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The Dark Knight Rises in 3D

The Dark Knight Rises 3D

What’s the opposite of an exclamation mark? According to a recent Press Release from Warner Bros., The Dark Knight Rises is being post-converted to 3D. Stereo D, the company James Cameron used to post-convert Titanic, is in charge of the stereoscopic conversion process. The good news for non-3D fans is that Nolan plans on keeping the IMAX showings 2D, and will only be adding RealD and Dolby 3D screenings as additional theaters.

BURBANK, CA— Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released to RealD® and Dolby® 3D theatres simultaneously with the film’s wide release in conventional and IMAX® theatres on July 20, 2012. The epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is being post-converted by Burbank’s Stereo D LLC., the same company in charge of converting “Titanic” for James Cameron. “Chris Nolan’s groundbreaking vision makes his films ideally suited for the immersive capabilities that 3D has to offer,” said David Fueller, Warner Bros. Pictures’ president of domestic distribution.

The filmmaker shot large portions of the film with traditional 2D IMAX® cameras, and plans on keeping the IMAX® screenings true to that format. However, the Academy Award® nominated filmmaker is looking to expand upon the film’s much anticipated release. “As the number of 3D screens around the globe continues to grow, we’re thrilled to offer film’s like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in richer experiences for the moviegoers,” said Victoria Gelfond-White, President, Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures International.

Christopher Nolan stated, “Our experience in working with the talented artists at Stereo D was awe inspiring. We did various brightness and depth tests, and when we saw how the tests were developing, we were very impressed!” Nolan and his cinematographer, Wally Pfister, have been secretly meeting with the stereoscopic effects company since November of last year. The conversion will cost approximently $10-20 million and will not delay the film’s release.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Chris Nolan, Emma Thomas and Warner Bros. Pictures to deliver one of the year’s biggest films in three dimensions,” added Lirpa Sloof, Chairman and President of Stereo D. “Chris has proven to be an immensely talented director. He has the vision and skills to make an immersive blockbuster film that is truly larger than life. We’re excited to be a key ingredient in what will surely be the biggest film this side of April Fools.”

So somehow in the last six months, Christopher Nolan and Oscar-winner Wally Pfister have been secretly starting the 3D conversion process. Perhaps they were pressured from the studio. We heard rumors about an Inception 3D release on and off for the past two years.

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by Alex Haas
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Holy Quarter Billion Dollar Budget, Batman!

The Dark Knight Rises Budget

The LA Times posted an article today claiming tension is growing between Warner Bros. and their financing partner Legendary Pictures over The Dark Knight Rises. The two companies started their co-financing and production partnership back in 2005 on Batman Begins, and have since had a rather successful relationship. The deal between the two companies is up in 2013, and according to the article, negotiations over The Dark Knight Rises is causing tension over the renewal.

While Legendary was a 50/50 partner on 2008’s The Dark Knight, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and sold 16 million DVDs, the film financing and production company has for months been trying to secure a similar ownership stake in the sequel. The film, which like the last two Batman pictures will be directed by Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, is expected to cost at least $250 million to produce.
– LA Times

That’s right, industry insiders are ball-parking the budget for The Dark Knight Rises in the $250 million area. I suppose this shouldn’t be terribly surprising — we all expected a jump up from The Dark Knight‘s budget of $185 million. And Wally Pfister is on record as stating that they’re planning on shooting as much IMAX as possible for Rises, which alone can nearly double the budget of a scene. Who’s ready to see that budget be put to use?

by Teddy Blass
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Inception DVD / Blu-ray Coming on December 7th

After teasing us with the UK Blu-ray / DVD announcement more than five weeks ago, it looks like Warner Bros. has set Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 as the official US release date for the Inception DVD and Blu-ray.

Special features on the Blu-ray will include:

  • EXTRACTION MODEInfiltrate the dreamscape of “Inception” – with this in-movie experience – to learn how Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the cast and crew designed and achieved the movies signature moments.
  • DREAMS: CINEMA OF THE SUBCONSCIOUSTaking some of the most fascinating and cutting-edge dream research to-date on lucid dreaming, top scientists make the case that the dream world is not an altered state of consciousness, but a fully functional parallel reality.
  • INCEPTION: THE COBOL JOBNow in full animation and motion, check out this comic prologue to see how Cobb, Arthur, and Nash came to be enlisted by Cobol Engineering and perform an extraction on Saito.
  • 5.1 INCEPTION SOUNDTRACKComposer Hans Zimmer teams up once again with Director Christopher Nolan to create the soundtrack for “Inception”. Enjoy this feature in full 5.1 surround.
  • BD-LIVE: PROJECT SOMNACIN: CONFIDENTIAL FILESGet access to the highly secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology.

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by Alex Haas
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