You’ll Be Able to Watch Them Right in Your Home

You’ll Be Able to Watch Them Right in Your Home

Back in the 1950′s 3-D movies were all the rage. Whenever a studio would release a new B-movie horror feature they were faced with the question of whether or not they would make the movie in 3-D or not. Showing a 3-D movie in the 1950′s was very hit or miss, as sometimes the technology would work and sometimes it would not. Patrons were asked to put plastic or paper special 3-D glasses over their eyes to get the full effect of the 3-D movie and when the movie started you could not move your head or you would lose the effect. Thousands of sore necks later the movie industry started to abandon the idea of the 3-D movie and soon the whole concept was lost and forgotten for a little while. That was until the idea of 3-D movies in your home was created.

The concept of the 3-D movie was revived in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s by television. Many television stations would make large events out of being able to show you 3-D movies in your home and you can feel like the action is coming right at you. This was short lived though as the television stations made one catastrophic error in their logistics. The television stations were using the 3-D movies from the 1950′s as their 3-D features and people soon started to realize that 3-D movies from the 1950′s looked just as bad on television as they did in the theaters. The 3-D movie started to make a small comeback in the mid-1980′s but, once again, without any major feature films using the format it just drifted away into obscurity.

The idea behind the 3-D movie was never really forgotten but the two major problems with creating mass popularity with the 3-D movie needed to be addressed before it would get any kind of real funding. The first problem is the idea behind not allowing viewers to move their heads to get the 3-D effect. If something was designed to fly past a person’s face then they should have the option of looking off to the side and still seeing that image. The other problem was getting major studios to buy into the format and start releasing major motion pictures in 3-D to get the public’s attention. All of that was solved in the early 2000′s with the IMAX.

The IMAX theater is the creation of a Canadian company called, simply enough, the IMAX Corporation. The idea is to present movies in a format that is higher resolution, and larger screen format, than any other theater. They also added to that the largest sound system ever put into a movie theater and suddenly you had the perfect venue for 3-D movies. Soon Hollywood studios started to experiment with creating movies in both a standard format and a 3-D format for IMAX. IMAX soon started to develop their own way of creating 3-D projections from standard movie prints and soon people were flocking to the IMAX to see the 3-D version of their favorite new release.

With the IMAX revolutionizing 3-D movies it is very possible that seeing a movie in 3-D could be as common in the next few years as putting in a DVD at home and watching your favorite movie in the comfort of your living room.

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