Disappointment for all you fans of Avatar, Jaws 3 and other films that jump out of the screen at you; a cartel of Japanese electronics companies have issued a warning regarding the possible side effects of watching 3D films.

The group, which includes home entertainment giants Toshiba and Hitachi, has issued a handbook, in conjunction with the Japanese government, to cinemas that show 3D films, detailing guidelines for watching them and possible health implications, such as nausea and dizziness. Stores which have recently started selling televisions capable of showing images in 3D have also been issued with the handbook.

Read more about the 3D health warning after the jump... Disappointment for all you fans of Avatar, Jaws 3 and other films that jump out of the screen at you; a cartel of Japanese electronics companies have issued a warning regarding the possible side effects of watching 3D films.

The group, which includes home entertainment giants Toshiba and Hitachi, has issued a handbook, in conjunction with the Japanese government, to cinemas that show 3D films, detailing guidelines for watching them and possible health implications, such as nausea and dizziness. Stores which have recently started selling televisions capable of showing images in 3D have also been issued with the handbook.

Spokesman Koichi Imai, in a statement on behalf of the group, has said, "We do not think this will be a big problem for the majority of viewers but we must warn people that it is possible," adding that "the simplest thing is for anyone who feels at all unwell to stop viewing the images."

Amazingly, 3D films have been around since the 1890s when British cinematograper William Friese-Greene patented a process to show movies with stereoscopic imagery. However, it wasn't until the 50s that the 3D craze really took off, with a run of films that, for the most part, allowed the storyline and acting to come second to the technology. You could argue that the recent revival of 3D, with mega-budget, FX-heavy films still follow the same pattern.

So, if you came out of Avatar feeling dizzy and sick, at least you can now blame the glasses as well as the script.

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