New Yorkers not too thrilled about 4D movies
If 3D isn't real enough for you, a new movie experience could one day be headed to New York.
South Korea-based 4DX is in negiotiations with theater chains to bring 4D theaters to the Big Apple and other U.S. cities, according to Theodore Kim, the COO of the Los Angeles division of the company.
The specially constructed movie space includes a 3-D screen, chairs that synchronize with the action, wind machines and other interactive gadgets.
"We want to try and have all five senses experience the movie," said Kim, who hopes to have 4D theaters in the U.S. this year.
His company has already set up 29 such theaters in China, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil and have plans to open more spaces in Israel and Hungary. Several of this year's blockbusters have utilized the technology including "The Hunger Games" and "The Avengers."
Frequent moviegoers in the city were skeptical of the new format.
"I don't understand the concept of shaking while watching a movie," said Nell Benjamin, 40, of Greenwich Village, who prefers watching most movies in 2D.
Others said they could not cough up the cash to be totally immersed in their favorite movie.
Kim said pricing for the theaters is still being worked out but in Korea, it is $8 more than a 2-D ticket. Currently, a 3-D movie ticket in the city averages $17 and IMAX averages $20.
"Some people may want to have the experience but it;s just something to make more money," Annmarie Marte, 28 said.
A longtime New York filmmaker, however, said 4-D could open a new world of possibilities for the industry.
Lloyd Kaufman, the creator of the cult "Toxic Avenger" movies, said using the theater's special features could add new cinematic elements to many genres, especially horror movies.
"Who wouldn't want to experience someone ripping someone's arm off in 4-D?" he asked.
Here are some movies that would be cool in 4-D.
-- "Star Wars": Movable seats would make the Death Star run more fun if, or when, George Lucas releases his top movie.
-- "When Harry Met Sally": Moviegoers can really feel the theater shake when Meg Ryan gives her famous diner speech.
-- "Jaws 3-D" (in 4-D!): Just when you thought it was safe to get back in your seat.
-- "The Artist": Who needs dialogue when your seat can move along to the movie's dance numbers?