Have Your Say: What Favorite Classic Film Would You Like To See In 3D?

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Have Your Say: What Favorite Classic Film Would You Like To See In 3D?
If I've ever put a more blasphemous title above one of these "Have Your Say" articles, I sure cannot remember it. The colouring-in of old black and white movies already makes my skin itch, so adding fake 3D effects in post sure doesn't sound like an appetizing idea.

Still, when 3D is done well, it can be a magnificent addition to the cinema experience, same as sound and colour. James Cameron designed the whole universe of his Avatar to be a good fit to the strong points of the technology, and discovering the film in a 3D IMAX is still one of my fondest memories of the last decade.

So instead of interpreting the question as "Which classic title would you want to see re-issued and abused as a cash-grab", I'd like everyone to approach it more as "I remember this thing I saw as a kid and I always thought it would look awesome in 3D". Any classic that comes to mind, or just a cool moment? Something from the thirties, or eighties perhaps? An intimate indie, a nature documentary, a thriller?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!


Oh, and that screenshot above? That is from Ali Billiman Jr.'s 1969 film The Stewardesses, allegedly the most profitable 3D-film ever made before Avatar took that crown.
(This also means I've sorta-kinda made a porn-movie joke already, so you won't have to, heh...)

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curtvileAugust 30, 2016 10:06 AM

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920)

Ard VijnAugust 30, 2016 10:11 AM

Good one!!! Damn, that gets me thinking...

ManateeAdvocateAugust 30, 2016 1:00 PM

Well, as my dear old mother used to say to me: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Ard VijnAugust 30, 2016 1:21 PM

Me, I think THE DARK CRYSTAL would have looked great in 3D. The planetarium, the forest, the Garthim, Augrah's eye, the lava pit, the ceremonial chamber with the crystal... Combined with mostly rather static camera shots (because of all the puppetry and special effects) I think it would have worked marvelously!

PatAugust 30, 2016 2:15 PM

Irreversible because I'm a sadist. No but really, the DMT scene in Enter the Void would be great. Any of Tarsem's very visual films. Get some Alejandro Jodorowsky too, possibly The Holy Mountain. Who frame Roger Rabbit would be really hard to do... I can't even visualize it in 3D actually.... Redline would be great in 3D. 2001 is a given. Flight of the Navigator for the kids. (That movie needs to come back.) A Scanner Darkly would be cool to see. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

David SmithAugust 30, 2016 2:45 PM

Just go the whole hog. Citizen Kane, colourise it, 3D and add some CGI effects.

Unflinching_EyeAugust 30, 2016 4:03 PM

With the caveat that it would have to be a perfect 3D experience like AVATAR or GRAVITY, that film would be 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Other contenders would be BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN, THE SHINING, VIDEODROME, THE THING, APOCALYPSE NOW, SICARIO...

Unflinching_EyeAugust 30, 2016 4:06 PM

I second ENTER THE VOID.

Unflinching_EyeAugust 30, 2016 4:06 PM

LABYRINTH would be a good one too.

Paul MAugust 30, 2016 6:01 PM

The Wizard of Oz, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Forbidden Planet, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Ben Hur, Night of the Living Dead, Duck Soup, My Dinner with Andre, Judgement at Nuremberg, Lifeboat.

Ard VijnAugust 30, 2016 7:25 PM

REDLINE!! Oh hell yeah!

ToryKAugust 31, 2016 2:51 AM

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

CaseXAugust 31, 2016 11:00 AM

None.

Ard VijnAugust 31, 2016 11:50 AM

TOKYO DRIFTER, now there's an idea... Also, MULHOLLAND DRIVE 3D could be quite the trip!

PatAugust 31, 2016 5:57 PM

Jesus, Mulholland Drive 3D take my money now!

cjohnstonAugust 31, 2016 9:25 PM

..Goode polling question as usual .!! :-)

~
picking, selecting, and choosing from ones Not yet articulated,..

- The Rocketeer
- The Great Race
- Returner would by REALLY trippy.
- both Largo Winches. ...would ROCK. ......in ANY format.
- Ain't Them Bodies Saints
- A Very Long Engagement.
- Sunset Song
- Dead Man Down
- Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World
- Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
- Westworld ,..might be another trippy as H.eck foray...
- What Dreams May Come ,..might be Gorgeous.
- High Rise
- Tomb Thumb
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- The Good The Bad The Weird

etc,. etc.
(i could probably droll on, too.....).
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*while not necessarily being the Biggest fan of the three and the D. ..i HAVE seen a handful of films though that i've LOVED with the added width, depth, and height.

OoolongTSeptember 1, 2016 1:56 AM

Opera. You are welcome.

Ard VijnSeptember 1, 2016 5:09 AM

One eye? Or a general distaste for 3D?

JackSeptember 1, 2016 2:44 PM

Not to be pedantic, but The Stewardesses is still the most profitable 3D-film of all time.

As for my answer, I guess Rope might me interesting. Or My Dinner With Andre. Something with a small scale; 3D is no good for big spectacle. Everything looks smaller.

Ard VijnSeptember 2, 2016 4:05 AM

When seen as a percentage of production cost, THE STEWARDESSES will definitely win. But in actual gross? Even with massive inflation correction, AVATAR won't be toppled.

JackSeptember 2, 2016 12:21 PM

Yes, but 'profitable' generally refers to percentage of production cost earned back.

Todd BrownSeptember 2, 2016 12:51 PM

No, profit is a gross number. Whoever has the biggest number is the most profitable. On a percentage / ratio basis what you're talking about is ROI (return on investment). Not that it actually matters in any real sense.

JackSeptember 3, 2016 6:16 PM

When I see the word profitable used, it generally refers to ROI. That certainly seemed to be the case in this article.

Ard calls The Stewardesses "the most profitable 3D-film ever made before Avatar took that crown." But The Stewardesses was not the 3D-movie with the highest profit before Avatar (Jaws 3D and Friday the 13th 3D already beat it in the '80s). The Stewardesses was the 3D-movie with the best ROI. That's the fun fact about it that this article seemed to be referring to. And that's a record it still holds.

Ard VijnSeptember 3, 2016 8:04 PM

You may be right, the profitability record is a fun fact THE STEWARDESSES is known for, but if it was indeed already beaten in sheer profit by JAWS 3D and FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D, we need to go with the ROI definition, and then THE STEWARDESSES is probably still king.

TheTwoJakesSeptember 4, 2016 1:07 AM

Not really and old movie, but Twister 1996 would actually transfer well as it has objects flying towards the camera. (As well as freaking flying cows)