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Why I Hate 3D Cinema

Davao is in a lot of buzz with this 3d Cinema. SM City Davao has finally released their 3D Cinema (Cinema 6). With 250 PhP, you'll get to watch the movie in 3D. Of course not just any other movie but those movie that is labelled, well, 3d. To begin my story, I planned to watch "How to Train Your Dragon." More of the experience after the jump.


SO, I fall in line and took a ticket. You'll get a free drinks coupon (12 freaking oz) for every ticket. You get to choose where you sit. I sat on a special section on which the chair vibrates in line with the movie (It's not a massage chair, mind you).

Unlike most of the cinemas here in Davao, you don't get to get inside whenever you want, you have to wait for the current playing movie to finish to get in.

SO, it's time to get in. Got my 3d glasses and sat down. The 3D part of the movie started and boy...

I was uncomfortable.

You see, I wear glasses. If I remove those glasses and wear the 3d glasses alone, the movie will be a bit blurry. I kid you not when I tell you that a blurry movie + 3d does not mix! So I tried wearing my glasses AND 3D Glasses. I don't know if it was the combination of the two but it gave me a bit of a headache. I enjoyed the movie but my experience is not so enjoyable.

I vowed never to watch a 3D movie again. I'd rather watch at the Red Carpet Cinema at Gaisano Mall where it is comfortable.



Ahhh Red Carpet....


2 comments:

Robert Cris said...

now i know.. hehe

MovieEnthusiast said...

I don't like 3D because it is simply lowers the picture quality compared to 2D. But I *HATE* 3D since in the past couple months, a lot of movies are not even being shown in the 2D version anymore. So the low quality is *forced* on me if I want to see the movie because I am interested in the content. I am a movie enthusiast. I can only wonder in amazement why so many viewers are apparently wow'ed by stuff flying in their faces while accepting the obviously lower quality of the pictures. The 3D picture is extremely gloomy, there are double "ghosting" images present (especially further out from the screen center), there is obvious strobing in fast sequences, close-by 3D objects are often not in focus (how annoying!) when one looks at them, etc. etc. Moreover, many people are forced to wear two pairs of glasses (the 3D glasses over their regular prescription glasses), which is annoying and definitely not relaxing. Even worse, in almost all cases, the 3D effect comes across very poorly, so one's brain wonders which item is supposed to be in the front and which one in the back. This is not relaxing at all. Personally I have never needed 3D in a movie in order to tell what is in the foreground and what is in the background, so why do studios try to hammer this down on the audience using this ridiculous "3D"? This is completely unnecessary and gives me a headache. The video-game playing kiddie generation might get a brainless "wow" from it, but sadly I just want to go to a movie to relax and enjoy a beautiful picture. The 3D craze does not allow this relaxed experience anymore. In other words, movies have become a cheap thrill-ride that's more likely to induce motion sickness than have any other effect on you. Sad.......
P.S.: As Roger Ebert once said, "Avatar" of course is the elephant in the room when the unrelenting media blitz tries to hammer down on us that 3D is the "moviegoing experience of the future" (heaven forbid!). Have you ever watched Avatar in 2D? The colors are truly *shining* in 2D when comparing it to 3D, it's a joy to behold with all these neon-colored rainforest plants and animals! In 3D, Avatar is a gloomy-looking dark flick in comparison, dulled colors, lots of strobing and ghosting effects. And yes, I have watched "Avatar" in all released formats multiple times.