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Journey to the Centre of the Earth has amazing depth and pop out effects.

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I've got well over 100 3D titles and still buy them when available, although the vast majority now days are conversions, rather than shot as 3D from the start using separate cameras.

 

Avatar is still pretty much the benchmark 3D title, I'd say Ridley Scott's ALIEN prequel Prometheus would be a close second.

'Passengers' was pretty good in 3D.

 

Most of the Animation 3D titles are pretty good, the 'How to Save your Dragon' 'Despicable ME / Minions' series etc being among the best.

 

Things aren't so clear cut with other post shooting 3D conversions of none animated material, 'The Green Lantern' is a very good 3D conversion, where's the later made 'Dr Strange' is one of the worst.

'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them' is one of the better new 3D movies, I bought the sequel yesterday and have yet to watch it, but I suspect it will be the same quality.

 

A lot of the Marvel movies can vary in quality, it depends on just how much bright highlights are in a dark scene at the same time, that usually makes any crosstalk far more visible [ghosting around subjects], also scenes where there is a large depth of field and a lot going on in the background can cause the same thing [It's what made Dr Strange so bad]

 

As for the Star Wars movies that have 3D versions, well Rouge One, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are all pretty good, where SOLO isn't [It even looks bad in 2D, very muted colours and a dull overall look to the movie]

 

There are few 3D Bluray titles coming out over March/ April, the Fantastic Beasts sequel came out yesterday, you have 'Mortal Engines' out on the 20th March, How to Train Your Dragon- The hidden world on 10th April and Aquaman on the 20th April, there is a 3D version of the last 'Grinch' movie out in this time frame as well.

It seems 3D movies are getting harder to find as well, some movies that have been 3D at the cinema are not making it as 3D Bluray titles, at least not in all regions, Ralph Breaks the Internet being one example, it's being released as a 3D title in the UK but not here.

Same thing happened with Valerian and the city of a thousand planets, I ended up having to import that 3D version, thankfully it was a good conversion, so worth the effort.

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16 hours ago, bris007 said:

Journey to the Centre of the Earth has amazing depth and pop out effects.

Yes, definitely! I watched that movie and the sequel on Saturday, actually, in a marathon. On my projector. Just awesome, particularly the 3d in #1. Fun movies. I wish they made the third one.

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On 20/02/2019 at 12:12 AM, MLXXX said:

Your mentioning of the engine pistons reminds me how very impressive I found that in the Titanic 3D conversion.

(I had looked forward to the T2 Judgment Day 3D conversion with great anticipation, it being one of my favourite movies. However it didn't impress me as much as the Titanic conversion. And I was disappointed at the decision to use the shorter theatrical cut version for the steel works confrontation at the end of the movie.) 

 

Yes it is very unfortunate that the manufacturers no longer provide 3D as an option for consumer 4K TVs. I have a 2015 model Sony 4K LCD TV that uses passive 3D technology. However its crosstalk performance is poor.

 

These days I use a projector (a BenQ W2000) for serious watching of  3D. There is quite a range of 3D home projectors available.

I was lucky, I seemed to be in the market in Nov 2017 for a new 4K TV just as the last of the Panasonic EX780a range were selling, which are not only UHD 4K but 3D capable.

I had been putting the money aside for a JVC PJ to replace my aging Sony PJ, but I got such a good deal on the 65" Panasonic I would have been mad to not take it....I got a Panasonic 4K disc player thrown in as well. :)

The sales person thought I was mad when I said a 3D capable TV was a high priority for me, especially when I told him my budget, he tried to get me to buy the top of the range OLED.......as I do a LOT of gaming, OLED was out of the question anyway due to burn-in issues with static images, besides, I have my own calibration equipment and managed to get the Panasonic looking 95% as good as the $7K OLED he was trying to sell me.

 

I will admit, the Bigger the screen the better with 3D, and ultimately a PJ will be the best for 3D, but a 65" TV isn't that far behind if sitting the correct distance from it, it's certainly a brighter picture than a PJ, especially if you have a light controlled room already like I do.

If you have a 3D capable screen with a fast enough refresh rate, you should try gaming in 3D , it can crap on VR, and you don't get the motion sickness.

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One of several 3D Blurays I bought while JB had a 20% off sale a month or so ago .

Spiderman Homecoming 3D..........I thought this would be a nothing movie, as in, just another by numbers, comic-book movie.

WRONG.....This Spiderman movie is actually GOOD.....Not only that, the 3D version I would have to rank in the top 10 best 3D movies to own......it really is that good, and it's really worth getting the 3D version if you can

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On 31/03/2019 at 12:34 AM, Tweaky said:

Spiderman Homecoming 3D..........I thought this would be a nothing movie, as in, just another by numbers, comic-book movie.

WRONG.....This Spiderman movie is actually GOOD.....Not only that, the 3D version I would have to rank in the top 10 best 3D movies to own

I'd agree the 3D is well done, particularly considering it like many other recent 3D movies was produced using a computerised post conversion process rather than stereo camera live footage. (The source 2D live footage was shot in 2016 and 2017.) One could expect that the extensive CGI would have been rendered using two virtual cameras.

 

I found the 3D strength in Spider-man: Homecoming a little exaggerated at times, but not excessively so, and this caters for the people who prefer their 3D to err on the side of being strong. I thought the faces of the actors were well done in 3D (unlike some other post-converted movies).

Not everyone would find the plot, focusing as it does on the lives of teenage children, and in particular the 15 year-old Spider-man, riveting. I myself found the pace of the movie too slow.  However it's a feel-good movie; with a strong ending (some interesting plot twists).

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Another really enjoyable 3d immersive experience is Need For Speed. Especially on a projector. The sound is awesome too. I don't get the hate on the movie.

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For a very good 3D version, I can recommend Aquaman.

JB had it on sale a day early, so I bought it and have just finished watching it.

Hardly any ghosting even in the busiest of scenes, and the 3D effect is well done without going overboard.

 

As for the movie itself, well it's a Warner Bros DC comic movie, which means it's overly long, has pointless and repeated fights against the same enemies, a plot with holes like Swiss cheese, continuity errors a plenty, and every cliche you would have ever seen over multiple movies all bundled into this one.

In other words, ideal for the 10 - 18 year audience over the Easter Holidays.

Expect a sequel soon.

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9 hours ago, Tweaky said:

For a very good 3D version, I can recommend Aquaman.

JB had it on sale a day early, so I bought it and have just finished watching it.

Hardly any ghosting even in the busiest of scenes, and the 3D effect is well done without going overboard.

 

As for the movie itself, well it's a Warner Bros DC comic movie, which means it's overly long, has pointless and repeated fights against the same enemies, a plot with holes like Swiss cheese, continuity errors a plenty, and every cliche you would have ever seen over multiple movies all bundled into this one.

In other words, ideal for the 10 - 18 year audience over the Easter Holidays.

Expect a sequel soon.

Agreed with the above ,,brain salad movie, but I liked that it didn't take itself to seriously.

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10 hours ago, Tweaky said:

For a very good 3D version, I can recommend Aquaman.

JB had it on sale a day early, so I bought it and have just finished watching it.

Hardly any ghosting even in the busiest of scenes, and the 3D effect is well done without going overboard.

 

As for the movie itself, well it's a Warner Bros DC comic movie, which means it's overly long, has pointless and repeated fights against the same enemies, a plot with holes like Swiss cheese, continuity errors a plenty, and every cliche you would have ever seen over multiple movies all bundled into this one.

In other words, ideal for the 10 - 18 year audience over the Easter Holidays.

Expect a sequel soon.

Did it have the variable aspect ratio, for the imax scenes? I noticed on a pic of the back cover it says it did for 3D. I've heard for other countries, it isn't variable imax ratio.

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20 hours ago, Mobe1969 said:

Did it have the variable aspect ratio, for the imax scenes? I noticed on a pic of the back cover it says it did for 3D. I've heard for other countries, it isn't variable imax ratio.

NO variable aspect ratio with this title, well at least on the AUS 3D version of this disc, I don't know about the standard Bluray or 4K version.

Good thing too, a pointless and annoying thing to happen mid movie

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To be honest, I'm one of the people that like them.

 

I do wish though that if they have it, they have it as an OPTION. I remember when Anchor Bay did the Reanimator DVD back in the day, they had a trick they did for variable aspect ratio, and used a subtitle stream that was just black bars to mask the full screen. They could easily do the same with any movie with variable aspect ratio. Either that, or for the imax scenes, just have separate video files for the two aspect ratios and branch.

 

That way everyone can get what they like!

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The 'IF THEY' bit might be the saving grace of variable aspect ratios suddenly appearing on screen.

I'm not a fan because of them momentarily screwing up a perfectly good picture when viewing via a PJ

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Recommendations are subjective and I find it difficult to divorce 3D effects from the plot if I am not enthusiastic about the movie. Additionally, I have a LG 65e6p and I think it is the best 3D TV possible. No 3D movies are in 4K because it would exceed the current 18 GBPS data limit.

 

1. I urge you to reconsider Gravity.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road. Some prefer the UltraHD version but I disagree.
3. Life of Pi
4. Try Fantastic Beasts a re-imagining of the Potter series.
5. If you like the comic book movies I suggest Spider-man Homecoming but this is not my favorite genre. Perhaps you would be happier with Dr. Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy or Pacific Rim, etc
6. If you would like to see classic literature in 3D, I suggest Gatsby because it immersed me in the Roaring 20's or Heart of the Sea which takes you into the back story of Moby Dick.

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Gravity, most definitely! Especially if you have a projector!!!

 

Mad Max is one I slightly prefer the UHD just for color intensity. I alternate between the too

 

Heart of the Sea is great also. Feels lifelike. Awesome movie too.

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3 hours ago, elementary said:

Recommendations are subjective and I find it difficult to divorce 3D effects from the plot if I am not enthusiastic about the movie. Additionally, I have a LG 65e6p and I think it is the best 3D TV possible. No 3D movies are in 4K because it would exceed the current 18 GBPS data limit.

 

1. I urge you to reconsider Gravity.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road. Some prefer the UltraHD version but I disagree.
3. Life of Pi
4. Try Fantastic Beasts a re-imagining of the Potter series.
5. If you like the comic book movies I suggest Spider-man Homecoming but this is not my favorite genre. Perhaps you would be happier with Dr. Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy or Pacific Rim, etc
6. If you would like to see classic literature in 3D, I suggest Gatsby because it immersed me in the Roaring 20's or Heart of the Sea which takes you into the back story of Moby Dick.

Gravity was OK, but I wouldn't consider it a one of the better 3D titles, same with the Life Of Pi, they both suffer a bit of Ghosting in certain scenes.

3 D versions of Mad Max Fury Road and Pacific Rim I'd call the same 3D rating wise, a bit better than the titles above, but not in the top league IMHO .

3D versions of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, both Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Spiderman Homecoming are IMHO up among the top tier of 3D titles, very little Ghosting

Same can be said for Aquaman, it's right up there as well, it's probably because the 3D effect is quite subtle in these titles.

I haven't seen Heart of The Sea, so can't comment on that one.

As for 3D versions of The Great Gatsby and especially Dr Strange, well I found them both among the worst 3D wise in my 100+ 3D movie titles, ghastly Ghosting on both of them.

 

Top Tier 3D titles that I haven't seen mentioned would be : 'Passengers' , 'The Shape of Water', 'Green Lantern'

Very Good 3D, but not quite as good as above that I also haven't seen mentioned would be: 'Valerian and the city of a thousand planets' [you'll need to import it, 3D version has never been released in Aus] and both MARVEL 'THOR' movies.

Slightly below those would be most of the other MARVEL movies [Except Dr Strange], especially the latter ones, 'Rouge One', 'The Last Jedi', 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'....forget 'SOLO' it's really disappointing in 3D, looks bad in 2D as well, some serious colour matching problem with that movie that makes it look very washed out.

Your pretty safe with most 3D versions of animated titles, the only ones to avoid unfortunately are both of the 'Happy Feet' movies, all the White of the snow causes horrendous Ghosting.

Actually any 3D movie that has a lot of White in it usually one to avoid, because it's a recipe for Ghosting.

 

The irony of 3D movies is that they are finally starting to get it right, they have learn't that the secret of great 3D is not to over do it, and don't try and get all the background in 3D as well, especially if there is a lot going on in that background [It's what makes DR Strange so bad 3D wise].

All this comes as the last 3D TV ceased production late 2017 [Panasonic EX780a - I bought one], that's the irony.

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