Saturday, June 12, 2010
On Avatar, 3D and Living in a 2D World
I was born with a lazy eye, you see. I wore an eye patch starting at the age of two to try to correct it. It ended up making the weak eye stronger, and the strong eye weaker. The wonders of 60s medicine. So when I was five, I had corrective surgery. Nice image, right? Popping your eyeballs out, cutting and stitching, popping them back in. I'd like to see that in 3D! After that, my eyes pointed in the same direction (most of the time), but I never really acquired true 3D vision. My brain compensates for it, and I don't often have a problem perceiving the world. I suck at sports though!
I see the world through one eye--usually the left--with the other acting as peripheral vision. So, I've always had a problem with ViewMasters, binoculars and the like. They force my brain to look through both eyes at once, and it takes a lot of concentration. Same thing happens when I put on a pair of 3D glasses. But I keep trying.
The thing is, I don't know if modern 3D works for me in a theater, because I haven't tried it yet. In the theater, they give you chunky Morey Amsterdam-style black frames with polarized green/grey lenses in them. They're big, and encircle your field of vision. At home, they're still stuck with the little cardboard jobbies, with red and blue lenses. The eyeholes are too small, and the cardboard is too short to fit over real glasses. They're terrible. Worst of all, they render everything in unnatural colors, making you feel like you're watching a badly colorized black-and-white movie.
The film is very long, made easier at home by taking an "intermission" about halfway through. Of course, we had to since our bargain basement Magnavox Blu-ray player froze, necessitating a reboot. My cheapo player also glitches about every ninety seconds, marring the beautiful Pandora landscape. Magnavox will soon be replaced by Sony or Panasonic, count on it. Anyway, I liked Avatar quite a bit, though I'll always wonder what it would have looked like in 3D.