Originally Posted by darinp2
Originally Posted by EricUtah:
(RealD problems, blah blah)
I was planning on seeing Avatar again in a 3d Imax theater.
I hope you do and report back.
Well: I'm almost completely certain that the projection setup in my first RealD viewing of Avatar was somehow fouled up. I just returned from seeing the movie in Imax 3d and the difference was significant. I explained in my earlier post that the RealD viewing caused eye strain and pain. In contrast, the Imax 3d was flawless. Aside from some slight haze from smudges and scratches in the junky glasses they gave me, the film was crystal clear and felt 100% natural on the eyes. There was no "getting used to it" warm-up time. It just worked.
The main difference between the two viewings was noticeable from the moment the trailers started: It was the depth of the 3d effect. In the RealD theater, the depth seemed highly exaggerated -- I think I was going cross-eyed half the time trying to follow various people and objects. There seemed to be no way to keep a consistent focal depth, and as a result there was quite a bit of blurriness.
In contrast, the Imax 3d effect seemed almost muted: the depth was realistic and did not distract at all. There were still plenty of times that there seemed to be leaves and ashes floating only inches away, but it felt completely natural and part of the experience. My eyes kept the same focus throughout. It seemed more like a traditional movie screening with additional depth.
I don't know nearly enough about the RealD technology to even guess what might have been wrong with that first theater. It's difficult to describe, but when your eyes are sending you visual queues that don't make sense it ends up being a very uncomfortable experience and you know something
isn't right. I'll send a note to the RealD.com support guys and let them know that I had a problem with the theater - perhaps they'll look into it.
And while this is starting to get expensive, I'm also considering watching Avatar one last time in another RealD theater to prove to myself that it was the theater and not the technology. I'll drop a note if I do.