I went to Disneyland when I was a kid. Several times in fact. But, one year, a new attraction had opened up – Captain EO (no relation to Daily EO). It was a 3D movie featuring Michael Jackson, Anjelica Houston and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. At the time, only the 3D and Michael Jackson part mattered to me. It was – that I can recall – the first 3D movie I had ever seen. This one used all the tricks – the opening scene was of an asteroid floating towards you. We all were reaching out trying to touch everything while wearing special glasses.
Years later at UVic Student Union Movie Theatre, I saw “The Creature of the Black Lagoon“, but it wasn’t quite the same. First of all it, it was older, and the effects were much less impactful.
Avator came – made me nauseated – and I just recently saw The Hobbit in both 3D and regular at the theatre. And honestly, all this 3D stuff did little for me – nothing like the remembered Captain EO. Emile enjoyed it and joked about getting a 3D home television and I don’t get it.
I returned to the eye doctor today for a follow-up – me and my fascinating case and all – to see if the sample lenses worked for me and to have another doctor in the practice examine my eyes. To their amazement, my eyes did in fact drift in when left to their own devices. 2 lazy eyes! My goodness! Could this case get any more interesting?
They pulled out one last test for me to try. (it looked the page on the left hand side of the picture). It involved 3 rows of cartoons – one of which was supposed to appear closer when wearing 3D glasses. Easy. But the second part of the test. Each of the 9 diamonds had one circle that was supposed to appear closer. 1. – Okay, I can see that. 2. Hard – could barely make it out 3. ? Um, nothing at all.
Apparently normal people can see all the way to 9 without problem.
March 27th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: No wonder I don’t appreciate 3D movies – I can’t see anything but the most exaggerated of effects. Maybe with my recommended retraining of my eyes, I’ll be able to see Star Trek in 3D. (only 47 more days)