Touch the Carnage

I want one NOW!"Carousel," directed by Adam Berg, is a promo piece specifically created by Philips for their new Cinema 21:9 widescreen (2.35:1) TV set, and while it's mesmerizing eye candy, the video clearly opens the door to further explore 3-D environments of, well, anything. (Click HERE for the making-of version, and HERE for further info.)

The subject matter is grim - police being swarmed by clown-clad bank robbers - but there's something ghoulishly fascinating about walking through a moment in crime, and being able to stop, look, and gaze at the expressions, duck under the suspended glass from a shattered window, reach out at a fireball explosion without getting singed, peer into the lifeless eyes of a snarling clown mask, and look at the visage of a dead robber.

I don't know if I'd call it interactive, but you just know someone's going to create a true 3-D variation where you slap on LCD goggles, and through a HD interface, do the same in your living room. Or maybe when James Cameron is done with Avatar, he'll create an interactive experience where you can literally walk through the ruined or virgin-pure Titanic.

Even if he has to wait for the technology to catch up with his brain, Jimmy'll do it, because he needs to do it.



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