Movies in 3D
My girlfriend and I went to go see “Meet the Robinsons” today. The cool thing about it, was that we got to pay an additional $2 each to purchase a pair of 3D glasses because the film features neat 3D effects. At first I was a little skeptical, because I had envisioned those old one-green-eye and one-red-eye paper things that you put in front of your eyes to get a quasi-3-dimensional effect when looking at pictures that have been enhanced with red and green colors around the edges of objects. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to get a pair of cheap plastic glasses, that just look like sunglasses, and were very comfortable and unobtrusive and even fit over my regular prescription glasses without any discomfort. I was very amazed at the quality of the 3D effects and the whole experience blew my mind. The movie itself was pretty cute and it had its moments. I was really excited because before the movie started, there were a few previews of other 3D movies that looked really cool with the 3D glasses on. I am really looking forward to seeing a recorded U2 concert in 3 dimensions this fall. The best of all was that after the previews and before the feature presentation, they showed a Donald Duck/Chip and Dale cartoon from 1953 (one of my favorites, where Chip and Dale are trying to steal peanuts from the elephant at the zoo). The cartoon was completely done in 3 dimensions to fully take advantage of the 3D glasses!
So overall I was very impressed with how far the technology has come and I hope to see more movies in the future done with the 3D effects. One thing to note, however, is that this whole thing is playing visual tricks on your eyes and I think if the movie were longer I would start to develop a headache, similar to the type of headache you get when your monitor’s refresh rate is set too low. This is probably something that varies from person to person, but something to be careful with nonetheless. Also I would definitely not recommend using the 3D glasses as sunglasses, even though they look and feel like sunglasses, I’m pretty sure it will mess with your vision after prolonged use.
So if you get a chance, check out one of the 3D movies that are starting to be released. It is unlike anything I’ve seen before!