Originally Posted by Frank714
Allow me to add my personal and ambivalent 3D viewing experiences over this Easter weekend. I'd say a non-3D aficionado would have find it troublesome:
JERUSALEM (IMAX 3D)
Bright images, real 3D combined with 3D CGI renderings of the Second Temple and vintage black & white stereo photographic images (yeah!).
The 3D effect was especially spectacular within the old, narrow streets of Jerusalem and the director carefully selected elements that would really make the most use of 3D.
THINK BIG (IMAX 3D)
My Oppo BDP-93 had repeatedly issues showing the 3D version, had to shut it off twice and restart the whole thing to be able to watch it in 3D. Nice but rather underwhelming, mostly focusing on school projects and - expectedly - skyscrapers in the distance were too far away to show up in "real" 3D. Really wished SHOUT!Factory would have instead released AIRCRAFT CARRIER in 3D on Blu-ray.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Yes, I'm very late to the party.
Finally got around to watch it, but couldn't help but feel that the entire cinematography of the movie was too dark to begin with and nothing was wrong with my projector (watched JERUSALEM twice, at the beginning and the very end).
So out of three 3D viewings only one was really a delightful, pro-3D experience. I don't claim that this ratio is representative of what average consumers might have experienced during the golden days of 3D, but if it's remotely applicable I for one could understand why consumers rather stayed with traditional 2D...
I bought one of the last 3D capable TV's made late 2017.
It's a 4K UHD Panasonic EX780a 65" model, it uses active glasses.
I got a bewildered look on the salespersons face when I stated that I wanted to buy this TV because it was 3D capable.
He wanted to get rid of it off the showroom floor ASAP because it took up space for displaying OLED.....fine by me, it's original RRP on release was AUS$4500, I got it delivered for AUS $2800 and a Panasonic 4K Disc player chucked in.....happy days.....[He said I could get the 75" for the same price, but no Disc Player, I thought about it, but I didn't have the space ]
Anyway, it looked ok at first, but being at this game for a fair while, I noticed things weren't as good as they could be.....I have my own calibration gear.
It's pointless calibrating a NEW TV or PJ, they will drift horrendously very quickly.
I waited about two months [In retrospect that was still to soon] but once I calibrated it, WOW, what a difference.....it looked VERY close to the AUS $7k Panasonic OLED.
You might be thinking WTF has this got to do with 3D.
Well to get great 3D, the Grey scale of the TV has to be spot on......Believe me, hardly ANY TV, regardless of cost or technology used, is the Grey Scale Tracking even close. out of the box, and it drifts over time.
Grey Scale is the B&W portion of the picture that controls detail and fine texture, You calibrate the B&W portion first , Colour is placed on top of Grey Scale.
To cut a long story short, If your 3D capable TV isn't calibrated, at least for Grey Scale, then your 3D viewing experience will be far less than Stella.
I have 100+ 3D Blurays.
I bought and watched a few over the Easter weekend
Aquaman....Looks good in 3D but the acting is wooden and the script EXTREMELY Cliched, a Cookie Cutter Warner Bros / DC comic mess....Just like Batman V's Superman.
Mortal Engines 3D....This movie is a lot better than Aquaman IMHO, although it got worse reviews [Don't believe all movie reviews]...Acting is FAR less wooden / Script actually makes some sense....the 3D I would rate in my Top 5 3D movies [it's subtle and works well with the CGI]...It's too long would be my only complaint.
How to Train My Dragon: The Lost world 3D....like previous HTTYD 3D movies, some of the best of the best.
As for 'IS 3D DEAD'
Well it might be as far as TV reproduction goes, at least momentarily....NO 3D capable TV's being made AFIK, even Hisense has dropped out.
PJ 3D support is another matter, that's alive and well.
Not surprising really, as 3D has always looked better on a BIG Screen