The Blob

(1958)

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

Viewer Mail: Episode #125

Transcript for Viewer Mail: Episode #125

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Now it’s time for viewer mail. Lets take a look at some of the questions that our viewers have submitted online about 3D. This first one is from Sarah Mostafa Dorra—“Have you watched any film in 3D and thought it wouldn’t have been that good in 2d?”

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Well, we talked about PIRAHNA 3D earlier and my deep love of that. Um, as far as animated films go DESPICABLE ME makes pretty good use of it, too. It’s very playful and a gimmicky in a fun way, too.

IGNATIY:
Well, for me TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON which as you know I am very fond of the 3D in that film. I think wouldn’t be quite as good in 2D. Um, and also CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS a film that both of us are very fond of.

CHRISTY:
Right, good question. Thank you. From Ian Trask—“Christy and Ignatiy, this is an obvious question: what were your experiences and reactions to your very first 3D film, especially if you saw them when you were younger? Memories? Fond memories?

IGNATIY:
You know I can’t remember the first feature film I saw in 3D. The first thing I saw in 3D would have been kind of an attraction. I remember, it was sort of like a space themed thing where you were inside a, like a flight simulator that moved back and forth, and you wore the red and blue glasses. I was underwhelmed. I was eight years old and very underwhelmed.

CHRISTY:
And yet, you enjoyed the new TRANSFORMERS movie. And you were whelmed by that.

IGNATIY:
Overwhelmed.

CHRISTY:
I have memories of Elvira hosting those Saturday or Sunday afternoon horror movies and you would get the little cardboard red and blue glasses in the mail. Like, HOUSE OF WAX or THE BLOB and it was gimmicky and silly and very self-aware, but uh, back then it seemed kind of cool.

IGNATIY:
Well, this last question is from Jasper Bosch

CHRISTY:
Sorry Jasper, we mean well.

IGNATIY:
Sorry Jasper, we mean, we do mean well. “Will 3D become the stand so much that films like DOUBT or THE KINGS SPEECH will be shot in 3D?”

CHRISTY:
Don’t you want to see Meryl Streep in her nun outfit?

IGNATIY:
Nunning it up in 3D.

CHRISTY:
In 3D.

IGNATIY:
So do you think 3D is going to be a standard?

CHRISTY:
No, no, a lot of it the technology is still really costly. Perhaps, it will get cheaper just the cameras alone are super expensive. And I just can’t imagine that every film needs to be in 3D.

IGNATIY:
I think it would take, take quite a few breakthroughs. I mean with a movie like AVATAR, you know, a lot people say that it changed cinema forever. A 250 million dollar movie cannot change cinema. It can only change the way people make 250 million dollar movies. When you can do that for 250 thousand dollars, then I think something is going to change.

CHRISTY:
Yeah, but I’m not sure we need little low-budget Indie Sundance comedies in 3D.

IGNATIY:
Oh, I would love that so much.

CHRISTY:
I don’t need the angst in my lap. Okay, thanks so much for those great questions. Please send us more, we love answering them. Go to ebertpresents.com or to our Facebook page and send them in, and we’ll get to as many as we can.