Friday, May 14, 2010
Through Glasses Darkly
We live in iconic times. I have to say, this had been in the back of my mind ever since I saw "A Christmas Carol" in 3D, clapping, childlike with amusement, much as the first cinemagoers must have done when the characters' words were heard, tinnily synchronised, adding new reality to the visual experience. Really, it was only a matter of time. With over fifty releases planned for movies in 3D, for the cinema and DVD/BluRay, the glasses makers have been a bit slow on the uptake. Especially here, where it's not at all uncommon to drop 150KD or more on designer sunglasses. Wearing geeky cardboard frames that other people have worn, possibly many times, is mercifully to become a thing of the past, as frame makers have finally picked up on the notion that there's a buck or two to be made here. These I thought particularly tasteful, if 70's retro is your thing. The only problem to be overcome is when people forget that they are for 3D viewing and attempt to drive their cars wearing them. Given the quality of driving here, on the other hand, I doubt it'll make much difference.