3D – Yes or No?

Paper glasses for viewing Anaglyphs.

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The debate over 3D movies has been raging for a while, and I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan. For me, the “wow factor” of 3D isn’t worth the extra money most of the time (for a family of 4, it’s like buying an extra movie ticket). Given the choice, we watch in old-fashioned 2D.

On the other hand, I’ll also admit I LOVED seeing the 3D IMAX movie from the space shuttle at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (do not miss it if you’re in the area), but I’m not in a hurry to go out and watch the Lion King in 3D. Or buy a 3D TV. My son has a pocket video game that has 3D you can turn on and off, and while it’s pretty cool, he plays mostly in 2D. Somehow, watching the news in 3D isn’t really a draw for me, either.

So, am I behind the times? Am I missing out on “the next big thing” or is 3D TV like Sony BETA? Better, cooler, neater, but not what the market wants?

What do you think? Is there any movie or show you’d love to see in 3D?

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8 responses to “3D – Yes or No?

  1. Sally Hopkinson

    The only movie I have seen in 3D that I felt was worth it was “The Polar Express”. I have seen several others but they have left me flat. So, I’d much rather stick to the traditional 2D.

  2. Robin DeJarnett

    @Killian – I didn’t think about sports. Maybe. I know when we got our HD TV, games were amazing (especially hockey 8-). I wonder if only a few views would really take advantage of the 3D, though. Do I need to feel like the golf ball is going to hit me?

    It would be something I’d like to see once, though.

  3. I did like seeing Avatar in 3D but otherwise I’m kind of meh about it. The plastic glasses they’re using now hurt my nose after three hours of wearing them.

  4. killianmcrae

    I’ve never seen a single 3D film where the 3D added anything except for a few “oh, that’s kinda neat” scenes. I might see the appeal in 3D for sports buffs. I imagine it would have to be pretty cool sitting in your living room and watching the ball roll over the foul line as though you’re right there.

  5. Robin DeJarnett

    @Traci – since I can’t stand horror flicks to begin with, a 3D slasher would be pretty much my worst nightmare. Did you feel like you needed to shower afterwards? 8-D

  6. Robin DeJarnett

    Nicki – I feel the same way. But the Smithsonian show was amazing. It was both IMAX (the real thing – gigantic!) and in 3D, so it really felt like you were floating in space with the astronauts. It was fantastic.

    The ones I don’t get are the animated movies. Yeah, you get a little sense of things flying at you, but the drawings are still mostly flat. I’ve found sometimes they give me a headache, which doesn’t help…

  7. I’m not so much for the 3D, but not really because of the cost. The dumb glasses are so distracting, and most movies don’t seem to need the 3D; they just throw it in for the gimmick. If it’s something like that Smithsonian exhibit that makes good use of it, I’m all for it. Otherwise, I’ll take a pass.

  8. Just saw Fright Night in 3D! Aggggh! noooooo!

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