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Blade Runner 2049: 2D or 3D? (21 replies and 7 comments)

DanBull
1 month ago
DanBull 1 month ago

Howdy all. 

Is it best to see Roger's latest long awaited sci-fi in 2D or 3D? My instinct was 3D, until I learned that Roger said he wasn't going to shoot in 3D, ergo it has been converted to 3D purely in post? If this is the case I would prefer to watch it 2D. 

Thoughts please. 

Cheers. 

andymw
1 month ago
andymw 1 month ago

I personally had the opposite instinct. Yeah, Roger's stated he's been involved in the conversion, though it's ultimately our own personal decision. Don't know if the following link here helps?

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/film-talk/blade-runner-2049-3d-conversion/

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

We shot the film in 2D and in a wide screen format.

DanBull
1 month ago

Thanks Roger. I shall see it first in 2D, then perhaps go to a 3D screening out of curiosity.
Thanks for your reply, love your work.

Zippy
1 month ago
Zippy 1 month ago

Dolby Cinema is the best expierence to watch Blade Runner 2049:

-4K DCP

-Perfect black levels

-Dolby Vision HDR (this film is so colorful, this will be stunning)
-Dolby Atmos for the finishing touche.

I don't like 3D either:

-2K deliveries

-Less brightness

-Most 3D movies have DNR applied (wax effect)

 

I don't like (lie) IMAX as well:

-95% 2K deliveries

-Fake DMR process by IMAX

 

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

We did NOT use the DMR process for the IMAX version of 'Blade Runner 2049'. I had experience testing this process when finishing 'Skyfall'. I didn't like the effect it was going to do with that film so we made our own transfer of 'Skyfall' for IMAX and everyone was very happy with the result.

Many films still go through the DI process as 2K files. I think many people would be surprise by some of the titles.

HDR is certainly a good projection system but you have to be very careful with it. The black levels can look artificially dark and the highlights can be so intense that it can be hard to look at what is important in the frame. For instance, it can be impossible and actually painful to look at a dark face against a bright window if the image is not re timed specifically for HDR.

Zippy
1 month ago

Glad you are in control of the IMAX release as well, Roger. And thanks for the Skyfall IMAX info. 🙂

I agree, HDR also needs as much attention as any other process into film making and post-production.

Yeah, it's a shame there are a lot of movies still finished in 2K. I keep tracking by DCP info, magazines etc if a movie is 2K or 4K finished.

Also with 4K UHD Blu-ray on the market, it would be very welcome to have native 4K finished movies on 4K Blu-ray. I don't care if the VFX/CGI are in 2K/4K upscaled. Camera acquisition is King.

And especially those film makers that prefer film over digital, it would say. Stop using 2K scans from the 35mm in the first place.

Dawson Boyle
2 weeks ago

Agree I believe "HDR" is a gimmick and the dynamic range comes from the camera and HDR seems to just add extra contrast and clip information

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Exactly! Those espousing film as the 'greatest' image capture system then do their scans at 2K. Absurd.

andymw
4 weeks ago
andymw 4 weeks ago

Hi Roger, how much involvement did you or colorists have in the HDR Dolby Cinema / Dolby Vision encoding of BR2049, or is that generally done by Dolby folks instead?

TV
4 weeks ago
TV 4 weeks ago

Hi Roger,

do you then recommend seeing the movie in standard cinema or IMAX 2D?

Thx.

TV

Roger Deakins
4 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 4 weeks ago

I think I said previously that I oversaw the timing of all the versions of 'BR2049' including the HDR version.

My preferred version is the standard 2D widescreen version. A problem I have with some viewing systems is their use of silvered screens. The image projected on a silvered screen lacks saturation as well as density as it falls off from a hot spot in the center of vision. This may not be so apparent for someone sitting in the optimum viewing seat but it is a compromise in terms of image quality wherever you are seated, though it maybe a compromise worth accepting if you are a fan of 3D.

darklight
4 weeks ago

I'm one of those ppl will watch all versions of BR 2049.

Roger, Do you still go to cinema? Arclight Hollywood seems becomes a go-to spot for lot filmmakers nowdays for any movie... The standard 2D screen.

TV
3 weeks ago

Thank you for you answer. I really appreciate it.

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

Of course I still go to the cinema!!!! The Arclight cinemas are really good. We just returned from the Landmark, which also has very good standard 2D projection. We saw 'Lucky', which stars the late great Harry Dean Stanton.

darklight
3 weeks ago

Thank you, Roger! Will go see " Lucky" this week after BR 2049

Dan Keeble
3 weeks ago
Dan Keeble 3 weeks ago

I just hope my local Odeon does a good job 🙁 

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