Thursday, April 15, 2010

3-D or 2-D? Which is it?

I am getting tired of 3-D. Yeah I said it. 3-D is all the rage now, with studios going back to movies that are already in the can, ready to be released, and retrofitting them for 3-D. Why? What is the point? I know that everybody loves 3-D now, but these movies were not shot for 3-D, so I ask again: What is the point?

I recently had a chance to sit down and test out the new 3-D tvs that are being released and I will have to say that I was not impressed. Having 3-D in your house is a burden. You have to have a special tv and a special blu-ray player. On top of that, you have to have special glasses in order to watch the movies in 3-D. The glasses themselves cost $150. I can buy 10 or more blu-rays with that money. Also, you have to be in a somewhat darkened room to get the full effect. This seems like entirely too much work to watch a fucking movie.

Now, sports channels are going to start offering 3-D channels so you can watch sports in 3-D. I don't know about you, but no amount of added dimensions could make golf any better.

Seeing a movie in 3-D in the theater is mostly a joke as well. As much as I liked My Bloody Valentine, the 3-D seemed to hinder the movie. Having this kinda fly at you does not justify my extra $3. There were two movies released last year that used 3-D to the movie's benefit. The first was A Christmas Carol, dreadful adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. As much as I hated the movie, the 3-D added depth to the picture. The second movie was Avatar, which gave us a world that we had never seen before. The 3-D was again utilized well here. We actually believed that we were on Pandora.

So far, this year, a handful of movies are either in release, or about to be released, that were retrofitted for 3-D. Alice in Wonderland suffered by being in 3-D (the movie did, not it's box office. But the worst offender so far is Clash of the Titans. There was no difference between the 3-D version and its 2-D counterpart. I feel bad for the people that paid the extra money, only to find out that they had been suckered.

3-D does not work. It takes away from a movie more than it gives. With all of these studios scrambling to get as many 3-D movies into the theaters before the fad dies out, I applaud the companies that are not retrofitting some of their movies for 3-D. The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street may turn out to be a turd, but at least it won't be a 3-D turd.

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