Panasonic is currently taking 3D to the road, and this weekend they are in the San Diego (California) area. I just returned from watching a Blu-Ray 3D demo on a prototype 103-inch plasma display. Is this as good as it gets? Read on...
A group of us entered a mobile theater, totally black on the inside. Once the doors were closed it was pitch dark except for the display. Here are my impressions:
1. It works . Definitely a convincing 3D effect. We were advised not to stand too close to the display, so beware of minimum viewing distances at home.
2. The 3D display was much darker with the glasses on than with glasses off. Much darker than a normal display, thus the pitch dark viewing room. Probably will not work well in a bright daytime setting. (Perhaps this is the solution to the blacks becoming gray problem!!)
3. I developed mild head discomfort, like the onset of a headache in the temple region of my head. I experienced instant relief, and a much brighter image, when I removed the glasses.
4. 3D is great for a Warren Miller ski movie, but adds little to a typical movie with people just talking to each other. The 3D effect in the end just becomes a distraction from the movie itself, kind of like surround sound.
Conclusion: This was an interesting experience, however, I will be watching most of my movies in 2D.