After grappling with the decision to see the standard or 3-D showing of a movie at the theater, I now find that discussion permeating my home entertainment choices as well.
We recently upgraded our TV to a 3-D model, and while I'll opt for that third dimension in action films at the cinema, I think it might be a short-lived phenomenon at home.
The theater 3-D experience is cool because it adds to the ambiance of the theater, but I've found that the magic doesn't translate to the living room. That's not to say that it's not impressive -- because it is. Sony's passive 3-D, employing inexpensive polarized glasses like you find at a movie theater (versus the battery-operated shutter glasses of active 3-D), is simply amazing. But once the 3-D at home novelty wears off, it really doesn't add much to the experience. We got two movies with the TV: "Avatar" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." We watched "Avatar" right away, and we were enthralled with the 3-D. But by the end of "Star Trek," we were mostly bored with it. I see now why all those 3-D TV channels went away so quickly -- as cool as it looks initially, it's just not a huge addition to the shows.