Originally Posted by Deja Vu
If 3D conversion is just "wrong" then most of those 3D movies you saw at the theatre, since most are converted from 2D to 3D, must look "wrong" as well. No? My understanding is that Avatar, being filmed in 3D, is an exception to the general rule, although, no doubt, there must be others - Alice in Wonderland not being one of them. Are these "3D converted" films that much "better" than the on the fly 3D converted films we'll see on some T.V.s? I'm very curious to see 3D conversion for myself, and yes, I am skeptical.
Although I appreciate 3D cinema from all eras, my primary love is for the "Golden Age" of Hollywood 3D, which ran from (approximately) 1953 to 1955, and in which approximately 50 feature length 3D motion pictures were filmed and exhibited in the US. One of the great things about this era was that Hollywood was not afraid to apply the technology to multiple genres -- everything from musicals (Kiss Me Kate, Those Redheads from Seattle), drama (Dial M for Murder, Inferno), westerns (Hondo, Gun Fury), film noir (Glass Web, I the Jury), monster classics (Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space), comedy (Three Stooges), cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Wood Woodpecker), etc., etc. None
of these employed synthesized 3D.
Contrast this era to the current one where "live action" titles like Avatar and Journey to the Center of the Earth are the exception rather then the norm, and the vast majority of 3D films are CGI cartoons. And before anyone flames me, there is nothing wrong with 3D CGI cartoons. I love
them. I just think 3D can be effective in any genre, and I'd like to see Hollywood branch out across genres like they did in the 50s.
And, no, most of my theatrical 3D experiences have not
been with 2D/3D conversions.
I do expect more 3D conversions to emerge, however, given the success of titles like Alice and Titans.
But just because technology makes something possible
, doesn't make it desirable
. When I look at the colorized Blu-ray of It's a Wonderful Life, I have to admit it's an astonishing technical achievement. Colorization technology has improved exponentially since its inception. But it's still wrong
in this context. It changes the mood of the film; it changes the way I feel when I watch it; it changes the film's soul
. 2D/3D conversion is the same thing in my book.
As much as I love 3D, not everything needs
to be in 3D. It really doesn't.