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Blade Runner 2049: 2D or 3D? (23 replies and 7 comments)

4 years ago
DanBull 4 years 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. 

4 years ago
DVDfever 4 years ago

Hi, I see Roger's recommendation for the 2D widescreen version, but is anyone worth considering spending the extra for IMAX as it opens up to 1.90:1?


I see Roger also worked on Skyfall, which I understand had that ratio throughout in IMAX (and Spectre, I think), but I saw both in 2.35:1, as 2D tickets are considerably less than IMAX.


Also, I understand that there are 11 minutes of Special End credits. Am I right in thinking that these will need the lighting low to make the best of them?

At my local Vue Lowry and Vue Printworks (where the IMAX was taken over from Odeon), they whack the lights up to full brightness regardless of whatever's going on, so any effect from something special in them will be lost, and at the Lowry, the lights are so bright, they leak onto the screen and obscure the picture. The number of times I've tried to get this across to them at their head office has left me banging my OWN head on the wall!

Meanwhile, Odeon Trafford Centre only have minimal lighting during credits, so I prefer there these days. Vue claim their practice is down to 'health and safety' regulations from the council, but that Odeon is covered by the same council, and they manage not to ruin the experience!



4 years ago
DVDfever 4 years ago

Any comments on the end credits I've read about, or the extra image on the IMAX version?

4 years ago
onewontdo 4 years ago

I live in Vancouver, Canada and there is literally one theatre out of eleven that has non-3D viewing. Even that is not a regular viewing; it is "VIP" viewing which you pay more than the 3D or IMAX for much smaller screen, standard speaker system but 19+ age restriction with leather seats and meal served to your seat. What a sad day to be a cinema for who has to compromise and dig around to find a theatre that shows the movie as it was originally intended to be shown. Even though I highly anticipated for the film, I may have to wait to view it in my home system than to endure the desaturated, darkened "3D" screen that gives me nausea and strains my eyes. I hope this gimmick that is "3D" soon dies out.

Roger Deakins
4 years ago
Roger Deakins 4 years ago

I hope so too.

4 years ago
Zippy 4 years ago

It would be cool if the upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray of Blade Runner 2049, would come with Dolby Vision HDR as well, instead of using only HDR10. 

If there are no such plans yet, U and Denis should team up, and push the studios to use Dolby Vision as well. It seems Warner Bros will handle the (4K) Blu-ray release for US/CA. Rest of the World Sony Pictures. 


4 years ago
DVDfever 4 years ago

Sorry to ask this again, but can Roger or someone else please let me know about my above query re: end credits and IMAX? I might be seeing this tomorrow (Thurs), albeit not in IMAX at this point, so would really appreciate some input on it. Thanks.

4 years ago
ALF20 4 years ago

I saw the movie in standard 2D , and IMAX 3D

Too bad i couldn't find an IMAX 2D version , it would be the best !
(3D was not too bad... but well, i still don't like having to sacrifice image sharpness and lightning)

4 years ago
Vfrancis 4 years ago

Hi Roger, 

I know you've said that your preferred version is the 2D wide-screen but after seeing the iMAX 3D version last night, 2049 has the best use of the medium I have ever seen (i've seen a lot of 3D). The masterful way it is handled, especially for a conversion has to be applauded. How much involvement did you have in the creative process of the conversion, or was it mainly driven by Denis? The sense of depth within the world that was created blew me away, and whilst the lumens is lowered due to the glasses, it allowed certain elements to shine that I think would be lost in 2D, particularly with the character Joi and her scenes. The way the light bounces through and off her translucent form (seeing the back of dress, the lights on the wall and then the street behind actually through her) is stunningly realised. And the scene with Joi, K and Mariette just wouldn't of been as transcendent without the extra dimension IMO. You and the team have shown how 3D should be handled. Thank you.

4 years ago

Watch in 2D or 3D?

having a hard time deciding - might have to watch both 

I don't like 3D conversions but the extra 25% of looking room is a draw card

Just curious - this is such an epic film for everyone - Can i ask Roger why u didn't shoot in on Alexa 65mm? Were u not tempted to shoot it on the largest format possible?

I saw IT on IMAX and was a horrible experience

Dunkirk (film print) was the best film experience I've ever had


4 years ago
Zippy 4 years ago

Filmmaker: You’ve always been a cinematographer who finds tools that work and then sticks with them. You’ve been using the same Power Pod remote head to operate for 25 years and you’ve used ARRI Zeiss Master Primes and some version of the ARRI Alexa for all of your digital features. Have you tested the Alexa 65 yet?

Deakins: I’ve shot tests on the 65, but Denis and I were really quite happy with the feel of Sicario, so we decided to go with (the Alexa XT again). The 65 is great, but it’s almost too sharp and it’s so much data. We actually had a few Alexa Minis as well. We used them quite a bit.»

4 years ago
DarrenNorthEast 4 years ago

Just got back from an IMAX 3D screening at the Metrocentre, Gateshead and I look forward to going back next week for a 2D showing. I made the mistake of taking my glasses off for a brief moment and it makes you realise how much brightness you lose.

The film looks fantastic and it was an absolute pleasure to take in every frame. Thanks for magnificent work you do Roger, it really makes going to cinema extra special.



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