3D or no 3D…that is the headache


3d<Humble apologies to the Bard, for mangled paraphrasing>

Tuesday is usually “Niece Day”, where my older niece visits and we spend the day hanging out.  That’s routinely some activity (tennis or walking), some lunch and a movie (theater or my 60″ flat screen).

We didn’t get to see Oblivion, as originally planned so she chose “Adventures of Baron Munchausen” and we enjoyed that fun fantasy romp.  As the above suggests, we share an affection for fantasy and science fiction, with my niece more versed in Anime and my tastes reaching back across the years.

Another trait we both share is an aversion to 3D movies.  We both love technology and we both love blockbuster movies, but the 3D movies have left us disappointed and, frequently, with headaches.  I thought it was just me (because I wear glasses), but she suffers as well.  Still, if it was just a matter of grimacing and rubbing the temples, I’m sure we’d survive.  The problem so far is that the 3D movies just aren’t that good.  At least not in 3D.

For us, it seems like the 3D is “forced”, as if the studios feel required to create specific moments in the script that creates an “in your face” event for the 3D to have an impact.  Many times, the plot seems to simply stop for that effect to happen and then start again once the audience is “wowed”.  We just haven’t been “wowed”, I guess.

Last night, I was trolling the HD movies channels for something to space my time until basketball started.  On one channel, a mediocre video-game based movie was showing.  I have near-adoration for the beauty and crispness of HD and Blu-ray (there’s a blog post in here somewhere I think…ah, here you go…http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=224), so I enjoyed the F/X work on the big screen.  Then something odd happened.

The movie would pause or go into slow motion and a scene clearly created for 3D viewing would occur (bullets coming at you, monster reaching for you, etc.).  It looked absolutely daffy on a regular screen as the movie came to a screeching halt and it yanked you entirely out of viewing mode because, well, you were viewing this on the wrong set.  Or, more accurately, the 3D was “forced” into the movie in such a way as to be glaring without those special glasses.

When I tested out 3D TV’s at my local electronics store, I was surprised how little of the movie was actually 3D.  Seemed like a waste to me.  I think, maybe when an entire movie is filmed in 3D, I will be able to validate the change to a 3D.  Better still, when they can make those movies feel like those IMAX shows where you feel weightless or underwater, then 3D will truly feel “real”.

Of course, we could just skip ahead to virtual reality and then we won’t need others to create our movies for us.  Hmm, I guess that won’t happen too soon, will it?  That would be to TV manufacturers and movie studios what curing the common cold would be to pharmaceutical companies.  Wouldn’t that create some headaches!


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