  said...

    I see nothing wrong with it. As you've already stated, it's a good chance for a good film like The Lion King to be discovered again. Purely in the tradition of re-releasing classic Disney films in theaters again every seven years, so a new generation of kids can experience it. It would also work as a fantastic first trip to the theater. Even if the 3D doesn't always give you the coming-right-out-of-the-screen moments, it can still provide depth in scenes like the wildebeast stampede and colorful sequences like "I just can't wait to be king." I see nothing wrong with doing that. Remakes, however, are a different story...

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  • Sep 16th 2011 8:29PM

    FlySparrow  said...

    I agree, because to me I'd rather see a classic than some cheap movie made to get money. Good movies are hard to find and releaseing a classic is an awesome opportunity for generations to see something fantastic together.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 1:16PM

    Wadark  said...

    3D gives me a headache, so I couldn't care less. I could do without both remakes and 3D rereleases.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 12:12PM

     said...

    I saw Lion King in theaters when it first came out and it was beautiful. It was my son's first movie on (ahem) VHS. I can't wait to see it 3D- inn 1 hour. I think it will be spectacular and I think my kids love it. The remakes, I think, will be terrible. But I see absolutely nothing wrong with re-releasing a great movie with a little enhancement.

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  • Sep 16th 2011 11:06AM

    trailerfan  said...

    "Top gun" might be a commercial junk movie classic, but it's hardly art - and i wouldn't mind seeing it in 3D - i think that film could easily be improved upon - as could "The Bodyguard"...

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