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Old 09-01-2013, 08:32
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Bought a new TV that is 3D capable. Whilst not one of the main reasons I bought the TV (most high end sets are 3D capable now), I though i'd get a couple of 3D blu-rays to try it out.

Cant believe the price of some of them.

For example, on HMV website - John carter of Mars is £12 for the regular blu-ray, £5 for the DVD.........but the 3D blu-ray is £35!!!

Amazon is a bit better - but you are still looking at around double the price for the 3D version over standard blu-ray.

If they want 3D to take off in the home market - they are going to have to do something about the price.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:53
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If muppets keep buying them then they'll remain expensive. Plenty of 3D stuff available by "other means".
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:14
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If muppets keep buying them then they'll remain expensive. Plenty of 3D stuff available by "other means".
I dont really buy that argument that people buying them are muppets. We need early adopters who are willing to pay extra for new technology in order to help make it mainstream and drive prices down as the economies of scale kick in (like what happened with flat panel HD TVs and blu-ray)

I was just shocked at the difference in the price of the media - considering its a relatively simple derivation of existing blu-ray disc technology. I was expecting to see them for a few quid more - but not 2-3 times the price.

That said - I have just picked up Despicable Me for £7
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:37
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Is 3D "really" taking off?

Personally, and i may be wrong, i just don't think people are really buying int othe whole 3D at home thing.
People may be buying the tv but are they investing in the software?
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:44
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Is 3D "really" taking off?
No idea.......

I guess its hard to know just what will happen with 3D until more media becomes available and prices come down.

Also - film companies need to stop using it as a gimmick. I have seen a few 3D movies and for some (the Avengers, Transformers 3) it really didn't work well at all - whereas IMO, Avatar used it really well.

I have heard that Life of Pi is supposed to be spectacular in 3D (from somebody who isn't a fan of 3D).

I'm looking forward to trying gaming in 3D again (Gran Turismo). I played a racing game and a FPS on my PC years ago using an early incarnation of LCD shutter glasses - and thought it worked really well.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:59
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The whole 3D experience is not great. Films tend to just be set in depth and its like you are looking through your tv. How about making stuff come out the screen at you instead. That would be so much better and would add more wow factor. I hope the new texas chainsaw 3D movie throws stuff out at you. Who wants to see a chainsaw inside a fish tank?
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:00
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occasionally the bbc put some 3D on normal channels

i recorded wimbledon final, and olympics closing ceremony for future use.

i actually bought a 22"" 3D TV for use as a computer monitor. (it was on offer in currys). I had a few 3D blurays including Avatar, and I have to say the 3D is extraordinary.

i will get a big 3D TV when they are cheap enough. you see 3D blus occasionally at reduced prizes. worth picking them up as you see them.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:12
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Can you download 3d movies by torrent? Virgin media prices to watch a movie from their on demand service is disgusting. i certainly wouldnt pay it, id rather pay a little more and own it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:26
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Bought a new TV that is 3D capable. Whilst not one of the main reasons I bought the TV (most high end sets are 3D capable now), I though i'd get a couple of 3D blu-rays to try it out.

Cant believe the price of some of them.

For example, on HMV website - John carter of Mars is £12 for the regular blu-ray, £5 for the DVD.........but the 3D blu-ray is £35!!!

Amazon is a bit better - but you are still looking at around double the price for the 3D version over standard blu-ray.

If they want 3D to take off in the home market - they are going to have to do something about the price.
If you absolutely have to have a Blu-Ray 3D movie, I recommend Thomas Jane's "Dark Country" for about a tenner from Amazon. The dvd is cheaper but it's an anaglyph, so best avoided.
A neat little thriller with effective 3D, which is unexpected given that much of it takes place inside a car.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:29
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Depending on what you're into, you can get some 3D movies dirt cheap on Amazon. I got Coraline for £4.25, Despicable Me for £5, Open Season/Cloudy WACOM/Monster House for £15, Hugo for £6 and Avatar Special Edition for £19.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:35
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3D is meant to become a huge boom for the porn industry. Id like to see one myself so i can comment, haha
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:40
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3D is meant to become a huge boom for the porn industry. Id like to see one myself so i can comment, haha
Not as much fun as you'd think (as is usually the case with porn).
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:45
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Can you download 3d movies by torrent? Virgin media prices to watch a movie from their on demand service is disgusting. i certainly wouldnt pay it, id rather pay a little more and own it.
Can't possibly comment, however I will say that ATEOTD, 3D films are just files, just like 2D and standard def films are files. If you can torrent these - and I'm led to believe you can - it stands to reason that you can torrent 3D films. The 3D files are just bigger. Probably.
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:47
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Is 3D "really" taking off?

Personally, and i may be wrong, i just don't think people are really buying int othe whole 3D at home thing.
People may be buying the tv but are they investing in the software?
Spend on 3D Blu-ray nearly doubled in 2012
Dec 21, 2012

In a welcome piece of good news for the 3D industry, a report indicates 3D content and technology is thriving.
According to an IHS Screen Digest Cross Platform Intelligence report, worldwide metrics are on the rise for 3D technology as a whole. 3D Blu-ray sales nearly doubled in 2012 compared to 2011 in America and the number of 3D cinema screens has increased fourfold over the past three years to 43,000 by the third quarter this year.
In the US-centric report, US consumers will spend $2 billion watching 3D movies, an increase of 8.5% compared to 2011. The spend covers 3D box office, 3D VOD and 3D Blu-ray.
“In an age where consumers have at their easy disposal a virtual treasure trove of entertainment options to draw from, the encouraging growth of the 3-D medium is remarkable to behold,” said Tony Gunnarsson, analyst for video at IHS Screen Digest.
“The continuing expansion of the industry is especially significant when one considers that 3D is but a small niche of overall digital viewing, and that consumers have to shell out considerably more money for 3-D products, which are priced at a premium and not necessarily an easy sell in these economically uncertain times.”
http://www.3dfocus.co.uk/3d-news-2/c...ng-study/11622
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:17
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Bought a new TV that is 3D capable. Whilst not one of the main reasons I bought the TV (most high end sets are 3D capable now), I though i'd get a couple of 3D blu-rays to try it out.

Cant believe the price of some of them.

For example, on HMV website - John carter of Mars is £12 for the regular blu-ray, £5 for the DVD.........but the 3D blu-ray is £35!!!

Amazon is a bit better - but you are still looking at around double the price for the 3D version over standard blu-ray.

If they want 3D to take off in the home market - they are going to have to do something about the price.
Disney 3D is probably the most expensive and tends to hold its price (and HMV has some crazy pricing).

If you want to see a bunch of 3D films you're better off subscribing to something like Lovefilms top tier blu-ray rental package for a month or 2.

You'll be able to rent a few dozen 3D films for what it costs to buy 1.

Disney movie rewards can be a good way of getting 3D films cheap. I got the pirates 1-4 blu ray set and the lion king trilogy for about £13 each last year..and those 2 alone had enough reward points included to get me UP 3D for free (and of course you can resell your original purchases on ebay and make pretty much all of your money back..and still have a nice 3D film to watch)
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:23
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Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like I may have jumped the gun a little - as this crazy pricing does seem quite specific to Disney movies.

I have just preordered Dredd 3D+2D blu-ray on Amazon - and it was only £13.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:31
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Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like I may have jumped the gun a little - as this crazy pricing does seem quite specific to Disney movies.

I have just preordered Dredd 3D+2D blu-ray on Amazon - and it was only £13.
Price includes matchsticks to prop your eyelids open. Keep the receipt.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:57
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3D is meant to become a huge boom for the porn industry. Id like to see one myself so i can comment, haha
I'm not sure if I want silicone enhanced boobies coming at me in 3D !!
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:57
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Price includes matchsticks to prop your eyelids open. Keep the receipt.
Now now, it's a good movie
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Old 09-01-2013, 13:07
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Now now, it's a good movie
If by "good" you means boringly one-note, predictable and humourless, then yes, it's brilliant.
There are a few retina-scorching 3D effects but it's nothing to write home about.
Better than Stallone's effort is about the kindest thing I can say about it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 13:31
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If by "good" you means boringly one-note, predictable and humourless, then yes, it's brilliant.
There are a few retina-scorching 3D effects but it's nothing to write home about.
Better than Stallone's effort is about the kindest thing I can say about it.
I'll reserve judgement (see what I did there) until I have seen it. It got reasonably good reviews - but you never can tell with movies like this - some get good reviews but are crap - others get crap reviews but are enjoyable.
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Old 09-01-2013, 14:50
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If muppets keep buying them then they'll remain expensive. Plenty of 3D stuff available by "other means".
I wish people on this forum would get an idea about how pricing works because this constant 'If people stopped paying prices would come down' argument that people use is getting ridiculous.

Its the fact its a niche product that results in the higher price. As more people get equipped with 3D TV's and players and more people buy it then the cost per unit to produce the discs will fall. Then shops will order more as they are both better priced and he demands greater and this will further drive down the production costs.
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