BY FRITZ “DOC” FREAKENSTEIN
I was chillin’ in the lab today, reading a national magazine (yes, I still get some of my genre news from old-skool paper pubs) and I read that 80% of Avatar’s $550 million domestic gross has come from 3-D ticket sales. Anyone who doesn’t know about James Cameron’s record-breaking science fiction film is not only living fifty feet under ground under a rock, but probably found this blog thinking it was dedicated to Gene Autry. Reading this made me recall a conversation that I had just last weekend with my fellow Genre Guardian, Professor Photon, about the recent glut of 3-D films being released. We had seen Avatar at the local cinema – in standard 2-D – partly because the theater didn’t show 3-D films, but also because I wouldn’t want to pay extra money for what I believe I referred to as “an optical gimmick that doesn’t work with my corrective-lens glasses on”. The Professor asked me what was the last 3-D film I had seen and I had to admit it had been a long time (they still used the paper glasses with the red and blue lenses). The Professor assured me that the new 3-D process was superior to the old one and that the newer plastic glasses fit just fine over his corrective lenses. The Professor also told me that I should support these technical advances in cinema projection, because in the future the virtual-reality-vision films were going to be even better! I told the Professor that as a time traveler I’d have to take his word for that, but in future I would attempt to seek out a screening of a 3-D movie: As long as it wasn’t a sequel to Friday the 13th or Saw.