I’ve heard some people say that 3D is the next Blu-ray, but that doesn’t make sense. It’s not a media, it’s a way to view movies/television shows, like Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD). Not everyone is on HD yet, and already we’re being told to upgrade to 3D-ready televisions. The difference between upgrading from SD -> HD and HD -> 3D is obviously the glasses. Are we ready to don the specs every time we turn on the TV? Will we need to send out a reminder to our buddies to remember their 3D glasses when they come over to watch the big game or fight? Big stores like Best Buy are throwing some weight into selling these, so they must see some potential, but I wonder if 3D will catch on outside of the theatres.
Arshdeep Kaur and I went to see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D the other day and it’s a more subtle 3D experience than Avatar and much more subtle than A Christmas Carol, which I thought was a good thing. I like going for the 3D experience but not every 3D movie has to have an in-your-face, reach-out-and-touch experience and, as long as we’re not paying much more for it, we’ll keep choosing the 3D versions at the theatre.