In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Martin Scorsese revealed that he loves him some 3D. Scorsese is about to release his newest film Hugo in 3D, a tale adapted from Brian Selznick’s award-winning illustrated book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”
Hugo is Scorsese’s first 3D film, and says of 3D entertainment “There’s great potential for it…It’s a natural progression, especially with the fact that cinema is all around us. It’s not only in a theater. Obviously, the next thing you go to is holograms. You could have ‘West Side Story’ with the dancers dancing up the aisles, or a wonderful actor doing ‘Hamlet.’”
With great storytellers and directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg embracing 3D as a key experiential dimension for modern story-telling, and powerhouse Pixar cranking out every kid movie in 3D these days, the future of 3D movies has never been brighter. A growing library of high-quality 3D movies will rapidly accelerate the adoption of 3D TVs in American homes.
Toy Story 3 in 3D by Pixar, a visually captivating and masterful story about childhood and growing up, is our pick for the #4 slot in our Top Ten Movies for Your Home 3D TV Library list. The Toy Story trilogy is one of the best-made children’s movie franchises, each funny, fun and poignant, and each being universally lauded. Three of the top rated movies of all-time of any kind on Rotten Tomatoes are these three movies, earning 100%, 100%, and 99% Critics Ratings respectively, and Toy Story 3D brings home this epic children’s tale in a visually stunning and immersive fashion. For children of all ages and everybody who remembers what it is like to be a kid, Toy Story 3D is a very worthy addition to your library of 3D movies to enjoy watching on your home 3D TV.
In a recent interview Elijah Wood revealed that the entire Lord of the Rings epic trilogy is being converted into 3D awesomeness. This is following the recent trend of big epic movies being converted into 3D, most notably Titanic 3D and The Phantom Menace 3D (sure to be the first of the Star Wars movies being converted into 3D) that will hit the big screens early in 2012. I think with the incredible visuals and graphics of the Lord of the Rings trilogy it would lend itself very nicely to a 3D experience, and I could readily be convinced to head back to the movie theater to see it on the big screen. As we’ve long asserted, the availability of compelling 3D content will really drive 3D TV adoption in the home, and while many people might complain that this line of great movies converting into 3D is driven purely by greed, at the end of the day it will positively impact the 3D television industry as people flock to get some of their favorite movies of all time to watch at home in the 3D experience.
With LCD TVs already crushing other formats globally (over 80% globally), we are also seeing an increasing trend of 3D LCD TV models being shipped. According to NPD DisplaySearch, 10% of LCD TVs being shipped in Q4 2011 are 3D LCD TV models driven by aggressive marketing and lower-cost 3D technologies. With an expected wave of even lower-cost 3D television and panel models coming next year, NPD DisplaySearch is projecting a rise to a 20% penetration rate of 3D models within the market-crushing LCD panel segment by Q3 2011.
On April 6th 2012 the second biggest box office hit in history (and #1 until Avatar knocked it off a few years ago) will be re-released as a new 3D movie experience. Behold! Titanic 3D! James Cameron has been busy working on the technology to convert existing 2D films into a 3D movie experience, and giving his expertise and commitment to the medium, I have great confidence that he will do it right (remember, he held off doing Avatar for like 10 years until the 3D technology advanced to the point where it felt like it did his vision justice). Titanic 3D is sure to be one of the big hits of 2012, and will probably be the best-selling DVD for the holiday season later that year for people to enjoy on their home 3D televisions. Click Like or Share to spread the word!
The creative and dark The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D clocks in as the #5 pick in our Top Ten Movies for Your Home 3D TV Library list. The Nightmare Before Christmas is another creation by the master Tim Burton who has a long list of dark creative films ranging from Edward Scissorhands to Beetlejuice to the first two Batman movies, and he hits his mark here in this wonderfully funny and occasionally scary animated film. Though too scary for young children, older kids and adults love it. On this point, Roger Ebert says, “some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen.”
Released in 2006 with the 3D treatment after its initial release in 1993, this is one of the best 3D film conversions yet, and represents a fun off-the-wall collection to your home library to enjoy on your 3D television. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D was almost universally liked by both critics and viewers, earning an amazing 96% Critics Rating and a 89% Viewers Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Clocking in at #6 overall on our Top Ten 3D Movies for Your 3D TV list is the awe-inspiring IMAX Hubble 3D film. With Leo DiCaprio as the voice of this 44 minute documentary, the viewer journeys through a “stunning expansive viewing experience” (according to Rotten Tomatoes). The reviewer goes on to gush “Hubble 3D takes advantage of IMAX and 3-D technology like no other film.” Enough said, really, at that point. The most wicked 3D film about space you can get, sure to be an fantastic trip for kids and adults from their couches in front of their 3D televisions. IMAX Hubble 3D got great overall ratings on Rotten Tomatoes from both critics and regular viewers, garnering an 89% Critics Rating and a 86% Audience Rating, and is a 3D film experience that will astonish and delight both kids and adults of all ages, making it a core holding in your home movie library to best enjoy your 3D TV.
IMAX Hubble 3D is the second and last IMAX 3D film on this list. Documentaries, particularly related to nature (including outer space as nature), is one of the genres that best lends itself to the 3D visual experience in our opinion, and we look forward to more 3D nature documentaries in the future from IMAX and other sources.
The first of three children’s movies to make our Top Ten 3D Movies for Your Home TV Library list, we awarded the #7 spot overall on our list to this creative, sharp, funny and a bit dark film about Coraline and her “down the rabbit hole” trippy experience into an alternative reality. Perhaps a little too dark for younger children, there are some scary images and general gothic stylings that give it a dark tone, this is still a movie that appeals to a broad age spectrum and will resonate with both teenagers and adults alike.
Coraline 3D, released in 2009, is an unusually poignant and funny script supported by great graphics and 3D visual experiences, and a fundamentally creative concept. Coraline’s flying tractor ride is probably the best 3D experience of the movie. With a strong 90% Critics Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this masterful story with brilliant animation would be a great addition to your home movie library to enjoy on your 3D TV.
The recent summer blockbuster film Thor in 3D clocks in at #8 overall as the second and last superhero movie to make our Top Ten 3D Movies for Your 3D TV list. Much like kid’s films, the superhero genre lends itself particularly well to the use of 3D visual technology due to the rich supernatural settings and ridiculous action sequences that characterize them. There’s a reason we aren’t seeing a remake of “Driving Miss Daisy” in 3D, many genres don’t really lend themselves to the 3D visual experience, but superhero movies practically scream for the 3D platform. There were a couple of other superhero movies that almost made this list of best 3D films for your 3D television library, but ultimately only Captain America and Thor were honored to make the Top Ten and serve as the two representatives of the superhero genre in your home library.
Thor 3D was a rich fun visual experience from its start in the fantastical world of Asgard to its more earthly scenes on humble Midgard (otherwise known as Earth to you non-geeks). Chris Hemsworth is actually quite good as Thor in a role that many actors would have probably tanked, and is supported by an amazing cast ranging from Anthony Hopkin’s powerful delivery as Odin to Natalie Portman’s pitch-perfect performance as Thor’s geeky gorgeous scientist love interest (now that’s a mouthful) here on Midgard. With both critics and viewers alike applauding it, capturing a 77% Critics Rating and an 80% Audience Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a film most everybody agrees is good 3D fun and would make a great addition to your core library to enjoy at home on your 3D TV.
Clocking in at the #9 spot in our Top 10 3D Movies for Your Home Library list is IMAX’s Under the Sea 3D film. Of all of IMAX’s fantastic 3D films, the Under the Sea 3D movie it released in 2010 is, in our opinion, is one of their two best and a great selection for your home 3D TV library. With the unlikely voice of Jim Carrey doing a surprisingly effective job, this 41 minute documentary explores the questions of our changing global environment and the impact of our warming planet has on marine wildlife. Sounds heavy, I know, but they do a wonderful job of immersing the viewers right up with various marine wildlife in their habitats, and it is an engrossing fast-paced 3D experience for you to have from the comfort of your couch in front of your 3D television. Great for both kids and adults of all ages.
The IMAX Under the Sea 3D movie gets an amazing 96% Critics Rating on RottenTomatoes. My favorite comment about this movie comes from Stephen Rae at the Philadelphia Inquirer, who says “The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you’ll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.” That would pretty much convince me to add it to my home 3D movie library!