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THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Disney's A Christmas Carol



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#1 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 22 2010 - 11:47 AM



 

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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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Disney's A Christmas Carol

  

 

Studio: Walt Disney

Product Release: November 16, 2010

Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French & Spanish Dolby 5.1

Running Time: 96 Minutes

Rating: PG

 

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ON A SCALE 0-5

Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

3D Separation: 5

3D In Yo' Face Factor: 3

 

EVEN SCROOGE WOULD BE PROUD OF THIS



The first thing I thought last year when Disney's A

Christmas Carol hit the screen was "Do we really need

yet another retelling of this story?"   


It's easy to give Robert Zemeckis a break on selecting

this material for his capture performance animation.  What

he has created a is a very faithful retelling of the story that

takes place in a very lifelike animated world that is greatly

enhanced by 3D technology.


I sit and wonder who Zemeckis was making this film for.

Under the Disney banner, you would think that this would

be a "family-friendly" film.  However, this retelling is very

dark with very disturbing imagery and dialogue that comes

directly out of the book.  For me this was the downfall of

the film.  I could sit here and appreciate the fact that the

director didn't pander to young audiences but at the same

time I found that the film comes off as being somewhat

dull with very little emotion.  It's a wonderfully animated

film but I get the feeling that I'll be sticking with the more

uplifting classic versions for years to come.


Disney has struck gold with their first 3D digital release.

When you combine such wonderfully detailed animation

with 3D technology that really conveys a sense of depth

you have the perfect disc to demo to your family and friends.


There are wonderful 3D moments to savor here such as

the falling snow that often comes within inches of your

face.  The most bizarre sequence in the film is when

Scrooge shrinks in size.  I really disliked the fact that

the filmmakers went in this direction but I can see why....

it provides some of the best 3D moments in the film due

to its varying height perspectives.


Alas, the transfer is not perfect.  There is ghosting here,

and I think I have figured it all out.  For me, I find ghosting

in any dark scene that is lit by ambient light.  Pretty much

every 3D transfer I have seen suffers from this problem.

Some worse than others.


In the first 10 minutes as various characters assemble

in Scrooge's darkened shop lit only by candlelight, you can

see varying amounts of ghosting.  Take a look at the dance

sequence of Christmas Past at the 41 minute mark where

the camera pulls into Scrooge and Belle.  Belle's facial

features are clearly doubled.  The home of Bob Cratchit,

also very dark, provides ghosting problems.  Look when

Tiny Tim raises his cup and exclaims, "God Bless us all!"

You can see that the cup looks doubled.   When the Ghost

of Christmas Future brings Scrooge back to the Cratchit

home and we watch a heartbroken Bob climbing the stairs

you can see ghosting.  Fortunately, these ghosting issues

are far more minimal than what I saw on The Polar Express.


I wouldn't say that there is much "In You' Face" moments

here, but the animation does make good use of having

objects protrude the screen without seeming like its going

for the gimmick.  Objects like snow, flame embers and

pointing fingers seemingly drift out of the display screen.


Presented in DTS-HD 5.1, I found the audio to be very

immersive featuring the score of Alan Silvestri combined

with a swirling amount of effect noises that cross every

channel such as the laughter of ghosts, the "whooshing"

of wind or the clapping of thunder.  There is an incredible

amount of bass to be heard here.  Turn the audio up as

Marley approaches from outside Scrooge's bed chamber.

I advise the same for when the Ghost of Christmas

Present opens the floor of Scrooge's living room and

begins shifting the house in different directions. You can

really feel the floors shake.


The film comes packaged in a wonderful lenticular slipcase.


 

CONCLUSION

 

You know, I should never have gone with a

number rating system.  There is already arguments as

to why I would give a top-rating of "5" to a 3D transfer

that has ghosting problems.


The reason is because this format is still in its infancy

and either the hardware or the studios can't get all the

kinks out that cause problems like ghosting.  So, sometimes

I have to put something that can't be easily be solved to

the side and look at the bigger picture.


I am ranking Disney's A Christmas Carol as one of the

best 3D transfers that is currently available despite its

minor flaws.  It may not be nearly the best telling of the

Dickens classic, but it certainly will be something that

you'll put in your Blu-ray player time and time again when

showing off your new system to family and friends.

 

 

Equipment

 

LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

LG BX580 3D Blu-ray Player

Denon 3808CI Receiver

Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

SV Sound Subwoofer


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Posted November 29 2010 - 11:27 AM

I watched this over the weekend and it was great. Some of the best 3D I've seen so far. I haven't been to this forum for a while, glad to see some 3D reviews!



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#3 of 7 Yumbo

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Posted December 05 2010 - 10:22 AM

I finally watched it, after convincing the wife to join me.


Q. Do we calibrate in 2D to watch in 3D - the brightness factor?



#4 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 05 2010 - 12:09 PM

Hank,


Interested to see if you found the same ghosting

issues in the specific scenes I mentioned above.


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Posted December 05 2010 - 12:34 PM



Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein 

Hank,


Interested to see if you found the same ghosting

issues in the specific scenes I mentioned above.


We have 3D Plasma, LED and DLP where I work. The best (least or no ghosting/crosstalk) 3D  I have seen is with DLP (no ghosting), Plasma (very little ghosting), LED (most ghosting).


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Posted December 07 2010 - 09:53 PM

Ron,


Yes. I did notice some ghosting early on, especially in the darker scenes. Overall, I was very pleased with the presentation. This is one of the best 3D presentations I have seen.



#7 of 7 John Maher_289910

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Posted November 10 2013 - 04:21 PM

I know this review is a few years old, but I just watched this on LG's AG6400 passive 3D TV, and there is zero ghosting during the entire film.  It looks fantastic.  In fact, other than a bit of haloing during DIAL M FOR MURDER, I have seen no ghosting in any of the 15 films I've watched, thus far.







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