Enough with the wimpy 3-D!

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR -

Here’s another block­buster, “Juras­sic World,” that holds back on the 3-D. I sawit at the best pos­si­ble venue, the Chi­nese Theatre, with new­state-of-the-art IMAX laser pro­jec­tion, and although the pre­sen­ta­tion was im­pec­ca­ble, the 3-D was pretty lame, just like with all of to­day’s 3-D movies.

Com­pare that to the Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque’s 100th an­niver­sary of 3-D films at the Aero Theatre last­week. Not only was the 3-D bet­ter and more pro­nounced in films fromthe 1930s and 1940s , but even the sam­ple from 1915 was.

Dis­ney­land and Ep­cot have had awe­some 3-D for decades, so it’s not like they can’t do it now. No, they have the full ca­pa­bil­ity bet­ter than ever. It’s that they in­ten­tion­ally hold back so as to be more im­mer­sive with­out dis­tract­ing.

You have to won­der how the lack of full 3-D po­ten­tial keeps hap­pen­ing. Did the di­rec­tor ask to push the 3-D more? Was he afraid to? How about Uni­ver­sal? Spiel­berg? Did any­one say, “Gee, with this movie’s con­tent, shouldn’t we re­ally de­liver on the 3-D more in many scenes?”

Stop the non­sense. Smack us in the face, or stay 2-D! It’s not dino science.

D. Trow

Los An­ge­les

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