Can 3D Save the Porn Industry?

The Daily Beast seems to think so. What’s next… smell-o-vision?
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It was just a matter of time before the Avatar-technologies that set Hollywood all aflutter—and that are similarly exciting the makers of next-generation televisions—reached the adult-film world. (Think about it: What genre should benefit most from 3-D’s ability to bring the viewer closer to the action on the screen?) But it turns out Sridix’s film has been in the works for a year, and it could have been released long ago, but he delayed it for the release of James Cameron’s epic in December so that his innovative film could ride the wave. “We had to wait for Avatar to come out,” he says proudly, “and be huge.”

Thanks to the record-breaking box office of Avatar, the 90-minute Shortcuts 3-D—which promises to immerse viewers in an even more “intimate and sensual universe”—is set for a mid-April release on DVD as a result of a distribution deal inked with France’s most famous high-end porn company. Initial sales won’t be huge, given that the first-generation 3-D televisions are only now arriving in stores. But the filmmakers and distributors are gambling on consumers’ curiosity: Will the actress or actor on the screen really seem to be a naked nymphomaniac in your living room?

Amid the current surge to provide enough content to convince folks to fork over thousands of dollars for 3-D televisions, much of the talk has been about the dozens of 3-D feature films set for release and sports events like the 2010 World Cup, which will be broadcast in 3-D, but it is worth remembering that pornography has already proven itself as a driver of technological adaptation. A generation ago, the porn industry tipped the balance in favor of VHS video, undercutting Betamax tapes, and Hollywood soon followed suit.

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  • Hadrian999

    the porn industry is in no danger, certain segments of it are.
    those amateurs with web cams they look down on are the porn industry too,
    some of the big producers of the past are behind the tech curve and trying to play catch up
    with the little guys who capitalized on the ability of broadband to deliver their product cheaper to more people.
    3D won't save the old school modernizing their operation and getting with the new delivery model will.

    • ebwolf

      Agreed.
      As long as there are people on this planet, there will be voyeurism.
      As long as people live their fantasies vicariously through others, there will be those who profit by indulging those fantasies.
      The business models will evolve, the game will stay the same.

  • Lovefist

    I’m not too sure I would want to see hardcore porn in 3D. MONEYSHOT NOOOOO!!!

  • Lovefist

    I'm not too sure I would want to see hardcore porn in 3D. MONEYSHOT NOOOOO!!!