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Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :

I noticed the thread on the new release of "Piranha 3-D" and it reminded me of the all the 3-D movies from the 80's.

I've always been fascinated with 3-D movies. The 80's did their best to provide me with some incredible fun.. Friday The 13th 3-D, Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D, Parasite 3-D, and Tommy's Face in 3-D. That crossbow arrow to the eye in Friday the 13th 3-D was wicked!

But let's be real.. even though it was a step above the old "Creature from the Black Lagoon" from the 50's.. it was still just a less than stellar experience. It wasn't until a visit to Disney World in the 90's that I realized the possibilities of a 3-D world.


It was the "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" 3-D exhibit and in a word it was AMAZING! I ended up getting back in line three times because it was so awesome.

The advancement in technology has now made 3-D better than ever before and it is actually luring me back to the theaters for the first time in years. While you can debate the quality of movies like "Avatar" and "Coraline".. you still should be impressed by the IMAX 3-D experience for both. Now you know I love dance flicks.. so I might have to check out "Step Up 3-D" as well.

I'm even checking out the new 3-D LED tvs from Samsung because I'm so impressed. Not ready to make the plunge yet, but Samsung offers the ability to change a 2-D image to 3-D. So while it is not quite the 3-D experience.. how awesome would it be for some of us to actually see Tommy's face in virtual 3-D?

Did anyone actually see the 80's 3-D movies in the theaters?

[ 20. August 2010, 08:05: Message edited by: Valley ]
Posted by oneyedwilly (Member # 8730) on :
I saw plenty of 3d shows when i was a child and there i sat tryin to catch hold of fish, bubbles and dodge incoming missiles etc. I recently saw toy story 3 in 3d and had to hold my self against the wall afterwards trying to walk out all drunk like. It actually made me feel a little sick to be honest. Id love to watch a 3d version of fast times for the obvious reason. Somehow though i just cant help but see that this shift into watching 3d movies is just moving yet again further away from why 'I' watch films...the story, the characters, not the gimicks, effects, cgi, animated/but not really animated/but sort of real but not real looking characters cue Avatar!! Dont get me wrong, 3D is a fantastic experience and there are some movies id love to see in 3d but i just wonder why we will be wanting to watch movies in another 25 yrs time...for the effects, for the 3d experience?? Another example of the evolution of film i guess.
Posted by Secret Admirer (Member # 3574) on :
I have passed on the 3D craze. I've only seen one movie in 3D and that was Captain EO at Disneyland in 1988. As a kid, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I have no idea how I would rate it today. I'm not very interested in the current trend of 3D movies, and I don't think I'd bother watching my favorite 80s movies in 3D if the opportunity presented itself. However, I think I might be interested in watching the 80s movies that came out in 3D originally.
Posted by Veronica Sawyer (Member # 2221) on :
I don't think I saw any 3-D movies in the 80's, but I remember seeing Freddy's Dead at the movies and being too scared to put the glasses on! haha...I think 3-D is cool, but it tends to give me a headache after 20 mins or so.
Posted by pettyfan (Member # 2260) on :
I've never seen a 3-D movie in the theatres, but I have seen Honey, I Shrunk the Audience at Disney World. You're right, Valley---it's awesome!
Posted by Chris the CandyFanMan (Member # 3197) on :
And ironically, its predecessor Captain EO has now replaced it at Disney Parks, something I was certain could never possibly happen again once Michael's character first started to be called into question. It does still hold up fairly well today--nothing overly stunning, but it still accomplishes what it sets out to do (even if incorporating "whip wielders" doesn't exactly strike a perfectly kosher note these days).
Posted by Mike. (Member # 7179) on :
I always wanted to see Friday the 13th part 3 in 3d but have never managed it.I can't seem to find a copy of it with 3D glasses,and when it was on tv recently the places that were supplying the glasses free were all out of stock.

What interests me now about the 3D craze is although it has progressed a lot it still suffers from some of the problems it always had like making some people feel sea sick after a while.I can't see it being anymore than a craze and will eventually die out again as it will never be the replacement to how we watch tv or movies.I know for a fact that a few years ago a lot of the TV manufacturers were looking into 360 degree projection/holographic technology.Now that is something i would want to watch an image that you could walk round and even see the back of the characters if you wanted to.

But hey i am still waiting for a Hover board.
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
Everyone has brought up some excellent points that limit the acceptance of 3-D as a standard. It is currently the rage and some folks still have no interest in it during its current state.

However, Mike brought up an excellent reason as to way I want 3-D to continue to develop. In the future I believe that technology will progress as follows:

1. We will eventually be able to watch 3-D without wearing the glasses. Before you say its not possible.. checkout the new Nintendo handheld.. yes the viewing angle and screen are small.. but it is a glimpse into the future.

2. Instead of watching a tv.. we will be watching a 360 holographic display. It will be a three dimensional image that can be viewed from all angles.

3. Star Trek: the Next Generation fans already know my hope of what the world of movies evolves to in my lifetime. It is a movie experience where you are actually a partcipant in the movie.

Dream A Little Dream
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
I saw Starchaser in 3-D. It was so-so, but old 3-D always made my eyes / head ache.

Saw Avatar in 3-D recently, and that was much better than the old stuff, plus it didn't make my eyes or head ache.
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
I have mixed feelings about 3-D, even though I have a whole bunch of movies in 3-D on DVD in my ever-expanding collection, including stuff that only real 3-D geeks have ever seen, like "The Mask" (not the one with Jim Carey), "13 Ghosts," "The Bubble," "Comin' At Ya" and yes, I paid a carload of money for an early VHS copy of "Creature from the Black Lagoon" in a fairly terrible video mastering of the anaglyphic red-blue format. "Friday the 13th 3-D" was pretty good when I saw it in the theatre at the time, but most of the other 3-D'ers from the second 3-D wave in the 80's--"Metalstorm," "Treasure of the Four Crowns," and "The Man Who Wasn't There," though Canadian actress Lisa Langlois, sans clothes and in 3-D, was terrific--weren't great movies, and the 3-D was usually not-so-hot. "Avatar" set the bar high for 3-D blockbusters with excellent processing (producing less nausea and headaches), but I must say, the DVD of "My Bloody Valentine" remake is quite good as a movie, and the 3-D looks great for a low-budget film. I think 3-D is probably here to stay this time...
Posted by noikz (Member # 1000) on :
Gimmick now, gimmick then. [Wink]

Even the latest 3D movies are morelike 2.5D at best for about 5% of the movie.

Give me a decent story, a decent soundtrack and decent acting over a gimmick anyday. [Big Grin]
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
So I'm guessing that you like Smell-o-vision even less? [Wink]

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