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Popular Hollywood films get converted to 3D for re-release

Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 22, 2012
First Published: 19:43 IST(22/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:15 IST(23/11/2012)

The hollywood filmmakers have found a way to match up to the expectations of the contemporary and tech-savvy audience. In an attempt to recreate the same magic that some hollywood films had on people’s minds and at the box office at the time of their release, a slew of international hits are now being converted into 3D for a re-release.

The trend has already been a success for a few movies such as, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Titanic to name a few. The Lion King, for that matter, released in 3D in September 2012 and topped the US box office for the first two weeks of its run, and earned almost $80million (R441 crore approx). We look at a few names that will again adorn the silver screen in their 3D versions.

Independence Day
Will Smith might be reclaiming his fourth of July (US Independence Day) box office throne next year, but with a movie that’s 16-years-old. Filmmaker Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi blockbuster will return to theatres in 3D now. Though the date is not decided yet, the producers and Emmerich have long been contemplating a sequel to the movie and have, therefore, decided to come up with a 3D release of the original movie to test waters and find out if there’s interest among fans for further continuation of the story.

Star Wars II
After an overwhelming response to the Stars Wars Episode I 3D release, the series maker George Lucas and new owner Disney have decided to come up with the re-release of its second and third episodes in 2013. The second movie, which introduced the fans to the main protagonist Hayden Christensen, will be released on September 20, 2013, while the epic conclusion to the Darth
Vader-centric story will debut on October 4, 2013.

The Little Mermaid
Released in 1989, the animated classic about a 16-year-old mermaid and her desire to explore more about human beings, has already won two  Oscars, and is coming back to enchant the fans in 3D format on September 13, 2013.

Jurassic Park
A Steven Spielberg classic, this film was the first of the Jurassic Park series and will be re-releasing in 3D in the wake of the film’s 20th anniversary next year. Talking about the coexistence of dinosaurs and human beings and the fight between the two species, the film will be hitting the screens on April 5, 2013.

Monsters Inc.
It wowed the audience when it first released in 2001, and following The Lion King’s 3D success, the studio is also releasing this one in 3D on December 19, 2012.   Having won an Oscar for Best Song and grossed close to $527 million worldwide, the movie revolves around the stereotypes present in an individual and the funny circumstances born because of the same.

Recent 3D re-releases
Titanic 3D
The Lion King 3D
Finding Nemo 3D
Beauty and the Beast 3D
Star Wars: Episode I 3D

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