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  • So I?am a little behind the times here when it comes to expressing my opinion on the 3-D?phenomenon that is going on with movies nowadays.

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  • So I?am a little behind the times here when it comes to expressing my opinion on the 3-D?phenomenon that is going on with movies nowadays.
    What I don’t understand is why is this process taking a hold of the movie industry so much that it is starting to work its way into our homes as well.
    I mean, has anyone really liked the 3-D technology so much that they would give up watching standard television in the future??
    I know I?wouldn’t. Actually the whole process would give me a headache that wouldn’t quit.
    Sometimes, as I?am watching a film in 3-D, and that isn’t very often, there is so much going on that I get lost while trying to compute it all visually.
    Take for example the movie "Thor." When I saw it in 3-D, there was an opening battle sequence that was beautiful but quickly developed into a muddled mess as my eyes and my brain couldn’t keep up.
    A few weeks later, I saw it again in 2-D, and the scene made more sense to me and I?took more enjoyment out of it. That aside, this phenomenon isn’t going to go away. So how does that make you feel?
    For me, I?think that it might be a good thing as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Plus I like that some theaters offer the option of both a 3-D?and 2-D option.
    Though that gets to be a bit of a weird experience when you sit through a film and point out all of the elements that you know the filmmakers were using to take advantage of the 3-D effect.
    So what about the 3-D effect makes a movie more desirable??That is what I would like to know.
    I mean I live in a 3-D world - do I need it on the big screen as well??
    The movie theater is where I go to escape real life, why do I need to experience it there, too?
    I think the biggest draw of a movie in 3-D is the fact that you know this is how the filmmaker wanted you to experience it.
    Like when a director sits down and directs a film that he wants in 3-D, he visualizes it that way and makes the film around that process. Now he wants you to experience that vision along with him.
    That doesn’t mean that I?have to go experience it in 3-D, but it is what that director was envisioning when he created it.
    Plus, it makes the overall box office report look that much meatier when you include the inflated prices of going to a 3-D movie.
    Page 2 of 2 - For me, though, I really don’t care if a movie is in 3-D?or not, though I prefer to go to a 2-D instead with a quality digital transfer. Even that isn’t a requirement.
    I tend to just look for a movie that I?am going to enjoy and if it has some special digital or 3-D?transfer, I will consider that a bonus. Though not one I seek out.
    In the end, if you like the 3-D?element of films today, you aren’t the only one. Millions upon millions are paying that little extra every year for that experience as well.
    For me, give me some popcorn and a film in 2-D and I will still be just as happy about my experience.
    Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum. He filmed his column in 3-D, but the process didn’t take. His online blog address is justanewdad.blogspot.com and his email is gdarling@maryvilledailyforum.com. Drop him a line sometime!

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