Cameron Bemoans Lack Of Potter 3D

November 4, 2010 by  
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james-cameron-oscas300James Cameron – perhaps sensing Avatar’s box office record is under threat – has criticised Warner Bros for trying, and failing, to successfully retrofit Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows with 3D.

Citing a similar failed attempt to convert Clash Of The Titans, Cameron has lambasted the studio for not learning from their mistakes.

Delivering a speech at the Blu-Con event in Beverly Hills, the walking ego said: “I maintain you can’t do a good conversion of a two-hour movie with high quality in a few weeks like they tried to do with Clash Of The Titans.”

“I don’t mean to throw that movie under the bus because my buddy Sam [Worthington] is in it, but I think everybody realised that this was a point at which people had gone too far.”

He added: “You see another stumble with the most recent Harry Potter movie from the same studio making the same mistake – except really getting spanked for it now because they didn’t get the film done.

“They announced it in 3D – threw a bunch of money trying to convert it to 3D in post-production and it simply didn’t work. They just didn’t get it done.”

Not quite understanding his own criticism, Cameron bafflingly went on to say that post-conversion should be reserved “for one thing and one thing only – which is to take library titles that are favourites that are proven, and convert them into 3D – whether it’s Jaws or ET or Indiana Jones, Close Encounters… or Titanic.”

In other words, ruin classic pre-existing movies (not including Titanic) and try to fleece the public.

Warner Bros will release two versions of the Death Hallows Part One & Two (one in its original format) but will only distribute them at a later date once they have launched the film in 3D…only once they’ve charged eager film goers an extortionate price to see the 3D version. Who says the studios don’t care about the audience?


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  1. JCar says:

    Having seen the Blu-Con appearance in its entirety I can say that this article takes unfair liberties in assigning motive to Mr. Cameron’s comments. He was (rightly) making the point that 3D post conversion is an expensive process that requires millions of dollars per minute and adds about 6 months of post-production time to a film’s schedule. Therefore, it should never be slapped on to a movie just to make a few more bucks. What’s worse is that the post conversion is often done without the director’s consent or input, which raises even more concerns about taking creative shortcuts and delivering a sub-par product to the consumer. As for “ruining” classics, I suggest the next time a classic movie is released with 3D you should do yourself a favor and DO NOT WATCH IT. Therefore, no unwilling participants will be fleeced.

  2. pook says:

    Biased much?

  3. Jason says:

    He doesn’t even comment on how Warner Bros. learned and removed it from Potter to keep its quality. And really, he is doing the same thing to his older movies. What an idiot.