Having endured a wide range of 3D conversions recently I did sit down to watch Hybrid in 3D with more than a little trepidation. It was a direct to disc release and a post production conversion – presumably with that combination it would be done as cost effectively as could be achieved but could this be done without a major drop in quality?
The story itself is fairly basic and didn’t exactly hold together even in a genre where suspension of disbelief is paramount. For no apparent reason a morphing demonic car appears in the street and grabs an unsuspecting passer-by. Even at this early point I’m afraid I started to lose interest but I continued. The car is then impounded in a police car pound, effectively a large underground car park where the rest of the action takes place. The “car” which appears to have some alien squid under its bonnet then proceeds to attempt to kill all and sundry without any apparent reason, appearing to move silently from place to place to grab another victim. As can be expected much running around screaming occurs leading to a finale of (SPOILER ALERT) the trapping and execution of the car in a deep inspection well. I’m sure it made sense to the script writer. The characterisation was equally poor, even for a horror film; I’ve seen cardboard cut-outs that had more depth. Perhaps the writer or director was equally to blame but similarly the acting wasn’t great – mind you how do you act realistically opposite a morphing black car with an alien octopus in its inners? This didn’t bode well for the conversion.
Ah yes the 3D. If I begin by saying this made “Clash of The Titans” look like a masterpiece, most of you will get my general impression of this. The conversion of this was truly awful, even when not looking for flaws your eyes could actually feel the weirdness of it – I paused it at one point (to grab a little snack) and noticed that in this particular shot the car was moving towards a pair of chains that ran horizontally across the screen – the 3d conversion had the part above and below the chains in 3d space but the bit between then was all flat with background walls, car radiator and car body all at the same level. To be fair some shots worked okay for a glancing uncritical look, but I would say in general I’ve seen automated systems do almost as good a job – possibly with a lower hit rate per shot but I struggle to understand how any normally sited individual converting these shots could get it so wrong; I’ll accept this may be an insensitive thing to say but this really looks like someone with a stereoscopic visual impairment worked on this.
So I’m afraid to say Hybrid 3D get a very large thumbs down from me – poor story, ropy acting and a bizarre 3D conversion job make this a definite “Steer Clear”.