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  1. SCOTT COX: 3-D cool at movies, but meh at home

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 05:04 PM

    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.

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    By Heather Ijames
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 04:05 PM
  3. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    By RICHARD BEENE, Californian president and CEO
    Tuesday, Jul 29 2014 06:51 PM
  4. LOIS HENRY: County planners not thrilled with groundwater bills

    By Lois Henry
    Tuesday, Jul 29 2014 06:11 PM
  5. OLIVIA GARCIA: Foundation salutes stand-up peace officers

    By Olivia Garcia
    Monday, Jul 28 2014 08:54 AM
  6. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    By Richard Beene
    Monday, Jul 28 2014 08:54 AM
  7. LOIS HENRY: Even upriver, water is as valuable as wet gold

    BY LOIS HENRY, Californian columnist
    Saturday, Jul 26 2014 07:49 PM
  8. SOUND OFF: Digital push doesn't mean we dismiss paper fans

    By Robert Price
    Friday, Jul 25 2014 04:46 PM
  9. SHERRY DAVIS: My new dog needed me to need her

    By Sherry Davis
    Friday, Jul 25 2014 01:00 PM
  10. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    By Richard Beene
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 06:10 PM
  11. ROBERT GAUTNEY: 'Wide open field' set for City Amateur

    BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Californian golf columnist
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 05:57 PM
  12. STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore

    By STEVE MERLO, Contributing columnist
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 03:46 PM
  13. VALERIE SCHULTZ: Don't tell God to 'hang on'

    By VALERIE SCHULTZ Contributing columnist
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