Film News: Disney Studios to Re-imagine the Classics in 3D
Walt Disney Studios has announced that very soon, people could see some of its classics of the past reimagined in 3D. A couple of years ago, the company told film news writers that it had plans to revisit Beauty and the Beast in this way – but very little has been said on the matter since.
However, after a big year in 2010 with blockbusters like Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, Tangled and Tron: Legacy – all of which were released in 3D – it was revealed that both Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King would be launched on high definition Blu-ray 3D at some point in 2011.
The House of Mouse had yet to announce its official release dates for the movies, but what has been said is that the long awaited HD versions of each will also be packaged with 2D versions of the movie classics so that people without access to the still relatively new technology will be able to enjoy them.
Lori MacPherson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said that the company was keen to join in further on the 3D revolution by bringing content not only into people’s cinemas, but also into their living rooms. “We will be offering movie- lovers the most incredible in-home entertainment experience they will ever have,” she explained.
“In addition to offering new releases day-and-date in 3D and further cementing our leadership in the marketplace, we’re thrilled that consumers will have the exclusive Blu-ray 3D experience of two of the most celebrated Disney animated features, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, in their homes.”
Currently, Disney fans who do have a suitable equipped home entertainment set up have access to 3D Blu-ray titles including Alice In Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Step Up 3D. It is expected that 2011 will also bring titles such as Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force and Chicken Little to the format. Of course, while no dates have been set for any of these, you can always check out their film trailers online to see if they are worth looking out for.
One of the biggest releases to hit 3D TVs in recent months has to be James Cameron’s 2009 science fiction epic Avatar way back in 2009. According to the movie website Box Office Mojo, the film is the single most successful 3D film of all time and has so far earned a worldwide total of $2,781,132,032, which, of course, also includes the amount it has taken for 2D performances and home video sales. This level of success may also have been behind the decision by the director to retrofit his previously most successful film Titanic for a 3D re-release.