|3D anaglyph still (blue/red glasses) Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)|
Adrienne has had a 3D capable LED for years now, and I finally cajoled her into getting an emitter and glasses for it. I've got a stack of a dozen and a half 3D movies just waiting for me to find time to watch them all. I tackled Creature first because I've wanted to see it in it's original form for so long. Well, now I've seen it, and I'm disappointed.
Don't misunderstand me, it looked absolutely gorgeous. It was the remastered 3D Blu Ray included in the Universal Classic Monsters Essential Collection, and I can't imagine that a movie of this vintage could possibly have looked better. It was the 3D that disappointed.
The 3D was well rendered with no ghosting and very little crosstalk. It added an incredible amount of depth to the picture. It avoided the "cut out" look one often sees in lesser 3D efforts like many of the post production conversions. The problem, then? Nothing ever came at me. Not once. The creature's hands, the spear gun, the bow of the boat - clearly, they were all intended to jut out from the screen to give me a cheap thrill. They didn't. I'd waited all my life for the creature to be coming at me, and he never left the confines of his 3D television aquarium.
|The way it was supposed to be . . .|
Shouldn't the 3D be presented in the fashion that best approximates the filmmaker's intent, though? The 1950s era 3D was all gimmick. It was big-screen cinematic sleight of hand intended to put asses back in the seats when too many of those asses ended up on their couches in front of the television. Where's the showmanship? All the restoration crew had to do was set the parallax accordingly, and I could have had a lap full of creature - or even better, a lap full of Julie Adams. Instead, I get a perfectly executed sense of depth with no pizazz. Oh, the humanity.
|This also worked even better comin' at ya . . . My Bloody Valentine (2009)|
|A stunning sensation of depth in 3D - Prometheus (2012)|
|Final Destination 5 (2011)|
I'm not sure what to expect when I watch the 3D conversion of Jurassic Park (1993), but I'm pretty excited about it. I hope objects in mirror are closer than the appear, or that they at least appear closer than they appear.
|3D anaglyph still (blue/red glasses) Jurassic Park (1993)|
Posted by Brandon Early