Saturday, July 26, 2014

MIA BluRay 3D's


Frozen
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Rumored for October 2014 but unconfirmed False alarm, it turns out the new release was just a sing along release.  I so wish I was kidding on that.
Online Stream Available: Yes
Import Available: Yes

The lack of a BluRay 3D for "Frozen" in America has rubbed fans the wrong way and created a tense relationship with home theater ethusiasts and Disney.  Not only was this one of the few 3D films that did more business in 3D when it was released in theaters than the 2D version, but pretty much every other country got the film in 3D.  The good news is the UK release is compatible on American BluRay players, so playing the import game isn't out of the question.  There have been rumors that Disney will release the film in 3D in one of their Diamond Edition sets later this year but there has been no confirmation of that happening.



 
 
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: None at the moment
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: No

Now that I'm back in the full wowing of things here, I have to mention that we got another BluRay release last week whose 3D version is Missing In Action: "Legends of Oz: Dorthy Returns." Both a critical and box office failure, the film was released on DVD and BluRay combo packs last week.  However, no BluRay 3D was made available.  This is especially disappointing for fans of the film (if there are indeed any out there feel free to comment and let us know why you liked it) because the movie was made with 3D in mind, and many of the shots look distorted in 2D.  The fans are extra screwed in this case as there is no international BluRay 3D release of any kind (so no importing on this one), and Vudu doesn't have a digital 3D download.  In fact they don't sell the film at all... which probably speaks volumes to how big of a disaster this really was.  So, again, if there are indeed any fans of this movie that exist, hopefully you don't mind the odd looking 2D version of this film.
 


 
 

Maleficent
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: None at the moment
Online Stream Available: Yes
Import Available: Yes

Another huge 3D film that did very well for Disney.  Tons of box office, 3D was used well, fans of the film who own 3D TV's would like to watch it in 3D.  Alas, there is no plans for a BluRay 3D release.  Which is a shame because regardless what you think of the movie (my opinion: It's not very good) you can't deny the film looks great!




Need for Speed
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: None at the moment
Online Stream Available: Yes
Import Available: Yes

Since this was neither a box office or critical success, I don't exactly chide Disney for not making the 3D version available on disk.  Still, why not make the 3D version a retailer exclusive for fans who do want to own the 3D version?


 
The Seventh Son
Studio: Universal Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Announced with a release date with disks pressed. Disks remain unreleased for unknown reason.
Online Stream Available: Yes
Import Available: Yes

Despite being announced for BluRay 3D along with the 2D versions of the film, despite having the disk up for pre-order for months, and despite many of the disks already being pressed, the movie hit store shelves without a BluRay 3D release, with a new date to be determined.  There is no word on what happened in this case, but the fact that many sites (including Amazon) were taking pre-orders until two weeks ago suggests that the decision to forgo/delay the release of the 3D version came late in the game.  "The Seventh Son" has not been the luckiest of movies, having been delayed almost a full two years after being filmed and being widely panned by critics.  The 3D was tacked on at the last minute of filming to take advantage of the booming 3D craze.

Course, that was two years ago, and it's hard to deny that the format has taken a hit in popularity since then.  Most TV's still have 3D capabilities, but almost none of the manufacturers use it as a major selling point anymore.  Still, the format has it's fans, there is more content for it than ever before, and since there have already been disks pressed, it's all the more strange that it didn't ship to stores.  Now, taking all that into account, I DO believe we will see this on store shelves eventually!  They are probably sitting on it for whatever reason, but disks have been made, they are sitting in a warehouse somewhere, and I doubt Universal won't try to unload them at some point.  If you want one, make sure to write to them.



Tarzan: The Legend Lives
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: None at the moment
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

This week see's the release of a movie that may have slipped under the radar for most of you when it was in theaters: "Tarzan: The Legend Lives."  It was a co-production between America, Germany, and France, proving once again that peace doesn't always lead to prosperity.  The film received poor reviews from critics (18% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the 3D was especially trashed by one critic.  Being an animated film I have a hard time believing the 3D can be that bad.  Animation tends to lend itself better to 3D than everything else, even for poor movies like "The Nut Job."  This was a box office bomb and the movie is exclusively available at Wal-Mart.  Since they are the exclusive carriers you'd think they'd include the BluRay 3D as well.  Turns out that isn't the case.  I mean, they may have ultimately done us a favor if the 3D is as bad as they say, but why not press the disk and let consumers (what few there likely are for this film) choose for themselves?

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