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Monday, February 05, 2007

Jim Cameron's 'Avatar': 3-D Only?

This Variety piece by Ben Fritz is the first time I've heard it said definitively that Jim Cameron plans to release his upcoming movie, `Avatar,' only in 3-D ... no 2-D version for theaters that aren't equipped to show digital 3-D. Will he and Fox, which is releasing the movie, backpedal if there aren't enough theaters that can show 3-D by 2009?

Fritz writes:

    Studios are banking on 3-D in a variety of formats: animation ("Meet the Robinsons"), motion-capture (the Robert Zemeckis-helmed "Beowulf"), live-action ("Journey 3-D") and even revivals (1993 toon "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is now an annual event in 3-D, while George Lucas hopes to re-release his "Star Wars" pics in the format).

    But the poster boy for the revival is James Cameron, whose "Avatar" will be released by Fox in 2009. The live-action film -- his first fiction work since the 1997 "Titanic" -- will be released only in 3-D. Proponents hope Cameron and his film will be a rallying point for the new format.

Cameron is using the Fusion Camera System that he developed with Vince Pace and Sony Electronics. More on that here.


  • The number of 3D capable screens is growing more quickly than many people realize, Scott. While the Real D system has initially required the use of a special screen in conjunction with the projector, this is not the only system for showing digital 3D. I have seen demonstrations of other systems that use a normal screen, with a signal emitter and glasses with active electronics. The 3D effect was stunning.

    The reason this is important is because it means that any digital theater could show a 3D film. The biggest hurdle at this point appears to be the cost of the glasses with the embedded electronics. However, there is plenty of money being spent to convert theaters to digital projection. If every digital theater is a potential 3D venue, then there will be more than enough screens by 2009 to support a 3D-only release.

    And don't forget that much of the international market is way ahead of the U.S. on digital conversion.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 7:36 PM  

  • Hello boys. I have found new images of Avatar!!!


    By Blogger Nexus20, at 6:53 AM  

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