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National Geographic picks up U2 documentary

Bono looks better with his shades on. National Geographic Cinema Ventures are thinking along the same lines – except with those funny looking 3D glasses. Variety reports that the concert documentary U2 3D will make a theatrical run in late January. You can get a Youtube peak of a trailer below – the quality will be somewhat better I imagine in theaters.

Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies) and Catherine Owens, the takes less than 2 hours out of the 700 hours of footage shot of the band in seven South American cities during February and March. Trekking across Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Brazil, the film's 3-D director of photography Peter Anderson (“T2 3-D: Battle Across Time”) used nine pairs of Sony Cinealta 950 cameras to capture the band with swooping camera angles and kaleidoscopic imagery. The director of cinematography for the film's 2-D footage is Tom Krueger.

This is the second U2 concert film to make it to the big screen – back in 88, Phil Joanou's Rattle & Hum was a companion film to their Joshua Tree album and 87 tour.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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