Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
No not that it can't but that it hasn't IMO. Could be a coincidence but it could also be an easy substitute.
Arguing whose opinion is right is obviously pointless. We're all entitled to our opinions in such matters. We're not talking about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Roger Ebert is on record as saying that 3D adds nothing to the film experience and is "a waste of a perfectly good dimension." His opinion is literally his business, and he's certainly not alone.
From a personal point of view, though, the attitude is very nearly incomprehensible to me. After the tremendous success of 3D at the box office (at premium prices no less - when given the choice of seeing a feature in 3D or 2D at the theater, people prefer 3D), how can a critic argue that it adds nothing to the experience? The disconnect from prevailing sentiment seems extreme.
Will 3D@home succeed? IMO, you could point to 3D's success at commercial theaters and predict (with pretty good odds) that it will. Of course, there's the difference in screen size, but that doesn't seem to have prevented a huge number of people from being able to enjoy "home theater" on smallish screens.
The other factor, of course, is cost. Fortunately, 3D is not expensive to implement with today's digital displays. That's a huge plus. JVC has been able to implement 3D on its new projectors, while lowering
the price of a couple of them. Will it be good? Who knows? We'll find out in a couple of months. I suspect it will be better than what I've seen in commercial theaters. I already know that's true for my 63" plasma 3D TV. In December or January, I'll know whether it's the case for a new JVC front projector, too. 3D is important enough to me that upgrading my current projector was contingent on its being 3D. I'm sorry the JVC won't do 2D to 3D conversion, but I always have the Samsung for that.
What I really want to know is when this new system will become available, and, more importantly, affordable. My budget might be a little bigger than some, but I can't buy any projection system (or 3D conversion system) I want. One of two things will have to happen for me to be able to afford it. One, mass production makes it possible to include it in mainstream 3D projectors. Two, they start using it to create real time conversions of 2D content, which they then market to a hungry 3D audience.