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 5:35 pm on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

Anyone catch the new Avatar movie in 3-D yet?

wow. this movie will literally revolutionize the way they are made. period.

amazing. i remember some 3-D movies you would get a few objects that came rushing at you and you jerked back, but the images were still flat.

this entire movie i watched in 3-D.

in an article i read, instead of traditional 3-D production where you use one camera, Cameron developed a new method of filming which involved two cameras to generate the realistic view of how two eyes view in 3-D...slightly off perspective of each other.

6 stars out of 5.

Oh, and if you believe there is not plot, you are sleeping.



 2:51 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I haven't seen the film and I'm sure it's fantastic especially at Imax theater but I don't think it's anything break through as far as 3-D goes. I believe the same thing was used to create the Michael Jackson feature "Captain Eo". I saw that probably back in about 86 or 87 at Epcot center. Same deal with the sunglasses type eyewear, I know when I watched it there at points I was taking the glasses off because it looked so real. In particular I remember a part of the film where a ship is floating in front of you and I was actually waving my hand in front of face. In that particular film the theater itself was also part of the production with lasers, smoke and other things.

I believe the reason it's not mainstream is because of the expense and practicality, they had a piece on the news the other night about it coming to TV but the added expense was one thing and people having to wear the glasses was another problem.


 3:13 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sony are talking of bringing this tech into the current PS3 ..( ie : already existant PS3s will be able to play 3D game discs ..or 3D movie blue ray ) ..Some time in 2010.

The TV market is always going to restricted by screen size ( no illusion of immersion into another world if you can still see the edges :)) but for gamers who run HD projectors ..

and lots do ...

The entire wall as a 3D interactive immersive canvas/screen will take gaming to a new level ..especially if it can also work on line as multiplayer ( think 3D star wars :))..

Already a lot of gamers multiplay on projectors run through PS3 ( less through Xbox360 due to the join cost etc )..

The games market is already way way way bigger than the movie market ..

And not everyone lives within easy driving distance of an IMAX or other 3D movie theatre :)

But for a reasonable price they can set up a projector and a PS3 and sound at home ..and a game or a BR cost about the same as a ticket to a 3D movie ..so you quickly recover your outlay ..

Games are where the money is ..some movies will become / are really just the trailers for games ..


 9:17 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Coalman, if the last 3D film you saw was Capt Eo things have greatly improved since then. The glasses are way better now too, no longer the stupid cardboard things.


 9:29 pm on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think many watched it in 3d. Here is a better question, did you have a little headache after watching it? I did.


 5:58 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

In captain EO, which i did see as a kid... there were parts and pieces that seemed to be flying at you and hovering...

Avatar the entire movie seemed to be right on your lap...the special effects went beyond the scary lady in captain EO (which freaked me out). a combination of human and special effects put this movie into a whole new realm.

not to include the depth of the plot. i cant get into the meaning my wife and i believe, becuase i dont want this thread deleted... but its got some spiritual meaning in it.


 10:17 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm not yet interested in seeing Avatar, but I love 3D as it is now done. I've only seen two 3D movies to date, U23D and Journey, but it's been a couple of years. Simply incredible, felt like I was right there. In U23D I felt as if I could touch the guys if I just reached out my hand to them. Journey had me jump a few times in my seat as things fell or moved about. I'm looking forward to the day that in-home 3D is affordable and widely available.

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 10:44 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I watched the movie in standard format rather than 3d as I do not like watching in 3d as it makes my eyes sore. I saw Up in 3d and vowed not again until they come outwith a 3d screen so you do not have to wear those glasses. nice movie though.


 10:50 pm on Dec 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

I get splitting headaches from the glasses even after minutes, hence I'm not interested in 3D movies at all. Please let it go away soon.


 7:28 am on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Whilst in Scotland for Christmas, I went to the cinema (Dunfermline Odeon) with the family to see Avatar. I agree, that it represents the cutting edge of movie experiences.

Cameron himself states that the plot is a bit thin, but that the purpose of making the film was to trial the technology behind it and gauge audience reaction. From what I'm reading the film is a box office success...

For my own part, whilst the plot is a straight cliche of many Westerns (there's one in particular from the 50s or 60s that I'm reminded of although I can't remember the name of it. Possibly it starred Jeff Hunter?) where the Indian hating 'good guy' fails in love with a native girl and then comes to understand and adopt the culture and life of the supposed savages, the effects are outstanding.

However, out of the five of us who went, all came away with tired eyes and two, including myself, had headaches.



 8:53 pm on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Coalman, if the last 3D film you saw was Capt Eo things have greatly improved since then.

I'm sure it has improved quite a bit since then especially with the introduction of 3-D modeling, from my understanding the base technology is really no different than stereoscopic images which go back to the 1800's.


 10:44 pm on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Last one I saw was 13 Ghosts - some time in the early 60s.


 11:25 am on Dec 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

An interesting article from the BBC on the coming 3D boom that's very much worthy of a read...


If 2009 was dominated by touch technology then 2010 looks set to be the year of 3D. TV manufacturer LG wants to sell nearly half a million 3D-ready TV sets next year as the World Cup kicks off in the format. One of the drivers for such sets will be the World Cup which Fifa has confirmed will be the first soccer event shot in 3D.

Meanwhile laptops and games consoles are also getting a 3D makeover. Acer has already released what it is claiming is the world's first 3D-capable laptop, and most agree it will be the first of many.

Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft's vice president of user experience believes the technology will play a major role over the next decade. Apple has recently filed a patent suggesting that it is looking into create its own 3D display, possibly as an alternative to the mouse and keyboard.


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