3D technology has come a long way since the days of red and blue cellophane. The gimmick that was once just a passing craze is is back in a big way, with movies like Toy Story and Toy Story 2 getting re-released in three dimensions on the big screen. Of course, not all movies are deserving of this new lease on life… Here are ten movies that would leap off the screen with particular force in 3D — here’s hoping someone grants our wish.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Just imagine the pleasures a 3D Matrix would bring. At the very least it would be ridiculously cool to see Morpheus and Neo kung-fu endless bad guys across the room and into your lap. Add to that the experience of the tentacles on the Sentinels whipping past your face and the ethereal ghost floating above your head, and, well, hopefully you’re starting to get the point.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Thought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was disturbing in 2D (the movie’s tagline was “Give us your brain for two hours and you’ll never be the same again”)? Think of how trippy it would be in 3D! The only downside to experiencing Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo’s drug-fueled hallucinations in 3D is that you’d have to hand out Dramamine with the movie tickets — or risk collective vertigo.
That’s right — underwater 3D. A display that’s terrifying and beautiful on regular film just becomes more of both when you take it into the third dimension. In fact, Jaws 3-D is currently the only movie to get a 3D treatment of the underwater variety, and over half of that takes place on land. And frankly, the soaring visuals are really the only thing Sphere’s got going for it, so they should take full advantage.
Jurassic Park (1993)
What could be better than reanimating dinosaurs from DNA preserved in a mosquito? Doing it in 3D, of course! How awesome would it be to see T-Rex’s head sniffing at you above the heads of the theatergoers in front of you? And those already terrifying Raptors would deliver shock after shock. An added plus: You’re a lot safer than Nedry if you reach out to touch the one with the pretty head crest…
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
This might not be a movie you’ve heard mentioned in twenty years or so, but as far as movies deserving of the 3D treatment go, this one’s a strong candidate. Just imagine the fun you could have with giant ants and Wayne Szalinski’s nutty professor contraptions. The best part of all would be the 3D flight on the back of the bumblebee… Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle, please!
Bring the Escher-esque stairways and floating crystal balls of this fantasy flick into three dimensions and you’ll introduce a whole new generation of kids to the strange grace and odd sex appeal of the Goblin King (the gloriously mulleted David Bowie). Eye-popping Jim Henson creatures and the apple-y cheeks of kidnapped baby Toby are just icing on the cake.
Movie nerds who adore this classic might be in for a fun ride if Ghostbusters 3 gets made, but an even bigger treat would be to bring back the original in 3D. From the moment the ‘busters first get slimed to the iconic flying-fluff scene, taking Ghostbusters (and its hammy ghosts, which already practically jump off the screen already) to the third dimension would be the movie equivalent of crossing the streams.
Blade Runner (1982)
From the moment the opening credits hit, Ridley Scott’s iconic movie practically screams for the 3D treatment. High billboards with a neo-noir, almost Tokyo-like dazzle shout at you, and that’s not mention all the hissing smoke and flames that leap out of the landscape. Bonus: Giving Pris’ legs the ability to grow even longer? Can’t see anything wrong with that…
As if the Alien isn’t scary looking enough on the outside, just when you think it’s given you every drippy thing it’s got, it extends that tiny second mouth… RIGHT INTO YOUR FACE! And let’s not forget how much more dramatic the very first “birth” scene could be if the baby creature burst from Kane’s chest and skittered across the table — and into the audience. This one would be a fright-fest from start to finish.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001 would make this list for the opening sequence alone, but a great intro does not a 3D masterpiece make. Fortunately, 2001‘s got the goods the whole way through, and if the intro doesn’t make a convincing enough argument, the last segment of the movie does the trick, with Dave’s travels through the Star Gate surpassing the rest of the movie’s high points. Caution: If this one ever gets made, stoner America will never be the same.