3D cinema in Finland this week

3D cinema in Finland this week

Jan 24, 2012

This post is a highly subjective guide to the movies you can see in cinemas of Finland starting this weekend. Here I’ll try to answer the question of what is the best 3D movie you can enjoy right now. Every movie listed here is screened by Finnkino, the biggest and only cinema chain in Finland. I will also provide some info if the movie is in fact converted 2D – so called fake 3D. So, if you plan to watch some quality 3D film this weekend, this is the post for you.

Starting this Friday 27.1 there are 6 stereoscopic movies on display:
–Dolphin Tale 3D
–Immortals 3D
–Lion King 3D
–Puss in Boots 3D
–The Darkest Hour 3D
–The Adventures of Tintin 3D

(I’ll probably skip that 3D part in the future, since we are on the 3D dedicated site and talking only about 3D anyway)

This guide is highly subjective also because from this list I’ve seen only one movie so far. Anyway there is a bit of info that might help you decide, if you want to see a particular 3D movie from this list.

Dolphin Tale scores various feedback. 6.4 score on IMDB. Shot with Paradise FX 3D Rigs and Red One digital cameras.

Verdict: dark horse, but possibly a pleasant surprize

6.4 score on IMDB, directed by Tarsem Singh (which is usually good). RealOrFake3D site lists this movie as fake 3D, which is also confirmed by tech specs on IMDB. Feedback is mostly negative.

Verdict: avoid this

Lion King is back, in Disney digital 3D. It is obviously converted 3D, one of the Disney’s experiments bring old classics back to cinemas.

Good things:
–It is now all digital, which means better picture and brighter colors
–No subtitles, it is all dubbed in Finnish. Why this is good? Subtitles are most distracting in 3D cinema, sometimes floating at wrong depth. It’s good when you don’t have to read them.

So-so things:
–Converted 3D from originally hand-drawn 2D animation doesn’t sound too promising. Most likely there isn’t much of 3D after all. Lion King is often very fast paced, which means they will have to turn 3D even more down.

Verdict: the movie is gorgeous, go see it if you understand finnish.

A new installment from the Shrek universe. From Dreamworks pictures. 6.9 score on IMDB, real 3D. With Phil ‘Captain 3D’ McNally as stereoscopic supervisor this movie promises best 3D quality you can get. I’d expect something on the level of Kung Fu Panda 2 and How To Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks even developed a special brand InTru3D for “true stereoscopic experience”, and this animations is essentially marked with one.

Finnkino is generous enough to offer this movie in original language, as well as dubbed in finnish.

Verdict: Must see!

This movie is listed as real 3D on realorfake3d.com. A joint US – Russian production with Timur Bekhmambetov and his company Bazelevs, based in Moscow. This whole movie is also based in Moscow. Scores 5.0 on IMDB. I’m a bit curious on this flick, since this looks like a very first stereoscopic production from Russia hitting the world cinemas.

Verdict: likely a waste of time, but can be fun too.

Tintin is almost 3 months already in cinemas, and still doing good. From the mages of Weta Digital, creators of Avatar, this is the best adventure flick of the past and this year so far. Quality of 3D, as you can imagine, is gorgeous. Shots are truly employing the strengths of stereoscopic genre, and you will hold your breath many times.

Verdict: Must see!

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