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U2 Rocks Cannes, Ahead of 3D Film Premiere


Irish quartet U2 rocked the French seaside resort of Cannes early on May 20, prior to the premiere of its three-dimensional concert film.

Titled U2 3D, the full-length movie was shot in South America during the band's 2006 "Vertigo" tour.

Producer John Modell said the digital production heralds a new wave of three-dimensional filmmaking. "We are replicating the physiology of sight," Modell said. "If you get it off by just a hair it creates actual physical problems - eye strain, nausea. We don't have that at all."

The production will only be shown in 3D. At present, about 700 screens are equipped with the Real D 3D system on which the film will initially show. Most are in the United States.

Real D chairman Michael Lewis predicted the number will soon rise to 1,000 worldwide.

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