Someone really has to explain this addiction to 3D. Years ago, it was a novelty that no one took seriously. Random images would fly towards viewers eyes, and a squeal or two would escape, but no one wanted to wear those annoying glasses all the time. It was a nice little cinematic trinket used for the random feature. Now, however, it's everywhere. And not just everywhere like everyone is making 3D movies, but everything is getting converted to 3D, whether it be Harry Potter and Clash of the Titans, or Sony's old library.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Sony is looking to sell Blu-rays with 3D versions of its catalogue in the next year. Joe Nakata, a deputy general manager in Sony's 3D unit says: "We'll probably be able to start next fiscal year, if we can convert them into 3D with good effects." Conversion companies are popping up all over the place to process these films into new 3D monsters, and PS3 is looking to get into 3D gaming in the near future.
Doing the special feature for something like Avatar, that's fine. It's part of the vision of the film. But watching Up, Beowulf, the battle scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Coraline -- and now being faced with almost everything going 3D -- I've had it. It's more than enough. None of those films were improved for me because another dimension was added. In fact, in every circumstance I wished it wasn't 3D, especially Potter, where the 3D made the battle almost impossible to watch and figure out who was who in the blurry, zooming bodies.
Do you really want everything with this extra dimension, where everyone watching has to wear those glasses and sit just so? Does it really add value? In a world trying to go more green, do we really want all that plastic tossed and recycled useless (if collected at all) every time a movie plays, or consumer frenzies start when 3D glasses go haute couture? And finally, do you want to see every film turned into 3D, as studios assume?