Blade Runner 2049 3D
Just viewed it in 3D. Movie itself was great, a bold successor to the original.
So the website listed it as RealD 3D which we've always had Dolby 3D before at least I thought it was Dolby 3D. When I arrived it was not RealD but the same glasses as before. I looked at the brand and they are XpanD. There is a battery compartment on one side so I guess these are actually active sync shutter glasses? I looked it up and it's different than both Dolby 3D and RealD. The glasses are bulky and heavy and I would say considerably more than my Estar dlp link glasses. I usually don't complain about the glasses but there were times they were sliding down my nose and they did feel like a burden on my face. My Estar glasses aren't like that, I can wear they for hours with no complaints.
I think this is the last 3D movie I will see in theater around here since there is no RealD theaters close by. I don't care for the XpanD glasses. It's no wonder people are turned off by 3D with the heavy glasses, smeared lenses that you can't get clean. I arrived early, I brought a lens cleaner with me as well as my own polarized glasses incase it was RealD but they handed me those XpanD glasses so mine stayed in my pocket. Already know they wouldn't work.
I spent 5 minutes trying to clean them but they just wouldn't get clean. Time to junk the XpanD glasses and get the real RealD system.
3D quality. There was some ghosting. Some early scenes, usually it was stuff off to the left as I was seated half-way to the right of center so likely off-axis a little too much for the XpanD system. The 3D effect seemed minimal most of the time, glasses off there was noticeable parallax between the views each checking. Some scenes really opened up the use of 3D and put you inside the movie. Rainfall, snowfall, seems to float out around you. When the 3D is used, it's used effectively. I was hoping for more 3D effect but the going trend for Hollywood 3D movies seems to be a minimalistic approach. James Cameron is going to use more 3D effect and I'm glad. It's time to push the limits of 3D.
So overall, I do think 3D is worth the extra ticket price for this one, but I really would like an actual RealD option, not the RealD brand slapped on the same setup they've had here all along. I think this is false advertising, if the theater isn't RealD they shouldn't have their logo up there. I can't wait to get the Blu ray 3D ordered and watch at home where I'm sure it will look and sound better. The soundtrack to this one is equally as impressive.
The lone 3D showing on this one is in the smallest theater room clear at the end of the theater but I did see they had 4 showings not 1, like I saw the other day. Theater was mostly empty after movie started and it started about 10 minutes late, think they forgot to start the movie.
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