[Disclaimer: This post is written by a complete 3D-in-the-home newb. I'm not trying to agitate anyone with my observations, but rather, looking forward to hearing the wisdom of the more seasoned 3DBD enthusiasts!]
I really enjoy 3D in the cinema. I don't necessarily feel one way or another about the extreme 'pop-outs', but I love the way that 3D can open up so much depth and space and make a good-looking movie even more immersive than it would have been, otherwise (recent favourites, for reference: Prometheus, Tron, and The Hobbit). So, I went downtown yesterday intending
to buy a 55" Samsung 3D display. After shaking a Future Shop salesman out of his bored stupor, I convinced him to fetch a pair of [active-shutter] glasses and give me a demo (this was no easy task - I'm a middle-aged man with long hair, so salesmen often think I'm just bumming around). So he suits me up with specs and pops in (ugh...) one of the Transformers movies (this might have been my first mistake: not bringing along a 3D copy of a film I'm already familiar with and fond of, like Prometheus, Tron, or Titanic). He jumps to a chapter where some characters are talking around a table, and I'm thinking, "Yes, leave it right here, please!", but no... I've forced him to give me a demo, so he's gonna give me a demo
, by god. He fast-forwards to a spot where the robots are bashing the bajeebus out of each other on some freeway. Adding insult to injury, he cranks up the sound system, and now a crowd is gathering, with another guy already pawing for the second set of glasses. Meanwhile, I'm sinking into the floor in embarrassment. But, you can be sure I'm watching the scene! And here's what I'm seeing: the 3D is deep, and immersive, sure. But what I'm noticing most is that, on a 'small' screen, the additional dimension is only serving to remind me how small
everything is. Like, I'm looking at soccer ball-sized robots smacking wee little toy cars all over the place, with a wee tiny Shia Lebeouf running around hollering. The presentation I'm seeing is the precise opposite
of the immersion I (think I) would be experiencing in the cinema (though again, I've never seen this film). In fact, the 3D and the 'smallness' of it all only combined to make me feel like I was watching, well... a puppet show. Crestfallen, I hand my glasses back to the salesman and say, "thank you very much for the demonstration, but I don't think we're there yet", and I can swear I glimpse a cynical smirk that says, "I knew this ol' longhair wasn't gonna buy nothin'!" End result: me and my money went home. So, I'm asking you fine folks: am I asking too much? I'm not foolish enough to think that the addition of a third dimension is going to make the image area of my display seem larger than it actually is, but again, the 3D I saw in that (one) scene in Transformers-Whichever made it look like I was watching a stop-motion movie starring toys (of course I know that the Transformers were
toys, so maybe that's part of the 'look' of the film? I can't really believe that, in this day and age). Or does this particular film just look very chintzy in 3D? Anyway, if you've read this far, I owe you a beer. And in closing, here are my questions:
- Do all 3D films in the home look to you like a parade of little toys?
- And if they do, does this effect wear off after the first five minutes, as you sink in, or does it continue throughout?
Thank you for your time and patience, and I look forward to reading your thoughts.