With the rabid releasing of three-dimensional films (I suppose seeing the world in 3D as is just doesn’t suffice), including Resident Evil: Retribution and Dredd 3D, and most importantly, Finding Nemo 3D, I have here created a wish list of films that I personally wouldn’t mind seeing re-released in the third dimension. These films have something to offer the sub-genre, and seeing as the studios are doing this anyways, why not request some truly magnificent films ahead to follow the path of Finding Nemo 3D and upcoming Jurassic Park 3D? So here you have it, the list IMO, 1 being best. Set those glasses on!
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10.) Minority Report
One of Steven Spielberg’s other forays into Science Fiction, Jurassic Park, is also being re-released into theatres in 3D, and not only does it have much to offer visually, but it hits the perfect generation of nostalgia. Minority Report, minus all of the pre-cog Agatha’s screaming at the end of the film, would be a grandiose follow up.
Spielberg’s flair for creating images that feel like vintage cinema was again, as in Artificial Intelligence, masterfully combined with a fantastical future-world. A strong plot grounded in humanity drives this film that would translate almost effortlessly into a 3D re-release, thanks to its Spielberg mise en scene and previous financial success.
Oh don’t you boo me. Just give me a shot to explain. A lot of people have a lot of bad things to say about Michael Bay, but you can’t deny that man can handle a gargantuan budget. And though it wasn’t easy, Bruce Willis. Sometimes, you don’t want an Oscar winner for your movie night. Sometimes, you just want pure escapism, and while no one will ever even touch the scale Hitchcock shadows over in that department, Bay pictures still manage to make a hell of a lot of money.
This 1999 film is about the end of the world, and yet it doesn’t feel like the world is ending. One half on Earth, the second in space, the visual effects and its shamelessly full-on popcorn film angle with near constant disaster and male humor would make this film a 3D gold mine, just like any of Bay’s films today. Sure, everyone likes to look down on thoughtless fun, but so long as it’s actually fun, you know you go fund it at your fav theatre anyways.
8.) Toy Story
The first CGI film: a nostalgia gem for any 90’s kid, charm, witty humor, and the beginning of one of a very few trilogies in which each installment is just as fun as the last. What with the success of Finding Nemo 3D, reaching farther back to the beginning makes a whole lot of sense. Given that animation always does well regardless, with incredibly rare exceptions, it’s a win-win for studios. The visual style of this movie would lend itself well to 3D making the toys comes to life in a grand new way.
Horror isn’t a genre that garners much respect. But in 1979, Ridley Scott made his greatest film, and reminded the world that with just the right combination of artistic talent—an incredibly disturbing and genius design by H.R. Giger and the eye of Scott—horror can still, past Hitchcock, create true aesthetic triumph.
I’m not particularly a fan of Scott; he made Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator, but that’s just about it. Don’t forget, this person also made Alexander and GI Jane. However, with the advent of Prometheus, despite all its flaws, the 3D release still made money. Sure, the controversy was mostly about whether or not it was actually good, but the visuals were certainly an art-fest good for the eyes.
As such, the vastly superior film, and indeed the strongest evolution of Creature from the Black Lagoon, would make incredible amounts of money and most importantly place Scott’s vision and Giger’s mad, incredible creatures come to life into a different but equally remarkable playing field.
6.) North by Northwest
Oh, Hitchcock. This is the film to end all films. Juggling humor, suspense, and romance, the definition of entertainment is encapsulated in a collection of scenes that the Master of Suspense ingeniously and meticulously compiled into 2 hours and 16 minutes of the essence of cinema itself. While its visual effects may not live up to today’s standards, the vibrant, rich colors would create a literally perfect vista in 3D. Hitchcock himself converted Dial M for Murder for just the occasion.
5.) Superman: The Movie
The epitome of all superhero cinema, with powerhouse performances by Christopher Reeve, Marlon Barndo, Margot Kidder, and of course Gene Hackman. This movie, Mario Puzo’s script, laid out the groundwork for every superhero you’ve ever seen on the silver screen, especially in combination with its sequel.
No one who saw The Avengers and was even slightly aware of Zod wasn’t thinking about Zod every time Loki demanded humans KNEEL!! With all of the success of superheroes these days, wielding director Richard Donner’s excellence is a no-brainer. The 3D isn’t even necessary. Just a re-release of Superman as is would be great!
But please—feel free to edit out that kid narrating the beginning. He’s quite useless.
4.) Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
You read correctly—Scott has two places on this list, and I chose the cut without Harrison Ford’s dreary narration. Sure, it removes the noir angle, but that bored talking mostly downplays the experience. It’s the final way Scott wanted it viewed, and with respect to that, I believe this version of his vision should be the one re-released.
The whole grunge Los Angeles would be amazing to see in 3D. The very atmosphere of this film is so well articulated and unique that 3D would only really complement the film, and its plot (particularly this cut’s ending) is quite related to Inception. I’m beginning to think that Scott always thought in three visual dimensions when he directs a film.
Surprised? Well, Zack Snyder’s insanely faithful graphic novel adaptation was here supported by Frank Miller himself, and the result is an amazing work of art coming alive right out of the pages onto the big screen. With many objects already coming out at you like 3D offers, accommodating each thrust of a spear and splash of blood will make for a truly engaging experience. Of course, the art itself is also so very specific that it lends its dramatic colors and crisp frames towards the third dimension as is.
2.) Terminator II: Judgment Day
James Cameron started this whole barrage of 3D releases with his worldwide box office record-breaker Avatar in 2010. He advanced the technology of cinema itself, and what with having released Titanic 3D already, the incredible amount of fans of one of the most definitive action films ever released would gladly return for a repeat viewing.
Any theatrical release of this film would be remarkable—but this action-packed T1000 adventure would definitely pump up the volume with its intense action sequences in a 3D format.
1.) The Matrix
If you want to show off a new television, until Avatar came a long, this was (and still could be) your go-to movie. What was groundbreaking back then in its 1999 release absolutely remains just as impressive today, with its grand mythology and bullet-time and literally stunning visual effects. When the elevator drops a bomb in Smith’s office building, and flames combust in slow motion, your jaw will drop.
This film almost goes without saying that if you pick and choose nearly any scene from it, 3D wouldn’t improve it, but it would most certainly be a new experience just as interesting and involving. The plot is philosophical, it’s controversial, it’s grandeur on the largest psychological and visual scale, and without question would sit atop the throne of greatest 3D film.