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Old July 18 2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

At first I thought this was a joke, but it appears to be legit, and I might invest in a pair myself, seeing as Hollywood seems hell-bent on force-feeding 3-D upon us.

A company has come up with 2-D glasses. It sounds like a simple concept - the lenses filter out one of the two images projected to create 3-D, leaving a standard 2-D image. Don't know if anything happens with the color (just as 3-D makes colors dull, would eliminating one of the image streams cause, say, red or green to flood the image?), or if it works with all forms of 3-D projection (including 3-D TVs) - I haven't read the website in detail so maybe they cover this - but for those of us who can't comfortably enjoy 3-D or simply don't like it, but who can't just "turn off the color"* (like those who oppose colorization of black and white films for TV and DVD are encouraged to do), it's an option.

Mind you, it's STILL a pair of glasses that have to be worn over your own glasses if you're four-eyed like me. But it's a start...and according to the website they've got a growing list of endorsers, including Time Magazine.

http://www.2d-glasses.com/

Score one for the Luddites.

Alex

* I've gotten mixed messages as to whether one can actually turn off the 3-D on a 3-D set and watch a film in regular 2-D if it's been mastered as 3-D, so I'm keeping 3DTV in this generalization too.
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Old July 18 2011, 09:08 PM   #2
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

Or I could just go to a 2-D showing of the movie and save quite a bit of money.
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Old July 18 2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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Or I could just go to a 2-D showing of the movie and save quite a bit of money.
Which is the way to go, except that option won't exist before long if Hollywood studios have their way. (At least in terms of the types of movies covered in this SF/F forum, anyway. And even then - Great Gatsby 3D anyone?)

Here's an example of a reviewer being unable to review the latest Harry Potter film in a timely manner because only the 3-D version was being shown in her town. (Not everyone lives in cities with hundreds of thousands of people and dozens of screens.)

http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/07/14/...-none-for-you/

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Old July 18 2011, 09:23 PM   #4
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

Wait until 4D starts to come in.
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Old July 18 2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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(Not everyone lives in cities with hundreds of thousands of people and dozens of screens.)
I never intend to live in such a place.
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Old July 18 2011, 10:35 PM   #6
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

I have never seen a film in 3-D. They don't seem hard to avoid. And I have only two movie theatres to pick from.
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Old July 18 2011, 10:47 PM   #7
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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I have never seen a film in 3-D. They don't seem hard to avoid. And I have only two movie theatres to pick from.
Is it because none of the 3D movies that have come out interest you, or is it because there has always been a 2D option available to you at the same time?
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Old July 18 2011, 10:50 PM   #8
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

What I'm waiting for is 3D glasses that wrap around one's prescription glasses. I have a pair of sunglasses that do this and they're great.
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Old July 18 2011, 10:56 PM   #9
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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I have never seen a film in 3-D. They don't seem hard to avoid. And I have only two movie theatres to pick from.
Is it because none of the 3D movies that have come out interest you, or is it because there has always been a 2D option available to you at the same time?
Um, both I think? The last couple films I saw were HP7.2 and Thor and X-Men: First Class, and I think the first two were both available in 3-D, right?
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Old July 18 2011, 11:08 PM   #10
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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What I'm waiting for is 3D glasses that wrap around one's prescription glasses. I have a pair of sunglasses that do this and they're great.
Best thing I've ever bought were swimming googles with my prescription in. Never wore contacts so always swam blind until I got them. Complete revelation being able see where I am swimming!

Surprisingly considering my eyesight is shot to peices - I see double a fair bit of the time - 3D works remarkably well for me.

There's very few films I'd see at the cinema that aren't 3D or IMAX now.
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Old July 19 2011, 12:48 AM   #11
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

I have two theaters near me and have never had a problem finding a 2D version of any movies I've wanted to see. Even Avatar had lots of 2D shows available.
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Old July 19 2011, 01:36 AM   #12
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Never had a problem finding 2D... but, then, I live in LA.
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Old July 19 2011, 02:16 PM   #13
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

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I have never seen a film in 3-D. They don't seem hard to avoid. And I have only two movie theatres to pick from.
Is it because none of the 3D movies that have come out interest you, or is it because there has always been a 2D option available to you at the same time?
Um, both I think? The last couple films I saw were HP7.2 and Thor and X-Men: First Class, and I think the first two were both available in 3-D, right?
Where I live (in a city of 125,000 with 16 movie screens in 2 theatres) Thor was not available in 2D. Potter certainly is, but they're showing that on four screens twelve times a day this week. I'm just saying, sometimes you don't have the choice to watch it in 2D, not unless you want to wait for the DVD/BR.
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Old July 19 2011, 02:23 PM   #14
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Re: 2-D glasses for people who hate 3-D

Rarewolf wrote: View Post
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What I'm waiting for is 3D glasses that wrap around one's prescription glasses. I have a pair of sunglasses that do this and they're great.
Best thing I've ever bought were swimming googles with my prescription in. Never wore contacts so always swam blind until I got them. Complete revelation being able see where I am swimming!

Surprisingly considering my eyesight is shot to peices - I see double a fair bit of the time - 3D works remarkably well for me.

There's very few films I'd see at the cinema that aren't 3D or IMAX now.
You are lucky! I wear powerful prescription glasses, and when I've watched 3-D movies, I've always gotten violently ill. The vertigo is awful!
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Old July 19 2011, 04:35 PM   #15
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Wait until 4D starts to come in.
What's that? Is it where the 3D images change over time?
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