Originally Posted by davdev
Well, we haven't met in real life, but I actually do HATE 3D. With a passion. Instead of engrossing me further into a story, I feel it puts an obstacle between me and the screen. This is true in the theater as well as in the home. I may be the only person on the planet who next Christmastime will be seeking out the 2D version of the Hobbit.
I don't actively avoid 3D displays, I just don't use the 3D features. I don't have any desire to see the format go away as I know a lot of people enjoy it, I just want to ensure that 2D will always be available, which I have no doubt it will.
I have seen many different 3D demos, and universally I don't like it. The majority of what I have seen doesn't even really look 3D, it just looks like multiple layers of flat images staged in front of each other.
I guess I am with you, but maybe not as vehement. I jettisoned a perfectly good projector to go 3D this year and was really looking forward to something new. However, like you, I have been somewhat underwhelmed. After paying $72 for my family of four to see the new Underworld in 3D IMAX this past weekend, I am even more underwhelmed, although I love IMAX and liked the movie. IMHO, 3D added absolutely nothing to the experience; although I will have to verify that after I see it in 2D, that was certainly my first impression.
Avatar was fantastic, but only in the CGI rendered scenes, as are many other CGI movies. Animation can be fantastic as well. However, I have yet to see one live action 3D movie scene that "wows" me- not one scene. And, there lies the problem. With 99% of movies being live action, who wants to pay to see a "pop-up book"? Even ESPN (Disney) almost shut down ESPN 3D this year and after watching part of a game during the college season, I can see why- we ended up shutting it down in favor of the 2D HD version.
I have settled in that 3D is a very cool but not very useful toy. One that can be used to demo a system or keep a few kids (and adults) occupied for a while, but little else. I will be keeping what I have and will still buy a combo version BD when the movie comes out, but I am not anxiously waiting for content any longer, and will certainly only buy the next 3D display if it is as good at 2D as I want and the 3D costs no more. It is apparent that is where most people have settled. I am just glad that my projector purchase turned out as good as it did. I at least ended up with a good 2D projector and I can still get a "wow" from time to time from guests, but so far, my family and I have chosen 2D almost exclusively when given the choice.