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Disney Pledges Blu-ray 3D Support with A Christmas Carol

Posted January 7, 2010 01:18 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray 3DWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that their support for Blu-ray 3D will culminate with the release of 'A Christmas Carol' during the fourth quarter of 2010. After a successful 3-D run in theaters, Disney hopes that Robert Zemeckis' re-envisioning of this classic holiday tale will capture audiences attention as their first Blu-ray 3D release.

Disney has previously released Blu-ray titles in 3D using the familiar red/blue glasses, but this will be the first title to utilize the recently announced Blu-ray 3D spec which provides a superior 3-D experience.

More Disney Blu-ray 3D titles are expected to be announced later this year.


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Hale-Bopp
  Jan 07, 2010
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Have they announced yet whether or not these same 3D blu-ray discs will also allow us to view them on older blu-ray players in 2-D? It would be great to know if that's an option, since then I'd be set for the future when I can afford all the 3-D gear.

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Grubert
  Jan 07, 2010
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Yes, all Blu-ray 3D discs will be back compatible with existing or future 2-D players.

SpaceDog
  Jan 07, 2010
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It's good to know that Disney is committed, but I'd be much more interested in Pixar titles.

krazyclown
  Jan 07, 2010
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i want to know how much this will jack the price up

Dr. Manhattan
  Jan 07, 2010
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I just can't wait for this one to come out on Blu Ray already, 3D or not.

RIKANA
  Jan 07, 2010
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EXclent!

RI

krazyclown
  Jan 07, 2010
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i wonder if there will be 2 versions i with 3d and one with out 3d

Rainman208
  Jan 07, 2010
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Looks like 2010 will be the year of 3-D. I can't see 3-D so no big whoop for me. Even if I still could I would see 3-D as a gimmick. Until those "no glasses" 3-D displays become mainstream I don't see 3-D as a driving market factor. Just my opinion.
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mywhitenoise
  Jan 07, 2010
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"i want to know how much this will jack the price up"

$10 MSRP...at least that's what the jack up price is for those useless DVD/Digital Copy combos.

JMDiaz718
  Jan 07, 2010
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Personally I think they should just try to improve the 3D effect on Blu-Ray discs that can be played on the current machines. They will invest tons of money on these players that most people won't buy or can't afford. Regular Blu-Ray is catching on, now they want to introduce yet ANOTHER system. This is just greed at work.

As for the crappy Digital Copies, they can keep them. It's a waste of plastic and a disc that will no longer be usable. If they want to offer you a digital copy, why not just give you access on a website?

Minimejer05
  Jan 07, 2010
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Sounds awesome. The 3d era has begun.
Hale-Bopp
  Jan 07, 2010
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JMDiaz718, it's not just greed. It's technology first. You simply can't have Full 1080p HD with current tech, namely because products with HDMI 1.4 haven't been released yet.

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DAMNSAM77
  Jan 07, 2010
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I think it's safe to say that we, or at least I, will start buying the 3D/2D combo blurays as they get releasedm even if it would be a year or more before I get the latest 3D projector. Come on JVC, you can do it Q1 2011 !!

bookcase
  Jan 07, 2010
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I have absolutely no interest in 3D at home. I already wear one pair of glasses -- I don't see the need to wear a second set for what I consider a novelty at best. Sure, Avatar was great in 3D, but I think I'll enjoy it more in 2D on Blu-ray -- similar to my experience with Up, which I saw in 3D (the Blu-ray is much better).

Arkadin
  Jan 07, 2010
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well the whole having to buy a new display pretty much ends the discussion for 3D for me.
I won't be doing that anytime in the next 3 years at least.
my next big purchase is a projector.

sarge1976
  Jan 07, 2010
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I will not be buying into the whole 3D gimmick. First of all the glasses give me one hell of a headache and second, I just purchased 2 Kuros this year and I refuse to buy a new TV for atleast 3 years. Finaly Blu-ray is starting to become mainstream and now the big companies want us consumers to get rid of our recently prchased HDTVs and BD players and buy 3D capable ones! I personaly think it's a bunch of B.S., I'd rather have 2160P sets available instead of this 3D stuff. Just my opinion.

wallendo
  Jan 07, 2010
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I think much of he push for 3D, at least from the hardware point of view, is to drive people to blu-ray in general.

For many many people, there is not a big reason to switch from DVD to BD. Many people use their TV speakers for sound and have either a smaller screen or sit well away from the screen. For these people, the advantages of BD are minimal (other than BD-Live, which has never really added much to disks IMHO). By putting 3D on BD only, many consumers will have an occasion to revisit Blu-Ray.

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wvl
  Jan 07, 2010
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You guys have written some good reviews and opinions and I agree with all. TV is changing rapidly in directions that no one is sure about just yet. It is true that the studios will attempt to make as much money as possible with current technology and with new technology coming. However, my gripe, if I may have one, is that IF the studios are going to produce 3-D movies on blu ray format, then make dang sure the quality of the 3-D is viable. Don't get me wrong guys, I love 3-D flicks and I hope like hell the technology continues to grow, but to sell movies that have been released in 3-D on blu ray and then the quality of the 3-D sucks... that is when we should fight back. I know that many of us do not have the latest greatest fangled blu ray machines and highest quality HDTVs that should make a 3-D movie better, but there are some great movies that have been released via 3-D that really the quality of the 3-D does stink. For example, let me pick on "Polar Express 3-D". I saw this flick in 3-D at the theaters and it was fantastic, but the 3-D home blu ray version truly does suck. I got a headache watching it the first 5 minutes. I had to switch it over to 2-D to finish the movie.

Final notion: So a message to the studios... if you're going to release 3-D movies on blu ray, then make damn sure they work on ALL blu ray players and ALL HDTVs before you release the 3-D version, and I am talking about including the older HDTVs and blu ray players that were sold 3 and 4 years ago. People can't afford to go out to buy high priced TVs and blu ray players on a studios whim of forcing people to replace their current systems. Bang me if you want, but the 3-D movies need to improve on current systems. That's just my two cents.

Donít pay any attention to me, I am just bitching.

sarge1976
  Jan 07, 2010
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I couldn't have said it better myself wvl!

Minimejer05
  Jan 07, 2010
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Will be getting.
hybrid
  Jan 08, 2010
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Having only 12 months ago bought a HDTV, and just recently purchased a Panasonic Full HD projector + 2x BD players both displays, there is bucklies chance I will be buying into 3D for a very long time.

Question is will 3D become a very expensive mistake like Laserdisc was?... or just recently how burnt people who supported HD-DVD must feel.....I'm definitely not jumping head first into 3D!

cydetrakd
  Jan 08, 2010
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i was ready for 3d movies before they announced that in order to view them you need a new 3d lcd. I bought a 42in sharp aquos 1080p 120hz tv last year thinking it was capable but ive read that not all 120hz sets are stereoscopic so no go for me for atleast a few years just like a ton of other people.
tyrok3k
  Jan 08, 2010
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Will we see Disney's 3D movies released in 5 disc sets?

1. Blu-ray
2. Blu-ray Features
3. 3D Blu-ray
4. DVD
5. Digital Copy
igloo1212
  Jan 08, 2010
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I hope this movie comes out and makes disney put out a muppet christmas carol

SickFlow
  Jan 08, 2010
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not really a fan of 3D
ill just stick with blu ray on 2d for now :]
igloo1212
  Jan 08, 2010
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tyrok idk about it with the size of the disk going to rise a liitle bit more, it would also mean that the movie & special features are going to be together if on regular blu-ray disk. so basically your still getting 4 disks in one case

1. 3-D Version with Special Features
2. 2-D Version with Special Features
3. DVD Copy
4. Digital Copy

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DrrnHarr
  Jan 08, 2010
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I'll definately be picking this up.

krazyclown
  Jan 08, 2010
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Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey in multiple roles will be the first film released by Disney on Blu-ray 3D. It will arrive in stores sometime in the fourth quarter of this year after the 2D version on Blu-ray has already been available for roughly six months.
knob
  Jan 08, 2010
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I am not buying in until there is a standardized 3D agreement with all of the hardware and software manufacturers. I smell another HD-DVD / Blu-Ray format war on the horizon. There are plenty of HD-DVD coasters sitting on coffee tables throughout the world.

Goldengirl
  Jan 08, 2010
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I would really be a 3D fan. However, in Feb. 08 I bought an XBR5 and S550. There is no way I'll be spending the money to get into 3D soon. I think many people bought into high def about that time, and now woe is us because the technology has taken another giant leap in so short a time that in order to take advantage of it we wouldn't get our money's worth out of our previous purchase. I really had hoped some adapter was going to be offered to make our 120hz displays compatible with the 3D (I would have sucked up the price of a new player). No 3D for this Goldengirl until I get my money's worth from Feb. 08's purchase. That's okay. Perhaps by the time I buy it it will be perfected. Yeah, there will be something new on the horizon then, but after buying into 3D I'm done. But I must see Middle-earth in 3D.
Jimmy Smith
  Jan 08, 2010
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How dim are some people on this forum

Newsflash 3D and 2D versions don't need separate encodes. The 2D version is encoded within the 3D version.

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b00st
  Jan 08, 2010
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well Sony says that they can FW update the PS3 to be 3D compatible....i hope the other companies come up with a similar solution. I do believe it is unreasonable to ask the masses to junk their new purchased TVs in order to support the next level. I just bought a V10 this year...i'm happy with it and I don't plan on upgrading it anytime soon.

If everyone has to buy new...I see this going out like betamax. I just don't see the masses doing this if they can't somehow firmware update peoples recent purchases of HD equipment be it players or tvs.
Jimmy Smith
  Jan 08, 2010
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To those who complain about getting a new TV.

I bet you thought Blu-Ray would fail because you couldn't play 1080p on your 1980s television in your room. New technlogies require new equitment that is a fact of life your just going to have to get over. You can't afford it. Fine don't buy it. You can still buy 3D movies watch them in 2D until you can afford the equitment which will drop in price fast as all new equitment does. To say a new technology won't take off due to the fact it requires new equitment is pretty absurd to say the least

Ukujiku
  Jan 08, 2010
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Great film, saw this at the Imax in 3d, can't wait to see it on Blu.

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b00st
  Jan 08, 2010
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Johnny Smith...the word is equipment. equipment man.

blu is new, its just finally gaining ground over DVD. changing all these specs around whether its bigger discs or 3d ready has to be adopted by the masses. if we don't buy...then 3d goes bye bye. if everyone is trying to buy trying to get there HDTV on right now and they want to push 3d....i think 3d should have been implemented a year earlier. this isn't absurd...a lot of people don't care about 3d or think its gimmicky. it will be a betamax if they aren't careful.
TGReaper
  Jan 08, 2010
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Speaking for myself I am looking forward to getting real 3D in the home. I don't get to the cinema as much as I would like to but rely on getting the films I want to see on Blu.
I did go to the cinema to watch Avatar just before the New Year and it was amazing and the best movie I had seen all year.
Most times when I go to the cinema I go on my own and there are a few 3D movies I would like to see such as A Christmas Carol & the Toy Story films in 3D but cant see myself (a 35 yr old guy) sitting in cinema on my own watching them. So if they release them on Blu for proper home 3D then count me in.
I read that the new SAW movie will be in 3D which should be cool. (I just hope that they don't do 4D for home as imagine watching someone getting cut up and the person watching gets splattered by crimson liquid)

I hope they release UP for the 3D format.
Jimmy Smith
  Jan 08, 2010
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B00st you obviously don't understand the 3D spec. Adding 3D doesn't change Blu-Rays spec. All it does is add a new optional feature to Blu-Ray that requires new equitment to fully take advantate of but Blu-Ray 3D discs still play on any Blu-Ray player. 3D Blu-Ray can't go the way of Betamax or HD-DVD because those were formats while 3D Blu-Ray is not a new format. Its a new feature for an existing format. 3D Blu-Ray will die when Blu-Ray dies and not any sooner because they are the same format. 3D may not be for everyone but all it requires is that enough people buy it to exceed the cost and it will survive.

pixarforlife
  Jan 08, 2010
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Are they going to release all three Toy Story films in a set in 3D.
TGReaper
  Jan 09, 2010
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To answer your question pixarforlife they are going to release the first 2 Toy Story movies in the cinema in the 3D format as when number 3 is released this year at the cineam it will be 3D. I'm guessing that like other movies such as Avatar it will also be available to watch in normal 2D.
With Disney making their announcement that they will be releasing movies in the 3D format with their first main one being The Christmas Carol, I can only hope that in due time they will release the Toy Story 3D movies on Blu for home viewing but as far as announcements about the Toy Story films being released in a set in 3D to my knowledge nothing has been said and its a case of only time will tell. I would think they would come out as a set due to the way things are going to be progressing this year with the 3D format. I am certainly hoping they will come out!
JT_Designer
  Jan 12, 2010
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I bet A Christmas Carol and especially Avatar will start the Blu-ray 3D format off well. What I DO NOT want to see is multiple Blu-ray disk sets; I want to see everything put onto 1 single disk. When I have a dvd movie and it has multiple disks I always end up loosing one of them or one gets damaged.

I have a feeling that 3d horror movies with blood splattering in your face, ghost movies with transparent ghosts rushing at you and other scarry effects will be a hit.
Twile
  Jan 13, 2010
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I'm excited. Shame that some people will have to buy new video hardware (then again, is this a new concept to people?) but I've been rockin' it in 3D for a year now and when I see news posts like this, all I can think of is experiencing every CG movie from the past 15 years (plus the occasional live-action movie, like Avatar) in perfect 3D at home. No crappy seats, no overpriced snacks, no people talking, no silhouettes against the screen, no sub-optimal seating positions.
winlonghorn
  Jan 20, 2010
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Does anybody know if it is possible to preorder 3D blu rays yet? I was looking to preorder one.

pixarforlife
  Jan 30, 2010
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Is Disney going to release a 3D DVD along with it? Also and if so, are they going to use 2D playback on the same disc and release a separate disc with just 2D?

pixarforlife
  Jan 30, 2010
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Is Disney going to release a 3D DVD along with it? Also and if so, are they going to use 2D playback on the same disc and release a separate disc with just 2D?


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