No, you don’t need crappy plastic glasses to read this one. I was sat in the pub during the week, watching football in 3D and thinking to myself “this is quite shit”. Â OK, shit may be a bit harsh, but it just didn’t do anything for me. Â Maybe a little bit of extra depth, but the most notable thing was the Sky Sports logo coming out of the screen. So what’s all the fuss? I ask myself. Â Firstly with football and perhaps sport in general, it isn’t filmed in such a way that the ball will come flying towards you as it screamsÂ into the goal, or that a tackle is shown heading right for you. Â When watching sport, you need a complete picture and that means wider camera angles, further away from the action. Â And of course this lessens the impact of 3D viewing. Â I wouldn’t say that the experience is a total washout, but just nowhere near what is promised.
However, this did all get me thinking about 3D in general – on TV, at the cinema – and where we’re going with it. Â Already there are what I’ll refer to as divisions. Â Firstly, we have films such as Avatar and JackAss 3D. Â Filmed in 3D and deliberately so, so as to take advantage of the medium these look great and have been designed to maximise the viewing experience. Â However, what we also have is films that are adapted 3D; such as Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland. Â Whilst I don’t have a problem with this, it seems to me a bit of a cop out and it would also appear that studios and theatre owners have a battle on their hands. Â Not that the battle is due to “real” 3d or otherwise, but could we be witnessing more of these conflicts as more and more releases contain 3D? Â Quite posibly yes, is my theory.
But as the march towards total 3D continues apace, could there be an even bigger hurdle to overcome for total and utter 3 dimensional domination? Â According to this report 12% of Britain is 3D blind, meaning that whatever 3D is dished-up, be it at home or on the big screen, a lot of people will genuinely not care Â - far more than I don’t care because I see it as an unnecessary gimmick. Â These people won’t be buying the TVs or the DVDs and they sure as hell won’t go to watch the films. Â But then, is 3D really anything serious? Â Is it the make or break between a good film and a bad film? Â I think not. Â Whilst Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, it didn’t win a “proper” Oscar, it just looked great. Â Nothing wrong with that of course, but this reviewer has had enough of what is essentially an old technology being stuffed down his throat in all 3 glorious dimensions.