It's really, really not a good enough film to justify all this tomfoolery.
Want to see Avatar in its full three-dimensional glory on that 3D TV you're planning to buy yourself for Christmas? Better make sure it's a Panasonic set, then - and that you're going to purchase a Panasonic 3D BD player. The consumer electronics giant has the exclusive on the 3D BD version of the hit movie of the year until …
"The discs don't come in the box - you have to fill in a form, send it off and they'll be posted back to you"
Nice to see the movie and electronics industries are right at the cutting edge of mid-Victorian content delivery mechanisms...
Can I have mine delivered by a UPS stagecoach, complete with a guard riding shotgun, please?
I was one of a bunch of bloggers invited to Panasonics Pinewood offices yesterday (Monday 1st) for the launch of this bundle & to see their new 3D HD TV's. Considering all their plasma 3D TV's have built in freeview HD and freesat HD, and come with a couple of pairs of active shutter specs, they're pretty reasonably priced (Amazon has the 42 incher for £1,109) and more importantly completely standards compliant. They'd have to be, at this moment in time, Panasonic are handling all the mastering of 3D blu rays since nobody else has the capability yet.
Particularly impressed with the fact they do the glasses in 3 different sizes. At the end of the day if you already have the kit, waiting til Feb for Avatar isn't going to kill you is it?
Did a write up here: http://bit.ly/bDj2Hj if you're interested & no I didn't walk away with tons of free stuff to buy my opinion ;)
Well, now, that's only three months away. Plus maybe a little longer for alternatives to hit the shops. But it still means that the only thing required is a modicum of patience, and then you'll get to see Pandora in all it's 3D glory on whatever brand of system you choose... ;)
Plus you should also be able to get the kit for a little bit less then, too, taking three months market maturity plus the January Sales into account.
Alien for obvious reasons - besides, even they wouldn't be tempted by such an obvious sucker play ;)
What's "entirely new" about it? Light goes in, gets recorded. Pretty much like all cameras since the invention of film photography, then. An innovation? Sure. An incremental improvement? Perhaps - though I fail to see how it actually makes movies any better; they already had more than enough spectacle. But by no means "entirely new".
As I understand it, the camera used for Avatar was just an update of Cameron's own Fusion tech, which he created for Ghosts of the Abyss. And that was just two cameras slapped together; he's hardly the first person to think of that. The Avatar update lets the camera know how it's positioned relative to the motion-capture stage, so it can show an integrated view to the director. That's swell, but hardly life-changing.
And in any event, a new technology for producing art says nothing about the quality of art produced with it. The first cans of spraypaint didn't usher in a glorious age of magnificent graffiti.
Anyone know the state of play on 3D Blu-Ray and any additional 'user attacking limitations' they might have tried to build in? If there's not anything too serious, it sounds like your best route to Avatar in 3D is likely to be a pirated version that ties in with something like the Nvidia 3D solution.
It will be funny if any the brand name shenanigans the big boys are playing to attempt to force you to buy their new TVs all backfire and make pirated as THE delivery mechanism for 3D to your existing equipment.
If this works, Panasonic will be able to say to investors, "See, we have a significant customer base of idiots with plenty of disposable income and nothing better to spend it on than incremental improvements to their sit-and-drool systems, and not enough patience to wait a couple of months". That's gold, that is.