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Mickey’s (Faliure)magic OR The Non-Repeatability of the Film Theater Shows at the DLR

captveg

Active Member
Theme parks are probably one of the only places where I think 3D is acceptable, never understood the fad of shoehorning 3D into theatrical releases and glad that it's died out.
There are three types of 3D films for the cinema:

1. 3D used by an auteur who understands storytelling through composition, where the idea of depth to an image is used to contextualize the shot as part of the story experience. Examples include Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, Scorsese's Hugo, and Lee's Life of Pi. And, of course, Avatar (Cameron is masterful at knowing where to place the camera).

2. 3D used to capture the gimmicky nature of it for the pure fun of it, often using pop-out effects as silly moments to purposely break the 4th wall. Examples include House of Wax, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the majority of the 50s/80s 3D films. The theme park attractions fall under this category.

3. 3D used as pointless add on to sell more expensive tickets. Most of the modern 3D films fall under this category, especially over the last 4-5 years as the majority of 3D movies are conversions not designed to use 3D photography. When I went to see Captain Marvel they screwed up by having our 2D showing accidentally show the movie in 3D. They resolved this by giving us all 3D glasses and not charging us for the extra ticket price, but from an aesthetic storytelling standpoint the 3D did nothing to improve the movie. It was pointless, because the movie was never designed to incorporate 3D into how it decided to tell its story.

Unfortunately, the auteurs have mostly moved on, and unlike the 50s and 80s there isn't a demand for the gimmicky 3D experience for a feature film these days, so we are left with the pointless 3D of category #3 at the cinemas.
 

captveg

Active Member
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The biggest issue I had/have with 3D is the glasses, specifically that they mute the color palette of the film. Muting the entire color palette of the film for 3D depth effects which, imo, do not improve the actual film isn't worth it.
This is mostly a projection issue. Movie cineplexes are in the habit of having the brightness levels too low for 3D screenings.
 

mickEblu

Well-Known Member
The last film I saw in 3D I believe was Last Jedi and the 3D Glasses made the movie so dark I vowed I was done with 3D for a while.
 

Rich T

Well-Known Member
They always felt like a gimmick that didn't add anything major to the picture. The biggest issue I had/have with 3D is the glasses, specifically that they mute the color palette of the film. Muting the entire color palette of the film for 3D depth effects which, imo, do not improve the actual film isn't worth it.

Now in theme parks spectacle is part of the experience, which is why it makes perfect sense for me to see a 3D film in a theme park whose entire point is "look at this thing popping out at you!"
Major 3D releases are *supposed* to compensate with brightness and color adjustments (and brighter projection), but it usually doesn't work out that way in local theaters, unfortunately. The really great 3D movie experiences are few and far between. And I'll admit, sometimes it only matters in specific scenes. Zootopia had a great moment at the end: the final concert celebration was staged so that, in the theaters in 3D, the film concert crowd seemed to flow out of the screen and blend perfectly with the people in the real life theater. It's moments like that still get me to try for a 3D screening, but I'll admit I'm usually disappointed to find mediocre use of the format.
 

trainplane3

Well-Known Member
I love how the majority of this is just people stating objective facts about what the attraction is.
Great reviews such as:
It's 3d
It's a 3d movie
It's a 3d movie with Mickey

and of course
It's a magical 3d movie with Mickey

I'm getting flashbacks to when people asked me how I felt about Justice League. "It's a movie. Oh it sure was a movie. And I'm out $9 because of it."
 

truecoat

Well-Known Member
They always felt like a gimmick that didn't add anything major to the picture. The biggest issue I had/have with 3D is the glasses, specifically that they mute the color palette of the film. Muting the entire color palette of the film for 3D depth effects which, imo, do not improve the actual film isn't worth it.

Now in theme parks spectacle is part of the experience, which is why it makes perfect sense for me to see a 3D film in a theme park whose entire point is "look at this thing popping out at you!"
One thing for me about most 3-D movies is that I don't notice the effect anymore and I have to lift my glasses to see what the difference is. The Phantom Menace was re-released in 3-D. The 3-D effect was so subtle that after it was done, I was wondering why they even bothered.
 
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