Saturday, April 9, 2016

Worst BluRay 3D Releases


While 3D can be a great tool for film makers to help enhance the films they are making, there is no denying that bad 3D can make a movie worse.  Below is a lost of 3D films that (in our opinion) don't deserve a spot on your shelf.  Please keep in mind some of the movie here are good (and we will note when they are).  We are only commenting on the 3D aspect of these films may not be worth the extra few bucks to see in theaters or buy on disk.  This list is a work in progress and is subject to be updated when deemed fit (and will only include movies that are available in 3D on disk for obvious reasons).





 
 
 
Clash of the Titans
Studio: Warner Bros.
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

Right after "Avatar" and "Alive in Wonderland" 3D in cinema's popular, Warn Bros. had to hastily slap together this piece of junk upconversion that was so bad critics argued it actually made the film worse.  3D had just made it's major comeback, and it didn't take long before an example of released for how bad it could be.



 
 
 

The Last Airbender
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

 Though the bad 3D is probably the last reason you should buy this disk, let it be known that the true awfulness of this production extended to a 3D experience where the most noticeable pop-out was that of the studio logo.  I mean... come on, we're talking about "The Last Airbender." Even good 3D wasn't going to save this.  Not even a little.


 
 
 

Love
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

 Of all the things that should be in 3D, sex shouldn't be one of them.  As what can only be described as the first mainstream pornographic 3D film, the pop-out effects are certainly frequent here... you just might not want to see them for yourself.  This might actually be the only disk on this list that isn't worth getting BECAUSE there's too much 3D (trust on this; you don't want to know)!

 
 

The Peanuts Movie
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

 This is another case where the issue is not that the 3D is poor, only that it adds so little to the film there is practically no reason to watch it in 3D.  Indeed, this is one film where you will really be scratching your head trying to figure out why you are wearing the glasses for an effect that is dubious at best.


 
 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Studio: Sony Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

 You would hope that an animated movie that used stop motion effects would result in some cool 3D (because, you know, actual sets), but the shots and cinematography doesn't give the 3D a chance to shine much.  There is some depth, just not enough to make a difference.


 
 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available (amazingly)
Online Stream Available: Yes
Import Available: Yes

The first 'Pirates' film to enter 3D did so in such poor fashion you wonder why it was attempted at all.  With only a few shots where things are purposefully thrown at the screen, this is the sort of gimmicky 3D that gives the format a bad name.  Granted, these shots look worse in 2D..but I don't think there's any format where this movie looks good.


 
 

Priest
Studio: Sony Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: No

 I suppose the good thing about this release is that the movie is so forgettable that there is no reason anyone would seek this out.  As for the 3D itself it is non-existent while the film makers forgot to adjust the light for the added darkness the glasses brings, which means watching this in 3D feels like watching the movie through a bed sheet.


 
 

Shrek
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

Though most of DreamWorks upconvrsions are great, "Shrek" is the one instance where there isn't much pop to be found.  2D works just as well this time around.


 
 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Status of American BluRay 3D Release: Available
Online Stream Available: No
Import Available: Yes

 This is probably the most humorous 3D release since most of the movie is neither in live action or computer animation like the marketing made you to believe.  This is, in fact, 85% a hand drawn 2D production.  Now, that said, when the few live action sequences DO look good in three dimensions, but most of the film looks like a cheap pop-up book in comparison!


1 comments :

  1. I own all these, except Love/Pirates/Airbender.

    The rest of them are decent movies that are moderately enhanced by 3D.

    Peanuts and the new SpongeBob movie are fairly good 3D at home...maybe you saw them in The Theater?

    The older titles listed are frequently under $10 used, for me that was worth it as a 3D fan.

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