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I don't know about you, but 3-D from Hollywood has usually meant the "3-D effect trumps acting, story, and excellent cinematography" phenomenon. When Hollywood has run out of good movie ideas: Booyah! Let's reel 'em back with 3-D, boys!
Most of the films being released in 3-D are, sadly, falling into this very trap and are created more for the "thrill" than the quality of the writing and acting. Even PIXAR is, unfortunately, starting to slowly fall into this trap with their latest fare.
Couple this with the expense of replacing not only the TV or projector or monitor, but the receiver or pre-amp/processor, the Blu-ray player, and all the HDMI cabling you can see why many are more than a bit skeptical.
Plus... I, like many, wear glasses and know just how cumbersome and awkward it is trying to put on yet another pair of glasses on top of the glasses already being worn, which can also lessen the 3-D effect we're paying good money for. Are the studios going to offer free laser correction surgery with the purchase of an all new HT system?
And what about the Blu-ray video and audio bitrates with this new two channel AVC codec? If the Blu-ray standards forum doesn't do anything to increase this limitation newly created by 3-D and the codec necessary to run it then basically you end up halving the current video bitrate in order to shoe horn in two simultaneous 1080p video streams and possibly effecting the audio quality as well to gain more of the bit pool budget necessary to carry this out.
Unless they plan on giving us two Blu-ray discs with fully optimized video and audio encodes for a 2-D and 3-D version, I'm even more hesitant to embrace this until an even beefier optical format is ready for prime time (maybe with 4k resolution and 36 bit color). Though, I wonder if BD discs may be the last time we see physical, pre-recorded media. Crappy, compressed all to hell internet downloads seem to be king these days.
This is my take so far. What's yours? Discuss away!
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!