I cancelled my pre-order a few months back basically on the basis of poverty, but also out of pique over the 3D screening I saw.
After seeing cast members gushing in the promo videos about how This Is What 3D Was Invented For, I found the artificiality of the 3D - and I didn't even know it was merely converted 2D - off-putting. Looking over the shoulder of an out-of-focus Chris Pike looking like a cardboard cutout took me out of the reality of the film.
So did the plethora of explosions off the screen and towards the audience that evaporated harmlessly.
3D should look real, not like a flip-book. Do the dimensionality behind the screen surface, where it can be believable, not out front, where it can't.
The only 3D presentation I've ever felt used it believably was the trailer for a nature film that ran before Tron: Legacy. That trailer let me choose what plane I wanted to converge my eyes on and focus on, so I could look at the different animals at my choice.
Would any director allow the audience that much freedom to choose what to pay attention to? Maybe stage directors, because they don't have any choice, but film directors want to guide our attention with devices like shallow focus and pull focus - hence the cardboard cutouts. Tip to 3D directors: Avoid any hint of "cardboard cutout" images - use selective focus instead, just like you would in 2D
I'll be buying only the least expensive version of any Blu-ray, as long as it includes a 2D version for my 9'6" by 5'4" screen.
Buy a 3D projector? Not a chance.
Edited by Philnick - 9/10/13 at 2:43pm