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Taking a quick glance at my collection, the only two I regret buying are Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Peter Gabriel New Blood. Cloudy because the 3d was very underwhelming and not worth watching over the 2d and Peter Gabriel just because I was not a fan of the orchestra aspect with his music (3d was decent). Otherwise, cant say I really regret any of my 3d purchases although some are better/have more value than others of course to some degree.
 

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A lot of early 3D titles, which I have since gotten rid of, were purchased more just to have content but ended up being disappointing. Many were just mediocre or childish in terms of plot, most had disappointing 3D. As to some specific titles that come to mind:


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Open Season

Drive Angry

Green Hornet

Oz the Great and Powerful

Escape from Planet Earth

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The Three Musketeers

Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate (I know this one got a lot of positive word of mouth but it did absolutely nothing for me)

Wild Ocean

Despicable Me


In retrospect, I bought too many "kiddie" movies which just weren't my thing while the live action titles were in genres that really didn't appeal to me.


The Marvel comic book movies (other than Captain America and Avengers) also deserve a dishonorable mention for their shoddy 3D. Films were entertaining but the 3D was mostly a cynical cash-grab afterthought other than the two titles mentioned.
 

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Originally Posted by TonyDP  /t/1523182/what-3d-movies-do-you-regret-buying-or-watching/0_60#post_24500677


A lot of early 3D titles, which I have since gotten rid of, were purchased more just to have content but ended up being disappointing. Many were just mediocre or childish in terms of plot, most had disappointing 3D. As to some specific titles that come to mind:


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Open Season

Drive Angry

Green Hornet

Oz the Great and Powerful

Escape from Planet Earth

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

The Three Musketeers

Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate (I know this one got a lot of positive word of mouth but it did absolutely nothing for me)

Wild Ocean

Despicable Me


In retrospect, I bought too many "kiddie" movies which just weren't my thing while the live action titles were in genres that really didn't appeal to me.


The Marvel comic book movies (other than Captain America and Avengers) also deserve a dishonorable mention for their shoddy 3D. Films were entertaining but the 3D was mostly a cynical cash-grab afterthought other than the two titles mentioned.
 

I'm surprised at your panning of Oz TGAP.  To me, that was a beautiful movie and would be one of the ones I'd consider to be a near reference 3D film.

 

Here's an nice review and explanation of why the 3D worked so well in that film.

 

I don't completely agree with their "before the window" assessment, but only because they seemed to stress it happening a lot, and I found it to be much more balanced.  They and I both give it a 5/5 in that regard, but for opposing reasons.  Funny that.

 

As far as the "beyond the window" assessment, that also earned 5/5 from them, I completely agree and they put the explanation this way:

 

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Beyond the Window
 

The "beyond the window" category is where we look for the more familiar 3D effects of depth, as if you're looking through a window in a world that stretches on endlessly past you. The land of Oz is expertly designed to be exactly that, and by combining practical sets with CGI Raimi and his crew allow the sense of depth to be much greater than in, say, Alice in Wonderland. You don't just feel the CGI effects that create an infinite universe impossible to recreate in reality, but the tactile depth of the sets that were really there, from the expansive Emerald City to the figures just a bit further away in the magical fog that Glinda summons. The entire dazzling effect of Oz arriving into this magical world relies on the depth of 3D, and that "wow" moment lasts throughout the entire film.

 

Beyond the Window Score: 5/5
 
 

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I don't think this thread is going to work.  Hugo, for instance, get's very good reviews from AVSers most of the time.
 

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I don't think this thread is going to work.  Hugo, for instance, get's very good reviews from AVSers most of the time.

Why won't it work? You ask for people's opinions and then say the thread won't work because some of those opinions don't line up with the majority? Not everyone is going to agree with the majority in an open public type poll. Maybe you should have been more specific in your original question since the way it's posed leaves it open for posters to reject a 3d title for many reasons and not just it's 3d ability. Are you asking people which titles they regret purchasing from a underwhelming 3d perspective alone? If so, you should make that clear.
 

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I have 16 BR 3D movies so far. The majority were purchased based on reviews here and the fact they were on sale at a very good price. Basing my opinion solely on the 3D experience and giving no thought to the story line I can say that I would not return any of my movies. Ranking all 16 I would rank as the least desirable, Men in Black 3 but I still consider it worth keeping.
 

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When any new format debuts (DVD, Blu-ray, 3D), I inevitably wind up buying titles of limited interest or dubious merit in the early days just to have something to watch. My biggest 3D stinker was the IMAX 'Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk'. The 3D is very strong and pronounced in that one, but the... ahem... "documentary" is insanely preachy and heavy-handed and dull, not to mention that many of the facts presented are of questionable veracity. From scene to scene, it goes from "The entire world will be an apocalyptic wasteland in five years if we don't stop global warming right this minute," to "Look at how much fun white water rafting is. Whoo!!"


So painfully stupid. Even at only 45 minutes long, I had to turn it off before the end. Awful.
 

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I've purchased and enjoyed a lot of the cheesy movie/quality 3D horror, action, and dance films. I'm not sure how much replayability they have with me in the future though. A few were actually painful to sit through.

Yogi Bear - Awful movie. Great 3D.
Sammy 2 - Same as above
Open Season - Same as above
Priest - Cool world, but awful conversion and lackluster story.
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas - Flat 3D depth. So flat.
Nightmare Before Christmas - Not my cup of tea. Awful conversion.
Oz: The Great and Powerful - Snooze. Great 3D.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Worst dialogue ever. Up and down 3D, good 2nd half action.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Middling movie and conversion. Okay but I don't need any more like this.



Some that I enjoyed more than expected:

Sanctum

Final Destination 5

My Bloody Valentine

Step Up 3D


Paul Anderson movies
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Journey to the Center of the Earth
 

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Looks like plenty of potential for controversy in such a little thread. Grand Canyon Adventure is one of my favorite titles, Josh. I like almost everything about it.



I've bought over 120 3D movies. I've learned something from all of them. Some are great, some are so-so and the following list has the ones I could throw in the trash and never miss:


Cats and Dogs 3D. I still haven't gotten through the whole film. Bad in every way.

Fascination: Coral Reef 3D. Poorly shot, unimaginably poorly written, with some of the most uninspired 3D I've ever seen.

Amazing Nature 3D. See above.

Adventure: Coral Reef 3D. See above.

Spider-Man 3D. Why bother if you're going to do 3D this badly?

i, Robot 3D. One of the worst conversions yet. My 3D TVs can do conversion this well in real time.

Sanctum 3D. Dark and dull.


Who's favorite 3D movie is on my list?
 

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I've bought about 50 movies and I'd have to say, most of them.

The top 3 regrets would be;

3) Piranha 3D

2) Pacific Rim

1) The prize for the most visually annoying movie with the most obnoxious main character would have to go to the turtle movie. I bought too many movies just because they were 3D. Out of all the movies, Sammy was the only movie I just couldn't finish watching.
 

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Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. I picked it up thinking it would be so bad it's good, but it was just awful.
 

LOL.  The ability to see the difference between movies that are

 

"so bad that they're enjoyable in an odd way"

vs.

"so bad that they're just bad and must be avoided"

 

...is one of the hallmarks of a movie buff.
 

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I have to say that if I didn't have young kids there would certainly be more movies (3D or otherwise) that I thought were terrible.  But I've learned to see things through their eyes.
 

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I don't think this thread is going to work.  Hugo, for instance, get's very good reviews from AVSers most of the time.

It's not the only highly acclaimed movie that I didn't like. Most people liked it but some agreed with me that it was slow and painful to sit through, I never made it in 3 tries. Nice looking 3D though.
 

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I don't think this thread is going to work.  Hugo, for instance, get's very good reviews from AVSers most of the time.

It's not the only highly acclaimed movie that I didn't like. Most people liked it but some agreed with me that it was slow and painful to sit through, I never made it in 3 tries. Nice looking 3D though.
 

Sell me yours?  :)
 

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It's not the only highly acclaimed movie that I didn't like. Most people liked it but some agreed with me that it was slow and painful to sit through, I never made it in 3 tries. Nice looking 3D though.
And therein lies the crux of the reasoning behind our choices for this question. Are you rating based on quality of the 3D, the quality of the story, or a combination of the two? As far as Hugo is concerned, I watched it on BR and bought the 3D version much later because it was on sale for $14.99 and read that the 3D quality was very good. So when I watched the 3D version I was mostly looking at it from a strictly 3D quality standpoint.
 
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