Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows won’t be jumping on the 3D tech wagon. Personally, I’m relieved.
Ever since Avatar’s huge success, movie makers have been trying to cash in on a 3D trend. Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon, among others, flooded 3D capable theaters. Patrons paid extra dollars for an in-your-face experience.
3D TV Comes Home. Maybe.
The 3D experience has become so popular, Samsung and Toshiba produced TVs to bring the 3D experience home. The Samsung model offers 3D to the tune of 3000 dollars (Thomas Ricker), while the Toshiba model is glasses-free, costing 1400 to 2800 dollars, depending on screen size (Business Week). Had Warner Bros. had the time, Harry Potter fans would have enjoyed Potter flying right into their living rooms.
Or would they?
With prices as high as 3000 dollars, most consumers won’t be enjoying 3D TV anytime soon. Since 3D is an experience best enjoyed on the big screen, this isn’t too tragic.
Has 3D become the essential element of a hit movie?
What may be tragic to some is a trend that’s taking 3D from a singular experience to an expectation. Movies for the kiddie to teen market want to reach and surpass Avatar‘s multibillion dollar success. Understandable, since making movies is first and foremost a business. The competition seems to have moved to the more expensive 3D, making what was once an unusual treat just a normal part of movie going.
Maybe those who remember the old days of added excitement when a 3D heading meant more are simply suffering from “back in the old days” syndrome. It’s an illness that causes older generations to consider their time and frame of reference better than anything happening today. Then again, maybe they just believe that kids weren’t anxiously awaiting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because of a 3D header. Remembering that might have saved Warner Bros. a little trouble as they attempted to “deepen” the story and make it “even more epic than it already is.” (Eric Ditzian)
Does Harry Potter need tech to “deepen the story?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last of the Harry Potter series. For those who’ve read the books, it promises to be one of the darkest. The deepening story and its escalating darkness make sense in light of Harry’s move toward adulthood. The world just isn’t as easy as adult concepts and challenges take hold. For some, that means their kids won’t join Harry Potter on his last adventure at Hogwarts. For others, because Warner Bros. failed in their attempts to complete a 3D conversion, it means they won’t have dragons in their laps.
Harry Potter’s increasing depth and yes, its occasional darkness, comes not from special effects and camera angles. It comes from story. One of my better movie experiences has been watching Avatar and Up with all the wonder of a child. The strength of these movies had little to do with 3D effects. I saw them both in my own home, without a 3D TV. If Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films well and touches the deepest viewer emotions, the lack of 3D conversion won’t matter at all.
Eric Ditzian. MTV. ‘Harry Potter’ Producer Says ‘Deathly Hallows’ Will Be Even More Epic In 3D
Business Week. Toshiba Unveils Glasses-Free 3D TV
Thomas Ricker. Endgadget. Samsung’s First Full Hd 3D TV Now Availa ble in the US, All 55 inches of it.