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3D and the fall of stories

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Gravity, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and winner of the Academy Award in the following categories: Best Achievement in Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Score, was seen by everyone who voted in the Academy Awards in 3D or at an IMAX theater and, like most of America, clearly fell in love. When inside the dimly lit and cavernous, watching these colossal astronauts do something only just over 500 people in the history of the world have done (be in space) and with the team of about the same number of people working on each frame of the movie, you're helpless to the sensory circus going on in front of you.

However, given simply the same digital image (although the dimensions may change), would you be as captivated by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock if they were floating in the abyss on TV at home? How about your computer screen? What does that mean about the quality of the movie?

It's slowly becoming apparent that more people, especially young people, are using the Internet to watch more and more content every year. The success of business like Netflix, Hulu, and Xfinity OnDemand is allowing people to not have to rely on going to a theater or even watching all their movies and shows on the TV in their living room. This past April, Hulu made an extension deal with Criterion Collection, continuing to allow access to their library for members. A sign of the times, indeed.

Steven M. Petty, a fellow movie buff currently living in West Hollywood, was disappointed about Gravity's transition between the screens. "When I saw it in the theaters (3D), it was mind-blowing. But when I got the DVD and watched it at home, it just blew."

Movies are meant to be more than just what lots of people can render on a lot of computers for one frame. What does it mean when a movie attracts masses, praise, and awards because of how it looks and sounds in an IMAX theater, but no one watches it again, especially on a TV or computer? Let's just say, the Criterion Collection probably won't be knocking down Cuarón's door just yet.

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