What's 3D Blu-ray? Where to Blu-ray 3D Movies?

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What's 3D Blu-ray?

3D Blu-ray is a new high definition movie format launched by Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). 3D Blu-ray movies are initially available in early 2010, providing amazing movie experience at theatre and home. 3D Blu-ray is physically the same to all other Blu-ray disc, but different logically. 3D Blu-ray is based on the current Blu-ray audio/video format, but has been extended to provide 3D video and 3D menus contents.

Since 3D Blu-ray is logically different from general Blu-ray, the old Blu-ray players cannot play the new 3D Blu-ray movie. However, if you have a Blu-ray drive that is capable of 2X or faster read speeds, you could only upgrade the player software to get 3D Blu-ray worked on your computer.

3D Blu-ray provides impressive and interesting graphics experience on 3D menu and subtitle which could be set either closer to or farther away from the viewer.

How does 3D Blu-ray works?

Our eyes see the 3D world by nature due to the slightly different location of eyes. This may be the reason why we have two eyes rather than one. Based on this mechanism, 3D movies are created, and in many different methods, but one thing is the same: they transfer different images to the left and right eyes. The main 3D video systems are Anaglyphic 3D, Polarizing 3D and Frame Sequential 3D.

Anaglyphic 3D uses red/cyan glasses to filter (remove) portion of the visible color spectrum from the image meant for each eye so as to generate different images. Polarizing 3D makes use of the other attribute of light - the direction. Polarized glasses are two different polarizing filters, which only allow the one direction of light to passed, which is named "linearly polarized" light. The Frame Sequential 3D glasses are controlled by an emitter, which tells the glasses to open or close to let the light pass so as to generate different image for our eyes. These glassed is so called "shutter glasses".

3D DVD vs 3D Blu-ray

You can't identify 3D Blu-ray from 3D DVD disc from the outside. They have the identical size and appearance. 3D movies could either be saved to a DVD disc or a Blu-ray disc, so called 3D DVD or 3D Blu-ray. Note that 3D DVD is standard definition, while 3D Blu-ray is high definition.

3D Blu-ray could play 3D DVD (not HD DVD), but 3D DVD could NOT play 3D Blu-ray. Some players could play both 3D Blu-ray and 3D HD DVD. Refer to the manual for details before you buy 3D movies. But that the player could play the disc doesn't mean you can watch them with your original 3D glasses. Whether you can watch the 3D movie on disc or not depends on the right 3D glasses for the display screen.

3D Blu-ray requirements

Below are the basic system requirements to play Blu-ray movies on TV. Check whether you have everything to start playing 3D Blu-ray movies on your HDTV.

* 3D HDTV (with 3D glasses)

* 3D Blu-ray player

* 3D Blu-ray movies (see below)

If you connect your PC to your HDTV, here are the computer requirements to play 3D Blu-ray movies.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Processor (CPU): Pentium 4 541 (3.2 GHz), Athlon 64 X2 3800+, AMD Fusion E-series & C-series or above.

Graphics Processor (GPU on Card): Intel G45, ATI Radeon HD 2400, NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or above.

Memory: 2 GB required for Vista and Windows 7; 1 GB required for Windows XP.

Hard Disk Space: 100-500 MB for Blu-ray player installation.

Disc Player: BD-ROM/BD-RE or Super Multi Blu combo disc drive.

Blu-ray Player Software: DAPlayer (Free) and Cyberlink PowerDVD is recommended

Blu-ray 3D Movie List and Where to Buy

These movies could be bought in 3D Blu-ray format. Check if your favorite movies whether to be released in 3D Blu-ray format and you are recommended to buy them on Amazon.com. Then start the 3D journey at your home theater.

3D Blu-ray Movie Title Retail Release Date
Piranha 3D January 11, 2011
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter January 25, 2011
Megamind Not Set
Yogi Bear March 22, 2011
Tangled March 29, 2011
Tron: Legacy April 5, 2011
Tron: Legacy / Tron April 5, 2011
Gulliver's Travels April 19, 2011
The Green Hornet May 3, 2011
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Not Set
Gnomeo & Juliet May 24, 2011
Drive Angry May 31, 2011
Sanctum June 7, 2011
Alice in Wonderland December 7, 2010
Avatar February 2012
Bolt TBA 2011 (US) September 2010 (UK)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore November 16, 2010
Clash of the Titans November 16, 2010
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs June 22, 2010
Coraline January 4, 2011
Despicable Me December 14, 2010
Disney's A Christmas Carol November 16, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon Not Set
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Not Set
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole December 17, 2010
Monster House September 14, 2010
Monsters vs. Aliens Not Set
My Bloody Valentine 3D October 5, 2010
Open Season (film) November 16, 2010
Resident Evil: Afterlife December 28, 2010
Shrek / Shrek 2 / Shrek the Third / Shrek Forever After Not Set
Step Up 3D December 21, 2010
The Last Airbender November 16, 2010
The Polar Express (film) November 16, 2010

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