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#1 of 15 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 01 2010 - 10:57 AM


 

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THE BILLION DOLLAR-PLUS GLOBAL THEATRICAL SMASH  

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MAKES ITS FIRST BLU-RAY 3D™ DEBUT FOR THE HOME 


 

Disney’s All-New 4-Disc Combo Pack With 3D Hits Retail December 7, 2010 


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DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND 4-DISC COMBO PACK  WITH BLU-RAY 3D - This coming holiday season, the sixth highest-grossing worldwide film of all time, Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, will be the biggest film to ever release on the all-new Blu-ray 3D™ platform for the home in a new 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy) by The Walt Disney Studios on December 7, 2010.

3-D 'Alice in Wonderland' sparkles with magic, splendor - USA TODAY

Specially packaged with family and fans in mind, Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND 4-Disc Combo Pack not only continues to provide viewers with the highest quality of home entertainment technology (pristine 1080p picture, superior Dolby Digital 5.1 HD surround sound), hours of extra cool bonus features, and the ability to enjoy their movie on multiple platforms of choice, but it also offers viewers the opportunity to enjoy a more immersive and lifelike 3D experience - to the same magical and imaginative story - from the comfort of their own living room couch.

The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful. – TIME


Additionally, the hours of extra cool bonus features, packaged within the DVD and standard Blu-ray Disc, will take viewers deeper into the famous “Rabbit Hole” - exploring more of the world of Wonderland, its iconic characters and the making of the film. Features include the making of the Futterwacken Dance, a look inside the world of the Mad Hatter and Johnny Depp’s transformation, Tim Burton’s vision for the movie and its characters, the visual effects of growing and shrinking of Alice, costume designs, music, stunts and more.

The suggested retail price for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) is $49.99 (US)/$56.99 (Canada).

Film Synopsis: Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical,ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an imaginative new twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

Film Accolades: 
The film’s opening weekend was record-breaking as ALICE IN WONDERLAND achieved the highest-grossing non-sequel opening weekend in history, the biggest March opening of all time, the biggest 3D opening of all time and the biggest IMAX opening of all time. To date, ALICE IN WONDERLAND is the 6th highest-grossing worldwide film of all time and the #3 highest film release for The Walt Disney Studios.

Bonus Features: DVD: • Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland. • The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes. • Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen

BLU-RAY: Everything on the DVD plus: • The Futterwacken Dance – Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken. • The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects. • Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes. • The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film. • Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for the movie. • Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film. • Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline. • Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale. • Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually.

*** The Blu-ray 3D Disc does not include bonus materials

 




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#2 of 15 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 01 2010 - 10:59 AM

A very sudden and welcomed announcement!


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Posted December 05 2010 - 05:41 AM

I liked this enough to where I preordered the 3D version.


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Posted December 05 2010 - 12:37 PM

I thought the 3D was done well for a movie not filmed in 3D.


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#5 of 15 Jon Lidolt

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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:08 AM

When I saw Alice in fake 3-D it made me think of colorized B&W movies... why bother. Neither conversion is worth the time and effort involved.


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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Jon Lidolt 

When I saw Alice in fake 3-D it made me think of colorized B&W movies... why bother. Neither conversion is worth the time and effort involved.


Unlike many 3-D conversions, Alice In Wonderland was shot with the intention of converting it to 3-D.



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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:47 AM

I realize that they made the decision to shoot it flat and to convert to 3-D in post production. But again, why bother? Shoot the live action in 3-D to begin with - you have much more control over the final result that way. I saw Alice with a friend who'd never seen a 3-D film before and instead of being excited about the added dimension he was merely ho-hum about it. And I can certainly see why.  


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Posted December 06 2010 - 06:47 AM

I realize that they made the decision to shoot it flat and to convert to 3-D in post production. But again, why bother? Shoot the live action in 3-D to begin with - you have much more control over the final result that way. I saw Alice with a friend who'd never seen a 3-D film before and instead of being excited about the added dimension he was merely ho-hum about it. And I can certainly see why.  


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Posted December 06 2010 - 07:00 AM

Alice Producer Richard Zanuck doesn't feel that way, or at least he didn't when he and director Tim Burton originally made the decision to film in 2D and convert to 3D later: "3D cameras are very clumsy and it would have cost a lot more and would have had more crew involved. We were convinced after seeing test after test of pictures that have been released in 3D and shot in 2D. You can’t tell the difference" (http://www.webcitation.org/5uGTknCvx).


 

 


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Posted December 07 2010 - 03:46 AM

I respectfully disagree.


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Posted December 07 2010 - 05:53 PM




Originally Posted by cafink 

Alice Producer Richard Zanuck doesn't feel that way, or at least he didn't when he and director Tim Burton originally made the decision to film in 2D and convert to 3D later: "3D cameras are very clumsy and it would have cost a lot more and would have had more crew involved. We were convinced after seeing test after test of pictures that have been released in 3D and shot in 2D. You can’t tell the difference" (http://www.webcitation.org/5uGTknCvx).


Originally Posted by Jon Lidolt 

I respectfully disagree.


Disclaimer: I haven't seen Alice in 3D yet (3D BD is on order).  Zanuck has a lot of experience and I bet on his tests he either didn't see a difference or at least enough of one to justify filming it that way.  Keep in mind this was before the Clash of the Titans last minute conversion project/fiasco, and at the time you didn't have the 3D camera availability you have now.  I look forward to watching this later this week.



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Posted December 08 2010 - 03:14 AM

Working on a review as I type this.


The 3D on ALICE IN WONDERLAND is decent.


Certainly nowhere near as bad as the Clash of
the Titans conversion.


Will have the review up tonight.


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Posted December 08 2010 - 09:44 AM

I saw this in theatres and my only complaint was that it was dim. I blame that mostly on multiplexes trying to conserve bulb life by underillumination and think this would look stunning on a properly calibrated 3D set, especially that new $50K Runco projector.


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Posted December 08 2010 - 09:58 AM

The problem is not only not enough illumination from the projector, but what light there is passes though polaroid filters on the way to the screen. And then the polaroid viewers we wear cut down the light even more. And wait, it gets worse: the Real-D 3-D system requires the use a silver screen. These screens reflect most of the light straight ahead and if you should happen to sit to the side of the auditorium the image gets really dark. The Dolby 3-D technology will work on any standard white projection screen and consequently produces a brighter picture no matter where you end up sitting in the movie theatre.


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Posted December 08 2010 - 10:15 AM

Fair enough, but I used to work projection for Cineplex when I was in law school. We always underran the bulbs in terms of illumination and I have serious doubts that the practice has changed due to 3D. The reason I mention the Runco is that it has dual projection lenses and lamps, unlike Real D or even Dolby 3D, which both use rapidly changing filters in front of a single lens and light source. Double your light getting to the screen and it should overcome any reduction caused by polarisation.


I have no personal experience with the Dolby 3D system (all screens near me are Real D), but I've heard that, white screen notwithstanding, it's still pretty dim regardless of where you sit in the auditorium. I guess underrunning of bulbs rears its ugly head yet again. I always arrive early for 3D screenings in order to get optimum seating (dead centre horizontally and vertically, or as close thereto as the theatre will allow).


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