Some thoughts on viewing 3D content at home.
I watched The Art of Flight (movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Art_of_Flight/70256641) on Netflix since it was part of their streaming and with it being one of the first 3D movies on Netflix I figured it was a good choice. Before watching settling in I made sure to enter this with as clear a mind as possible. Since I never got the 3D hype I wanted to be open to the possibility of it being good.
Sadly, the experience was what I expected. Almost immediately I was experiencing eye-strain from my eyes adjusting to viewing the movie in 3D. It eventually settled in but it was pretty easy to have it come back due to shifting focus too much. Unfortunately this was not the biggest issue with watching 3D movies.
The biggest problem I had was the proper feel of immersion into the film. What makes viewing 3D content in a big theater enjoyable is the screens are so big it's harder for you eyes to lose focus. When viewing 3D content at home, this feeling is completely lost due to panel sizes. The feeling is even worse when viewing content during the day time since it's near impossible to fully blackout the room to hide the panel. I plan to try again when it's dark out and I can really black out the room to help hide the small windowed feel.
Now I will admit that at times there is a good creation of depth of field. It just always gets lost by the inability to be fully immersed in the moment. I may try and view Avatar since Cameron's whole vision with the movie was to present it from the vantage point of looking through a window.
If you have a 3D TV at home, what has been your experience with it and do you think it was just a passing fad?
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