Originally Posted by ferl
I think the 3D effect is subjective. Some folks aren't happy with 3D unless objects are poking at them from the screen. I'm the opposite. I find "pop gimmicks" annoying. If they reimburse me the difference in cost of the ticket because I was annoyed by poking objects, the studios would tell them to take a hike.
Agreed this is a "what if" scenario. As petty as this may sound, knowing it's a conversion is enough for me to choose the 2D presentation. And I'm in the 3D fan base. I wouldn't order a cheeseburger, eat it, and ask for a refund on the cost of the cheese if I thought the cheese could have been better.
LOL! Just for kicks I might have to try that with a cheeseburger.
I'm actually not even a fan of 3D. IMO it just doesn't add anything to the experience and I in fact, I find the glasses themselves to be more of a distraction than anything. IMO, 3D's highest and best use is for previews. And as far as the "pop out gimmick" is concerned, I understand some will do that and others will only offer depth. My point is as long as it's perceptible then an upcharge can be justified. To use your example again, if I order a cheeseburger and can't tell (visually or orally) that there is cheese on it then I might speak with the manager. But if I order a cheddar cheeseburger and it comes with mild cheddar and I was expecting sharp cheddar then I don't think I would have much of an argument.
I use that example to say that while I'm not really a supporter of 3D, my kids like the glasses and if there are any effects of course so I just call it a "treat". But when I'm sitting there and see no difference in the presentation and my 6 year old is sitting there looking over the top of his glasses because he's thinking the same thing then it makes one question. I've been to maybe five or six 3D presentations, one offered defined "depth" and one offered "pop out" (for about a third of the film anyway). The rest, I felt I might as well had paid for the 2D version.
This is a long winded post, I apologize, but this comes from the perspective that my kids, my girlfriend and I very much enjoy these movies and have long been looking forward to The Avengers release. Because of this and what it appears to be (if you believe what you read about it) I wanted to make it a memorable experience so I've decided to pop for an IMAX 3D showing, which we've never done. I don't need crap to pop out at me, I just want an enhanced experience and relative to our Real 3D theater, I'm hoping the IMAX 3D will offer a little more. If not, I might be tempted to ask for a discount on a concession or something.