Post-converted 3D still has a pretty bad reputation amongst a lot of people. Many were soured by early mistakes, such as the rush job on Clash of the Titans and have held onto those attitudes ever since. The conversion of Clash of the Titans may have helped line Warner Brothers pockets but it did no end of damage to people’s perception of the process.
Plenty of films have been released since with perfectly adequate conversions and even the occasional excellent one. I heard few complaints from people about the post conversion process when The Avengers was wowing audiences in 2012 and I was also pretty keen on the conversions for John Carter and The Green Hornet, to name just two.
Conversions for Blu-ray seem to be becoming increasingly common too with films such as I, Robot and Jumper getting the 3D treatment recently. Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising also received a 3D Blu-ray release in Germany in 2011, a country where a lot of non-3d films get 3D Blu-ray releases. It would appear that Refn’s latest, Only God Forgives, is also getting a 3D Blu-ray release in Germany (h/t Adam Batty) in November. It’s already up for pre-order on the German Amazon site and it’s actually pretty reasonably priced too.
I doubt I’ll be picking it up though as even after it’s been converted it will still be one dimensional in almost every other respect.
It will be interesting to see if this trend for 3D conversion for Blu-ray continues and spreads more to America and the UK. Germany’s not the only country that’s getting post converted 3D Blu-rays that no-one else is getting either; Rashomon, Dr. No and Rope also got 3D Blu-rays in Taiwan.
I think it’s likely that we could soon see a lot more of this as the ownership of 3D televisions continues to rise. Lets just hope the conversions are done with care and attention and don’t just end up turning people off conversions all over again.