February 11, 2011
3D movies are spreading like the next zombie apocalypse. Whenever the previews come on before the movie, most every trailer now shares a common subtitle: “See it now in 3D.” Though the trend started in animated kid movies such as Disney’s “Up” and the movie “Coraline,” the biggest 3D hit rests with James Cameron’s “Avatar.” 3D movies seem to be taking the country by storm but some people disagree with this technological step forward.
Renowned film critic Roger Ebert makes his opinion very clear in his article “Why I Hate 3D (And You Should Too).”
In his article, Ebert said that, “3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal.” Ebert goes on to say that, “It adds nothing essential to the movie-going experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction.
For others, it creates nausea and headaches.” Though Ebert may come across as negative in regards to 3D, he surprisingly is not far off from many other people’s beliefs. In a recent random poll, zero out of ten college students preferred to see movies in 3D instead of their regular 2D counterpart.
Even if age plays a major role in the importance of 3D, this has not stopped movie producers from making movies like “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Saw” in 3D. Sophomore accounting major Jonathan Dicrisantis agrees that 3D is not entirely worth it. “3D doesn’t add anything except to action
movies; 3D in animated movies seems like too much, like in ‘Shrek: 4ever After,’” said Dicrisantis.
He also disagrees with the excessive pricing facing movie viewers who prefer to see their movies in 3D. “I don’t think it [3D movies] is worth the extra 2 or 3 dollars. Instead I could use that money for a drink or popcorn. As a producer, the extra money is probably extremely important, especially since the 3D movie market is exploding,” said Dicrisantis. However, movies are not the latest thing making the 3D transition.
Sony has successfully produced a 3D television that still requires special 3D glasses for effect. These special televisions are more expensive than regular televisions, but even with the price jump, some believe that all households will incorporate the new technology as early as 2013.
In 2010, Ubisoft, a gaming company made famous by “Assassin’s Creed” and the Tom Clancy game arsenal, predicted a sudden spike for 3D technology. Ubisoft’s head of Marketing stated that 3D will be “installed in everyone’s living room in three year’s time.”
In fact, gaming company Nintendo plans on releasing their “3DS” in late march, which supposedly does away with the concept of 3D glasses. 3D is on the rise and is certainly on the demand whether liked or disliked. Since the introduction of color spread in movies and television, 3D seems to be that next step forward.