Dial 3D for Murder

Dial M for Murder reviewEarlier this week I posted my thoughts from 2010 about Avatar, the movie that was meant to bring in a new era of 3D movies. Whether Avatar achieved this is a blog post for another time as today I want to look at Dial M for Murder, Alfred Hitchcock‘s entry in 3D cinema. Yes Hitchcock did a 3D movie, although not entirely by choice – according to IMDB anyway. Despite this he really goes for it, but I’ll come back to that in a minute.

Dial M for Murder is an adaptation of Frederick Knott‘s own play which tells the story of Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) plotting to kill his wife Margot (Grace Kelly) after discovering she is having an affair with crime writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). However, the story is not that interesting compared to what Hitchcock, one of cinema’s greatest directors, did with 3D.

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This post was originally published on my Blogger Account on the 4th of January 2010. This post has been edited before it was published today.

Avatar and 3D MoviesThe film of 2009 will be Avatar. It isn’t the best movie of the year but will probably be the biggest. It is already the second highest grossing movie after Cameron’s own Titanic . Over the last 12 months James Cameron – the director of Avatar – has been building the film up as a game changer. The Jazz Singer of 3D cinema.

For those who don’t know the Jazz Singer was the fist talkie (non-silent film) and showed Hollywood that movies with sound were the way to go. Cameron claimed Avatar would do the same for 3D. It doesn’t. In fact it only highlights the problems with 3D. Cameron has created a beautiful looking film that is dulled by the 30% colour loss that the 3D effect brings. It was often more enjoyable watching the film with the glass off, even though the image was out of focus. When the glasses were I often forgot the movie was in 3D.

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