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Tuesday 5 November 2013, 12:32

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

It is with a heavy heart that I make this weighty announcement about a new film.

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    What about the light loss, and the splitting headache which 3D induces after around 15 minutes? Or the way it shrinks the screen, and makes everything look like it's a pop up childrens' book made of paper thin layers?

    I'll stick to 2D.

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    Comment number 2.

    Who are you and what did you do with Mark Kermode?!

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    Comment number 3.

    Gravity was fantastic in 3D (it's been out here in Colombia for a couple of weeks now, as "Gravedad".) I'm not usually a fan of 3D either, but here it definitely added to the experience. No trace of "cardboarding", and the first time I can genuinely say it was immersive.

    (A weird side-effect is that 3D seems to make it easier to ignore the Spanish subtitles, which I sometimes find distracting when seeing English-language films here. Not sure how that works.)

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    Comment number 4.

    That cup was empty

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    Comment number 5.

    It's like I could reach out and touch the acting skills.

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    Comment number 6.

    It takes a brave, brave man to admit that in this one and only one instance, he is wrong. Thank you.

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    Comment number 7.

    Welcome to Lars Von Trier Shadow Puppet Theatre.

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    Comment number 8.

    This is not the first film where Dr K. has said this. Does anyone remember Disney's Bolt? It came out back in 2008 when the whole 3D-uprising started. Somehow, Mark was quite enthusiastic about its use of the technology and said, if I remember it correctly, to watch it in 3D.

    I wonder when this specific piece of audio will come back to haunt him at wittertainment. I can't find it at the moment/access it from the Netherlands.

    On topic: I couldn't agree more. Saw Gravity last month and was blown away. Best use of 3D Evz (and totes emosh)

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    Comment number 9.

    And now that Hollywood have managed a decent threeD? I look forward to your reviews of the inevitable pointy-stick sequels.

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    Comment number 10.

    There has been no greater seismic cultural event since Dylan went electric! My budgie just fell of his perch.

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    Comment number 11.

    And hell froze over.......................
    Actually I saw Gravity in New York las month in 3D and IMAX - one of the most amazing cinematic experiences I have ever had - not just because of the Special Effects but also the wonderful performances of the two actors.
    As I watched (no watching is not the right word - lived it with them) on the edge of my seat I kept thinking the good Doctor, the man of many words, could well be speechless about this epic experience. Space is the place for 3D evidently... a 3D remake of Silent Running on the cards?
    Everyone go see it at a cinema - do not watch it on your phone...

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    Comment number 12.

    Outspoken, opinionated and never lost for words?

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    Comment number 13.

    This is the first "live action" 3D movie I've seen, having found kids' animation in 3D very annoying.
    Still not convinced.
    Having small objects spinning out of the screen is more distracting than immersive, in my opinion.
    Good movie. Doubt if I'll go back to see the 2D version though ...

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    Comment number 14.

    Apart from the coughing, sniffing and obviously what was said at the end, this video would be great ASMR.

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    Comment number 15.

    Hahahaha! I look forward to the merciless ribbing Simon Mayo will undoubtedly give the good doctor during the Five Live review.

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    Comment number 16.

    Note: He didn't say "must".

    I have another question, though: My wife suffers from vertigo, should she see Gravity in any format?

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    Comment number 17.

    Dr. K is correct - this is one of the very few good 3D movies out there. I saw it in the US a couple of weeks ago but... it was also in Dolby Atmos, which was simply astounding. Not sure if there are Atmos screens in the UK: if there are, seek one out. You won't regret it.

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    Comment number 18.

    Also note: luckily it is not inevitable that Peter Jackson will release his version of this video in a 3D 48fps 3 hour version, although clearly that much footage was shot. Thank you BBC and Mark for editing it down to just the last 2 minutes.

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    Comment number 19.

    That did not just happen. Somebody please tell me I didn't see what I thought I did.

    My church of Kermode had just crumbled. I feel so lost now.

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    Comment number 20.

    Well durrrr! So are most films if only for one or two moments - it's like saying "Gravity is worth seeing in surround sound"!

    How many times will we hear critics say this about a film (Avatar, Life of Pi, Hugo, Oz: TGAP, Cave of forgotten dreams, Pacific Rim, Piña)?!!

    3D is good. The method of presentation could be improved (glasses & costs) but when critiquing a film that shouldn't come into it.

 

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