Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Two BluRay 3D's MIA This Week (One You Care About, and Another You Probably Don't)


Two movies that were projected in 3D in theaters are being released on BluRay this week without 3D versions accompanying them.  The first is one you probably care about, which is Disney's "live action" remake of "The Jungle Book," which was a huge hit in theaters and loved by pretty much everyone who saw it.  Like "Zootopia," this was one of the biggest hits the 3D format had in theaters, but unlike "Zootopia," if you want this in 3D, I guess you need to import it from Zavii.  Now, to give Disney credit, they HAVE stated that a BluRay 3D is coming at a later date!  But... well, I'll believe it when I see it.  No offense to the Mouse, but I don't really understand why the 3D versions would be coming at a later date.  No other studio holds off on releasing BluRay 3D's unless they first released the movie on disk at a time when 3D TV's weren't really a thing.  Disney IS finally releasing "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" on BluRay 3D in December, so there IS a chance they will keep their word on this, but it just doesn't make a lot of sense to hold off on releasing the product until a time when potential buyers may have just moved on and done the import thing!


On the other hand we have "Ratchet & Clank," the video game based movie that was supposed to launch a cinematic universe for Sony video games, but came and went before anyone noticed it was there.  I previously wrote that those who wanted to see the movie in 3D might want to hurry as many theaters didn't even bother to keep that version for more than a week.  Turns out, that brief two weeks is the only way you could have seen this in 3D, as there is no BluRay 3D release in sight.  I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for this to come out with one at a later date.  I have been unable to verify if an import or 3D stream is going to be available, but I will keep you guys posted.

Also, I do want to take a quick moment to mention that comedic actor Gene Wilder passed away yesterday.  Known for "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," and his Oscar-nominated role in "The Producers," he was a great comedic talent and will surely be missed.  He signed a Willy Wonka photo for me many years ago, and that photo that hangs in my office is now going to be treasured much more from this point on!

3 comments :

  1. That's a wonderful picture of Gene.

    I bought Ratchet&Clank on BD, but I wish it had been 3D and 1.85 ratio.

    As it is, the movie is missing that fun factor that 3D and less letterboxing could have provided.

    As far as Jungle Book goes, I'm waiting for 3D. This was made easier by the movie's high 2D street price ($23 at Target).

    At least Force Awakens 2D was cheap when it came out on BD, but still I'm not DD this time.

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  2. A French version of Ratchet & Clank in 3D has been released on blu-ray, and it includes an English audio track in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

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