Originally Posted by damnsam77
So now that I am FINALLY caught up from last night, here is my review of the first 40 minutes for AVATAR 3D and the Funny Little Potatoe Cod from Under the Sea 3D special (as requested by Adidino)AVATAR 3D (first 40 mins, since I was too tired last night):
If I have to sum this by one word, it will be HOLY$HITBANGTASTICBOOM
These were at least the words that my brain was trying to compute while I was being mezmerized by the beauty of Pandora in 3D. FORGET your previous commercial theater 3D experience, or your buddy's bragging about his Panasonic Plamsa that came with the "exclusive" disc. The RS40, even at -5 aperture in 3D preset against a nearly 120" 1.1 gain AT screen, BLEW away the IMAX and AMC 3D I had already experienced with Avatar. I don't know if some of you remember how the 3D effect of the movie was subtle, sort of depressed and not "popping out" most of the time while viewing in most commercial theaters, where many agreed that we almost forgot it was in 3D? Well yeah that's total crap now because now I know that Avatar 3D totally sucked arse in the commercial theaters when compared to what you're about to experience at your own theaters in 3D using the RS40/50/60. It seemed like from the first minute of the movie til the 40th minute, when I had to shut it off to go to sleep, the 3D effect and depth never stopped, whether it was the objects in the forground, or the flowers, their tails, the grass blades and tree leaves, and non-natural objects like the inside of the one of the ships/hinds, or just the actors, this movie never quit with it's 3D depth. And I am glad to say that the color depth and punch did not suffer much, if at all, from the the 2D version. There was only one scene where I did notice very faint ghosting at around 2:48 where you see one of the "recruiters" on the right side of the screen (left of Sam Worthington) trying to talk him into taking over his late brother's role, and he says something like "it's not a bad deal if you ask me"..or something like that. Well during that moment you can see a very faint ghosting line very close to his neck line, but I would call this a best case ghosting scenario and it only lasted for 3 seconds. But other than that I did not notice anything else. And again absolutely no flicker whatsover at least in the first 40 mins I saw.
A couple of cool 3D notable scenes where at 25:55 when he waves the machine gun across the screen (very quickly) and the other is betwen 31:45 and 32:10 showing him walking around alone in the Pandora forest and it shows his tail in the back, and it looks so cool, then it also shows the Na'vi chic, on top of the tree trunk lurking and watching him, it almost feels like I was on the tree with her too (almost wanted to SPANK that ass!!
). There were many other cool scenes throughout the first 40 mins like when they first wake up and get out of the cryogenic storage beds or when he is inside one of the hinds/choppers showing a 3D view of the instrumentals and dashboard if you can call it that.
Overall, get ready to be highly impressed! Set your aperture first at 0 while using the 3D preset, and then gradually bring it down until it still looks acceptably bright.UNDER THE SEA 3D (Potatoe Cod scene only):
The Potatoe Cod scene like Adidino said is a beauty to behold in 3D. My first row is at 14 feet away from the screen, so not very close, but the up to my nose, or at least a foot away from the nose effect was TOTALLY there, and kind of intimidating. I moved 4 feet closer, where I was only 10 feet away from the screen, and the 3D "up to my nose" effect more than doubled in perception, it was REALLY up to my nose at that point! This was honestly the coolest thing I have seen in 3D in my own theater using the RS40 since I started testing in 3D last Wednesday night. I am not sure how far from the screen was Adidino (AKA East Coast Adi) sitting in regards to the Barco demo, but I can tell you from now that the effect with the RS40 has to be EXTREMELY close (maybe even better) if we're talking Barco DLP w/ Passive glasses, versus RS40 with Active Shutter technology. The reason why I say that is because I DID see Under the Sea 3D at the local IMAX theater, I believe at the Denver or Houston Musuem of Science, using Passive glasses and silver screen, and the effect on the RS40 seemed to look more 3D like, but it's been like 2 or 3 years since I saw the special at IMAX so I could be wrong, but I can tell you obviously it was not good enough at the IMAX because I only remembered the scene after replaying it on the RS40 last night. If it were any good at IMAX, as far as the 3D Potatoe Cod effect, I would still be glowing about it to this day or at least remember how "good" it looked at IMAX.
I was unable to test anything else last night, including MNF, so my apologies.