3D Movies: The Latest Ripoff at the Box Office

I saw “Green Hor­net” tonight at the the­ater.  I don’t have a lot to say.  If you like Seth Rogan, you’ll like­ly like the movie.  It’s not a bad movie, but nei­ther is it a good one.  It was enter­tain­ing in a Seth Rogan way.

What’s got my hack­les and my blog­ging on is the fact that the only choice at the the­ater was to see this film in 3D and pay the extra 3D tax.  This is a dou­ble insult because the 3D in ques­tion is the crap they bolt on at the end after they’ve already fin­ished the movie.

It made the movie worse. If you can find it in non-3D, def­i­nite­ly go there.  In fact, wait for the (non-3D) DVD.  The 3D was so bad as to be dis­tract­ing, con­fus­ing and the only real­ly last­ing effect was the glass­es make the screen a bit dim­mer.  In fact, the best 3D effect in the movie was the end­ing cred­it roll.

I’m not say­ing that I don’t see the 3D effect or that it caus­es me too much eye­strain.  It was gen­er­al­ly annoy­ing, but I “get” it.  The prob­lem is: it looks like a pop-up book with rows of things in front of oth­er things.  And even then, the 3D effect is destroyed if your eye looks near the edge of the screen.

In fact, for most of the film, the only time I noticed the 3D effect is when it annoyed me.  I found it par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult to watch the action scenes and felt that I was miss­ing the best parts of the movie.  When many things were mov­ing on the screen at one time, I found the 3D effect got in the way of my eyes quick­ly mov­ing to look at action as it moves.  I think that I’m not going to real­ly appre­ci­ate the movie until I can get my hands on a 2D copy.

I under­stand the tech­nol­o­gy.  I had 3D glass­es for my SGI work­sta­tion in 1991 or so.   I had 3D glass­es also for my Ami­ga also in 1991.  They worked.  They were shut­ter glass­es — just like the ones we use today (although they ran at half the fre­quen­cy).  I brought a cou­ple new movie pair home to pull apart, but I expect they work the same way — IR sig­nal­ing to LCD shut­ters.

So why is 20 year old tech­nol­o­gy worth an extra five bucks … espe­cial­ly when it’s poor­ly exe­cut­ed.  I can tell you one thing: I may go see a prop­er­ly made movie, but I will wait for the video if they don’t give  me the choice on a poor­ly made one again.

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1 Response to 3D Movies: The Latest Ripoff at the Box Office

  1. > it looks like a pop-up book with rows of things in front of oth­er things.

    Har! I’ve been say­ing exact­ly that in pre­cise­ly those words to any­one who’ll lis­ten (that would be nobody) since I saw Tron: Lega­cy before Xmas.

    The cur­rent 3D exper­i­ment can­not end too soon.

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