3D 3D Blu-ray titles on the way

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  1. Adam Gregorich

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    Yesterday Dreamworks announced that Monsters vs Aliens on 3D Blu-ray will be included and available exclusively with the purchase of a Samsung 3D capable blu-ray player and TV. They also announced that the Shrek films will be coming in the fourth quarter in 3D somehow exclusive to Samsung.

    Panasonic and Fox announced that Ice Age 3 on 3D Blu-ray will be made exclusively available to people purchasing a Panasonic 3D TV and Blu-ray player. No word if it will be included at the point of purchase or via mail. Other than Ice Age 3, Fox is holding their cards close to their chest, but we know that they are working on additional titles including Avatar.Caroline (from Universal) will be included in the same bundle as well.

    Disney is planning on releasing Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray, no word yet if they will be day and date with the 2D Blu-ray versions or released later.
     
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    These family 3-D films -- Monsters vs Aliens, the Shreks, Alice In Wonderland, Ice Age 3 -- are all impressive and I enjoyed them, but they don't motivate me to buy the technology. Their choice of titles only draws attention to a dearth of product. I would like to see more mature films. No, I'm not referring to porn; I definitely don't want to see porn derail the present 3-D wave the way it did the last wave. I refer to action, adventure, drama, espionage, noir, romance, westerns, social realism, docudrama, documentary, anything but kid's movies. A lot more product is needed to feed the home theater 3-D consumer.
     
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    Some of the 3-D movies from the 1950's might fit your request:

    Westerns - The Stranger Wore a Gun, The Nebraskan, Wings of the Hawk, Louisiana Territory, Hondo, Hannah Lee, Gun Fury, Fort Ti, etc.
    Drama - Dial M For Murder, The Diamond Wizard. Miss Sadie Thompson, etc.
    Documentary - Cease Fire
    Adventure - Jivaro, Bwana Devil
     
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    one step at a time gents. Blu-ray 3D is and will continue to amaze you. It takes all that Blu-ray has to offer and ups the ante with the technology that presents 3D the best way possible in the living room. And to answer your question, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on Blu-ray 3D will be given to those that purchase the Panasonic products - at first via mail and in the near future within the box.
     
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    The only thing that bothers me, is every one watching a 3D movie, wife, kids, friends, and so on, would need a pair of those $150 glasses!

    In time, i can see me getting a 3D TV, Blu-ray player, and maybe even a receiver that would be able to pass the 3D HDMI signal. But, how can you know how many pairs of 3D glasses you would need? From what i read, they ain't cheap! Someone could easily go without.

    It will be a few years before i jump on that bandwagon anyway. My Sony LCD TV is only 2 years old, and my Denon receiver is only a year old. Cant see me buying into this for at least 5 or 6 years.


    As far as software i could totally see me buying the movies, as long as it works in 2D players too! As i understand, 3D movies will also have a 2D version, for backward compatibility.

    Oh well, gotta give them time to get all the bugs out of the hardware anyway. Not to mention the price of the glasses will HAVE to come down.
     
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    I've also seen the glasses being reported as costing $150 - why?

    are we talking about complex glasses with flickering shutters controlled by electronics (like architects use for 3D "walk through" presentation software)

    or just the disposable polarising glasses given out and then binned, when you watch current 3D films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland in the cinema theatre?

    I understand how the current "3D" cinema systems work, how does the home television 3D work? (is it an alternating left / right image like the cinema?)
     
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    I don't know too much about it, but it must be shuttered. There was a display at Fry's, and some of the glasses just didn't work. I was thinking, "What's the big deal with this technology?" when I decided to try the pair chained up next to it. Those worked and it was pretty cool. They were running some medieval action game, one of the guitar games and Ice Age. It gave a range of different types of 3D--from making the set look like it had depth, to having things protrude from the screen.

    Anyway, they were heavy, quality glasses, and I would think they had to have some kind of technology, or there shouldn't have been a reason for the other pair not to work.
     
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    Thanks James. I had the opportunity to look at the first chapter of the this on a Panasonic 3D set at their launch event and it looked really good!
     
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    All I know is I better have the option of getting a 2-D version of films. I LOATHE the idea of having to put on special glasses to watch movies.
     
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    Any 3D version of a Blu-ray can be played back in 2D.
     
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    Yes, if the above films were available it would definitely be an incentive for me to buy the hardware. I've seen most of the classic state-of-the-art 3-D films from the golden age under optimal conditions, so my standards are high. It would be nice to see them on Blu-ray. But new films shot in 3-D that are not kiddie films or big special effects films would also be an incentive. The perception at the studios that all 3-D films must be either big special effects extravaganzas and / or family - kiddie movies reminds of the misconception that only hundreds of extras in period costume could fill CinemaScope's wide screen. Then John Sturges demonstrated how the wide screen could also be used to create dramatic tension through images of isolation in Bad Day At Black Rock. I'm not against special effects extravaganzas and animated kiddie films in 3-D; on the contrary, it's a good thing to get audiences acclimated when they're young, and generally these have been excellent films. I've just had my fill of them lately. Depth can be used to tell other kinds of stories.

    Every Blu-ray should have an option on the menu for a brief explanation of the 3-D technology.

    I find that most people forget they are wearing glasses as they become absorbed in the film.

    $150 for an additional pair of 3-D glasses is not reasonable. Not many consumers with families larger than two can afford to pay $150. The price will have to come down before manufacturers and distributors can expect 3-D to catch on in the home. Sure 3-D films are something special, but not that special if the glasses are priced out of reach.
     
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    Martin Scorsese said he would like to do a film in 3D.
     
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    the interview in the new Shortlist magazine here in the UK has those comments about his wish to explore 3D, as he had witnessed the "first wave" of 3D in the 1950s as a film consumer

    whatever he does, whether 2D or 3D, I hope its better than "Shutter Island" which I saw this afternoon, and was less than impressed with compared to his previous films
     

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