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Nov. 3, 2009by: J.A. Hamilton

...to 3-D or not to 3-D?
by J.A. Hamilton

Now I wont go as far as to say I dislike the concept of 3-D, as I find it to be a cool feature once in awhile (popping up in FREDDYS DEAD when I was in High School or in ORDER OF THE PHOENIX). Id also noticed that JAWS 3 and even FRIDAY THE 13TH part 3 featured the use of 3-D technology back in the day (though they were both before my time). In that capacity, I find 3-D interesting. When anything comes knocking once in awhile it retains the magic and purity that made it cool in the first place, but I find Hollywood is going overboard (like they always do) with 3-D lately, making it just another useless gimmick. This overuse and overpricing may not be hindering the movie going experience yet, but will it remain so and how long before 3-D takes over?

JAWS 3 was PG? I never noticed until now

The biggest market for this technology right now is the animation front. Almost all of our recent animated movies have been featured in 3-D. Have you ever wondered how some of these films make so much money? Well thats one of the many ways. On that note, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenburg is now pushing for ALL forthcoming DreamWorks features to be made in 3-D. Dont get me wrong, MONSTERS VS ALIENS and UP were both fantastic movies, but did I see them in 3-D? Nope. Did that take away from the experience? I dont think so, and many others feel the same way.

This was awesome without 3-D

That said MY BLOODY VALENTINE was fun in 3-D (though I didnt see it that way in theaters, the Blu-ray comes with 3-D glasses; a concept I DO think is cool). Horror movies are where most of this technology started from, as kill shots look so much groovier in 3-D (not to mention how nuts Im sure JAWS looked as he came rushing toward the screen). One might argue that sometimes a movie goes out of its way to accommodate such things and that its not only noticeable but can sometimes take away from the film with moments that are purely money shots for 3-D purposes despite not really making much sense or needing to be done that way.

3-D gave this a cool edge, but wasn't necessary

There are always going to be certain movies that would look totally awesome in 3-D. I have no real love for George Lucas but the STAR WARS films would be breathtaking in 3-D. Movies like the PIRANHA remake, HALLOWEEN 3 and even RESIDENT EVIL 4 might look cool in 3-D, but necessary, hells no. I dont think many people actually still get excited for 3-D these days, especially now that it costs so much more for a 3-D movie ticket. The old days were fine, when they handed you a pair of glasses on the way in because a certain scene was shot in 3-D, it was a gratuitous bonus that you didnt really care about but was cool nonetheless. Having to pay an extra few bucks for a 3-D ticket on the other hand, not so cool.

I'd pay to see the STAR WARS film in 3-D, even the new ones

So call my cynical, but not only do I feel that all this 3-D is highly unnecessary I also see it as just another gimmick to make more money at the movie theaters. They shell out most 3-D flicks as animated features for a reason; kids are easy targets. The rest of us (or at least most of the people I know), have begun to raise an eyebrow and catch on. Now Im all for the 3-D technology their working on for home theaters systems (my buddy Phillip Rhee was explaining it to me a few weeks ago), because then well be back to having a choice again. As it stands now, more and more films are coming out in 3-D and pretty soon we may not have the choice to see it in regular format. Do you want to spend the extra 3-4 bucks on 3-D? I certainly dont.
Extra Tidbit: When AVATAR hits theaters in December (assuming you're going to see it), will you go 3-D or regular?
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10:40AM on 12/01/2009

Why is 3D making a comeback?

I think the latest films in 3D are very annoying, but what really scares me is Cameron's commitment on how to get the full Avatar experience one must view it in 3D. I don't want to see the film in 3D, but I'll see it in IMAZ.
I think the latest films in 3D are very annoying, but what really scares me is Cameron's commitment on how to get the full Avatar experience one must view it in 3D. I don't want to see the film in 3D, but I'll see it in IMAZ.
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12:36AM on 11/04/2009
fuck this, the Avatar Day IMAX 3D presentation blew me away and convinced me that 3D no longer has to be stupid and gimmicky but a whole new level of great cinematography
fuck this, the Avatar Day IMAX 3D presentation blew me away and convinced me that 3D no longer has to be stupid and gimmicky but a whole new level of great cinematography
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9:07PM on 11/03/2009
3-D is ok, I haven't seen many movies that way but I agree with what someone else mentioned that wearing the glasses, which are like goggles in some cases, does get old fast.
3-D is ok, I haven't seen many movies that way but I agree with what someone else mentioned that wearing the glasses, which are like goggles in some cases, does get old fast.
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8:31PM on 11/03/2009

5 Pairs

I have 5 pairs of 3-D glasses at home, I'm starting to think I will just by a ticket to another movie and sneak in with a pair of glasses I already own.
I have 5 pairs of 3-D glasses at home, I'm starting to think I will just by a ticket to another movie and sneak in with a pair of glasses I already own.
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7:00PM on 11/03/2009
I agree with Ocelot Snake, I dont' mind 3-D either...as long as it's the same admission price.
I agree with Ocelot Snake, I dont' mind 3-D either...as long as it's the same admission price.
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6:58PM on 11/03/2009
all for 3D, but I dont want to pay extra
all for 3D, but I dont want to pay extra
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6:26PM on 11/03/2009
I've always thought 3-D was a gimmick, and with how it's being flaunted lately there's no question. I hope Avatar isn't only in 3-D as I don't think everyone will like that.
I've always thought 3-D was a gimmick, and with how it's being flaunted lately there's no question. I hope Avatar isn't only in 3-D as I don't think everyone will like that.
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3:13PM on 11/03/2009
I agree, 3D is getting annoying. Does nobody remember this shit existed thirty years ago and nobody really gave a damn? That said, I'll be seeing Avatar in 3D, but only because I heard Cameron will kill a kitten every time you see it in 2D. And that'll the first and most likely only movie I'll watch that way.
I agree, 3D is getting annoying. Does nobody remember this shit existed thirty years ago and nobody really gave a damn? That said, I'll be seeing Avatar in 3D, but only because I heard Cameron will kill a kitten every time you see it in 2D. And that'll the first and most likely only movie I'll watch that way.
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1:32PM on 11/03/2009
Come'on guys, we all know the 3-D craze will last at least long enough for Rayban, oakley etc.. to sell you you very own stylish pair of $200 3-D glasses, after of course the theatures sop handing them out for free. I'm sure hollywood will get thier cut of course.
I agree with what someone said below, it's an awesome first experience, but once you've seen a few movies in 3-D, its not so special.. I find that I don't even notice the 3-d effect after about a 1/2 hour into the movie.
Come'on guys, we all know the 3-D craze will last at least long enough for Rayban, oakley etc.. to sell you you very own stylish pair of $200 3-D glasses, after of course the theatures sop handing them out for free. I'm sure hollywood will get thier cut of course.
I agree with what someone said below, it's an awesome first experience, but once you've seen a few movies in 3-D, its not so special.. I find that I don't even notice the 3-d effect after about a 1/2 hour into the movie.
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1:16PM on 11/03/2009
Is Avatar playing in 3D and regular? I also thought it was only in 3D.
Is Avatar playing in 3D and regular? I also thought it was only in 3D.
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6:58PM on 11/03/2009
Both I think.
Both I think.
12:59PM on 11/03/2009
I completely agree! 3-D works really well in very few, select cases (ie- "Coraline", the only movie I think NEEDS to be seen in the 3D) but this is getting crazy and ridiculous!
I completely agree! 3-D works really well in very few, select cases (ie- "Coraline", the only movie I think NEEDS to be seen in the 3D) but this is getting crazy and ridiculous!
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12:10PM on 11/03/2009

MvA a

Really? Monsters vs. Aliens was a "fantastic" movie?! Really? And you are comparing it side by side with Up! and saying it was equally as fantastic. Odd...
Really? Monsters vs. Aliens was a "fantastic" movie?! Really? And you are comparing it side by side with Up! and saying it was equally as fantastic. Odd...
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9:04PM on 11/03/2009
I thought they were both funny.
I thought they were both funny.
11:34AM on 11/03/2009
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of 3-D either, it can be cool like you said but now they're making EVERYTHING in 3-D. And you're right, pretty soon we won't have a choice.
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of 3-D either, it can be cool like you said but now they're making EVERYTHING in 3-D. And you're right, pretty soon we won't have a choice.
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11:33AM on 11/03/2009
Eh, 3-D's just a fad. It comes and goes, but will never really catch on. Give it a few years and it'll pass.
Eh, 3-D's just a fad. It comes and goes, but will never really catch on. Give it a few years and it'll pass.
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6:23PM on 11/03/2009
I sure hope so.
I sure hope so.
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11:00AM on 11/03/2009
I hate 3D right now becuase the theater i work is not 3D capable, so when they advertise "so and so movie in 3D EVERYWHERE!" Im stuck dealing with pissed off movie goers who came to see it in 3D but cant
I hate 3D right now becuase the theater i work is not 3D capable, so when they advertise "so and so movie in 3D EVERYWHERE!" Im stuck dealing with pissed off movie goers who came to see it in 3D but cant
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10:25AM on 11/03/2009
I don't like the idea of putting on dark glasses so I can see objects pop out on screen. And no, I don't intend to see Avatar in 3D.
I don't like the idea of putting on dark glasses so I can see objects pop out on screen. And no, I don't intend to see Avatar in 3D.
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10:05AM on 11/03/2009

Monsters vs Aliens

Pretty much that whole movie was in 3D. After about 30 minutes you barley noticed it and it wasn't even used to make anything stand out, so I can guarantee all the kids seeing it did not give a shit.
Pretty much that whole movie was in 3D. After about 30 minutes you barley noticed it and it wasn't even used to make anything stand out, so I can guarantee all the kids seeing it did not give a shit.
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9:22AM on 11/03/2009

About the Extra Tidbit

I was under the impression that Avatar will ONLY be playing in 3D.
I was under the impression that Avatar will ONLY be playing in 3D.
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9:18AM on 11/03/2009

Star Wars will be in 3D!

I just wanted to let you guys know that all 6 Star Wars movies are currently being translated to 3D. My old college roommate is currently working on the 3D Star Wars project for Lucasfilm. All six Star Wars movies are supposed to be released in theaters in 3D on the Star Wars 35th anniversary (2012).
I just wanted to let you guys know that all 6 Star Wars movies are currently being translated to 3D. My old college roommate is currently working on the 3D Star Wars project for Lucasfilm. All six Star Wars movies are supposed to be released in theaters in 3D on the Star Wars 35th anniversary (2012).
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11:34AM on 11/03/2009
Yeah, I've heard it rumored off and on for years but I did hear something lately so you could be right. I'm game.
Yeah, I've heard it rumored off and on for years but I did hear something lately so you could be right. I'm game.
8:31AM on 11/03/2009

"kill shots look so much groovier in 3-D (not to mention how nuts Im sure JAWS looked as he came rushing toward the screen)"

The 3-D used for 'Jaws 3-D' in cinemas was pretty awful, to be honest. It didn't work for the most part, from what I can remember of it.
The 3-D used for 'Jaws 3-D' in cinemas was pretty awful, to be honest. It didn't work for the most part, from what I can remember of it.
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