Just when I was thinking the new 3-D technology championed by George Lucas and James Cameron would save the movie theaters, I come across the subject of 3-D home entertainment. This isn't something new. Sensio has been selling a 3-D processor for years and Universal Studio Home Entertainment has already put out a DVD of the animated short Santa Vs. the Snowman 3D using Sensio's technology. But now Universal and Sensio have announced plans to release five classic (well, old) 3-D movies, which will finally be seen at home as they were meant to be seen. The titles are Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, Jaws 3D, It Came From Outer Space and Taza, Son of Cochise.
Though none of these five movies are hugely attractive, at least not enough to get consumers more interested and aware of Sensio's equipment, and though the entire set up required for their viewing is upwards of $35,000 (the processor is only a few thousand bucks, but special TVs, DVD players and/or projectors are also needed), the fact that quality 3-D home viewing exists makes the promotion of 3-D in cinemas a lot less momentous. Eventually I see the new 3-D movies being released in theaters and then released on 3-D DVDs, and the choice between the multiplex and the living room will be the same as it is today.