Sound Off: Which Spielberg Classic Should Next Get the 3D IMAX Treatment?
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 3D IMAX upgrade that, believe it or not, improves on a popcorn blockbuster that was beyond entertaining at the time of its release in 1993.
While I’m not ready to jump on the bandwagon that’s like to dust off classic thrillers and automatically apply 3D IMAX visual tricks, whether they fit or not, I recognize that with a movie like Jurassic Park, the upgrades fit. Spielberg’s digital dinosaurs were basically created for IMAX screens, and the 3D enhances the handful of spectacular action set pieces.
Movies like Jurassic Park give us a reason to go out of our way to see such larger-than-life stories told on the big screen. And it’s one of many examples on the director’s film resume.
If Jurassic Park performs as well as we expect it to do this weekend (I wouldn’t be shocked if it landed at No. 1 on the box office Top 10, even though it’s a 20-year-old movie people already have seen numerous times), it’s highly possible that studios might start digging through their archives to find the next classic Spielberg film worthy of a 3D IMAX upgrade. When I caught Park at a preview screening, our theater was packed with fans eager for a blast of nostalgia that this roller-coaster ride of a film could provide. Which other Spielberg films could lure you back to the theater for a 3D re-release?
I’ll go first. Now that I’ve seen what the tech wizards were able to do with Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, I want to see them take a pass at E.T. – The Extraterrestrial. It’s a movie I take off the shelf often to watch with my boys. It might be my favorite Spielberg movie, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s his best … just the most emotionally complete, in my humble opinion. I’d want to see E.T. reaching off the screen with his glowing finger. I’d want to watch that bicycle fly in front of a full moon on an IMAX screen. I’ll never pass up on an opportunity to see E.T. on the big screen once again. It turns 35 in 2017. That’s too long to wait.
What would your choice be? Let us know in the comments section below. Maybe those with the power to make such a screening happen are paying attention, and we’ll all be enjoying another 3D IMAX Spielberg classic in the near future.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.