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Sunday 18 November 2018

U2 go 3D and it's even better than the real thing

Fergus Black

TWENTY years after their ground-breaking black-and-white movie 'Rattle and Hum' was released, U2 are planning to take a huge technological leap into what has been hailed as a unique cinematic event.

And the promoters boast that it will give fans the chance to experience what it's like to be in one of the front rows at a U2 concert.

'U2 3D', the first live action movie shot in digital 3D, will be screened in a number of selected digital 3D cinemas from February 22, and already bookings are being taken for the 84-minute long movie.

Fans will don special 3D glasses to enjoy the movie, which was filmed during the South American leg of the band's 'Vertigo' tour and was directed by Irish woman Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington.

Nine high-tech digital 3D cameras, advanced digital 3D imagery and surround sound were used to capture the onstage performance during the band's concert in Buenos Aires.

Over 100 hours of 3D footage was shot, documenting a set list that during two weeks included some of U2's seminal songs like 'Pride (In the name of Love)', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Where The Streets Have No Name'.

Glenn Hogarty of Limelight Communications said the movie will be purely a cinematic event and will not be shown on TV or go to DVD.


So far, the movie is set to be screened at four cinema complexes -- three in Dublin -- movies@Dundrum and movies@Swords, as well as Cineworld in Parnell Street, and at the SGC complex in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, but the promoters are negotiating with a number of other cinemas as well.

SGC is already open for bookings on its website, while movies@Dundrum said that so far it had taken 97 bookings for the February 22 opening.

A spokesperson said they planned six screenings every day for at least the first week in two of its auditoriums.

"We expect the movie to run for weeks and for as long as there's demand," she said.

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