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Upcoming 3D Movies - Winter 2012-2013

List of 3D Films in December, January, and February

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Last Winter was so light on 3D releases that the season didn't even warrant its own article, but it's been been a good year for the format and the upcoming holiday season should be able to keep the momentum alive with six 3D films scheduled to close out 2012 and usher in the new year.

The season originally had two additional 3D films scheduled, but Universal's big budget actioner 47 Ronin and the latest Sony/Screen Gems dance flick, Battle of the Year have both been delayed.

Let's take a look at the 3D movies on the release slate for winter 2012-2013:

December

  • 12/14: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (WB/New Line) - This is the big one! Peter Jackson's return to middle earth is one of the most anticipated movies of all time, and if the film looks anything like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it'll be a feast for the eyes in 3D. Stereo works really well with sweeping panoramic vistas, and this will also be the first stereoscopic 3D film presented at 48 fps, which promises a crisper overall experience. December can't come soon enough.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 12/19: Monster's Inc. 3D (Disney/Pixar) - Disney knows how to handle 3D post-conversion better than just about any other studio, so if you're a fan of the film, then this should be worth seeing. This is coming out about six months before Pixar releases Monster's University, so it will be a great refresher to help build some excitement for the sequel.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 12/21: Cirque du Soleil: World's Away (Paramount) - I'm not usually into concert and event DVDs, but I have to admit I'm pretty interested in this. Panasonic used an acrobatic dance act in some promotional material for one of their 3DTVs awhile back and it was one of the best 3D Blu-Ray presentations I've ever seen—I can only imagine how incredible Cirque du Soleil will be on a gigantic silverscreen. If you've never had a chance to see them perform live, this will probably be the next best thing.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes

January

  • 1/04: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (Lionsgate) - Slasher films and 3D go hand in hand, and genre fans are usually more than willing to revisit legendary horror properties when Hollywood inevitably decides to revive them.

    I'll go ahead and say it—I didn't have high expectations for this film, but the trailer wasn't half bad. Appropriately modern, suspenseful, and violently suggestive without being overtly gory. Tastes have certainly skewed toward minimalism in the horror genre with the astronomical success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, but maybe it's time for a good old fashioned slasher to take back some of the spotlight!
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 1/11: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount) - This movie looks like an utter cheese fest, but that doesn't mean it won't be worth watching—Hansel and Gretel appear to be taking themselves a little less seriously than Mr. Lincoln the vampire hunter, and if the rumors are true, the studio is looking for an R rating.

    That means they're probably targeting the Resident Evil / Underworld Crowd, and if there's one thing we know about the Resident Evil/Underworld Crowd, it's that they always show up for films like this. I think it was a good move going the horror-comedy route—I'm not sure it could have worked any other way, and you know what? I like horror-comedy..
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes

February

  • 2/14: Escape from Planet Earth (Weinstein Company) - So far we've seen one teaser for Escape from Planet Earth, in which the film's boisterous, overconfident protagonist, Scorch Supernova, answers a series of interview questions as he attempts to escape captivity from Area 51.

    The film's premise is interesting enough, even if the character felt a bit reminiscent of Buzz Lightyear in the first two acts of Toy Story. The alien-escaping-from-earth plot has been handled as recently as 2011's excellent Paul, but Escape from Earth will be decidedly more family-oriented.

    This is coming from an unproven studio, so a lot will ride on whether the writing works and the film looks polished. In other words, the comedy really needs to be good for this film to succeed.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
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