This week, a co-worker and friend of mine bought his first 3D display. It was a Samsung 51" that came packaged with a starter kit. I was very excited about his purchase and first foray into the format within his home. I gave hime a few 3D Blu-rays to spin and enjoy. The very first title I recommended that he put in his player was Imax Under The Sea. I told him to go to chapter 2 and sit and watch for 5 minutes, particularly when the cod fish appears onscreen. Just as I expected, he texted me shortly afterwards rejoicing at how cool that sequence was where the codfish came within inches of his face. But here's the thing.... Sadly, I told him that is the best 3D of its kind that you will experience from hereonin. I say that, because I own a great deal of what exists on 3D Blu-ray, and none of it is as impressive as that short sequence that appears on the Imax disc. What I don't understand is why filmmakers don't take more advantage of having their action jump off the screen, coming within inches of the viewer's nose. It just doesn't seem to happen. I am very much aware that there are those that don't like excessive 3D gimmickry in their movies. I can understand and respect that attitude. However, when it comes to the point where filmmakers don't even consider exploiting the virtues of the format itself and keeping everything mostly within the confines of the screen, I begin to wonder where the WOW factor really lies? Let's face it, back when you went to Disneyland and watched the Michael Jackson or Muppet 3D show, the biggest "oohs" and "aaahs" came from those moments when images leaped off the screen and hurdled towards the audience. It was amazing. I don't see much of that in the home 3D format. I don't blame the format itself because I have seen its potential in the Imax disc I mentioned above, but it just amazes me that filmmakers won't even offer today's 3D audiences any real WOW moments that they will be talking about long after the credits roll. Just curious as to whether I am the only person that feels this way. And, if I am missing some really great discs that disprove what I have discussed above, I would really love to know about them.