Blu-ray &Hardware &Software Steven Kippel on 20 May 2009

Blu-ray looking to define 3D standard

Blu-ray looking to define 3D standard

I really need to get your opinion on 3D. Pretty much every animated film coming out this year (and for the foreseeable future) is going to be in 3D. Directors like James Cameron and Ridley Scott are saying they’re only going to do 3D from now on. Even Steven Speilberg and Michael Bay are in on the action.

Do you feel 3D adds to the movie experience, or is it a gimmick?

I’ve gone and seen a few 3D movies in theaters over the past couple years, and some of them were great and others were alright. But I tried watching Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D at home on Blu-ray, and the flimsy cardboard glasses were hard enough to put on, and the red and green filters distorted the colors so much I couldn’t stand it. With the smaller screen you definitely have more of the off-screen problem as well.

But this isn’t stopping so many from claiming 3D is the future of not only the cinemaplex but also the home theater. This week the Blu-ray DIsc Association formed a 3D task force to chose an industry standard for Blu-ray films. So far the leading contender is Panasonic’s technology using special electronic glasses.

Is it worth all the extra effort?

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