Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

3-D for speccies!

I am sure that distributors are sick to death of film critics complaining about the stubborn refusal of 3-D to go away and die. They spend millions researching this process, look back in delight as audiences flock to don the …

Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 21:04

   

I am sure that distributors are sick to death of film critics complaining about the stubborn refusal of 3-D to go away and die. They spend millions researching this process, look back in delight as audiences flock to don the specs — the two biggest films of 2010, Toy Story 3 and Alice and Wonderland, employed the technique, remember — then fume as smart-alec scribes whinge about the darkened screen and only modestly impressive bumpy effects.

Even the process’s greatest enthusiasts must, however, admit that one complaint is unanswerable. If you wear glasses, the 3-D spectacles are a pain in the ass to accommodate. You are forever clicking them backwards and forwards. Every now and then you will remove the things and — just to enjoy a few moments comfort — endure five minutes of drunkenly blurred 2-D action. The complaint is, I repeat, unanswerable.

Until now!

Many thanks to the good folk at Walt Disney for sending me out this prototype of clip-on 3-D glasses for the myopic film fan. I have yet to attend a picture wearing the things, but I can report that they fit very snuggly onto the traditional eye-glass and have a handy flip-up mode for trips to the lavatory and hotdog stand. I shall be wearing them to next week’s press screening of The Green Hornet (sadly, not a Disney flick) and will report on their efficacy shortly thereafter.

Perhaps I will finally be converted.