So you’ve gotten a 3D TV and Blu-Ray player—or you’re thinking about springing for them this holiday season. What can you watch? You probably know that the AVATAR 3D Blu-Ray DVD is currently available only from Panasonic through a special promotion (buy a Panasonic VIERA 3D TV and you’ll receive the Panasonic 3D Ultimate Pack with Avatar 3D free). There are other Blu-Ray 3D movies available for home theater, too—here are our favorites.
3D Blu-Ray provides an intense 3D effect similar to what you’d get in the theater. Some discs are available now; others are available for pre-order, and you’ll definitely see tons more hitting the market over the next year. The best thing is that many of these come in combo packages with regular Blu-Ray and DVD, so if you don’t have a 3D TV yet, you can still watch them.
Alice in Wonderland 3D
Cinemablend writes of the 3D version, “You’ll be busy trying not to duck. While movies like AVATAR have been pushing to make their 3D usage more understated, Alice in Wonderland takes an if we’ve got it, might as well use it approach to the format. Sure it adds depth to even the most mundane moments but they’re not shy about letting flying things dance over the audience or throwing teacups in your face until you flinch. Cheesy? Maybe, but at least you’re getting your money’s worth. They pull it off skillfully, with warmth and charm, as if they’re inviting Burton and his cast are letting us in on their secret fun.” (Four-disc combo package with Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $34.99 at Amazon.com.)
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Blu-Ray.com writes, “Locales both interior and exterior seem to stretch on to their physical limits, be they across a room or across town. Several objects seem to protrude from the screen, particularly seen when characters point towards the camera, their fingers and arms seemingly extending beyond the panel and into the living room. Disney's disc also handles snowflakes extraordinarily well; they seem to float on by at various distances and, in some cases, on past the screen. The transfer's best attribute, however, comes in the way it handles the ghost of old man Marley; it would seem a great challenge for 3D to give dimension to a deliberately transparent entity, and that's exactly what it does. The result is what is probably the best and most interesting imagery yet found on a 3D release, and there's nary a hint of any sort of problem associated with it.” (Four-disc combo package with Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $26.49 at Amazon.com.)
The Polar Express
A new holiday classic – in 3D! (Single Disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray combo $26.99 at Amazon.com.)
Monsters vs. Aliens
Blu-Ray.com writes, “Viewers will be able to see individual strands of fur on Insectosaurus' body, and they're even more impressive in several close-up shots as each strand seems to move to and fro in the 3D realm.”
Clash of the Titans
"Release the Kraken!" This 2009 version of the classic stars AVATAR's Sam Worthington. As many reviewers will tell you… nostalgia aside, this slick new version tops the original. (Three-disc combo package with Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD $30.49 at Amazon.com.)
IMAX: Under the Sea
Blu-Ray.com writes that this edition features “fantastic detailing. The viewer will marvel at the scaly textures of crustaceans, the slimy surfaces of fish, and the sandy and pebbly ocean floor under which various creatures bury themselves for survival or use for camouflage while lying in wait for their unsuspecting prey to mozie on by.” (Single disc Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray combo $38.99 on Amazon.com.)
The 3D version will be released on December 14, and it includes three all-new mini movies featuring the Minions. (Four-disc combo with Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy $31.99 as a pre-order at Amazon.com.)
The 3D Blu-Ray will be released on January 4, 2011. Blu-Ray.com calls it “a show stopper…Of note is the tunnel through which Coraline crawls to move about the two worlds; it's perhaps the best example of how well modern 3D technology works as the tunnel seems to begin at the front of the screen and almost begs for viewers to stick their hands inside.” (Available for $34.99 as a pre-order at Amazon.com.)
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What 3D movies do you like enough to buy and watch at home?