WB: "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" to be Released in 2D Formats, Not 3D
October 08, 2010, 02:24 PM
WB has issued a press release regarding the decision to release the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film in a 2D format for conventional and IMAX theaters. The first half of the final Harry Potter film was originally slated to be converted into 3D during post production, however, as the press release notes, "Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality."
The full press release is as follows:
Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.
Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”
Director David Yates continued, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.
Disappointing, but they are doing it for the right reasons.
I didn’t want to see it in 3D anyway, but I hope that people who did hope to see it that way won’t be terribly disappointed, at least they are not delaying the release of the film in order to complete the 3D conversion. I rather think they learnt their lesson about delays to release dates after the HBP debacle.
What?! That’s disappointing. :( The theaters in my city don’t have 3-D anyway, so I guess its not all that bad.
Well, now they have to change all those Part 1 posters that say 3D.
I’m REALLY GLAD that WB decided to not release it in 3D rather than a crappy post conversion and ruin the good name of HP. They just earned a little more respect from me.
Plus if you read the statement, it seems like the alternative would be to delay the release!!!! Thank GOD they learned their lesson lol
I’m so happy they decided to stick with the release date. Tough luck they had to decide between releasing on the promised date and 3D, but they made the right decision.
Yes!!! i hate 3D
3D is overrated….so, awesome.
I don’t care if it’s 3D or not, I just wanna see the film!!
a bit disappointing, but JP Gagen said it perfectly. Its better not to release it in 3D than to have a horrible 3-D conversion (similar to the Last Airbender). 3-D would only work for Harry Potter if it was perfect, and so I appreciate the fact that they’re choosing to not release it at all rather than to have it be anything less than perfect. Not to mention I wouldve died if they tried to push back the release date lol
Well it seems WB can no longer be trusted to look after our beloved franchise. First HBP, now this… I suppose it is better than pushing back DH1 release date, but really WB?? Surely there must have been planning to make sure everything is on schedule for the release?
I honestly don’t really mind. 3D is cool, but it’s going to be amazing either way right?!
I was looking foward to a good IMAX 3D converted version… but I’m glad that they acknowledge that it wouldn’t be possible to do a good enough work whithin the time window and decide to keep the release date and only show the 2D versions. That was a wise decision.
No biggies i suppose. Besides the first part doesn’t have a lot of impressive scenes. I’d rather watch the second part in 3D, though it doesn’t really matter.
Aside from Toy Story 3 and Avatar (which was made to be in 3D), I haven’t been impressed by 3D conversion. I’d rather have the movie come out on time and look wonderful than wait and be distracted by awful 3D. Nov 19th can’t get here fast enough.