There are lots of reports of ghosting problems with this particular disc.
Another poster here who's got a ghosting problem with DIAL M:
"The only other disc I have had this issue with (on my Panny 55" plasma) is DIAL M FOR MURDER."
From an Amazon reviewer who had no such ghosting problems with other 3D Blu-ray discs:
""Dial M for Murder" is one of Hitchcock's best. It is by far, Ray Milland's best screen performance. An excellent film. So much for the movie review. The rest of this review is about the 3D blue-ray disc. I've viewed and/or purchased several 3D blue-ray discs since acquiring the needed equipment last spring. It seems that movies that are made specifically for 3D fare much better than movies that are 'converted' from 2D to 3D. "Clash of the Titans" and "John Carter" are not quite as good as "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Hugo". Even an older black & white film from 1954 that was originally released in 3D, "Creature from the Black Lagoon", looks great in the 3D blue-ray format. So my hopes were high for the 3D blue-ray release of 1955's "Dial M for Murder", which was originally filmed in 3D. Sad to say, I was disappointed. There was noticeable 'ghosting' double images throughout, as though the two lenses were not lined up exactly. I haven't noticed this on any other 3D blue ray discs. This became somewhat annoying after a while."
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Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2012 6:27:16 PM PDT
Max, thanks for getting back to me so soon(via Marty). Your review is right on the mark as are most of the other's I've read concerning this blu ray 3D release by Warners. Hopfully they'll read some of these reviews before they put out "House of Wax" next year in 3D. It puzzles me sometimes because they can do such an outstanding job with recent Blu ray's of "Ben-Hur" and "Singin in the Rain"(I read your review of that one too). Next year is their 90th Anniversary so they're planning a lot of first time blu-ray releases. If you like James Dean then then you'll be happy to know that Warner's is releasing blu-ray digbooks of "East of Eden", "Rebel Without a Cause", and "Giant" in the Q2(second quarter?) next year. I'm hoping they at least put the four Bogart-Bacall films on blu-ray too. I do know we're getting "Grand Hotel" and "Mrs. Miniver" in January on Blu-ray. Anyway, getting back to "Dial M for Murder", Hitchcock was ordered by Jack Warner to film it in 3D "after" he had signed his Warner Bros. contract. Hitchcock hated the format and lost interest in the film and devoted his energies to "Rear Window" which he was preparing and was released the same year. Putting the two films side by side, it's pretty easy to see which one is considered the classic. Anyway, thanks for the great review. I was going to order "Dial M for Murder" but after reading the negative reviews and now yours I'm glad I didn't. I ordered "Strangers on a Train" instead and should get it this week. It's one of Hitchcock's best films and Robert Walker is outstanding in his last performance. If I get anymore info on "House of Wax" I'll get it to you ASAP. Once again, thanks for all the great reviews. Take care. Mike.
Thank you Michael for your kind and encouraging words. It's nice to know my other reviews are read.
Posted on Oct 16, 2012 8:10:17 AM PDT
I worked camera on several 3D films in the 1980's, and my experience with the ghosting on Dial M For Murder seems to be the same as yours. I have 24 other 3D HD Blu-rays, and none of them have this issue (except for a shot or two here and there). What type of HDTV are you using, and have you watched this disc on any other 3D HDTV? I'm not yet a believer that the HDTV is the problem, as ghosting is not just a TV monitor thing, but it is a problem in original photography that the camera (as well as art & wardrobe department) have to work to overcome. But, I'm waiting to be proven wrong and I really want for someone who claims "no ghosting on my set" to let me see if that is true (as I don't believe them as yet). My only disagreement with your review is that I actually think the 3D version of Dial M looks slightly better than the 2D as the 3D seems to mask some of the imperfections of the awful Warnercolor process (as in the 2D, some people seem to have electrified blue halos around them, and I notice this much less in the 3D).
Phil, who is blaming the HDTV for the problem? The problem is with the "Dial M for Murder" 3D disc itself.
here is your answer. no ghosting on te disc i got. nor blue halos.
Good for you Roger, glad you don't have a problem with it. But several other comments show the ghosting is a common problem with this disc.
Posted on Oct 18, 2012 7:07:17 PM PDT
shock labrynth has much more ghosting. so do other titles.
I haven't seen all 3D blue-ray discs, and I don't know all the titles that are available in that format. But of the 10 or so titles that I've watched, "Dial M" is the only one that has noticeable ghosting.If other 3D discs have ghosting, then those discs are faulty also, it doesn't justify it or make it acceptable,
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on Oct 19, 2012 8:58:08 PM PDT
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Getting the ghosting too throughout the whole film.. Had some issues with some Disney discs...such as Nightmare Before Christmas.. My HDTV is a front projector .....Panasonic ptae7000....who ever is having this problem post the make and model of your monitors.
T., if the ghosting is only on one or two discs, and all the others play fine, then the monitor is not the issue, it's the manufactured disc. For the record, I have a Sharp Aquos 70" 3D.