Monday, May 9, 2011 | Categories: Day 6 Blog
(original photo credit: Antonio Bovino)
Will no one defend Hollywood's increasing use of 3D technology in movies? Here's a curated sampling of the comments we received from you after our interview with Hank Green, inventor of 2D glasses for 3D movies.
Boy. It sure sounds like a lot of you really hate these kinds of flicks...
"I really don't see the point of 3D movies, and frankly have been avoiding them for the most part and then you will see one and there will be a scene that seems out of place and only there for the benefit of 3D." -Arthur Gaudreau
"I don't get headaches from 3-D movies all the time, however I absolutely hate 3-D movies. These movie theatre screens are not created for showing 3-D movies, therefore the 3-D in these movies is absolute garbage, and the image isn't that impressive. I hope Hank's glasses can make a change in movie theatres, if even to make 2-D glasses available. In a perfect world these wouldn't be necessary if they just gave movie goers the cheaper option of a non-3-D movie. Nonetheless, I would still pay the expensive 3-D price for 2-D glasses." -Hilary Smyth
"I find it makes the movie look fake (like a pop-up book) and takes away from the experience." -Liam Floyd
"From what I've experienced, most 3D films are using the medium purely as a cash grab and it's immediately evident that this is the case when you watch such a film.
"Few films have successfully used 3D technology and I can only think of one that used it extremely well: Tron: Legacy. The 3D was used as a medium - not a gimmick - and immersed the viewer into the virtual world.
"Gimmicky 3D movies (among them: Jackass 3D, Clash of the Titans, Yogi Bear, any movie that created 3D effects in post and not during filming among them) are tacky and usually not worth the surcharge to go see them. Unfortunately for the 10% of us out there who get headaches from the technology, some theatres only show 3D versions of films instead of offering 3D and 2D. So thank goodness for 2D-Glasses, I say. Good on ya, Hank!" -Laura Nicole
"A number of years ago, I took my two sons and a few friends to a movie for a birthday party. The kids were quite excited about seeing their first 3D movie. Within minutes of the movie starting, we realized that TWO of the kids could not see the movie. It turned out that both of these boys had been born with vision in one eye. They spent the rest of the movie playing around with two sets of 3D glasses, trying to bring the images into focus for monocular vision and finally conceded that it was useless. Since then, both of these boys have avoided going to 3D movies. Despite their love of movies, they've missed out on sharing some fun times with their friends. Your 2D glasses will make a world of difference to people with vision in one eye. I know two teenagers who will be very interested in knowing where they can get a pair." -Karen Summerskill
"I have had strange eyes since the day I was born. I see the whole world in 2 dimensions. I have learned to interpret space in different ways, by light, by speed, by movement, but not by actual looking. There is a way that I could relearn to do this, but it is not covered by Medicare and it costs 10 or 15 thousand dollars which I do not have.
"So! Please give me a pair of your 2-D glasses. Maybe they will actually make me see in 3D. Wouldn't that be a hoot?" -Sharon Jackson
"This guy is a genius! I 'suffered' through Avatar, and felt like a freak thinking ... gawd I can't even watch a movie anymore. Then, I started to hear about more people who felt just like me. What to do?...... 2-D glasses yeah! -Carmen Germain
"The worst thing about 3d movies isnt just that the 3d is distracting and badly done (which it is). The worst thing is that it's just become a cover for terribly written, badly acted movies that previously would have gone straight to DVD. Seriously, what's the best 3d movie to come out? Avatar? Blah, its nothing but Dances with Wolves with blue natives. -Jeremy Sorrell
"I was THRILLED to hear about 2D glasses on your program today! Due to a disability I have with one of my eyes, I'm unable to see the cool effects of 3D movies. Putting on 3D glasses not only gives me headaches, I'm actually unable to see through them properly and can't actually see the 3D effects. So, when all of my friends head out to see the newest 3D flick, I'm suck at home. I would love to be able to attend the movie with them but see it in 2D instead. Please, please, please enter me in your contest to win the glasses." -Kelly Webster
As promised, everyone responding to our 2D interview will be entered for a chance to win one of five pairs of Hank Green's 2D glasses... meanwhile, head over to Hank Green's website and check these out yourself. LINK