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 Posted:   Mar 27, 2014 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

It's a magnificent disc. I guess I would rank it right behind HOUSE OF WAX (nothing beats that, imo), as the best 3D disc out there. I loved the occasional bleed of effects, into the black bars of the letterboxed image.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2014 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)

It's a magnificent disc. I guess I would rank it right behind HOUSE OF WAX (nothing beats that, imo), as the best 3D disc out there. I loved the occasional bleed of effects, into the black bars of the letterboxed image.


Yeah, Raimi did a great job of slowly ushering in the 3D, finally drawing the curtain aside on that epic vista of Oz and that breakneck action scene on the waterfall; probably one of the better sequences devised for the format in a movie with lots of standout moments.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Got the region free Blu-ray of FROZEN via AmazonUK. Hadn't seen the film in theaters, so I was looking forward to it. I get why little girls would love it, and it's very well made, but I'm a bit confused by it's overwhelming success. 3D is very well done, though it could have had a few pop-out moments. It seems 3D film makers avoid pop-outs like the plague; but it's a very well-done 3D feature. Not sure why Disney would decided not to release it in 3D in the United States. No matter, it didn't cost any more to get it from the UK, as it would have here, even with shipping.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

What that says to me, PhiliSon, is that the UK is being used as a test-bed. They don't seem to have a clue how many people will take to 3D sans complaint. Something they can't afford to do on home ground.

Also, your comment about getting it at no extra cost from the UK is sort of interesting. The equivalence between the dollar and sterling is 1:1+2/3, broadly speaking. In real terms a typical CD release in the states going for $19.98 should be around £12.00, if it were unbiased. We end up paying about £19.98 for the exact same thing at retail prices. That's about 66.5% on top of what you would pay, which we can assume would be roughly equal to the postal charge to transport a product made in the USA over to the UK, as well as some margin of profit for the vendor. I see the BR for Frozen tops out at about £18.00 from Amazon, which is about $10.80. Factor in the postage of £1.26 ($0.76) and you're absolutely right, it's a good deal for anyone Stateside. It's not even $12.00. If the whole situation were exactly reversed, the least I'd pay is about £20.00 with cheap postage, though it would more likely be closer to £28.00 - £30.00 ($18.00.) This is all very approximate, but, I think you get the picture.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

No interest from me, & since seeing a couple of 3D movies at a friends house about a year ago, even less, but not all is lost, I am a big fan of cinemascope, colour & stereo.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I've had my 3D new set up for a couple of weeks ago and I love it.

So far I've watched:

Avatar - awesome 3D experiance, the film looks ever better than it did on the big screen.

Hugo - hated the movie but the 3D was was exceptional from start to finish.

The Amazing Spider-Man - Unexceptional 3D for a pretty underwhelming movie.

Titanic - wow! I'm an unabashed fanatic for this film but watching it in 3D makes it even more amazing. Loved it.

This weekend I'll probably put on the latest Hobbit and might pick up Frozen.

I'm very very pleased with my new set up. The Sony Bravia is a great TV and I really like my new Sony blu ray player, which has 4K capability plus a phenomenally fast loading time.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

You're so right about the underwhelming 3D in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. I think HUGO could be a much better film (I like it), if Scorsese would acknowledge that he needs MORE editing. It's a wonderful 3D disc. I have approximately 35 discs, and HOUSE OF WAX is the gold standard.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I read somewhere that a guy who had a complicated vision problem saw Hugo at a cinema in 3D and the experience 'magic-eyed' his optical/brain sensory apparatus so that he gained a spatial ability that had somehow lain dormant right up to the moment he saw the movie. A part of this guy's brain that had been asleep for a significant portion of his lifetime just suddenly woke up. Has the field of cinematic therapy arrived!

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jun/17/3d-movie-hugo-improves-mans-vision

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

What that says to me, PhiliSon, is that the UK is being used as a test-bed. They don't seem to have a clue how many people will take to 3D sans complaint. Something they can't afford to do on home ground.

3D seems to be way more popular overseas than in the states. China, in particular.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

You're so right about the underwhelming 3D in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. I think HUGO could be a much better film (I like it), if Scorsese would acknowledge that he needs MORE editing. It's a wonderful 3D disc. I have approximately 35 discs, and HOUSE OF WAX is the gold standard.

I will absolutely be getting House of Wax. I once saw a screening of the 8mm version of the film and it was the best 3D I'd ever seen at that point, far better than the stereo of Jaws 3D or Spacehunter for example. If memory serves the is a scene with a circular saw that was particularly great?

Do you have a creature from the Black Lagoon on 3D blu ray? I'm a big fan of those movies so wondering what the 3D transfer is like.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

CREATURE is superb. I would ranked it a very close second to WAX. My brother ranks it higher!

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

CREATURE is superb. I would ranked it a very close second to WAX. My brother ranks it higher!

Thanks, that is now absolutely on my shopping list!

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Do you have a creature from the Black Lagoon on 3D blu ray? I'm a big fan of those movies so wondering what the 3D transfer is like.

I remember seeing Creature, in a 3-D re-issue with It Came From Outer Space in London.

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

There's a 3D Blu-Ray of Creature from the Black Lagoon?!
And it looks great?! I trust you on this, and that's wonderful news; I'll have to look into it.
I didn't remember the Universal Classic Monsters boxseet included a 3D version of this one.

I remember it was shown on TV in 3D when I was little, in the late '70's-early'80s'; red-and-green glasses when provided in what I belive was a movie/video magazine, along with a 3D poster.
Unfortunately, I don't remember anything of the experience of watching the movie in 3D; I remembered very little bits and bits of the movie, of the atmosphere (possibly a little darker and scarier than it was because I was young-- less than ten years old), enough to wish to have it and to buy it on DVD (and I was not disappointed by those dim memories; I love that movie), but not a single thing concerning 3D. That's a bit odd.

Thanks for the information!

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

There's a 3D Blu-Ray of Creature from the Black Lagoon?!
And it looks great?! I trust you on this, and that's wonderful news; I'll have to look into it.
I didn't remember the Universal Classic Monsters boxseet included a 3D version of this one.

I remember it was shown on TV in 3D when I was little, in the late '70's-early'80s'; red-and-green glasses when provided in what I belive was a movie/video magazine, along with a 3D poster.
Unfortunately, I don't remember anything of the experience of watching the movie in 3D; I remembered very little bits and bits of the movie, of the atmosphere (possibly a little darker and scarier than it was because I was young-- less than ten years old), enough to wish to have it and to buy it on DVD (and I was not disappointed by those dim memories; I love that movie), but not a single thing concerning 3D. That's a bit odd.

Thanks for the information!


From the review on High Def Digest:

Presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 'Creature' comes out from beneath the watery depths with a first-rate MVC-encoded transfer that adds a great deal of fun to the movie's enjoyment. Whether we're are swimming in the murky lagoon or chatting the day away on the boat, dimensionality is consistent and astoundingly jaw-dropping in several scenes. Fish, plant debris and other random gunk drift out of the screen and into the middle of the living room, hovering for a few seconds as if waiting to be swatted away. Characters move about in the background and trees sway in the distance to create a pleasing pop-up book effect and genuine three-dimensional space. The creature's finned claw extends beyond the screen with amusing gimmicky effectiveness, and the pointed end of the spear gun protrudes out, reaching towards your face. Although the image's parallax is terrifically astonishing, the amount of depth combined with certain camera movements can be rather dizzying at times. Still, the 3D presentation is the way to watch the classic film. (3D Video Rating: 4.5/5)

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2014 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Do you have a creature from the Black Lagoon on 3D blu ray? I'm a big fan of those movies so wondering what the 3D transfer is like.

I remember seeing Creature, in a 3-D re-issue with It Came From Outer Space in London.


I remember seeing my first 3D movie in London with you mate.....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

I recommend the following:


1953 Man In the Dark
1953 House of Wax
1954 Creature From the Black Lagoon
1954 Dial M For Murder
2002 Space Station IMAX
2009 Avatar
2010 Hubble IMAX
2012 Prometheus
2013 Gravity


Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution have excellent 3-D, as does Dario Argento's Dracula, if you're into those kinds of films.

Warner Home Video, Columbia, Universal have really screwed up in not releasing more of their classic 3-D films on blu-ray, but screw-ups are only to be expected from them.

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Recently watched POMPEII and STALINGRAD. Both offer very well-done 3D (alas, once again, no real pop out moments), with superb depth. Overall picture and sound quality on both are excellent. Also watched STEP UP 3 and HANSEL AND GRETEL. Two more excellent 3D films, and both more interested in using the 3D, effectively, especially STEP UP.

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Watched IMAX 3D Blu-ray, UNDER THE SEA. Simply incredible cinematography, and among the finest 3D I've ever seen. There's a moment when a cod comes right up to your face! Fantastic!!

 
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