Originally Posted by Steve P.
However, being fortunate enough to attend the three World 3-D Film Expos in 2003, 2006 and 2013 allowed me to finally experience the marvels of the golden age movies under optimal conditions. Watching these films finally get the respect they deserve, often in the company of the craftpersons and actors involved, was something I will remember forever. Having many of these available to me to watch at home is icing on the cake.
The thing with the older 3-D movies is that quite simply, they blow the newer ones out of the water. It is too bad some of the modern film makers don't study them, as they would certainly have both of their eyes opened. These days, almost all films are converted anyway, and much of the work is excellent, but I'd really love to see someone shoot a movie natively and not be so restrained. Out of the latest wave of native movies, only a handful even come close to what they achieved 65 years ago, with now antiquated equipment! That is simply amazing to me.
These days, my Realist is a shelf artifact and I use a Fuji W3, which still works for my needs.
On the Realist, I was tempted to pick one up but I've never owned a film camera and at this late date I don't want to bother. But it is 3D and I'm everything 3D but I also have the Fuji though so it's really tough to justify picking one up now. With a good film scanner though 14-20mp images vs 7.2 on the Fuji.
Classic era. It's really amazing to see these films. Most, I've never seen before picking up on Blu ray 3D. I suppose at the time they looked awful, which was due to the projection issues. But now, they really do look quite good and it's interesting that all those years ago, they were able to film 3D at that level but look at the size of that camera though, that's what it took then.
Today, I would say we definitely have better capability now, problem is most movies are converted and we know they're decent for conversions since not enough directors shoot native anyway and all the cgi. But there's one big reason why digital is better than film with 3D and that's the scanning process always leaves the frames out of 3D alignment. I've had some problems watching some of these movies on my projection screen, since I sit pretty close and you can see the two frames moving in and out at times, can be pretty eye straining. Digital that's all locked in. At further distances it's not so bad. Switching to my 65" screen behind the pull down screen it's not so bad on the eyes. That's a problem with any filmed 3D, even IMAX films today, I've seen it on those too.
I think for 3D movies and if it will evolve somehow into a VR viewer of some sort, I think that takes a lot of the experience away. We're still used to seeing images at some distance and sharing the experience with others. VR sort of takes that away. Part of it is nostalgia but I just got through watching Sangaree other day on projector, the movie was so-so, 50's were way before my time but I appreciate what went into that film and the 3D which at least after the restoration is pretty darn good. Looking forward to Jivaro next. For me it's not always about if the movie is a great movie, a lot of the times I just want to see something old and be impressed by the experience. There's some like The Mask, movie itself, not so great. Others though, September Storm, Inferno, Gun Fury, very enjoyable to see these. These movies make me want to host a Classic 3D movie night. You want to share the experience.