Best 3D Blu-ray Disc Movies

These 3D Blu-ray Discs Provide a Great 3D Viewing Experience

As part of my job, I use 3D Blu-ray discs to test the 3D video performance of Blu-ray disc players, TVs, video projectors, and home theater receivers. However, not all 3D Blu-ray discs offer the best 3D viewing experience. Check out a list of my current favorites for best 3D Blu-ray discs.

NOTE: The quality of your 3D viewing experience (such as crosstalk and motion smoothness) is also determined by your TV, Bu-ray Disc player, and 3D glasses.

NOTE: This list is updated periodically as new 3D Blu-ray discs are released or come to my attention as good examples of 3D video quality.

Also, if you are interested in some great non-3D Blu-ray disc movies to add your collection, check out my listing of Best Blu-ray Discs For Home Theater Viewing.

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Avatar

Avatar 3D Blu-ray Disc
Avatar 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

I can't really say more about Avatar than has already been said. However, I will say that it definitely deserves a top spot in your 3D Blu-ray Disc library. From the opening space arrival scene to the final battle, this film has it all in terms of a 3D feast for the eyes. The main things to take note on the 3D aspect of this film is the more natural approach used in the 3D process. There is very little of the "comin-at-ya" type of 3D effects commonly used in 3D movies that actually ends up pushing the viewer away. Instead, James Cameron has opted for a more textural approach to 3D that actually draws you into the fantastical world of Pandora.

Cameron also takes a similar approach to the soundtrack. The soundtrack isn't the "hit-em-over-the-head" variety, it is a great example of well-blended and properly balanced audio mixing, which makes it the perfect complement for the video presentation. As it currently stands, Avatar is the benchmark for 3D viewing.

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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate- 3D Blu-ray Disc
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate- 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

If you are looking for a great 3D movie on Blu-ray - you have to check out Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. Using 3D, in its current stage, to its fullest capabilities, director Tsui Hark takes you back to a restless period of political intrigue in China's history with great sets, expansive outdoor cinematography, and excellently choreographed martial arts action, featuring Jet Li and Xun Zhou.

The 3D presentation is fantastic. Yes, there are a lot of "comin-at-ya" effects, but they are not thrown in for no purpose - they are part of the integration of the martial arts action. Also, both interior and exterior shots have an extraordinary amount of realistic depth as Tsui Hark uses an excellent technique of placing characters strategically between both foreground and background objects.

In addition, the colorfully layered period costumes are very detailed. Even the English subtitles are strategically placed just in front of the plane of the characters speaking the lines. However, you find the subtitle reading a little distracting at times - if so, you may want to opt for the English dub.

The Blu-ray Disc transfer is bright, thus translating well to 3D viewing with minimal brightness loss. Aside from the 3D, the Chinese Language DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 channel soundtrack is also excellent. However, the English dubbed soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0.

Even if you are not a fan of Asian martial arts films, the 3D Blu-ray disc release of Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a great film to show off how good 3D can be, if it is done right.

NOTE: A 2D Blu-ray version of the film, with bonus features, is also included in the disc package.
More About the Film -

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Gravity

Gravity - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Gravity - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

From the wide expanse of space to claustrophobic space capsule interiors, Gravity delivers one of the most impressive 3D movie viewing experiences so far on Blu-ray Disc. However, what makes the use of 3D even more noteworthy is that is the result of 2D-to-3D conversion rather than being shot with 3D cameras.

Of course, just because the 3D is great doesn't mean that the movie would necessarily be good, but in this case, Director Alfonso Cauron, successfully weaves the style of a science fiction epic, with intense personal drama, using 3D a part of the storytelling vehicle - the only on-camera cast members are Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Also, it must be noted that not only is Gravity a great dramatic and visual film, but its 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack definitely adds to the drama and immersiveness of the film.

In addition to the film, there is also interesting supplementary material including a documentary narrated by Ed Harris on the issue of space junk that is crowding near-Earth space, and a short additional scene that shows the other side of a radio communication between Sandra Bullock's character and someone on Earth. Other supplements cover the film's pre-production and production process, as well as some interesting shot breakdowns.

If you have a 3D TV or Video Projector, and a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, Gravity is a must-have have for your collection.

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The Adventures of Tintin - Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Disc

The Adventures Of Tin Tin - 3D Blu-ray Disc
The Adventures Of Tin Tin - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Adventures of Tintin is a great example of how 3D can be used effectively to enhance the visual viewing experience and complement story telling. In the hands of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the celebrated comic-book adventurer, Tintin, is brought to the screen in grand fashion, with great action and adventure, in the vein of Saturday matinee series and Spielberg's own Indiana Jones films. Tintin makes an excellent transition from printed page to film, with distinctive and memorable characters, and supplies the perfect balance of thrills and comedy.

The Adventures of Tintin Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray disc comes packaged with both the 3D and 2D version of the film and a third disc containing the DVD version. Also provided are access codes to an Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film.

I viewed both the 3D and 2D Blu-ray versions, and both provided a great viewing experience, but the 3D version is one of the better 3D transfers I have seen, retaining excellent detail, color, and holds up in fast motion sequences. Whether you prefer 2D or 3D, The Adventures of Tintin definitely belongs in your Blu-ray Disc collection. This film should have gotten the Oscar for best animated film - It is a disappointment that it wasn't even nominated. However, The Adventures of Tintin definitely won't be ignored on this list!

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Resident Evil - Afterlife

Resident Evil - Afterlife - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Resident Evil - Afterlife - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

"Resident Evil - Afterlife" is the fourth entry in the popular Resident Evil film-based-on-a-video-game franchise. Admittedly the story is typical fare for this type of film, evil corporation creates a deadly virus that turns the bulk of the world population into zombies, while the evil corporate executives take refuge undergrown. Enter Alice (Milla Jovovich), a clone that seeks to destroy the "Umbrella Corporation" for its evil deeds - Think of it as "Alice in Zombie Land".

However, even if this type of movie is normally not your cup of tea, it is just about the best 3D Blu-ray disc available. The opening credits sequence is picture perfect 3D, complete with overlayed 3D credits. Next follows a liberal does of great 3D action sequences (you have to check out "the giant AX murderer in the shower sequence") mixed with enough breaks in the action that gives you time to relax - for a little while. However, even the non-action 3D is great. Director ​Paul W. S. Anderson used the same 3D cameras that James Cameron used, and it is obvious he picked up some important tips on how to shoot in 3D.
 

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Brave

Brave - Blu-ray Disc Collector's Edition
Brave - Blu-ray Disc Collector's Edition. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Brave captures the look and romance of old Scotland through the eyes of Disney/Pixar. Princess Merida is growing up and needs to be married off, but she doesn't see it that way. However, in a quest for independence, things don't work out quite as she expects, and so the film is off ​an running with an exciting adventure suitable for the whole family.

Whether you watch this film in 2D or 3D, you have a great viewing experience, but in 3D, this film will blow you away. The look and texture of the film has excellent color, contrast, and detail. film to be exhibited in a movie theater in 64-channel Dolby Atmos surround sound. Obviously, you won't get quite the same audio experience at home, but the sound mixers have taken great care to the mix-down process required for the home theater environment. As a result, the Blu-ray soundtrack features as much of the immersive intent of the original theatrical mix as possible.

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Hugo Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

Hugo - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Hugo - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Martin Scorsese's Hugo is not only a great 3D movie - it is a great movie. The film is a delight to watch in either 2D or 3D, but the masterful use of 3D is woven in the film as an effective storytelling tool that draws you into the world of a 1930's Paris train station and its cast of distinguished characters. 3D is used to great effect that adds visual texture and perspective that makes you feel that you are actually in the movie. As the story develops, the viewer, along with Hugo and his friend Isabelle, discover the magic of the movies that is inspiring.

In addition, the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 channel sound mix complements the 3D viewing experience perfectly.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Transformers: Age of Extinction - 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Transformers: Age of Extinction although not a strong film in terms of story (although the action is great), and is about an hour too long, is none-the-less an excellent example of how well 3D can look. It definitely supersedes the previous Transformer's film: Dark of the Moon in that category.

The detail, perspective, and depth really draws you into the film. Also, there were no brightness loss issues or edge softening that I could overtly detect. Also, even during the heavy, and high-speed, action scenes, there was no excessive blurring or haloing. In addition, although most of the film was shot in 3D, there were some segments that were post-3D converted, but you can't tell the difference.

However, in addition to great 3D, this film is also the first to be released on Blu-ray Disc with a Dolby Atmos-encoded soundtrack.

If you have a Dolby Atmos setup you will definitely get the full benefit of all-enveloping surround sound, not only from the front, sides, and rear, but from above and in between. On the other hand, you don't need to have a Dolby Atmos setup or special Blu-ray Disc player to play this disc. When you select the Dolby Atmos option on the Blu-ray Disc menu, if a non-Dolby Atmos equipped home theater receiver is detected, a real-time downmix to either Dolby TrueHD 7.1 or 5.1 is applied.

Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D Blu-ray Disc Review -

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DREDD

DREDD - 3D Blu-ray Disc
DREDD - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

It is brutal, violent, unrelenting, and definitely deserves its R-rating. However, Dredd provides an excellent 3D viewing experience in which 3D is actually an integral part of the story line. Rather than resorting to pop-out effects, the film utilizes well-placed slow motion and excellent foreground-background perspective to draw you in.

Based on the well-known cult British comic book, viewers are taken on "day in the life of Judge Dredd" - who is one of an elite corps of individuals who is assigned to be judge, jury, and executioner (if need be) in the fight against crime in the near-future metropolis of Mega City One. However, his additional assignment on this day is to evaluate a new recruit. The unlikely pair decide to investigate some odd goings-on in the 70,000 population Peachtrees Megablock, where they end up with facing off with both corrupt Judges and murderous drug lord Ma-Ma. If you can handle the intensity of the action, and the gritty film style, this is one great 3D movie.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Disc

Transformers - Dark of the Moon - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Transformers - Dark of the Moon - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

If you are looking for a great 3D Home Theater experience, check out the 3D Special Edition of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Director Michael Bay was very cautious about using the 3D process, and, as a result, took the time and effort to make sure that the 3D elements were executed in accordance with his vision of the film. Most of them film was shot in native 3D, but large segments were converted from 2D-to-3D as well. However, the combination of both techniques are woven together seamlessly, resulting in a 3D film with lots of depth, but not overly sticking out at you. In addition, the color, detail, and contrast hold up well in 3D (make sure you have your 3D TV adjusted well for 3D viewing).

Also, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack is excellent, however, if you are looking for great acting, just forget about that part and enjoy the sights and sounds. The entire disc package includes both the 2D and 3D Blu-ray versions, a DVD version, and an additional Blu-ray Disc with three hours of great bonus features that take through the entire process of bringing this story to the screen.

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Package
Godzilla 3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

If you are a Godzilla Fan and are into 3D, then you should definitely consider getting Godzilla 2014 on 3D Blu-ray. This version of Godzilla introduces a new twist on the creature's beginning, as well as introducing two new opponents.
 

On Blu-ray, the film is a 3D conversion presented in the 2.40 aspect ratio with excellent detail, color, contrast, and lots of natural depth (there is very little in the way of comin' at ya' effects) even though there are many dark scenes. Also, there is very little haloing or ghosting.

Godzilla also delivers a well-immersive and strong DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack.

On the other hand, despite having a great cast, the acting (and script) is somewhat lackluster, and Godzilla has less screen time than his opponents.

For More Details, Read My Review -

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Underworld: Awakening 3D Blu-ray Disc

Underworld Awakening - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Underworld Awakening - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Underworld: Awakening is the fourth entry in the semi-popular Underworld film series. The overall story arc concerns the conflicts within and between Vampire and Werewolf clans. However, this latest entry centers on the plight of both "species" as they are being targeted for extermination by humans.

The film is not an example of a great script or acting but the 3D video, 7.1 Channel DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound mix, and the extra features, which include some interesting pre-visualization clips, provides an entertaining viewing experience.

The 3D was shot natively using RED cameras (similar to the cameras being used by Peter Jackson for his upcoming Hobbit). The 3D effects layering is natural and detailed, despite the fact that the film contains a lot of dark scenes.

Whether or not you are a follower of the Underworld series, if you have both 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc player, this disc is worth the view -

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Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Kung Fu Panda 2 - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Kung Fu Panda 2 is not only great entertainment, featuring lovable characters, fun action, and ​a great story. However, some action may be intense for very young children. On the other hand, this film is really impressive in 3D.

The visual layering, color, and detail really shine, and 3D is used to great effect, and, unlike many 3D films, definitely adds to the artistic presentation and story telling. Granted, there are some "​comin-at-ya'" effects, but they are executed well and used when it fits the story action. Also, I did not experience any excessive darkening, distracting halo effects, or motion lag, making this one of most trouble-free 3D Blu-ray discs I have seen. The 3D presentation definitely draws you into the Po's world.

In addition to the 3D visuals, if you have a home theater receiver with Dolby TrueHD decoding, and 7.1 channel surround sound system, this disc delivers a great surround sound listening experience, with very active side and rear channel effects that complement the 3D visuals perfectly. Highly recommended.

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Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney's A Christmas Carol - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Disney's A Christmas Carol - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

It seems like just about every few years, a new version of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" hits either the local cinema or TV screens. We all know the main character, and we all know how the story ends. However, that is not the point. It is the way the story is told that really brings it home. In this case, Disney, who usually takes great liberties when translating literary works to the screen, doesn't veer off the details of the story that much. Also, instead of a live action performance, Disney has used the medium of 3D motion capture animation to bring this classic to the screen.

I actually passed on this version of the story when it was in theaters. However, needing a disc to test 3D, I decided to pick it up and I am glad I did. Yes, there are some sequences that emphasize an exaggerated 3D effect we endure with just about every 3D movie, however, director Robert Zemeckis also uses 3D to tell the story. One of most impressive is the sequence where Scrooge has to pay the coffin maker for the casket of his previous boss. The excellent use of 3D with the interplay of color and shadow is extraordinary, not to mention the 3D texture of the Scrooge's facial features. This is definitely a 3D Blu-ray disc that is a must-have demo disc - even if it is not Christmas. -

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Puss in Boots 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack

Puss in Boots - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Puss in Boots - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

DreamWorks' take on Puss in Boots another example of how good 3D can be on Blu-ray disc. The detail and visual layering are excellent, and the 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is excellent, and definitely complements the 3D viewing experience. If you purchase the 3D Blu-ray Combo pack, it includes both the 3D and 2D Blu-ray disc versions of the film, as well as the DVD and access to a digital copy that you can give to kids to play on their own DVD players or compatible portable devices.

In addition to the film, there is also a newly created 3D short titled The Three Diablos, which is also great, as well as host of fun-to-watch bonus features (most features only included on the 2D Blu-ray Disc).

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Tron: Legacy

Tron Legacy - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Tron Legacy - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

When the original Tron was released 27 years ago, it was something that no one had seen before. Now it looks very dated. However, Tron: Legacy is here and is a worthy sequel to the original - with the addition of 3D. First off, the entire movie is not in 3D. The beginning and end of the film, which takes place in the "real world" is actually presented in 2D. However, once we enter the Tron world, the film comes alive with 3D.

Also, it is important to note that Tron Legacy changes its aspect ratio from 2.40:1 to 1.78:1 in several major action sequences. The reason for this is that portions of Tron: Legacy were shot in IMAX, and the Blu-ray (both 2D and 3D versions) preserve the intent of filmmakers in this area.

In a similar fashion to Avatar, the 3D effects in Tron: Legacy are well balanced, with exaggerated 3D effects only used in relation what the action requires. For the most part, the 3D effects are not used just to have 3D effects. Probably the most effective use of 3D were the lightcycle action sequences. Tron: Legacy definitely needs to be in your 3D library.
 

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Tangled

Tangled - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Tangled - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Tangled is the 50th animated film release from Disney, and, supposedly, marks the studio's last in a long tradition of making animated films based on fairy tales. Here Disney takes the story of Rapunzel and executes it as both a light-hearted adventure, punctuated by a happy-ending love story. This film definitely appeals to kids, but there is more than enough for adults to enjoy.

The 3D presentation is excellent. Here the accent is not so much on "coming-at-you" effects, but using the 3D to bring out the already excellent colors and textures of the film that so that the whole thing draws you into a fantastic fairy tale world. This film is a great example of how 3D can be used to enhance the storytelling experience.
 

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Despicable Me

When I first saw the trailers for Despicable Me, I wasn't very impressed. It seemed like a rip-off of "Spy vs Spy" with cute yellow creatures and cheesy 3D effects. However, I was wrong! Obtaining this film to use in my 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc reviews, I discovered a film that delved into the nature of loneliness, the need for acceptance, and redemption as much as fun and games.

Here the 3D effects are mostly played for laughs, but with great effect (the trailer didn't do the 3D justice). The strange world of the title character Gru (the World's pre-eminent super villain) and his lemming-like Minions, although impressive in the 2D version, really come alive in the 3D version that makes this movie a great fun piece of entertainment, with just the right dab of seriousness, for the whole family. Definitely a great 3D demo disc.
 

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Drive Angry

Drive Angry 3D Blu-ray Disc - Photo of Front Cover Packaging
Drive Angry 3D Blu-ray Disc - Photo of Front Cover Packaging. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The 3D Blu-ray edition of Drive Angry literally blasts its way into your living room with tires screeching and guns blazing. Although the plot is not all that original, and the execution of the film has similarities and references to films like Bullit, Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974), Vanishing Point (1971)and Death Proof, it certainly justifies the extensive use of "comin'-at-ya'" 3D effects that are actually well staged. Although there is some minor intermittent ghosting (most noticeable on dark scenes), the 3D holds up well. The 3D has a lot of natural depth and does not suffer from "paper doll" effects. In addition, the soundtrack complements the over-the-top action very well.

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Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful 3D Blu-ray/Digital Copy - Slipcover - Front View
Photo the Oz The Great and Powerful 3D Blu-ray/Digital Copy - Slipcover - Front View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Oz The Great and Powerful on Blu-ray is an enjoyable film, but doesn't quite reach the level of the 1939 classic that it is a prequel to.

On the technical side, the color design and seamless integration between physical and virtual sets, as well as physical and CGI characters is very good (take note of the China Doll character), and the DTS-Master Audio 7.1 channel soundtrack, with the exception of a few soft dialog segments, delivers the home theater surround sound experience.

As far as the 3D goes, starting with opening credits and Kansas scenes (presented in Black and White), the 3D is very effective, becoming more aggressive as the film expands to widescreen and color as the takes you to Oz.

On the other hand, there are a few segments where the backgrounds appear too flat, most notably when you see the Emerald City and China Town skylines in the distance.

It must also be noted that, from a purchasing standpoint, the only thing you get in the 3D package is the film, other than a trailer for Disney/Pixar's Monsters University. Disney decided to offer 3D and 2D versions as separate packages, which requires a separate purchase for each package. If you want to see all the available bonus features associated with the film, you need to purchase both the 3D and 2D Blu-ray Disc packages.

Fortunately, Disney does provide a coupon to purchase either the 2D or 3D version for $5.99 - if you have already purchased one of those versions.

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Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Wrath of the Titans - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Wrath of the Titans comes to Blu-ray in several editions, two of which are 3D Blu-ray Combo packs. In both 2D and 3D the 1080p Blu-ray transfers​ great. The detail, especially with clothing, facial, and hair, contrast, and color tones are excellent. No additional edge or video enhancement ​is noticeable and the CGI elements are seamlessly integrated into the action.

The 2D-to-3D conversion, for this film, unlike the poor effort on its predecessor, 2010's Clash of the Titans is executed well. For the most part the 3D looks natural and does not suffer from excessive halo (crosstalk) issues or any major "paperdoll" looks. Although I have 3D executed better, this effort demonstrated a very good 2D-to-3D conversion.

Also, besides both excellent 2D and 3D video presentation, the audio is just about flawless. Dialog was well centered and prominent, there was active use of surround channel effects. Sound movement between channels was also well executed with few noticeable dips. There is also a lot of great subwoofer action is this film, so be prepared.

However, the downside is that story and script don't measure to the visual and audio treatment this film received, but forget that, pop the popcorn, open the soda, put on the 3D glasses, and sit down for a fun ride through Greek Mythological adventure-fantasy.

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Under the Sea

Under the Sea - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Under the Sea - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Before the current 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray push, IMAX has been presenting documentaries and nature films in 3D theatrically for quite a while. Now, these wonderful films are being released on 3D Blu-ray Discs. Although these films are short (usually about 40 minutes or so in length), they are great additions to a home 3D movie library.

One of the best of these films is Under The Sea. I will say upfront that in my opinion the narration provided by Jim Carrey isn't all that impressive to me, but what you see on the screen is just amazing. You are taken down into an undersea world where we get the chance to see creatures that very few humans get to see in their natural environment, if at all.

Also, the added bonus of 3D gives the feeling that that undersea is alive in your viewing room. Watch for that shark and don't let the sea lions jump out of the screen. You even get to enter the world of the Leafy Sea Dragon, a creature that is camouflaged so well, you would almost certainly miss it, even at close range. This film demonstrates what 3D does best, bringing aspects of our world to us that we may never be able to go to ourselves.
 

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Captain America - The First Avenger

Captain America - The First Avenger - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Captain America - The First Avenger - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Captain America - The First Avenger not only successfully combines the War and Superhero film genres, it is also a great example of how good a 2D-to-3D conversion can look if proper care is taken to the details. Although the 3D depth is sometimes too subtle and some of the backgrounds look a little flat against 3D foregrounds, the conversion process gets it right the vast majority of the time. Some scenes, such as the opening snow storm and ice drilling scene, and some of the battle scenes, are outstanding. In addition there is very little motion blur on fast action scenes and very little haloing or loss of detail in dark scenes. Also, make sure you sit (or fast forward) through the credits for some nice treats at the end. I have no qualms in adding this disc to my collection of 3D demonstration examples.
 

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Top Gun in 3D

Top Gun - 3D Blu-ray Disc
Top Gun - 3D Blu-ray Disc. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

Yes, that 1986 classic, Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise has been converted to 3D for Blu-ray Disc release. The conversion was performed by Legend3D under the supervision of late director, Tony Scott. This disc package comes with both the 3D and 2D versions, as well as special features (the special features are the same as was included on the previous 2D Blu-ray disc release. So, no new special features specifically for the 3D edition.

Overall, the 3D conversion is very good, with appropriate realistic depth, which really brings a new viewing experience to the film's celebrated dog fights. However, the effect is not overdone or gimmicky. If you are a Top Gun and/or Tom Cruise fan, and own a 3D TV or 3D video projector, this edition is definitely worth consideration.
 

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