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Can't Wait To See Clash Of the Titans- IN 2D-NOT 3D
 


3 April 2010 at 10:45:13 AM
salon

I went down to Austin last month to see Avatar at the Bob Bullock in 3D and it was a good movie. Don't want to see it twice, don't want to pay extra costs and make extra effort to see a 3D movie, plus the glasses were so heavy that the part of my nose they rested on swelled up DURING THE MOVIE! Saying that the idea of watching 3D movies pretty much leaves me cold, plus while Avatar was an okay plot, I don't care if I see it again.

And I made the effort to go see Avatar because I wanted to see the new technology, wanted to see a movie SHOT TO BE 3D, not so much for whether the movie was actually very good plot-wise. The question for me is whether 2D movies that are retrofitted to be 3D, as opposed to being instrinsically 3D, should actually be SEEN in 3D? Is there any difference? Seems to me that if there are movies that are supposed to be 2D and have some special 3D effects tacked on, that movie ought to look just as good in 2D anyway and who CARES about the effects if you have to wear those awful glasses which not only are heavy, but narrow the screen experience as well as the community feeling you have sitting next to your friends.

I am excited about Clash of the Titans, though. I went through a period when I was a kid where I watched all the old Hercules movies, always was a fan of Greek and Roman mythology, and have seen the original movie, with Harry Hamlin,  a number of times. Yes, the original was kind of cheesy but in a glorious B-movie vein. IO9 has a review (warning: language) that speaks to me about watching a FIGHT THE MONSTERS movie. Also, from the NY Post

The biggest 3-D feature since last week, “Clash of the Titans” 2010, proves to be a roaring old-school action adventure for kids, with as many mythical beasts as a year at Hogwarts and a healthy dose of smiting without the crazed bloodlust of “300.” (The third dimension adds nothing, though. Save yourself five bucks and see it in 2-D.) Its fight scenes are more than competently staged and some of the dialogue is surprisingly crisp.

So, leaving aside the question of whether you would, like me, go see that particular movie, there's a lot that the movie studios are doing right now to try to milk people for watching movies IN 3D. Also from IO9

Clash of the Titans boasts some of the worst 3D of the modern age. Remember that 3D episode of Chuck? Better than this. Why? Because it's a movie that was shot in 2D, force-converted into 3D. Again, we ask why? Greed. Not because the film would play better or look better or achieve a sensory experience unattainable on a "flat" screen. Simply so that it would make more money.

This review cracked me up

Filmed in revolutionary 2D with 35millimeter film, this groundbreaking epic allows you to view a technological breakthrough using just your own two eyes. Using the most up-to-date filmmaking techniques, this 2.35:1 adventure contains every bit the action and suspense that you can find in Clash of the Titans 3D, but without the need to wear screen-darkening eye-glasses. Plus, due to the cost-cutting measures of producing the picture in the '2D format', the consumer actually saves between $3 and $5 per ticket. As a result, viewers gets to see the film that way the director intended, and the consumer gets to save valuable legal tender in the process. Wow...

One of the commenters on one of the linked articles said that the 2d movies are playing at, um, crappy theaters without plush seating. Well, YEAH. Because movie studios are looking to make some green!

I'm sure there's a swath of 2d movies that have some 3D effects thrown on them in hopes that people will cough up the money. Alice in Wonderland was that way but I'm not going to watch that because of the 2d versus 3d but because they messed up the story. Saying that the next time I go to a theatre to watch a movie it will be for the plot and not because of an effect.

 

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