With all the "Top 10" and "Best of…" end of the year lists floating I thought I'd look ahead and consider what we might see on our 3D Home Theaters in the year to come.
Actually acquire a 3D TV (and a pair of those really cool active shutterglasses)
It’s one thing to dream, and quite another to experience. My ABT Electronics Sony Store sales staff are getting tired of my gawking (and sharing their 3D glasses with me)!
Bowling in 3D
Call me crazy (or extremely lazy), but I’d really like to try a bowling game in 3D on a huge 3D TV screen. I’d see the lane looming before me and (whether with a game controller or wired up virtual bowling ball) let loose—pins fall where they may. I’ve seen high definition games that simulate the 3D experience, but I can’t help but think actual 3D would be so much more realistic.
I’ve already written about two movies I’d like to see in 3D for home theater: Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. I've also talked a bit in an earlier article about how much I'd like to see Fantasia released for the 3D home market. How wonderful it would be to see a specially rendered edition—interactive, hypnotic and gloriously vivid. I would imagine that Disney’s animation and technology wizards may embrace this newest home-theatre technology and find lots of “limited release” ways to exploit it.
The Wizard of Oz has been re-rendered for Blu-ray, so why not 3D? And I do not mean the controversial remake of the 1939 classic rumored to be in the works. That would be filmic sacrilege! My dream 3D Wizard of Oz would place us right into Dorothy’s dream: from the yellow brick road to the nightmare of the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys! Like many people, I was introduced to the surreal sci-fi that is Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was in college. It’s hard to believe (or maybe it’s hard to actually admit) that it was really 35 years ago. Recently, Fox released the 35th anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show edition—on Blu-ray. The high definition transfer upped the ante exponentially. The entire Rocky Horror experience was better than I’d ever remembered it (well, except at a midnight movie theater showing, but the Blu-ray has that covered more or less as well). So, I can completely imagine a 3D Rocky Horror experience that would literally thrust us into the Time Warp (again) and completely immerse us into the world of our hapless heroes and the diabolical Frank-N-Furter.