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Briefly: Warner Bros. just threw a light jab into the face of post-conversion 3D. The studio had planned to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I in post-converted 3D. But now WB has released a statement saying that the film will release only in 2D and IMAX versions, and that,

We will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window…Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.

In other words: “with the time we’ve got to make this happen, it will look like Clash of the Titans, and that was shit.” Or, if you want the kind version, director David Yates says “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.” You have chosen well, Warner Bros.

Editor’s Note: They still plan to release Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 3D. More details in the press release, which you can read after the jump.

Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.

Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”

Director David Yates continued, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.

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