20th Century Fox have started an initiative by which they’re converting old, 2D movies into 3D specifically for Blu-ray release. The first of these was I, Robot, and I took a fairly detailed look at how – and indeed why – Fox chose that film and carried out the conversion.
In short, I’m glad that the studio are trying to at least offer people the choice if this then means a bigger catalogue of 3D titles on Blu-ray – this will trickle down to a generally healthier state of play for home 3D overall.
Seemingly without knowing about Fox’s overall plan to convert a whole sequence of titles, The Arnold Fans (via Blu-Ray, picking up on comments left on their forum) have learned that Predator is set for a 3D Blu-ray release “in the 4th quarter of this year.”
I can see how Predator and I, Robot would fit in the same bracket.
There was a 2010 Blu-ray release of Predator in 2D that has been very widely criticised for its over-processed, grainless look. With this announcement of a 3D version, speculation is rife that this old transfer was actually carried out to best provide the working data for stereo conversion. This doesn’t make sense, mind you – there’s no reason a 2D version couldn’t have been finalised and then DNR applied afterwards, if Fox wanted such eerie smoothness for their 3D raw materials. And I have no idea why they would.
I continue to believe that Die Hard is an inevitable conversion to the format – maybe John McTiernan has consulted on both that and Predator at once, who knows? – and that Independence Day will still be showing up on Blu-ray 3D even while the cinema reissue has been scrapped. And then there’s that 3D version of Dr. No…
I’ll really sit up and pay attention, however, when the studio announces a stereovision do over for The Sound of Music.