ARE 3D MOVIES WORTH IT?

Silent movies were bettered by the introduction of sound. Black and white movies were adorned by the introduction of colour. Technicolor first came in the mid-1930s; it was first used in 1935 with “Becky Sharp” and again famously in “The Wizard of Oz“ made in 1939. For next 10-15 years, technicolor was demoted to musicals, comedies and westerns. It wasn’t intended for the serious genres, but today everything is in color. Transition from 2D to 3D is also equally tumultuous.

3-D films have existed in some form since the 1950s, but were largely limited to a limited segment of the motion picture industry because of costly hardware and processes required to produce and display a 3-D film. Nonetheless, 3-D films were prominently featured in the 1950s in American cinema. Pertinently, the first 3D film ever made was in 1953, a horror film The house of wax.

Back then the industry felt the menace of growing popularity of television and decided to launch an experimental format of film to give audiences something they couldn’t get from the TV. However, this 3D format proved to be a short lived flash in the pan – primarily due to the motion sickness the fuzzy images induced. Moreover, 3D induced headaches, repelling the audience instead of attracting them. 3D made its next incarnation in the eighties, when there was another trend that prompted wide-spread panic across the movie industry: Home-video. Home-video though, is now confined to the history books , its younger sibling DVD is the new nemesis of moviemakers. Yet another scourge, so the third wave of 3D rolled in, bringing its idiotic glasses with it. Driven by IMAX high-end theaters and Disney themed venues, 3-D films became more successful throughout the 2000s, culminating in the unprecedented success of 3-D presentations of Avatar in December 2009 .

Critics feel, this latest version of 3D , in the entire landscape from Hollywood to Bollywood, sums up as an attempt to reduce cinema to an entirely visual experience. But this is at the expense of other attributes that make a film watchable, such as the script, dialogue, and characters. It’s these things that make a film an engulfing experience, perhaps more than the shallow visual thrills. Say 3D is the future of cinema – then this would be the final nail in the coffin of intelligent, narrative cinema. Technically, a monkey hurling ground nuts out at an audience for two hours could pass as a new visual experience – a 3D movie! Cinema would need little creativity at all if visual illusions suffice. Likewise, if a film did have a strong yoursmahboob.wordpress.com 113

narrative, then you might be distracted from following the story if you were ducking every five minutes from say, flying bullets. It’s hard to engage the brain when you are having your senses battered. Maybe, 3D should be limited to fantasy or sci-fi films only. Some even say wasn’t cinema 3D already? One never sat there looking at the screen feeling that one were watching something, like a Mickey Mouse cartoon movie. Truth is, 2D cinema has depth behind the screen. 3D cinema has depth in front of the screen. These are quite different from each other. Proponents of 3D are quite vocal, too. Raconteurs like Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and of course, James Cameron have all agreed to make films in the 3D format.

After all, six of the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time are 3D films that were released since Avatar in 2009. That represents 63% of the total gross from the top 10 films of all time.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 3D screens internationally, which is twice as many as those available to audiences just one year ago. This growth represents the waxing consumer demand for the third wave of 3D.

The Oscar-winning film-maker, Martin Scorsese, has said he would prefer to shoot all his future films in 3D following his experiences with his new movie Hugo, which has received impressive critical notices and is being tipped for awards season success as I write this piece.

Scorsese also suggested that his previous films Taxi Driver and The Aviator might have benefited from being shot in stereoscope. Once the technology advances maybe you can eliminate glasses that are hindrances to some moviegoers.

After all, if people download movies, its mainly because in these tough times, people can’t afford going to theatres. Now consider the fact that 3D film tickets have to be priced up to £2 more than a regular film .This just creates another obstruction for the theatre buffs. And with the advent of DVD and HD TV, people are likely to download the 3D versions of movies on their DVDs and watch it on their home DVD tv !

Movie makers are now reportedly contemplating adding further dimensions of aroma and climate to lure back the audience. I bet the television would follow suit.

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Adorned

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; clothed or adorned with finery

Synonyms : decorated, bedecked

Aroma

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a distinctive odor that is pleasant; any property detected by the olfactory system

Synonyms : fragrance, perfume

Battered

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; damaged by blows or hard usage; damaged especially by hard usage

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; exhibiting symptoms resulting from repeated physical and emotional injury

Synonyms : beaten-up

Bettered

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to have improved the quality of something

Synonyms : ameliorated

Buffs

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; an ardent follower and admirer

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather; noun an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring); bare skin; naked; a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen; a medium to dark tan color;; verb polish and make shiny; strike, beat repeatedly

Synonyms : enthusiast

Celebrated

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; having an illustrious past; widely known and esteemed

Synonyms : storied, noted, renowned

Contemplating

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; Considering as a possibility.

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; meditating, looking at something thoughtfully.

Synonyms : considering

Culminating

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to reach final or climatic stage

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; to reach the highest altitude or meridian.

Synonyms : Resulting

Decimated

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to be destroyed totally.

Synonyms : destroyed

Demoted

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; to move someone to a lower rank or position.

Synonyms : downgrade, relegate

Engulfing

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; absorbing or occupying the mind

Synonyms : consuming, absorbing

Fuzzy

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; confused and not coherent; not clearly thought out; covering with fine light hairs; indistinct or hazy in outline

Synonyms : bleary, foggy

Grossing

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; earning (before tax) or collections

Synonyms : collecting

Hindrances

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; (plural) a blockade or instruction

Synonyms : encumbrances, handicaps

 

Hurling

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; throwing something at someone

Other Meaning(s) : rushing and whirling; noun a traditional Irish game resembling hockey; played by two teams of 15 players each

Synonyms : throwing

Illusions (Noun)

Synonyms : conjurations, legerdemains

Incarnation

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a new personification of a familiar idea

Other Meaning(s) : noun (Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ; time passed in a particular bodily form; the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Synonyms : personification, embodiment, avatar

Inducing

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun act of bringing about a desired result

Synonyms : inducement

Menace

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun a threat or the act of threatening; something that is a source of danger

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; act in a threatening manner; express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; pose a threat to; present a danger to

Synonyms : peril

Narrative

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

Other Meaning(s) : noun a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

Synonyms : narration, story, tale

Nemesis

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; something causes misery or death

Other Meaning(s) : noun (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

Synonyms : bane, curse, scourge

Niche

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; (ecology) a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it

Other Meaning(s) : noun (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species); an enclosure that is set back or indented; a small concavity

Synonyms : recess, corner

Pertinently

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adverb in a pertinent way

Synonyms : fittingly, appropriately

Prophesied

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; predict the to here

Synonyms : presaged

Proponents (Noun)

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; someone who pleads for or addiction a cause

Synonyms : champion, protagonist

Raconteurs

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; (plural) story tellers

Synonyms : anecdotists

Relegated

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; pushed to a lower state or position

Synonyms : demoted

  • Repelling

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to ward something off, or keep something away, e.g. a cram that is effective in repelling mosquitoes

Synonyms : aversion, revulsion

Scourge

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; something causes misery or death

Synonyms : terror, bane, curse

 

Shallow

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply; lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious;

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; noun a stretch of shallow water; verb become shallow; make shallow

Synonyms : shoal

Suffice

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

Synonyms : do, serve

  • Stereoscope

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a device resembling a pair of binoculars in which two-dimensional pictures of a scene taken at slightly different angles are viewed concurrently, one with each eye, creating the illusion of three dimensions.

Transition

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another; the act of passing from one state or place to the next; an event that results in a transformation

Other Meaning(s) : Noun; a passage that connects a topic to one that follows; a musical passage moving from one key to another; verb make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another); cause to convert or undergo a transition

Synonyms : passage, conversion, changeover

Tumultuous

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

Synonyms : riotous, troubled

  • Tipped

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to push or knock over

Synonyms : bend, inclined

  • Unprecedented

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; having no earlier parallel or equivalent

Synonyms : extraordinary, unique

Waxing

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; a gradual increase in magnitude or extent

Other Meaning(s) : adjective (of the moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon increases; noun the application of wax to a surface

Synonyms : enlarging

 

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