By Any Means Necessary: 3-D At Home

This is a follow-up to a recent post where I revived this idea and made it a theme.

I am not about to insist that this post is revolutionary. For the most part I have not been an early adopter of new technologies. As you may have seen from some recent posts I have recently revamped my home viewing set-up. It hasn’t been without hiccups, but it has been overall, an exciting embarkation on new avenues of film viewing. Or rather, new-to-me avenues of film viewing.

I am not one who is in adamantly anti-3-D nor am I mindlessly in favor of it. I hate when its lazily and thoughtlessly applied as a cashgrab. However, when its thoughtfully used and planned for it can prove to be a great enhancement.

In this most recent wave of 3-D popularity and the new technologies that have brought it to the fore anew, the best 3-D treatment a film has gotten in my estimation is that in Hugo. This is a film I have written about ad nauseum here on this site both about the content and the 3-D as well.

What was refreshing about the experience at home is that much of the effect I recall from theatrical viewings were still there. In most cases the experience was somewhat enhanced because at home seat positioning and distance from the screen didn’t seem to impact the effect as much as it does in a large auditorium with a much larger screen.

Sure, there will be the differences aside from the obvious like the message on the TV telling you a 3-D signal has been detected, and the glasses are yours and substantial and need to be turned on such that they are detected by your home system. However, it wall worked rather seamlessly and in my estimation breathed a little life into an aspect of the film world I had waning interest in.