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Oct082010

'Deathly Hallows' Part 1 will NOT be released in 3D, says Warner Bros

Studio officials at Warner Bros. gave a statement today explaining that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, the first of the two final movies of the Harry Potter film saga, will NOT be released in 3D as originally planned.  The studio has cited time constraints as the reason for scrapping the project.  The movie hits theaters on November 19th, which is only a little more than a month away. 

Here is what Warner Bros. had to say: 

"Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. [...] We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate Harry Potter experience."

It was also confirmed that Part 2, which is scheduled for a July 15th, 2011 release, will still be in 3D.  My guess is that Warner Bros. plans to be able to re-release Part 1 in finished 3D at that time, in order to make more money.

Personally, I think Warner Bros. made the right decision, for two reasons.  One, no 3D is better than crappy 3D - and post-production 3D is always crappy.  Two, a lot of fans, myself included, weren't even planning to see Part 1 in 3D anyway, so lets just say that this news isn't exactly heart-breaking within the fandom.  

If you were looking forward to watching Harry and friends in 3D this November, I offer my condolences! 

[Via Fandango.]

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