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3D Blu-Rays (2.35x1) That Have Black Border Effects


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Reed Grele

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Posted November 16 2013 - 10:14 AM

Does anyone have a list of titles that do this? I know that in my 100+ collection that there are at least 2 or 3 that have this really cool feature, but short of going through each one, I can't recall which ones have it.

 

You won't see this in CIH projection setups, but if played on a 16x9 screen (or LCD / plasma TV's), sometimes objects that are being propelled towards the audience will spill over into the black border area for a really enhanced 3D effect.

 

The only one I can think of at the moment is the aspect ratio change to 2.35x1 during the flying fish scene from LIFE OF PI.



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Posted November 16 2013 - 02:00 PM

Does anyone have a list of titles that do this? I know that in my 100+ collection that there are at least 2 or 3 that have this really cool feature, but short of going through each one, I can't recall which ones have it.

 

You won't see this in CIH projection setups, but if played on a 16x9 screen (or LCD / plasma TV's), sometimes objects that are being propelled towards the audience will spill over into the black border area for a really enhanced 3D effect.

 

The only one I can think of at the moment is the aspect ratio change to 2.35x1 during the flying fish scene from LIFE OF PI.

 

Disney's kiddie film G-Force does a fantastic job with out of the frame/into the letterbox shots.

 

I noted in my Cars 3D review that Pixar did it in the closing credits side panel action, and it's very effective there, too.



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Posted November 16 2013 - 11:32 PM

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS does this too.  Pretty cool effect.



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Posted November 16 2013 - 11:41 PM

Oz TheGreat and Powerful did this at least once during the opening section.
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Posted November 17 2013 - 05:50 AM

Life of Pi has a sequence involving fish.  It's brief, but effective.


 

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Posted November 19 2013 - 11:53 AM

The opening credits to Escape from Planet Earth have snowflakes falling outside the frame.


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#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Reed Grele

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Posted November 19 2013 - 02:40 PM

This must be unique to the home video transfers, correct? I mean how could this be accomplished in a theater?



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Posted November 19 2013 - 02:42 PM

Oz and Pi both did the same effect in the theater.
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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Reed Grele

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Posted November 19 2013 - 02:54 PM

I can see how it could be done with films that are shot with multiple aspect ratios. But what about films that are 2.35x1 all the way through? I know I've seen a few that have this effect, but I just can't remember which ones.



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Posted December 09 2013 - 02:48 AM

There's a great out of the letterbox gag at the end of "Amphibious"; it's almost worth sitting through the rest of it.


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Posted December 09 2013 - 09:05 AM

Although not 3D the trailer for the new walking with Dinosaurs has effects that go into the black bars.
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Posted December 09 2013 - 09:07 AM

I saw a trailer for Walking with Dinosaurs a week or so back. I was like, "This looks gre..." (as soon as the dinosaurs talked it ended my excitement...)



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Posted January 29 2014 - 12:01 PM

I remember that effect in the theatrical release of 'Hugo', especially an early scene with snow falling, but I don't have a 3D set-up at home.



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Posted January 29 2014 - 12:09 PM

Hugo is 1.78:1 though (?)


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Posted January 29 2014 - 12:21 PM

As already mentioned the end scene of Monsters Vs Aliens has a great moment involving the 2.35:1 bars.


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