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Old 05-02-06, 05:16 AM
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What's this? There's 3-d in the air! NBC re-release

Come October, Hot topic shirt wearing folks will be wearing silly glasses in a theater.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1002426023
'Nightmare' awakens for 3-D release


By Sheigh Crabtree

Sally will drop nightshade into Dr. Finkelstein's tea in 3-D come Halloween, when Walt Disney Pictures releases a digitally remastered version of "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas."

The digital release of the 1993 stop-motion animated classic is set for Oct. 20.

"Nightmare" marks the second digital 3-D theatrical release from Disney after "Chicken Little" did banner business last year in digital 3-D on 84 U.S. screens at 81 locations. The digital 3-D boxoffice returns outperformed the standard screenings nearly 3-to-1, according to Disney estimates.

Burton and "Nightmare" director Henry Selick are involved in the digital remastering of the stop-mo feature starring Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, and were "very cheered by the news" that Disney wanted to release the movie in 3-D, according to Selick.

"When visitors came to visit the set of 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' they were always amazed by the intricate sets and beautiful puppets -- that they actually existed in miniature," Selick said Monday. "It was disappointing to see this effect lost on film. By remastering for 3-D, I hope that some of this magic can be captured and shown to the audience in a way they've never seen before."

Selick is directing Laika Entertainment's "Coraline," starring Dakota Fanning, in Portland, Ore. "Coraline" represents the first stop-motion animated film to be shot stereoscopically with a dual digital camera rig for digital 3-D exhibition.

Disney has asked the writer and director to review "Nightmare" materials, QC shots and make appearances when the digital 3-D version of "Nightmare" premieres.

Disney's rerelease of the wicked tale represents the first 3-D feature to stake a claim on the Halloween holiday, much like Warner Bros. Pictures called dibs on the Christmas frame with the 3-D rerelease of 2004's "The Polar Express."

Disney realized that "Nightmare" would make a promising 3-D release while mastering "Chicken Little," according to Lylle Breier, Walt Disney Pictures senior vp worldwide special events.

" 'Nightmare' is a beloved movie, and we always look to what can we do with it," Breier said. "The way Tim and Henry made 'Nightmare' was so cutting edge, it seemed like the perfect film to rerelease using cutting-edge processes. We see this as a natural extension of a spectacular movie."

Burton and Selick have attended Disney's special screenings of "Nightmare" at the El Capitan in Hollywood, where movie fans annually line the block in Halloween costumes. Disneyland similarly puts on a special "Nightmare" theme park attraction every year in time for Halloween.

"Nightmare" is in the early stages of being digitally scanned and converted into 3-D by the computer-graphics group at Industrial Light + Magic. The film represents a repeat gig for ILM's Colum Slevin, who in the summer oversaw the digital remastering of "Chicken Little's" 1,400 computer-animated shots.

Execs were reluctant to discuss the design of the 3-D passive glasses that will be handed out to audiences at "Nightmare" screenings but suggested they will be appropriately ghoulish and collectible.

Domestically, "Nightmare" made $50.3 million when first released in 1993.

Sony Pictures' "Monster House," executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, is expected to be the next film to play in digital 3-D when released July 21.

Real D and Dolby Digital Cinema, both involved in the 3-D projection of "Chicken Little," did not return calls seeking comment.
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Vague thread title but cool news!
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For a second I thought I stumbled into TV Talk.

Interesting news, though. I'm a big fan of Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Cannot wait.
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Must See 3-D!
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one word: Awesome!
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so... um... how do they go from 2D to 3D... yeah I can see them faking it. I guess they are going to just be popping stuff out of the screen at the audience. I don't see a conversion being as good as something shot in 3D
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Originally Posted by mmconhea
so... um... how do they go from 2D to 3D... yeah I can see them faking it. I guess they are going to just be popping stuff out of the screen at the audience. I don't see a conversion being as good as something shot in 3D
I'm sure it's going to be something akin to the old school Viewmaster 3D effect where the aspect ratio will be slightly altered so that there is a double image one with more visual information on both sides for each eye.

It's too bad, that IMAX prints aren't being struck as there are far more IMAX screens than DLP Dolby Digital 3D screens.

(psst - I want an anamorphic Blu-ray DVD edition of 'Nightmare Before Christmas')
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I thought at first that this was about how NBC was re-airing their 3-D episode of the show "Medium".
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
For a second I thought I stumbled into TV Talk.

Interesting news, though. I'm a big fan of Nightmare Before Christmas.

Originally Posted by Seantn
I thought at first that this was about how NBC was re-airing their 3-D episode of the show "Medium".
I did a double take as well.
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Mastering in 3D of 2D movies = Colorization of B&W movies.

Wait until 10 years from now when some of today's great classics are only available in remastered 3D. Or when Star Wars is released in HD in 3D only!
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Here's a general info article on digital 3D: http://news.com.com/2102-1026_3-5933...=st.util.print
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As long as this movie goes back in to theaters I dont care if its 2D or 3D, ill be there.
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Originally Posted by TK-421
Here's a general info article on digital 3D: http://news.com.com/2102-1026_3-5933...=st.util.print
good read.

they are a little out of date with the recent news that Lucas is no longer 3D'ing Episodes IV-VI. The simple fact that there are not enough theatres equipped to playback DLP-3D films. Disney, Dolby, and DLP must have done something right to upgrade theatres as such, but still... it a niche (expensive) market.
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CNN also has this story (not related to 'Nightmare Before Christmas) on 3D films:

Can theaters thrive in 3-D?

Besides Disney (Research), Columbia Pictures has also signed up to release new animated films in Real D format. Real D, meanwhile, hopes to sell its projection systems -- priced at about $250,000 each -- to more than 1,000 theaters by 2007
at that price, I don't think so...
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How does this work on a technical level? I can see how a CGI film that was not originally shot in 3D could be re-released in 3D, since you could re-render for parallax.

But NBC was shot as a normal 2D film - if you can make it 3D, you could do that for any film, and I can't imagine that would look acceptable.

Has anyone seen a non-CGI 2D film redone in this new 3D process? How does it look?
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Here's the re-release poster for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. This is definitely going on my wall eventually.

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Originally Posted by marknyc
But NBC was shot as a normal 2D film - if you can make it 3D, you could do that for any film, and I can't imagine that would look acceptable.

Has anyone seen a non-CGI 2D film redone in this new 3D process? How does it look?
I saw the trailer for this when I saw Monster House and thought it looked pretty good. Granted, it was just a trailer but I could see this as a very enjoyable way to see NBC again on the big screen.
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whaaa! thought my eyesight was going there.


I so have to have that poster.
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In the trailer before Monster House 3D, there were one or two scenes I don't remember from the original in there for 3D effect alone (but may just be for the trailer), the actual movie footage came out of the screen very well, but it looked like a paper cut out hovering in front of the screen imo.

Still, I'll probably wind up seeing it.
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Originally Posted by marknyc
How does this work on a technical level? I can see how a CGI film that was not originally shot in 3D could be re-released in 3D, since you could re-render for parallax.

But NBC was shot as a normal 2D film - if you can make it 3D, you could do that for any film, and I can't imagine that would look acceptable.

Has anyone seen a non-CGI 2D film redone in this new 3D process? How does it look?
Yeah, Superman Returns. It's the same company using the same technique, IIRC.

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