In a statement similar to Panasonic’s exclusive deal with Avatar on release, Sony has setup a deal with Harry Potter to be the exclusive source of the new “Harry Potter 3D Experience” pack, including Harry Potter #7 Part 1 in 3D.
This exclusive “Harry Potter 3D Experience” will be available to consumers who purchase Sony’s BDP-S780 Blu-ray Disc player with 3D or BDV-E580 Blu-ray 3D home theater system. Additionally, the same Harry Potter 3D titles will be bundled with two pairs of Sony active 3D glasses, TDG-BR250/DBL, as a “3D starter kit.”
Harry Potter 7: The Deathly Hallows was originally supposed to appear in theaters in 3D, but they had to release it 2D only because the conversion was taking longer than expected. I don’t think it ever actually came to theaters, so it seems this BluRay pack will be the only way to get see it in 3D for a while.
The new discs should be hitting Amazon soon.
via Harry Potter 3D Blu-rays.
Accelcoder has a new BluRay and BluRay 3D Encoder that’s near release and expected to retail for $1299, but while they put the finishing touches on it you can download and try it yourself for free!
It’s got full standard compliant h264 support for 2D and 3D, and supports lots of input formats like AVI, Quicktime, MPEG2, and more. You can get all the details on their site, along with the download information.
Accelcoder X – Blu-ray,3D,IPTV Encoder.
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the official release date of the new Tron Legacy movie on DVD and BluRay. It’s available in both 2D and 3D formats, and you can even get the original Tron!
Available right now on Amazon, you can even get a great 5-disc pack containing DVD, BluRay, BluRay3D, and the Original movie remastered in High-Def, and only for $65!
See all the options on Amazon.
In what sounds like a pretty interesting use of 3D, RealD and the London Opera House have teamed up with Toshiba to package 3D BluRay releases of ‘Carmen in 3D’ with select TV’s, PC’s, and BluRay players. Currently only viewable in RealD Theaters, the Play format is ideally suited for 3D work due to it’s fixed working area and limited range of motion.
A co-production of RealD and London’s Royal Opera House, CARMEN IN 3D gives viewers the best seat in the house, taking them on a magic carpet ride into the heart of the production – immersing them into this exciting story of love, jealousy and betrayal.
CARMEN IN 3D is a dazzling film, filled with some of the best-loved music ever written – and performed by a world-class cast. With English subtitles throughout, it is the perfect event for life-long opera fans and first-timers alike! Available exclusively in RealD theaters beginning in March 2011.
RealD, Toshiba Run ‘Carmen In 3D’ Promos – 2011-02-11 18:23:01 | TWICE.
One of the problems with the whole 3-D fad that I mentioned in 2010 was the fact that there as a lack of 3-D content available. Specifically, there is a lack of 3-D movies. What good is a 3-D high definition television set if there is nothing to watch on it. Now, if there was only a way to convert regular 2-D movies into 3-D, then that would be a selling point. Imagine taking the new Star Wars BluRay collection, which is in 2-D, and watching it in 3-D.
The Digital Bits is reporting that Panasonic has done just that. Panasonic is releasing three new full 3-D BluRay player models. The DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 will all be able to convert 2-D content from DVDs and BluRay into 3-D by using “natural depth perception”. This is a user adjustable effect which will allow you to increase or decrease the amount of depth in the movie.
Each model also includes the usual VIERA CAST Internet options (Netflix, Amazon VOD, You Tube, Pandora, twitter, Bloomberg News and weather info), which now feature Skype (a Skype button has now been added to the players’ remotes). All have ultra-quick playback and the two two models, the DMP-BDT310 and DMP-BDT210, have built-in WiFi and a Touch-Free sensor to open and close the disc tray in a dark room.
Prices and availability are unknown at this point.
via : The Digital Bits
Fans of Pandora will find themselves browsing eBay in search of those fancy Avatar 3D BluRay discs, as new information says that the previously known Panasonic deal is actually an exclusive deal until February 2012.
Panasonic has confirmed to me that it’s nabbed the exclusive global distribution rights to the blockbuster title until February 2012. Until that point, it will only be available as a retail incentive to buyers of the brand’s 3DTVs and Blu-ray players.
That is an amazing duration on such a deal. Panasonic no doubt paid a bundle, if it’s true. I’m not very familiar with the ‘AVZombie’ site.
via Panasonic ties up Avatar 3D Blu-ray until Feb 2012, no retail release planned for 2011.
Looks like the earlier reports of Avatar exclusively on Panasonic Viera televisions was right, because you can run out right now and buy a nice Panasonic Viera 3D TV and get the ‘Panasonic 3D Ultimate Pack’ including the rare disk and 2 3D Glasses.
If you’re hoping to score the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar, you’ll have to cozy up to Panasonic and purchase a Panasonic Viera 3D TV. If you do, you can choose to receive one of two bundles:
- Full HD 3D Blu-ray Player plus Panasonic 3D Ultimate Pack
- $295.95 towards a Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System plus Panasonic 3D Ultimate Pack
If the $1000+ price tag is too much for you, then you can try your luck at eBay where the disks are going for $300-$400.
via Avatar 3D Blu-ray Finally Ships (Sort Of) – HotHardware.
Over the last two weeks we have told you about the new 3-D support that Sony was adding the to the PlayStation3. How well does it actually work? CNET UK has performed a comparison between a dedicated 3-D BluRay player, the Sony BDP-S570, and the Sony PlayStation3. CNET takes a look at the lack of a HDMI 1.4a output on the Sony PlayStation3,
picture quality, loading times, lossy audio, as well as other issues.
In a 2D picture-performance shoot-out, the stand-alone player also outgunned the PS3, offering more detail in its image. This advantage didn’t manifest itself with 3D Blu-ray viewing, however. Any slight flaws the PS3′s 3D image may have are insignificant compared to the visual mayhem that the 3D process itself inflicts on the viewer. Active-shutter glasses, for example, reduce an image’s brightness, corrupt colours and unbalance whites. Trying to differentiate fine levels of video performance under such circumstances is utterly pointless.
via PlayStation 3D vs 3D Blu-ray player: Third-dimension face-off | Crave | CNET UK
We told you about this last week, but here is another reminder. Today, Sony released an update, version 3.5, for the Playstation 3 that enables 3-D Blu-Ray support. Not only do you get 3-D Blu-Ray support with this update, but you also get a few other new features as well.
Additional new features in the 3.50 update include:
* Facebook Integration: Developers will be able to create PS3 games that have more interaction with Facebook. Once compatible PS3 titles are available, PS3 users can choose to access public information on Facebook – including user name, profile, uploaded photos and friends list – to enhance their gameplay experience.
* Grief Reporting Function: Users can send claim reports directly from the XMB for any inappropriate messages they receive from other PlayStation Network users. This feature is accessible from the option menu of the messages list in the FRIENDS category.
via : PS3 System Software Update v3.50 Available Soon
Warner Brothers has announced 6 new 3D BluRay titles comeing out in November, but not a one of them is anything I think people have been waiting for. The list:
- Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
- Clash of the Titans
- The Polar Express
- IMAX Deep Sea 3D
- IMAX Under the Sea 3D
- IMAX Space Station 3D
That’s right. Warner Brothers will actually be releasing Clash of the Titans, the movie that almost single handedly destroyed 3D with the atrocious last-minute 2D-to-3D conversion, into homes everywhere in nauseating 3D.
via Warner Announces A Stunning Six Blu-Ray 3D Titles This Year – I4U News.