After the success of The Lion King in 3D, Disney decided to also re-release Beauty and the Beast in 3D and did so this past weekend, Jan 13-15. The “tale as old as time” movie was the number two movie in the box office, grossing $18.5 million.
According to an article on Mashable.com, Disney plans on re-releasing Finding Nemo, Paramount is re-releasing Titanic and Fox is re-releasing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – all this year.
For some, nostalgia plays a role in their decision to re-watch these classics on the big screen.
“I think it is a wonderful way to revisit old favorites,” said Claudia Lora. “I’m looking forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast and sharing the experience with my nieces,” she added. “It will be like watching it for the first time, an experience I remember fondly, I know the girls will love it and I can’t wait to fall in love with it again.”
However, not everyone will want to re-live old favorites in theaters.
“I think they’re great for people with children who haven’t seen the films yet,” said Jenny Martin. “But Disney lost the attention of young adults without families, I won’t pay ticket stub prices for a movie I own on VHS,” Martin said.
Since 3D is pricier than 2D, ticket prices might be a deciding factor for some moviegoers, while others base their decision on whether or not they think the movie merits the 3D experience.
“I would not want to see a romantic movie in 3D, I don’t want people kissing in front of my face,” said Karina Gil.
Gil took her son to see The Lion King in 3D when it came out in theatres. “We took him to see The Lion King because it has a very positive message not necessary because it was in 3D,” said Gil. “On the other hand, for the movie Finding Nemo, I can picture the shark coming out of the screen and that would be worth watching in 3D,” she added.
Others think classics should stay in their original form.
“I think the original is way better, they are releasing these movies in 3D because it’s the new thing to do,” said Jismarie Ramos. “I’m sure when the creators of these movies made them they weren’t thinking, ‘This movie will look great in 3D,’ Ramos said. “Let’s leave 3D for the new computerized movies like Avatar.”
Whether or not these movies are 3D worthy, one thing is for sure; these re-releases are introducing classic films to a new generation of moviegoers.