Things I learned after FINALLY Watching Avatar

When the opportunity presented itself, I took advantage – Avatar has been re-released in IMAX 3D and I decided to end my embargo on the film. Why did I refuse to see the film for such a long time in the first place, you may ask? The reasons are several fold – among them:

  • my often stated (and well documented – see below) resistance to embrace the 3D craze that is poised to take over cinema
  • the extremely delayed realization that Titanic was a pretty lame movie; as a result not wanting to believe the hype of another James Cameron movie

So, the afternoon, as I took the escalator up to the IMAX theater of the Lincoln Square Cinema, my expectations were rather low ….. but as the closing credits rolled and afterward, I took stock of the experience and assessed what I had learned:

  • I was wrong to wait so long to see this movie
  • I forgot all the stuff I really liked about James Cameron prior to Titanic – he made several fun action-packed movies that I enjoyed watching during the 80’s and 90s, and
  • not all 3D has to give you headaches – no headaches here!

As you can tell from my list, I was pleasantly surprised that I saw this film – I really went with it. Has it changed my perception of 3D? Not really sure at this point but I after seeing Avatar on the big screen, I cannot imagine seeing this film anywhere else. It truly was a cinematic event.

The 3-D (R)Evolution – Revisited

Woman wearing 3D glasses in cinema

Some time ago, I waxed poetic about 3D in the cinemas.  I want to revisit the topic because over the Labor Day Weekend, while walking around the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, I entered the Panasonic 3D Experience.  Me and a friend saw a clip of Avatar, looked at home videos shot with 3D cameras and even got to experience watching ourselves swinging a tennis racket in three dimensions.

The verdict? Well the exhibit was a sight to behold – we had a blast. Bear in mind, this “Experience” was in the realm of The exhibit was centered on home entertainment.

But the question remains if I think that this is the wave of the future in the cinemas. One of my earlier complaints about the 3D technology was the headache that it produced. In this exhibit, the problem is solved by a pair of $150 3D specs that “do the adjustments” for you. Hence, no headache. I assume that you will be able to use the specs in a theater displaying a 3D film.

With this in mind, I am giving 3D another chance. After much, much delay, I am finally breaking down and going to see Avatar in IMAX 3D. Wish me luck!

*Special thanks to my friend QTS for giving me the idea of this post.