Not too long ago, we voiced our opinion on 3D video in the home, saying that there were still too many obstacles for it to be ready for prime time just yet. In this week’s Newsweek, respected film critic Roger Ebert has published a tirade against the format in theaters entitled “Why I Hate 3D (And You Should Too)”. It’s a fascinating read, even if you don’t necessarily agree with the curmudgeonly critic, and has stirred up emotions on both sides of the 3D fence. Here are the main arguments Ebert makes against the format:
1. IT’S THE WASTE OF A DIMENSION.
2. IT ADDS NOTHING TO THE EXPERIENCE.
3. IT CAN BE A DISTRACTION.
4. IT CAN CREATE NAUSEA AND HEADACHES.
5. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT 3-D SEEMS A LITTLE DIM?
6. THERE’S MONEY TO BE MADE IN SELLING NEW DIGITAL PROJECTORS.
7. THEATERS SLAP ON A SURCHARGE OF $5 TO $7.50 FOR 3-D.
8. I CANNOT IMAGINE A SERIOUS DRAMA, SUCH AS UP IN THE AIR OR THE HURT LOCKER, IN 3-D
9. WHENEVER HOLLYWOOD HAS FELT THREATENED, IT HAS TURNED TO TECHNOLOGY: SOUND, COLOR, WIDESCREEN, CINERAMA, 3-D, STEREOPHONIC SOUND, AND NOW 3-D AGAIN.
Ebert concludes his screed by saying that he’s “not opposed to 3-D as an option” but rather opposed to it “as a way of life for Hollywood” which he sees it increasingly becoming.
Insiders, do you enjoy 3D films, either in the theater or at home? Do Ebert’s arguments ring true, or is he fighting a losing battle against the next big movie-going experience? Visit the comments and let us know where you stand.