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article image3D version of latest Bourne movie gives Chinese a headache

By Tim Sandle     Aug 29, 2016 in Entertainment
Matt Damon's latest version of Jason Bourne is giving people in China a headache, or at least the 3D rendering of the movie is.
While 3D movies are as popular in China as they are in many other parts of the world something appears to have gone a little awry with the 3D rendering of the new Jason Bourne movie (the fifth in the movie series). The 3D version has been made exclusively for Chinese cinemas. The movie was not shot using 3D cameras and has undergone post-production rendering. The effect has led many Chinese cinema goers, Engadget reports, to complain about headaches and nausea.
One Chinese viewer, quoted by The Independent: "I really felt sick during the fight scenes when I watched it in 3D. It was like a low-budget movie. I need to watch again in 2D."
When it comes to 3D movies, there are two kinds. The first are so-called 'real' 3D films, which are shot especially to become 3D movies using dual-lens cameras. These cameras capture two versions of every shot. By wearing special glasses, cinema patrons can see a different one with each eye. Generally this delivers the best illusion of depth.
The second process is to film in 2D and then simulate the effect in post production by using computers. Many complain this creates a slightly distorted view and it also generally saps some of the color from the movie.
With the case of the Chinese version, the second process has been undertaken. This hasn't worked so well, according to Gizmodo. One reason is that director Paul Greengrass shot several sequences using a handheld camera and these, in particular, come across as 'jerky' in the 3D version.
The other thing upsetting Chinese cinema audiences is that, in most places in China, only the 3D version is being shown (whereas in most countries, where a movie is distributed in 3D a 2D version is also on show).
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