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3D - Alive Or Dead?

Friday 21 September 2012, 11:36

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

With the news that Guillermo Del Toro's new film Pacific Rim will be released in 3D after all, against the director's better judgement, I ask is 3D alive and well or is it the walking dead?

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    Comment number 1.

    haha, nice copout, Doctor. 3D as a zombie :)

    but hey let's take a look when it all started. In 2009 there was this movie called Avatar, right? the one and only making 2.7 bil. dollars. Thus creating an immense buzz around 3D. Now in 2014 (or is it 2015?) comes Avatar 2 and later Avatar 3 and even later Avatar 4 (as far as i heard), and guess what, it'll boost the phenomenon of 3D once again. So, dear Doctor, this zombie will walk the surface of earth for quite some time...

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    Comment number 2.

    At this point in time, I am not convinced we will really get rid of stereoscopy. Maybe in time.

    The problem for me is that there is very rarely anything special about what happens. Sure, there may be the odd, nay rare, scene, but is that really worth the justification of paying that little but extra for such a rarity?

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    Comment number 3.

    Personally, I'm not fussed on 3D and I've yet to see a film in 3D. But I think it will rise eventually. I think it's more of a case of directors struggling to adapt to a different visual medium of storytelling. In the early years of the sound era, most of the best films were still silent (Sunrise, Joan of Arc, Metropolis). I'd argue that the first great sound film didn't arrive until M in 1931, and even then it still took a while for the whole industry to shift. With new technological breakthroughs we get new ways of telling a story, but a director needs time to adapt to it and work out how to use it. Give it time, soon enough we will see a film which understands how to use 3D.

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    Comment number 4.

    I haven't seen anyone raise the issue that not everyone can physically appreciate 3D. I have a lazy eye (as does 5% of the population, I am told) and have very limited depth perception and so am often obliged to endure a gimmick that is of absolutley no benefit to me.

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    Comment number 5.

    I don't think 3D is dead, so much as in need of constant resucitation. Studios have realised that retro-fitted 3D is garbage and they've now got to try and convince audiences that 3D has merit afterall. Mark, i've noticed you've gone from saying 3D is completely redundant in a film to when you reviewed Paranorman last week saying "i could've done without it" which is hardly sticking the boot in. I for one think 3D is a work in progress, the real question is will audiences keep the faith with 3D whilst the industry perfects the format?

 

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