Here’s a selected list of 3D blu-ray movies released as of July 2011:
- Alice In Wonderland 3D
- Tron: Legacy 3D
- Tangled 3D
- Legend of the Guardians – Owls of Ga’hoole
- The Green Hornet 3D
- The Lion King 3D
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D
- Monster House
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3D
- Beauty and the Beast 3D
- Deep Sea 3D
- Polar Express 3D
- Under the Sea 3D
- Resident Evil: Afterlife
- Step Up 3
- Open Season
- Clash of the Titans
- Disney’s A Christmas Carol
- Despicable Me
- My Bloody Valentine 3D
- Drive Angry 3D
- Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
- Piranha 3D
- The Final Destination 3D
- Avatar (Will be a Panasonic exclusive for a limited time)
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Toy Story 3
- Shrek (1,2 & 3)
- Shrek Forever After
A little bit of history about 3D blu-ray movies…
With the upcoming rise of 3D movies in digital movie theaters, the TV manufacturers are trying to catch on with their home theater offerings.
For that matter, they decided to release a new standard version of the Blu-ray optical disc format with stereoscopic capabilities, hence the 3D blu-ray format.
The Blu-Ray Disc Association, which includes Apple Inc. & Sony as board members among others, announced the final specifications on 17th December of 2009.
This new version uses a new codec derived from AVC. It compress the left and right views in full HD (1080p) into a single feed so then it can be split when viewed into a 3D HDTV.
The thing is, this needs a bigger bandwidth to transfer the digital data stream. HDMI 1.3 doesn’t cut anymore. So they also decided to solve this with a new version: HDMI 1.4
The problem is that HDMI 1.4 needs a whole new equipment to support it: if your TV has the old HDMI input, then you will have to buy a new HDTV that supports it to be able to play 3D blu-ray movies.
Samsung has released a few models of LED HDTVs with full HDMI 1.4 compatibility, also Sony, Panasonic, Sharp and LG among others.
Sony PS3 can play 3D blu-ray movies with the latest firmware update
Now, the good thing is that Sony’s Playstation 3 video game console can read 3D blu-ray movies out of the box, it’s compatible with the new specs. (it can also play stereoscopic games). So if you already have a PS3 game console, you are covered in that part, no need to buy a new blu ray player to play 3D blu ray movies.