Dark Doctrine: “Vomit in the Cinema”

Is 3D making you both poorer and sicker without providing any real benefit? Well, now there looks to be proof.

Early last week came report of a study undertaken by California State University which enlisted 400 students watch one of three movies in either 2D or 3D: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Clash of the Titans” or “How to Train Your Dragon” according to Fox News. After viewing the film, participants went home and completed an online survey, rating realism, emotional impact and sensations they experienced along with recall of the film’s contents and story.

The results showed that neither group remembered the movie better than the other, the 3D filmgoers did not experience a greater sense of immersion in the movie’s world and did not experience more emotion or pay more attention.

In fact the only real differences were of the negative variety – all other things being equal, the 3D movie-watchers were about three times more likely to have eyestrain, headache or trouble with vision. Analysis of the results is still ongoing and this work has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

This begs the question – has there been an experience for you where it was specifically a film’s 3D aspect which had a definitive impact on your enjoyment and recall of a film throughout? Or do you find it more often the case of it either being a distraction or it has lost any real impact after the first few minutes and you’ve adjusted to the effect? Do you agree with the study? Please leave your thoughts below.