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View Poll Results: Which gives the best viewing experience?
Cinema/Movie Theatre 7 22.58%
Home Projector 12 38.71%
Home 3D TV 14 45.16%
Itís all the same to me 1 3.23%
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #101
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There are a bunch factors that come into play and isn't as simple as home vs theatre. There's:
Active vs Passive
Brightness
Equipment Used
Resolution
Viewing Distance
Viewing Angle



Actually I'm interested in knowing how much the viewing angle comes into play in terms of 3D. Cos the image in my H.T is slightly above eye level (especially for 2.39:1 movies).
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #102
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Is it just me or does 3D look much better on home systems...?

Just watched the Hobbit in 3D at the theater and I seem to get better depth on my home system....
Depth depends on parallax/image spearation. This varies from movie to movie. THe only way you can compare them is by watching The Hobbit at home.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:10 AM   #103
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Ur a dick!
Hey, I am new here as well and it's best just to ignore the comments that don't benefit you. This is what I do in other forums instead of reacting but I agree with you that 3D is a lot better at home. I have a lot of 3d movies myself and just can't get over how amazing the picture is with 3D technology.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:06 PM   #104
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Hey, I am new here as well and it's best just to ignore the comments that don't benefit you. This is what I do in other forums instead of reacting but I agree with you that 3D is a lot better at home. I have a lot of 3d movies myself and just can't get over how amazing the picture is with 3D technology.
Watched the BCS game in 3D last night and it was really amazing. The depth that 3D adds to sports in incredible. It's not so much for the shock effect that that stuff it Popping out at you but more for the depth between players, lines, crowd, and so on. It was really something to see.
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Watched the BCS game in 3D last night and it was really amazing. The depth that 3D adds to sports in incredible. It's not so much for the shock effect that that stuff it Popping out at you but more for the depth between players, lines, crowd, and so on. It was really something to see.
I am also on the same idea of 3D is great for the depth and really allows the viewer to be immersed into the movie more visually. I dont mind the popping out effects but is not a deal breaker for me. I am here in Canada and don't get much 3d content with Bell Satellite TV. Really hoping for more sports content in 3d here in Canada.

Although I watched a Toronto Maple Leafs game in 3d, it was not as immersive as a 3d movie.

IMO, watching 3d movies with HD sound is better than going to the movie theaters. I am addicted to the 3D picture and just amazed by the technology.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #106
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Actually I'm interested in knowing how much the viewing angle comes into play in terms of 3D. Cos the image in my H.T is slightly above eye level (especially for 2.39:1 movies).
Unless the screen is at an angle, sitting below the image flattens the depth a little and creates a downward stretch distortion. Ideally, you want your head in the middle of the frame. I'm sure you could test this effect on your own setup to see if there's a significant difference.
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I like theater 3D better so I can sit further away for stronger depth. I'll have to get a big projector setup sometime in the future.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:05 PM   #108
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I like theater 3D better so I can sit further away for stronger depth. I'll have to get a big projector setup sometime in the future.
When you get the projector, then I think your opinion will change.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:56 AM   #109
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Will admit, have never seen a 3D movie in the theater.

With all things being equal (good theater and good home theater system with proper calibrations) minus the IMAX experience, how does home theater quality stand up to that of the silver screen?

I realize size matters so there might be less of an emersive punch due to the big screen (or am I too presumptive?). But in general, is the depth faithfully reproduced at home too? Are there limitations in picture quality due to the inherent darkness factor in active sets which affects color saturation and true black of a good quality transfer? At the same time, does the system in the theater produce a more detailed picture than a passive set at home which is not full 1080p?

Of course, I'm not including viewing angles at home.

No need to get into anything deep. Just wondering if home theater is a different experience, nin terms of which is better
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I like 3D better on my 65" OLED than in the theater, and visitors to my house generally remark that it's better also.
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:38 PM   #111
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I was generally neutral about modern 3D films in the theater since their recent revival. As a rule I always opted for the cheaper 2D version, and when the only option was 3D, I enjoyed it okay but didn't really think it added that much.

I needed to upgrade my home video equipment this past summer, and when I was looking for a region-free bluray player, I saw that the 3D ones were not much more expensive. I didn't really need a new TV, but I started researching projectors, and saw that 3D ones were in my range, so I went with that setup. I really got 3D mainly to watch of few of the 3D classics that I already had on blu ray, like Dial M for Murder, Creature From Black Lagoon and It Came From Outer Space (I tend to prefer older movies in general, anyways.)

I LOVED seeing the Golden Age titles in 3D at home, and since I now had the setup I started picking up modern 3D releases, too.

While I still prefer the Golden Age ones, I find that I enjoy modern 3D movies at home quite a bit more than I did in the theater. Not quite sure why--maybe it's because I have a lot more control over adjusting the setup and getting everything as good as it can be.

I don't think I've seen a 3D movie in theaters since I got my home setup, so next time I'll pay more attention to the differences.
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I do prefer the look of the 3D films at home. I was a projectionist when the revival started but took a year or two before my theater joined the folds. If everything is setup right with good focus, newer bulb and no blown speakers. Then the theater outing can be amazing but the hotspots on the silver fleck screen can also be a distraction for my viewing. Still Madagascar 3 I remember looking amazing on the theater screen and at home, but the colour saturation and crispness is still slightly better from my Sony 40ES to my current JVC X950RB. I will still see the occasional film in theatres and in 3D but the standards I was taught as a projectionist has greatly gone downhill. No ones up there anymore to make the proper changes and bothers me as a former booth man.
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Glad to know that what we have at home doesn't take away but actually adds to the enjoyment we love.

And not only are many discs less than the cost of two tickets but for us older guys with enlarged bladders, the advantages are obvious.
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If you can catch a screening of a golden age film, you must do it!! I saw 'House of Wax 3D' in a theater in the 80s, and it is still the best 3D presentation I've seen. And I've seen a lot of 3D in the theater.
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If you can catch a screening of a golden age film, you must do it!! I saw 'House of Wax 3D' in a theater in the 80s, and it is still the best 3D presentation I've seen. And I've seen a lot of 3D in the theater.
Hi Smaugone,

Wish radio city music hall would hold an expo. Imagine the classics of the fifties on that gigantic screen!
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Question IMAX, RPX, or XD - which is best for theatrical 3D?

What are your preferences for seeing 3D in the theater? I'm trending more and more toward a home 3D experience, given some of the terrible 3D screenings I've seen in theaters, so I'm wondering which venue provides the best 3D experience.
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The best I've seen:

IMAX with Laser

https://www.imax.com/news/imax-laser-here


Dolby Vision 3D

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We don't have any options here, just Cinemark. Nice theater, 3D looks pretty good there, Real3D.
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Cinemark XD 3D is a first option, with a giant screen, great 3D projection/brightness/contrast but limited show times. More expensive.

Cinemark Real D 3D is my most common option, great 3D projection/brightness/contrast and good selection of showtimes. Fair price.

Regal Imax 3D great 3D projection/brightness/contrast, though a bit of a drive to reach. More expensive.

Home 3D on blu-ray 3D. While I always try to see a theatrical 3D movie in movie theaters for a giant screen experience unlike anything else and to see the movie on release week instead of having to wait months later for blu ray 3D, I still enjoy watching many 3D movies at home too, and will buy the ones I enjoyed for the film and the 3D. Cost of blu-ray 3D.

My Regal's regular 3D theaters, horrible 3D projection with plenty of ghosting no matter where you sit for every 3D movie, average brightness/contrast and tinny sound with too much treble. Excluding Imax 3D, this particular theater location is ruining the 3D experience for many 3D audiences.
I haven't been back yet to see if my suggestions to them made a difference.

Local 3D theaters (independent) 3D projectors not calibrated right, with ghosting no matter where you sit for every 3D movie, average brightness/contrast and low volume sound sometimes. Rarely go there.
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I have been very happy with every IMAX and XD showing I've seen. They've always have great calibration and larger screens with better audio. The large AMC and Cinemark chains also have good calibration for RealD 3D. One of the Cinemarks in a dead mall in a town nearby had dim 3D at a show I went to a few years ago. Galveston's smaller Premiere Cinema chain is completely inept, 2D or 3D, with awful light output and cropping scope movies. I can't go there. I think quality mainly depends on local management, but larger chain venues tend to have better quality, and often brands like IMAX and XD will receive more scrupulous and frequent calibration checks.
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