3D Blu-ray Review The Great Gatsby (2013): THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say? I love 3D! From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content. I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite. That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT. I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky. However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation. These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves. I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum. My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released. As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.


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    The Great Gatsby

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Product Release: August 27, 2013
    Ratio: 2.4:1
    Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital French & Spanish 5.1
    Running Time: 142 minutes
    Rating: PG-13

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    On A Scale 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 3
    3D Separation: 3
    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 0


    Not ever having read the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, nor having
    seen any of the previous film adaptations, I went into this viewing of The
    Great Gatsby with an open mind and somewhat high expectations knowing
    that it came from director Baz Luhrmann, the man responsible for one of
    my favorite films, Moulin Rouge.

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    Speaking of Moulin Rouge, if you loved that film, most likely you are going
    to adore The Great Gatsby, which has most all the same elements intact here
    outside of the musical numbers. It's a lavish production -- at times a theme park
    ride -- complete with exhausting quick edits, spinning camera motions and
    over-the-top party scenes populated by seemingly thousands of drunken guests.

    Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is an aspiring writer and Bonds salesman
    who lives out in the country near his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her
    rather volatile husband, Tom Buchanon (Joel Edgerton). An invitation to a
    party introduces Carraway to Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a millionaire who
    pulls him into a world of bountiful luxury in hopes of a return favor that will
    reunite the socialite with a lost love.

    With so much emphasis placed on the film's visuals it becomes apparent
    that if taken away, there isn't much of a story left to keep one engaged.
    Furthermore, the audience never really has the opportunity to bond with
    the characters to to really care what happens to them.

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    ...but who cares?! The film's exaggerated visuals depicting "The Roaring
    20s," amplified in glorious 3D, kept this viewer in a constant, hypnotic trance.
    There is so much appreciation to be had for the complex world that Visual Effects
    Supervisor Chris Godfrey has created for this film. There's a tantalizing
    sequence where Gatsby takes Carraway for a ride in a brilliant yellow 1929
    Duesenberg. The camera follows overhead as the car races through countryside
    roads into the Manhattan Skyline. The depth that 3D provides makes it look
    like something out of a pop-up book, so beautiful and tantalizing to watch that
    it nearly takes your breath away. Luhrmann prefers to keep all the cool 3D
    elements within the screen (rather than outside of it), with plenty of neat effect
    touches that include floating champagne bubbles and thrown confetti. One of
    the most interesting 3D effects was Gatsby shaking his cane. That was perhaps
    the one prop that came closest to protruding itself outward. The transfer is
    immaculate as expected, with popping, vibrant colors and nice inky black levels.
    None of the brilliant imagery was lost with active shutter eyewear. Crosstalk was
    slightly evident in some scenes near the beginning of the film, but it wasn't
    frequent enough for it to be an issue.

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    The film's DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack doesn't disappoint with its robust presentation
    and underlying LFE that emphasizes the beat of the film's various hip-hop tracks
    (yes you read that correctly) as well as selections from other popular contemporary
    artists. The rears give support for the jazzy film score as well as providing ambience
    for the party sequences and weather elements.

    The Great Gatsby arrives as a 3-Disc (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD/Ultraviolet)
    package with a lenticular sleeve. There are a wealth of extras that include
    deleted scenes, trailers, and features on the sounds and fashion of the 20s
    era.



    CONCLUSION

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    The first question you must ask yourself is if you need to see The Great
    Gatsby. For fans of Baz Luhrmann and his stylish Moulin Rouge, this becomes
    an easy film to admire. Anyone looking outside of the visuals for a entertaining
    story are going to somewhat disappointed.

    If one is considering a 2D or 3D purchase of the Blu-ray, it is definitely worth
    considering the latter. The layers of depth that the 3D process provides really
    augments the tantalizing visuals created for this film. I could not imagine enjoying
    The Great Gatsby as much without that added depth this presentation provides.


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  2. Tino

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    I just watched this and thought the 3D was good. Technically it's a terrific film. As for the film itself, I kinda liked it and thought the performances were great...except for Cary Mulligan as Daisy. And since the film relies so much on her character, her weak performance nearly sinks the film. Was Daisy this unlikeable in the book? A better actress would have elevated the film. And Ms Mulligan is usually excellent but here......not so much. I'd give the film ** 1/2 stars out of four*
     
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    Amazon has reduced the price of this 3D release to just under $20

    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.
     
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    Ron, your review would have me interested except for "complete with exhausting quick edits, spinning camera motions". This makes me think it's a lot like the first Bourne movie. I nearly need a barf bag because of the cuts and shaky cam.
     
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    This wouldn't be shaky cam, but like fast moves on a dolly or crane, much different.and the shaky stuff was bad on Bourne 2 and 3 with Greengrass in charge, the first Bourne was sedate in comparison
     
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    Let's put it this way....

    If you hated the camera work in Moulin Rouge, it's the same thing here.

    However, if you admire that kind of style (as I do) then you will thoroughly
    enjoy THE GREAT GATSBY.

    To sum it up, I wasn't interested in the story. I was drawn in by the 3D visuals.
     
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    I thought the camerawork was a bit more restrained than it was in Moulin Rouge ( which I loved).
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the Amazon price. Evidently I have an ad blocker, anyone know how to turn it off?
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    If you didn't add a piece of software to your PC, then it's a setting
    or plug-in on your browser. What browser are you using?

    It may also be blocked at the router.
     
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    Thanks I have someone coming to look at it. I know that I did not add any software. I try to always order trough the site and end up going back to home page and getting to Amazon that way.
     
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    Allen,

    What browser are you using? Perhaps I can help on this end.
     
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    As someone who read the book about 22(?) years ago, but still has a relatively clear memory of it, I thought Mulligan's portrayal of Daisy was spot-on, as was Joel Edgerton as Tom. Tobey Maguire made a more appealing cipher of a character than Kristen Stewart in the Twilight films (which isn't saying much), and apart from the ridiculous number of times he says "ol' sport", I bought DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. The 3D is definitely of the atmospheric depth variety.
     
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    Thanks Ron. My buddy got it straightened out. It was in the settings. Just finished ordering THE FLY through the link.Does not matter how many digital projectors and LMS systems I work with, there is always something on the home setup that bugs me.
     
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    Has anyone had issues playing the 2D version of this title? I have tried two copies from Amazon on my Panasonic BDT-210 player, and both discs just spin and never bring anything up on the screen. My firmware is up-to-date, and I have no issues playing any other BD disc.
     
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    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 0

    Maybe you need large image to see the "in Yo' Face" scenes coming out of the screen. From my Panasonic AE8000 projector with a 130 inch wide image, I saw a number of scenes where objects came out of the screen including some of the actors. HBO On Demand just added this title yesterday.
     
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