Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
And then let's see... yippee!!!
... we get to buy all new receivers or pre-amps (the internal HDMI switching circuitry has to be HDMI 1.4 certified and 3-D pass-through enabled), 3-D capable Blu-ray players, 3-D capable TV's and projectors, and get the joy of rewiring everything
with HDMI 1.4 certified cables to synch it all together.
All for a few gimmick-riddled movies and a fad that may be as fleeting as when 3-D came out for the first time in theaters in the 50's. Why? Because the movies were all about the 3-D "gotcha" effects rather than a good story.
And let's not forget the movie itself won't have that good of a 1080p video encode because they have to cram in the regular 2-D version plus
a secondary 1080p/24 metadata video file that must run simultaneously to create the 3-D effect. That's effectively half the video bit budget gone for this all to work. If you don't have a 3-D system you may have to sacrifice overall A/V quality for the sake of 3-D. You don't think the studios are going to give you two different Blu-ray discs with two different optimized video and audio encodes, do you?
Oh, the joy!
Say YES to full blown 3D in the home with 7.1 lossless surround sound.
I'm disappointed this ones coming with just a 2D edition and yet the extra is in 3D. I think i know why they are doing this though. I believe a deal has been struck with Panasonic and thus they are holding back 3D titles like this until proper 3D players and displays hit the market. I believe Fox, Disney and Dreamworks titles are being held back from being released on standard Blu Ray with the paper glasses due to a deal being struck for proper 3D coming next year.
It might be a gimmick but it's an entertaining gimmick so count me in. I also believe 3D is here to stay this time.
One thing i'd like to see is the introduction of BD-75 and BD-100 discs for 3D use. Panasonic claim you need 1.5 times the space of a normal 2D edition for 3D. Thus 99% of all 3D movies will fit on a BD-50. I also read that they can extrapolate a 2D edition from the 3D edition so more space shouldn't be needed just to make a 2D edition.
I don't see the image quality being an issue. Most films around two hours can easily fit in about 30 gigabytes of space with lossless audio and an audio commentary and they can look fabulous. 1.5 times the space is 45 gigabytes. Not a problem. They can add extra's onto a second disc.
I'm all for 3D. bring it on. Proper 3D for the home which will look as great as the current home cinema 3D. Yessssss.