3-D in Movie Theaters

This article reminded me that I wanted to write about 3-D movies.

Many people have written about how 3-D won't work due to physiological
issues with eye strain and wearing glasses for extended periods of
time. While these issues are real, I have faith that technology will
get to the point where these issues are mitigated if not eliminated.

Everyone knows that movies are entertainment, and as such, an
unnecessary good. The market has already priced out this good:
entertain me for about 2 hours and I will pay $10 for that
entertainment. Theaters have thus far priced 3-D movies as a marginal
good: 3-D is better and thus should be higher value. The only problem
is, it isn't (or at best, the margin is short lived).

I wonder if "talkies" demanded a higher ticket price when they were introduced?

Once 3-D movies cost the same as a regular projection, they will
simply become the norm at theaters because all the other reasons to go
to the theater (timed releases, big screen, popcorn?) will have
eroded. The theater is already becoming a throw-away entertainment
activity, and 3-D will be the only thing keeping them alive, until the
next technology comes along. Personal surround sound, anyone?


James Cameron champions faster film projection rates
They've smoked us," he said, referring to sports broadcasted in higher resolution at faster frame rates. "We're trying to say that going to the movies is a special experience and better than what you have in the home -- except the motion sucks.

Completely agree; motion does suck in movies. Perfectionists like myself spend huge amounts of time and money seeking to remove the vertical tearing that is so easy to see on 24fps film content when the camera pans horizontally. This is especially disappointing in otherwise epic scenes such as landscape pans in movies like Lord of the Rings or documentaries like Planet Earth.

I guess if there's anyone that can get the industry to change, it would be James Cameron.

MGM Files for Bankruptcy


Wow, I never expected MGM to be in such deep water.  Sony swooped in to purchase MGM a few years ago, thus amassing a huge catalog of titles from Hollywood.  After all of its acquisitions, Sony has acquired the deepest, broadest catalog of movie titles anywhere in Hollywood.  To see MGM in bankruptcy likely means that its assets may not make it out alive, or be placed in a fire sale to lower bidders.  Big companies in Hollywood tend to protect their franchises pretty well.  Sure, there are tons of Tom & Jerry lunchboxes and Transformers movie tie-ins (like crappy video games), but I somehow trust a company like MGM to protect it better than a party that acquires the franchises in a fire sale.