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I See, You See, We All See in 3-D

11 Apr, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold

I woke up this morning to find aliens in my house. Actually, they just looked like aliens: It was Justin and Conner, my two oldest boys (13 and 11), sitting on the family room couch and each wearing a pair of paper 3-D glasses while watching the newly issued Friday the 13th, Part 3, in 3-D. There's just no escaping the 3-D boom — or, more accurately, resurgence — we're seeing these days, what with more and more big theatrical movies coming out on 3D and — milestone alert! — Monsters vs. Aliens generating more than half its opening gross from 3-D showings. A spot check of Amazon found 169 3-D movies currently available on DVD, from cheesy 1950s sci-fi thrillers such as Creature from the Black Lagoon to the 16-minute animated cartoon Shrek in 3-D and The Polar Express Presented in 3-D and a slew of campy horror favorites. And there's more to come, particularly now that more and more voices are suggesting 3-D just might be Blu-ray Disc's "killer ap." For now, you need those funky-looking glasses, but ultimately you'll start seeing TVs capable of that same 3-D effect. Sounds like a fantasy, but hey, it wasn't all that long ago that the biggest TV you could buy was 27 inches and movies came only on videocassette …


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