6 Movies That Should Be Re-Released in 3D

    January 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

    3d movie theaterIt’s no secret that Hollywood likes to make money the easy way. Pointless movie sequels, tired movie remakes and rehashed plot lines are standard tactics used to produce movies with little effort and even less entertainment value. The latest trick in Hollywood’s redo repertoire is converting previously released movies into 3D. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of movies where a 3D reboot would have us back for a second look. Here are 6 movies that should be re-released in 3D:


    scarfaceBrian DePalma’s epic tale of the American dream gone bad seems particularly well-suited to 3D enhancement.  Mounds of powdery white cocaine, residual chainsaw induced blood splatter and of course that magnificent mane of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are all elements that would only benefit from 3D.   Imagine viewing Tony’s last stand where he uses an M16 equipped with an under-barrel M203 grenade launcher and extended magazines to open fire and kill dozens of Sosa’s men all while issuing the famous invitation: “Say hello to my little friend!”,  now imagine that happening in your face. We rest our case.

    Boogie Nights

    boogie nightsSure a glimpse of Mark Walhberg’s prosthetic phallus might be the obvious draw, but we were actually thinking about the bigger picture. Recapturing the swinging San Fernando Valley during the late 70s and early 80s with the magic of 3D strikes us as a worthy endeavor. Porn star pool parties, drug deals gone wrong and a very naked Heather Graham as Rollergirl seems like the perfect application for this technology.

    The Wizard of Oz

    wizard of ozThe movie that launched a million childhood nightmares, The Wizard of Oz is an obvious candidate for updating with 3D pizzazz. Popular with both Friends of Dorothy and fans of Pink Floyd, its broad appeal would make for an interesting theater crowd.   We would suggest smuggling in your iPod cued up to Dark Side of the Moon to make it the ultimate Dark Side of the Rainbow experience.

    Cool Hand Luke

    cool hand lukeNo man can eat 50 eggs. That is, no man, unless he’s Cool Hand Luke.  We imagine the act of consuming 50 hard-boiled eggs (“six pounds” of ovoid protein) in less than an hour, along with Paul Newman’s distended belly would be even more fun to watch in 3D.  In addition to the high stakes eating challenge, we think viewing the infamous car washing scene would make up for the inflated ticket price.

    Gimme Shelter

    gimme shelterWhen we heard that the 2008 U2 3D movie is considered one of the best 3D films of all time we knew we had to add a concert movie to our list.  Preferably one that contained less footage of Bono’s political and social rantings, which would be almost all of them.  Chronicling the last weeks of the Stones’ 1969 US tour including the ill-fated Altamont Free Concert, Gimme Shelter seems like the obvious choice.  With Hells Angels, mayhem and murder, this concert movie would make for an intense 3D experience.

    Top Gun

    top gunFile this entry under sometimes dreams do come true.  When we first started fantasizing about classic movies that would benefit from 3D juicing, one of our first thoughts was the homoerotic blockbuster Top Gun. Now it looks like someone must have been reading our mind, as we just learned, everyone’s favorite military propaganda film has been converted to 3D for theatrical release in 2012. While most of the interest appears to be centered on the flight scenes, we are hoping they manage to work some 3D magic into the montage featuring an oiled up Iceman and in a battle for volleyball supremacy.


    1. Zack Mandell says:

      Good list! We’ll have to see how Titanic turns out before I really trust 3D conversion of older films. Still, I’d love to see Scarface, Wizard of OZ and (adding my own here) Back to the Future (yeah!!!) in 3D.

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