I know there’s been a bit of an 80′s revival going on in pretty much every part of daily life this past year or so. The latest music, movies and fashion all seem to take at least some cues from the neon decade.
But for me, perhaps the most surprising, and welcome revival is the resurgence of the 3D experience. Before the pedants attack I am aware that 3D was around many years before 80′s, but I think it’s fair to say that the technology hit its peak in the early 80′s with the 3D-IMAX presentations of Jaws.
Then it all went quiet. Perhaps because as awe-inspiring as the film was to a kid like me, it was clearly a gimmicky attempt to make people go and watch what were quite frankly, terrible movies so it was never going to last.
Recently though, seemingly out of nowhere there’s been a spate of 3D releases in movies and TV. Pixar are making all future releases in 3D after helping Disney release Bolt earlier this year, George Lucas is rumoured to be working on a 3D redux of the Star Wars movies and there are a whole host of other 3D blockbusters planned for the next 18 months.
It doesn’t stop with the big screen either. Over in the US, NBC recently aired the season premier of the geeky spy-fest “Chuck” in 3D and some Superbowl 2009 ads also made use of 3D. Over here in the UK Sky TV are promising current HD subscribers 3D content by the end of the year. The guys at Stuff Magazine were invited to try it out and they seemed to like it, although it does sound like it needs a bit of work still.
We’ll even be treated to a 3D gaming experience if Namco get their way. They have been demoing their new 3D gaming engines for the Xbox and PS3 at the Games Developers’ Conference in San Francisco this month to very warm applause.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier that 3d is making a comeback, I love the giddiness of childhood that I feel whenever I slip on a pair of those red and blue glasses. I think I might pop a pair on now actually and look at the real world in 3D for the rest of the day.