Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is obviously set up to be among the biggest movie events we've seen in a while, so big in fact that Jackson decided two films just aren't enough. Adding to the bigness of this movie event is a 3D release complete with special souvenir glasses that are ... well, kind of hideous.
We've seen limited-edition 3D glasses at the movies before. If you were at a 3D screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 you might have been lucky enough to get your hands on some Harry-style 3D shades to take home. It's no surprise that Warner Bros. wanted to revisit that territory for their next major fantasy series, so they teamed with glasses manufacturer Look3D and 3D company RealD to create these "Middle-earth-inspired" shades.
Take a look.
Yeah ... we're guessing the idea here was to drum up a design somehow inspired by dwarvish architecture, all geometric and stony and stuff. But even if you like the shape, these look just plain uncomfortable to wear. Look at the nosepiece. How many times have you worn regular 3D glasses that fit right, let alone ones that look ready to carve cartilage off your face? And look at those big diamonds where the ears go. Ouch.
Big fans of Jackson's Middle-earth filmmaking will probably still want to get their hands on these, but if you're among them you might want to consider asking for another pair of regular 3D glasses so you can keep your face.