James Cameron says Rush to ‘Cash in the Boom at Theatres’ was the reason 3D TVs failed

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james cameron offers its two cents on the home 3D experience.

While promoting the reissue of Avatarthe filmmaker spoke about the failure of 3D televisions and the future of the experience for users, telling IGN“I think the jury is out on that.”

“I know why it all failed because there was – what they did was they got into 3D trying to take advantage of the cinema boom and treat it like a feature film “, he explained. “So they did 3D, but they did it with glasses that had to be recharged and all that. While on the horizon were big flat screen televisions without glasses that had the looks pretty good.”

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Cameron, 68, continued: “Not everyone is a movie geek like me where you sit down, put the glasses on by yourself and watch a whole movie, which is more what the theatrical experience. So it kind of became out of step.”

Responding to the question of whether the technology could return, he added: “I think it’s possible, but I can’t say because the home viewing experience is fundamentally different from the theater experience.”

“I’m perfectly happy if the only place you can really get it is in a movie theater, because it speaks to that particularity of the cinematic experience, which is obviously what the Avatar the reissue is in the first place,” he added.

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Cameron is known for his work as a director of Avatar which was filmed in 3D technology and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. He also helped create the Fusion 3D digital camera system which was developed as a means of filming stereoscopic 3D items.

The first of four sequels to the Avatar franchise is set to hit theaters on December 16 and will run for three hours. During an interview with Empire in July, Cameron raised concerns around the duration of the film.

“I don’t want anyone complaining about the length when they sit and stare excessively [television] for eight hours,” Cameron told the outlet.

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“It’s like, give me a fucking break. I watched my kids sit down and do five hour-long episodes straight,” he continued. “Here’s the big social paradigm shift that needs to happen: It’s okay to get up and go pee.”

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