As we discussed in episode 71 of The Technicolour Hour, Oz The Great and Powerful was very much written, directed and filmed so that it could be watched and “experienced” in 3D. I think, as audience members, we’ll encounter this more and more in the future. Some films are just converted in post-production as a gimmick; others will push the envelope of the technology.
Films of the next decade will be created so that the full theatre & home experience will be fulfilled only if you have access to either a 3D-projecting theatre, or one of those fancy new 3D flatscreens. Oz was not a movie that I would recommend seeing in the “limited” second dimension. I can’t believe I’m saying that. For a film that felt rough around the edges and a little doughy in the second act, seeing it in 3D sure would have helped.
One of the coolest scenes in the entire film, believe it or not, was the opening sequence. It was vibrant and fun, not limited in style like its monochromatic palette. You could really feel that someone had put a lot of thought into it so, if you haven’t seen the film yet, check it out below.