3D vs Regular format, and in what order?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Feb 16, 2018 2:43 AM GMT
    A co-worker and I were talking today at work about the opening this weekend of the new Marvel movie Black Panther. She actually was going to see it tonight and I will be seeing it on Sunday. We got to talking about 3D vs regular format. We both agreed that we always want to see one of these types of movies first in 3D if available, and then if we really like it, to see it again in regular format. Another coworker said she sees movies first in regular format and then if she likes it and if it s available, she will see it in 3D. What order do you guys follow in terms of seeing films, assuming that you have 3D and regular format available?
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 16, 2018 5:34 PM GMT
    I will watch a movie in 3D only if it's an essential component of the movie. Avatar, for instance, pioneered the new 3D process, and was conceived as a 3D film from the very beginning. But I have no desire to see a movie like Black Panther in 3D because it just seems like an add-on gimmick to me.

    Having said that, I'd love to see some of the classic shocker movies from the 50s in their original 3D formats - the cheesiness of it is truly entertaining. When I was in college they had a showing of Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, with the old cardboard and cellophane blue-and-red glasses. It was hilarious. I wish I could see it again - but sadly they've never released the 3D version on DVD, even though it would work just fine on a regular TV, with a pair of the old style glasses .
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    Feb 17, 2018 3:47 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidHaving said that, I'd love to see some of the classic shocker movies from the 50s in their original 3D formats - the cheesiness of it is truly entertaining. When I was in college they had a showing of Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, with the old cardboard and cellophane blue-and-red glasses. It was hilarious. I wish I could see it again - but sadly they've never released the 3D version on DVD, even though it would work just fine on a regular TV, with a pair of the old style glasses .


    The Blu-ray of Creature From the Black Lagoon is in 3D, but you would need a 3D blu-ray player, TV, glasses etc to watch it. I'd love to see House of Wax (with Vincent Price) in 3D, but I just have a regular blu-ray player so I've only ever seen it 2D.

    As for new releases, the main reason I see them in 3D is that the show times are more convenient. Often they'll only have one or two regular shows a day, so they're not as easy to get to. I do think 4DX is worth it if you know a theatre that has it. Not for those with motion sickness, but they're fun and ovbiously not something you could recreate at home.
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 18, 2018 7:13 PM GMT
    If they released Creature from the Black Lagoon in its original 3D format you wouldn't need any special equipment to watch it, just a regular DVD player, a regular TV, and a pair of the cheesy old glasses. But the original 1950s 3D process could only be used for black-and-white movies, and a lot of people claimed it gave them a headache. I'm guessing they won't release that version because they're afraid someone will file suit for pain and suffering.
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    Feb 19, 2018 11:16 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidIf they released Creature from the Black Lagoon in its original 3D format you wouldn't need any special equipment to watch it, just a regular DVD player, a regular TV, and a pair of the cheesy old glasses. But the original 1950s 3D process could only be used for black-and-white movies, and a lot of people claimed it gave them a headache. I'm guessing they won't release that version because they're afraid someone will file suit for pain and suffering.


    House of Wax, Dial M for Murder and Kiss Me Kate were all colour 3D movies from the 1950s. They never used the red & blue glasses initially, but polarized 3D:

    "All of the 1950s US feature-length 3-D films were originally shown by the polarized light method and viewed through gray-lensed polarized glasses, but in the 1970s a few were theatrically re-released as red-and-blue-glasses anaglyph 3-D prints, which, unlike the original format, did not require special projection equipment and a non-depolarizing screen. "

    What caused headaches in those days were if the two reels of film required for projection were not synched up correctly and the image had a "ghosting effect":

    "During its original release, House of Wax used the two-strip Natural Vision 3-D format, which employed separate 35 mm film prints for the left-eye and right-eye images, projected by two separate but interlocked projectors."

    [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Wax_(1953_film)[/url]

    All of this is also covered in the Audio Commentary on the blu-ray release of House of Wax.

    While they could do a DVD release of Creature with the red and blue glasses, it probably wouldn't look very good. Plus the niche market most likely to buy older 3D titles also likely has modern 3D equipment.
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    Feb 20, 2018 11:27 PM GMT
    I prefer the regular format.
    3D sounds fake for me.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Feb 22, 2018 1:08 AM GMT
    gayv saidI prefer the regular format.
    3D sounds fake for me.


    For me at least, 3D enhances the viewing experience. Especially on movies such as Black Panther/Avengers/Captain America/X-Men.
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    Feb 22, 2018 3:30 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    gayv saidI prefer the regular format.
    3D sounds fake for me.
    For me at least, 3D enhances the viewing experience. Especially on movies such as Black Panther/Avengers/Captain America/X-Men.

    Sorry, those movies are too intellectually challenging for me.
  • Apparition

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    Feb 22, 2018 5:08 AM GMT
    I wear glasses and 3d is just awkward, and difficult to focus on. I only watch 2d movies if it can be avoided.
    I WOULD like them to make surround movies though (cylindrical screen in theatre) where you would actually have to choose to face a direction, and you would miss things just like in real life...so you would go back and see it again from a different perspective