Harry Who?

Just got back from taking my kid to the last (thank God) Harry Potter movie, in 3D of course. It’s been so long since when the book came out (who was president then, Carter?) to the movie finale. All and all, not bad, long, but not bad. If anybody has seen the movie and care to share some thoughts, either on this movie or on any of the series. Other topics of interest, is 3D here to stay? It’s a bit disconcerting because, although for some movies the payoff in visuals is clear, but am I going to have to pony up 15 bucks now every time I want to go to the movies? I like the fact that most 3D movies are still offered in traditional 2D, but how long is that going to last if movie studios can make more dough going high tech?

I realize that there is nothing I can do about it but it bugs me how technology in general has such a short shelf life. I use to buy lots of DVD’s, appreciating the ability to pop in whatever movie I wanted at that particular moment. Then streaming came along, nice feature but resolution was a problem. Then bluray, I love bluray, the visuals are so stunning that I embraced it overnight. Between having a kickass plasma big screen, a bluray player, and a satellite provider that offers a shit load of high def channels, I’m a happy man, but I don’t buy DVD’s anymore, and I expect that within a year or so I will need to spring for a 3D TV, not happy about that. Every time I go to Costco, I go over to that 3D TV display they have where you can sample the picture, they have girls beach volleyball on a loop, who can get enough of that?

There was an old Quest Communications commercial a few years back where this cowboy moseys in to this run down diner and on the table was one of those old juke box machines where you could play songs, and the waitress tells him that every song in history ever recorded, by any artist, ever, is on that juke box. This is what I expect in the very near future, where Netflix will offer every movie ever made, in any format you like, uploaded in bandwidth pipes the size of school buses, instantaneously provided at the click of a mouse. Where every book ever written in history can be seamlessly downloaded to my Kindle for a few bucks a pop. We are very close.

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  1. Hal_10000

    I think 3D is mostly a flash in the pan. Most people aren’t watching it and several people told me the 3-D on Potter looks really bad. It makes my wife feel nauseous. I just don’t see it holding the audience and being any more than a gimmick.

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    Interesting. We saw the last Transformers movie in 3D and I thought that was really good. When compared to the last Tron movie, which blew in 3D, HP was OK.

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  3. JimK

    They keep trying 3D, but it actually goes against how the human brain processes flat images. It will NEVER work for the majority. Walter Murch explained it to Ebert once, and the way he’s explained it is preceisely my experience. Hate 3D. Just give me a good movie.

    As for why Transformers worked, Bay said he spent a crazy amount of time designing each frame for how it would appear in 3D, it wasn’t just a trick or afterthought. If I had to guess, I’d say he timed the focus issues so you could naturally drift from plane to plane.

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  4. Hal_10000

    Agreed. 3D can look good when you have a director like Cameron or (God help us) Bay who invest the time and energy to make it in 3D from the start. As one of the critics at Cracked said, when they use 3-D to draw you in rather than throw shit at you. Animated 3-D can also work well since it can be designed that way. When we saw Tangled in 3-D, Sal 11000 Beta tried to catch one of the lanterns.

    But a lot of movies use this bullshit post-production process that makes them look like a pop-up book. It’s just unholy.

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  5. davidstvz

    For a couple of years after I got blu-ray that is all I would watch. But then I started running out of movies to watch. Further, some old movies just aren’t available in blu-ray. So lately I’ve been watching a lot more stuff on regular old DVD, and you know what, I don’t really care much. If blu-ray is available I definitely want it, and if it’s a new movie I usually refuse to take a DVD from the Red Box, but not always. I can tell the difference, but the content of the movie really is far more relevant to how enjoyable the experience is. You don’t want a special effects flick in DVD, but some independent film with a 5 million dollar budget (independent, hah) will like fine enough on DVD.

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  6. HARLEY

    Lucas is releasing the STAR WARS movies i 3d, i for one will love to see that, the Battle above the Death STAR, the Trench Run, The Asteroid belt, after Hoth, the battle above Endor….
    GREAT eye candy.

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  7. loud

    I haven’t made a new account since the change-over, but I thought I’d jump in here as this actually hits a bit close to home…

    But a lot of movies use this bullshit post-production process that makes them look like a pop-up book. It’s just unholy.

    Transformers 3 and Avatar both used stereo conversion for some shots. I bet you never noticed it.

    Lucas is releasing the STAR WARS movies i 3d, i for one will love to see that, the Battle above the Death STAR, the Trench Run, The Asteroid belt, after Hoth, the battle above Endor….
    GREAT eye candy.

    You’re in for a bit of a wait. The prequels are being done first.

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  8. hist_ed

    You’re in for a bit of a wait. The prequels are being done first.

    I might go see them. I’d have to bring ear phones to block out the dialogue. They were pretty cool looking movies, but they were ruined every time someone talked. Hmmm maybe that’s an idea, re-release them as silent 3D films . . . .

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