When we moved to our current house three years ago, the wife ‘allowed’ me to buy a new TV for our basement. Given the area that I was putting it in, I decided to go with plasma as it was a pretty dark room and plasma benefits from a lack of light.
I was pretty excited to have a new TV, first one in about eight years, and plasma to boot! 6000:1 ratio! And then Samsung announced they were halting production of plasma sets about three weeks after I bought mine. Figures.
The TV I bought was a 3D-enabled set. Which was cool because I thought 3D movies would benefit from being viewed at home. I didn’t mind watching films in theatres in 3D and honestly thought that, the way things were going, 3D formats would be here to stay.
Of course, you can’t just have a 3D tv but you also need a 3D Blu Ray player. Ok. So I bought that too. The first pure 3D movie I grabbed was Dredd 3D. I think I got spoiled with the notion of 3D because this movie looked gorgeous.
Every time I mention Dredd, people automatically assume I mean the Stallone flick from the 90’s, Judge Dredd. Same character. But a much shittier movie and interpretation of Judge Dredd. So let’s just ignore that tripe, ok?
But I digress.
I started to spend the extra $5 to get the 3D version of Blu Rays when they were released. I didn’t always watch the movie in 3D but it was good to have the option. Sometimes the 3D conversion wasn’t that great…good 3D is supposed to add to the narrative and atmosphere of the movie. Movies like Dredd 3D and Gravity were filmed in 3D, and you can tell the difference in quality vs 3D converted films, but that’s a whole other conversation.
Bottom line, if there is a 3D-option for a movie that I’m gonna buy, I’ll grab that version over a standard Blu Ray edition. But it appears as though that option may be ending.
A few weeks back I went to grab Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 at my local Best Buy. I searched the shelves and couldn’t find the 3D edition. Blu Ray? Yup. DVD? Yup. Shit, there may have been a VHS copy but definitely no 3D option. Was it possible that Best Buy sold out or maybe they just didn’t carry it?
I checked the website while I stood in the store. Nothing listed. I checked Blu-Ray.com, a site I go to for news on releases and reviews. They would surely have it listed and…nope. Nothing there. No release date.
Was it possible that Disney/Marvel would release a ‘special edition’ later on? From what I read online in the days later, that wasn’t gonna happen. So I bought the Blu Ray edition of the movie and asked one of the employees if there was any word on the 3D version. He told me that there was no 3D release and likely wouldn’t be; that he’d noticed they weren’t getting as many 3D releases.
Uh oh. But why? 4K. Apparently the studios are pushing for 4K instead and slowly getting out of 3D.
So I went online and sure enough, it’s quite hard to find 3D televisions anymore. Sure, there are some, but more often than not, you’re finding a 3D set online and not in the brick-and-mortar store. Instead, 4K televisions reign supreme and, apparently, its taking over the home video market.
That said, I was able to purchase Wonder Woman with a 3D disc so I’m sure there are still going to be some releases coming down the pipe, but not nearly as many as there used to be. Which is sad because, I actually enjoy watching some of these movies in 3D.
I found this online while researching for this article and think it sums everything up quite nicely.
Until Next time….