Must-See 3DTV? Fields of Valor: The Civil War: Our Sneak Peek
By Chris Chiarella
3net, the nation's first and only fully-programmed 24/7 3D network, will be debuting their new four-part mini-series Fields of Valor: The Civil War on Saturday, December 3 at 9pm Eastern and Pacific time. A dramatization based on actual individuals and events, Fields of Valor was produced in full stereoscopic 3D.
3net was kind enough to send us a preview disc of the first episode, and if it does indeed represent the "99%" of what the final product will look like, then I can say that the production values are solid and viewers will be in for a treat.
The storyline follows the 20th Massachusetts and 1st Virginia Infantry Regiments who clashed during the Civil War. We learn a bit about the men and the politics before we find ourselves in the middle of a series of bloody battles.
The results are unlike any Civil War recreation we've ever seen. At times, Fields of Valor looks like it was directed by Zack Snyder, the image occasionally freeze-framing but for a slow-motion spray of simulated blood issuing from a wounded soldier. The musical score also comes curiously, dangerously close to heavy metal at times. Much of the historical facts that we gain along the way come from the mouths of a few men on each side of the conflict played by unknown but determined actors.