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    I revisit this only in light of the facts. 3D is, essentially, tanking. The gimmick has apparently worn out it's welcome as evidenced by...

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    I also posted an article on the Pirates thread from the NY times basically restating the same thing...

    It wasn't all that long ago that AVATAR was released, and James Cameron assured us (and continues to do so) that 3D is going to be THE way to watch films in the theater from now on. Whether it's an animated film, or big budget science fiction epic, or superhero film, 3D has quickly become the default release for these films, even going so far as to have a little blurb on the ads - "Also In 2D." Just in case you wanted to see the film in inferior technology.

    This weekend, KUNG FU PANDA 2 was released, and the numbers are in: 3D only accounted for 45% of revenue for the film over the weekend. PIRATES 4 also suffered from a similar difference when it came to the 3D release. I think the vote is in - family audiences, strapped for cash, would much rather pay the lesser attendance prices for summer films than the full 3D price. There will be several more 3D releases this summer - GREEN LANTERN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, to name some - and I'd bet that we're going to get a similar disparity between the 3D and 2D box office numbers for those films.

    I saw KUNG FU PANDA 2 in 3D, and let me tell you, I thought the 3D was fantastic. I'm especially particular about screen brightness, and at my screening, the picture was sharp, the screen well lit, and the use of the 3D in the film was immersive and fun. The arrows shot around and past the screen, and the use of depth of field was pretty much perfect. I think 3D works best with these animated films, as opposed to live-action or converted 3D. I'm sure CARS 2 uses it in a similar manner.

    However, the 3D in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES was worse than useless - it was actually a detriment to the film. The night scenes were just so much mud with the dimmer presentation, and to have fighting scenes on top of that - it was chaotically shot, and Rob Marshall isn't particularly known for action films anyway, so the result was an incoherent mess when it came to the visuals of that film. I didn't see THOR in 3D so I can't comment on that - I've heard varying reports that it was done well for a conversion and others said that the glasses darkened the screen too much.

    Personally, when it comes to my choice for seeing a film in the theater, these days I choose 2D over 3D every time. It's not because I don't like 3D - done right, like in KUNG FU PANDA 2 or even AVATAR, it adds to the experience and makes the film more fun. But I've never seen 3D really add anything to the film as a story. Even TRON: LEGACY, with the use of 3D in the Virtual World, didn't have to be 3D, especially when the Virtual World is so dark and the glasses make it even more difficult to see. Also, I have vision issues - I wear glasses and I have diabetic issues as well - and I always, always gripe when the screen is dim even in a 2D film, because I can't stand seeing an underlit movie. Theaters may be little more than concession retailers these days, but dammit, when I watch a film, it has to be bright enough for me to see what's going on. Major franchise theaters especially irritate when it comes to this - my THOR screening was horribly underlit, even in 2D, and I've complained every time to little avail.

    But I don't think 3D should go away, either. I've seen it done right enough times that it makes the film more entertaining. Now, does it take away from the film? Does it turn the art of film into little more than a thrill ride? That's a debate that we can definitely have. Do you see yourself paying more for 3D if the film is worth it, or would you rather see it in 2D and save the extra $5? Do you have a family to think about, and does that make a difference when going to a 3D movie? Feel free to talk about it below.
    The damning thing is that Pirates was shot with RED cameras and you know Disney spared no expense when it came to dressing it up nice. And, as someone who saw it both ways, I can honestly say...2d was better. What does that say for $5 more ticket prices for upconvert crap? At least people have gotten smart and selective. The sad thing...flicks like DRIVE ANGRY, which, I can honestly say used the medium to it's heights, suffered from the backlash. Look, Hollywood needs to realize they can bilk the common folk for so long before torches and pitchforks arise...and 3d should be cultivated and perfected before they backslap it on every summer flick and charge extra $$$$$ for tix.

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    3D is absolute crap IMO. Forget about the ridiculous price tag for a moment. The actual viewing experience is inferior to 2D. First, I have to wear uncomfortable glasses for at least 2 hours. Second, they're not even sanitized. Third, the contrast, depth, etc. are all out of whack. Fourth, by the time the movie is over, I feel like I've gone cross-eyed. Fifth, contrary to what most would think, it actually makes the movie smaller scale rather than larger scale. I hope it goes away. I couldn't believe when I saw Thor that 3D was the only option out of 3 screens. $20 is a freakin' rip off. I'd rather pay that for 2D.

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    I've seen a bunch of movies in 3D and I think the number of them that really used the technology well enough to make it worthwhile I can probably count on my elbows. At least, since this whole craze started.

    I'm glad to see people getting tired of it.

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    The last movie i saw in 3D was Meet the Robinsons. So it has been awhile. When i went to see Thor, AMC had it in 2D for $6 so i didnt even consider the 3D.
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    Just to voice my ever-important opinion. I have a 3d TV at home. I love it. It's the passive 3d so I don't have any battery operated glasses so I won't comment on that. Having said that, I don't have any issues with wearing them, I love the concept, the execution is just as good. If you enjoy 3-D, find a decent set, and buy one (if you're in the market of course). There isn't a downside really. Watching sports is a trip. So are some of the older movies. The novelty of seeing 70 year old films in 3-D will never be lost on me. It's like saying that digital restoration is a fad. You don't need to clean up the print to enjoy It's a Wonderful Life do you? Of course not, but it sure makes it nicer to watch when it is.

    For me, you either like 3d or you don't. I've been a fan of the stuff since I can remember. I saw Jaws 3-D, I saw Spacehunter in 3-D at the god damn movie theatre, I even enjoyed the hell out of Captain EO. I won't even comment on how many times I went to 7-11 so I could get 3-D glasses to watch Elvira when I was a kid. There may or may not have even been an incident where I threw a tantrum and cried because my parents didn't get them in time so I couldn't participate too. Look, I can't get enough of it. I understand that. If you don't enjoy it, that's cool. It's a niche thing for sure, but I don't think there's anything cooler than watching a big ol machete fly at the screen because the baddie is throwing it at someone's head. It ain't Citizen Cane, but ****, what's with that tap dance number anyway? That makes more sense than some of the **** you see in movies these days? I think I went off on a tangent there for a bit. Sorry.
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    Los Angeles 3D Film Festival to Host Spiders 3D World Premiere; New Stills! | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    Who knew there was a 3D fest. And look at the Regal getting another nice bit of special programming. Nice theater. Very interested in the rest of the lineup.

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    Check Out the Line-Up for 3D Film Festival's Horror Show | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    From the Press Release
    The 3D Film Festival's 3DFF Horrorshow sidebar returns this year with a double feature on Friday, September 21 at 10 p.m. with Dimension Films' horror spoof Piranha 3DD, directed by John Gulager, and a midnight screening of the US Premiere of Screen Media Films' Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation, written and directed by Jeff Broadstreet and starring Andrew Divoff, Jeffrey Combs and Sarah Lieving.

    3DFF, the world's largest all-digital 3D film, music, and interactive festival, opens Thursday, September 20th and celebrates its fifth anniversary at its new location inside Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14, with additional activities taking place at the JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, Club Nokia, The Conga Room and The GRAMMY Museum, all located within the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles.

    Spiders 3D, presented by Millennium Films and Nu Image, directed by Tibor Takacs, screens in a world premiere on Thursday, September 20th at 10 p.m. Roger and Julie Corman, will appear and screen the LA Premiere of their first 3D film, Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, presented by Epix, on Saturday September 22 at 10:30pm.

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