With all the debate over the validity of 3-D in film and whether or not it’s worth the extra money to see movies on a giant IMAX screen, I’m surprised we haven’t heard more discussion about another immersive movie theatre gimmick: the D-Box Motion System. If you’re like me, you may have heard of it and seen it listed as an option on some DVD and Blu-rays, but never really knew what it was. D-Box is a technology that allows movies and video games to to interact with special seating devices that move and shake to make you feel like you’re a part of the action. You’ve probably seen similar things used in amusement parks before, but this technology is apparently much more precise — and it’s coming to your home or local movie theatre!
The first movie to support D-Box on the big screen was Fast & Furious, followed by Terminator Salvation, and now Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will follow suit. Clearly you’ll never look at a Quidditch match the same way again. Currently, there are only a couple of theatres in North America outfitted with the technology for it including Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, but now Canada has its first installation at the Cineplex Odeon Queensway in Etobicoke. It costs about $7 extra for the D-Box experience, but what I want to know is, has anyone actually tried this either at home or in a theatre? Does it seem worthwhile and can you see it catching on? I can’t help but roll my eyes at the thought of another gimmick like this, but on the other hand, I guess if a select group of people want to pay for the extra thrill, more power to ‘em. Thoughts?