Is something marring your 3D experience?

Is something marring your 3D experience?

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With Godzilla (2014) fever still high among movie buffs and X Men: Days of Future Past making news everywhere, one cannot deny the increase in number of Hollywood 3D movies that are raining in India.

To stay in the race, upcoming multiplexes in the Capital are constructing screens that are compatible with 3D technology, while the old cinema halls have upgraded themselves. At least, the latter boast of doing so, but one needs to beware before booking tickets for a 3D film at a particular hall lest it turns out to be a disappointing experience!

With the advent of Hollywood 3D movies that have high VFX (visual) effects, Delhiites are sure to throng cinema halls. But many in the city complain of a not-so-great experience “Even after paying Rs 350 to watch Godzilla!”

“I can only go to a cinema hall in Connaught Place after work and therefore headed to PVR Plaza last week. Though the film’s script and storyline were fantastic but after about 40 minutes the screen appeared quite hazy to me and my friends, which spoilt the movie-viewing experience,” rues Prerna Arora, a copywriter. Anupam Kishore, a marketing executive adds, “It is futile to spend two hours in any theatre that screens Hollywood 3D movies because all of them are not as good as PVR Directors Cut. In some theatres, the specs that are provided are of cheap quality and are much-bigger than the normal size of the human head.”

So it seems that the glasses are a major factor that “are capable of ruining a 3D experience. Available in two qualities – battery-operated and without battery – the glasses help in receiving different images for the right and left eye to be composed in the brain in the format that gives depth to the image and makes it appear three dimensional,” says Anubhav Pandey, who has worked on Life of Pi as technical director with Rhythm & Hues Studios.

But the quality of the screen is also important. “There are two types of technologies that modern multiplexes use – active and passive,” says RK Mehrotra, general manager of Delite Cinema.

“Since active technology is more expensive, majority of theatre halls in Delhi use passive technology. We have implemented active technology in our Delite Diamond screen that is equipped to screen 3D films, but the cost of a pair of glasses that we provide to our guests free of cost is Rs 3,000 whereas the cost of our ticket is either Rs 150 or Rs 175. It is difficult to explain to the guests to handle these glasses with care and return them after the movie is over,” he says. 

Is that the reason why many theatres, especially single-screens, in Delhi provide low quality glasses for 3D films?

“When I saw the film Transformer: Dark of the Moon almost a year back, at PVR Anupam in Saket, I wasn’t very happy with my experience,” says Siddharth Singh, a student in animation and an avid 3D movie-viewer. He, however, recently saw Godzilla and X-Men at the same theatre and agrees that “The quality seems to have improved over time. But to be honest, I have had better viewing experience at new theatres such as DT Gurgaon.”

In a City where one has access to even 5D and 7D films, is it worth spending huge bucks for a poor 3D projection of a brilliant Hollywood film?