Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bowls of Wrath

Roger Ebert likens 3-D movies to a beast rising out of the sea, and he's probably right:

3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose. For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience worth paying a premium for.
Curiously, Ebert's eschatology doesn't even mention a major reason for the deathless locust plague of 3-D, namely, its promise of yet another new home video format requiring a new round of upgrades to A/V gadgets and re-re-re-releases of discs:
The Blu-ray Disc Association has started looking to officially integrate 3D technology with the Blu-ray standard, according to a report by Video Business. While Blu-ray already trumps standard DVD in image quality, many consumers don't feel the improvement is large enough to justify the extra cost; 3D would presumably be another reason to ditch DVDs for Blu-ray Discs ... It's likely that the Blu-ray association will try to incorporate the newer 3D technology into the standard, but from the demos we've seen ... it will require new, 3D-capable HDTVs to work, which means it's a long shot to gain widespread adoption.
The devil knows his time is short indeed! But all is not lost -- people used to say the same things about Blu-ray and HDTV, too -- I know because I said it a lot myself -- and look where we are today, in a world in which HDTV and Blu-ray might as well be the mark of the beast for the ease with which we can avoid them.

In short, Avatar sucked in all dimensions, and so did Clash of the Titans. That those pieces of garbage are two of the better 3-D films ever made underscores the state of things to come.

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