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Old 04-21-04, 04:07 AM
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ghosts of the abyss dvd (3d!)

hey guys,

i was thinking about ordering this DVD from japan (see link)

Anyone seen it at the cinema?

Is it a japan exclusive?

Thanks in advance

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Old 04-21-04, 10:40 AM
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Very interesting. The R1 disc is obviously not 3D. I wonder which 3D process they're using, the simple red/blue like Spy Kids 3D, or one of the other processes that don't work on many types of monitors?

The movie in 2D is not very visually interesting at all. Without the gimmick there isn't much to it.
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Old 04-21-04, 10:49 AM
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Originally posted by Josh Z
Very interesting. The R1 disc is obviously not 3D. I wonder which 3D process they're using, the simple red/blue like Spy Kids 3D, or one of the other processes that don't work on many types of monitors?
Well..at $35 and taking into account this is a Japanese disc which are expensive at the best of times..my bet would be the simple red/blue.
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Old 04-22-04, 09:24 AM
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the link really doesn't provide any info on the film's running time: the Imax theatrical cut: 59min or the expanded video version:90min. I would assume the latter, and if that's the case then we'll be seeing some new scenes in 3D then.
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Old 04-22-04, 01:26 PM
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Nice. I'll have to look around for some more info but looks like a great set.
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Old 04-22-04, 11:10 PM
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cheers for that guys. I can use the new customer 500Y off too if i order in the next week....

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Old 05-12-04, 06:14 AM
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Anyone else ordered this with CD Japan and had their pre-order cancelled due to the supplier selling out the limited quantities already?

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Old 05-12-04, 08:50 AM
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HMV Japan has it.

http://www.hmv.co.jp/Product/Detail.asp?sku=1867041
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Old 05-12-04, 11:58 AM
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I preordered from thedvdetective.com . I hear its limited to only 10,000.. i really hope i get mine.
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Old 07-28-04, 09:38 PM
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Did anyone receive this DVD yet? How does the 3D image looks. I'm thinking of picking this up... but not sure if it worth $37. Anybody know how many pairs of 3D glasses come with this bad boy? I'm thinking it is only 1 but hoping for 2 pairs...
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Old 07-28-04, 09:45 PM
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Originally posted by Tony Dvdfan
I preordered from thedvdetective.com . I hear its limited to only 10,000.. i really hope i get mine.
I got a shipping notice yesterday from thedvdetective. I preordered this like a month and half ago.
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Old 07-28-04, 10:23 PM
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I preordered this like a month and half ago.
It was only released in Japan a few days ago, so that sounds about right.

Has anyone actually received it yet?
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Old 07-29-04, 10:29 AM
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My copy is in transit now.
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Old 07-29-04, 01:39 PM
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Mine is on the way (hell, might be in the mailbox right now, mailman just pulled away).

Cant wait for it, should be really cool. I would think it would come with 2 or 4 glasses, i dont think they would send it with just one.

I preordered mine forever ago, as soon as they posted it for preorder. Forgot i even did for a while there.
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The disc is in ColorCode format, which uses yellow and blue glasses. It's a form of anaglyph which allows more natural color to come through, but it doesn't work any better than red/blue anaglyphs do.

A couple of R2 DVDs have used this system for large format IMAX type 3-D material; and I wasn't impressed. The image is so dark I can't see a thing. At least those discs also included a superior field sequential 3-D version for use with LCD shutter glasses, which is currently as good as it gets at home.

The ColorCode version certainly looks nothing like the original polarized IMAX 3-D version.
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Old 07-29-04, 08:20 PM
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How well does the 3D utilizing LCD shutter glasses work on rear projection televisions? I've always wanted to get one of these systems but feared it wouldn't work well on my TV.
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Old 07-29-04, 09:49 PM
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Just opened mine...only comes with one pair of glasses. I also have Spy Kids 3-D, will the glasses that came with that one work with this movie?
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Old 07-30-04, 10:23 AM
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ColorCode glasses are yellow/blue, while SPY KIDS uses anaglyph glasses with red/cyan lenses.

Not compatible.
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Old 08-03-04, 02:44 PM
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I just watched the ColorCode 3-D version.

It isn't very impressive. As with other DVDs that use this process, the image when wearing the glasses is way too dark. The color is a bit more normal than with red/blue anaglyph, but there is still a purplish tint.

The 3-D itself is OK, but it looks nothing like the original IMAX 3-D prints did. (In fact, even theatrical presentations of this film weren't perfect since there are quite a few improperly photogaphed shots in the finished film. These consist mainly of scenes onboard ship, where objects were too close to the camera and the result is eyestrain.) On DVD, these shots are still evident.

There is quite a bit of ghosting also, which will be more of a problem on TV screens than with PC monitor viewing.

Most viewers will likely choose to watch the flat version of the film, as the ColorCode process doesn't measure up, is full of ghosting, and way too dark.

Too bad a field sequential 3-D version wasn't included. The glasses are down to about $30 now, and anyone who imports this disc to the US paid more than that already!
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Originally posted by Steve Phillips

Too bad a field sequential 3-D version wasn't included. The glasses are down to about $30 now, and anyone who imports this disc to the US paid more than that already!
OK question...

where can one buy the FS glasses for $30?
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Razor 3D sells various 3-D systems (both wired and wireless type) and always has specials.

Just stay away from the flat movies they say they've converted to 3-D, because that is bunk. The glasses they sell are good. The $29 deal includes a 3-D system, glasses and a DVD.

Get one of the real 3-D movies like SOS PLANET or ENCOUNTER IN THE THIRD DIMENSION; avoid 2-D movies like DEMENTIA 13 or NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, because the glasses DO NOT make these movies 3-D, no matter what they claim. You can use these glasses to watch other field sequential 3-D movies (shot in 3-D) you may come across also.

Lots of other places sell similar set ups, just do a google search on field sequential 3-D and/or 3-D DVD and you'll find plenty.

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Old 08-03-04, 07:53 PM
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Field-sequential 3D doesn't work with progressive scan displays, does it?
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Old 08-03-04, 10:33 PM
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Field-sequential 3D doesn't work with progressive scan displays, does it?
It doesn't that I know of, and doesn't "work" on regular sets, either, as far as I'm concerned. The Field Sequential 3D I've seen through Razor's glasses is simply unbearable for long durations of time on standard NTSC TVs due to the constant flickering. I purchased one of Razor's DVD sets, picked up a few 3D field sequential videos off Ebay, and though the effects were OK (and much better than the red-and-blue method), the constant flickering gave me and my friends instant migraines. It seems there isn't way around the flickering, either, so I ended up selling the whole lot and chalking up 3D to a cinematic experience only, unfortunately....

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You can greatly minimize the flicker if you have your TV set correctly. It is true, though, that you can't get rid of it entirely using a standard set up. A more complicated method of using some extra equipment and a projector can do so however, but that's not an option for most of us. All glasses are not created equal, either. You kind of get what you pay for. I've had very different results with several brands.

Naturally the quality of the tape or DVD you have matters a lot too. Bootleg stuff bought off eBay isn't going to work like the original VHD videodsics from Japan.

You CAN watch FS material on most TVs, but you need to disable the progressive scan feature on your DVD player. I watch stuff on my 16X9 HD set all the time after simply hitting the "off" button on my remote.

In any case, even the worst FS 3-D works far better than the best ColorCode. Perfected 3-D at home is still in the future, though, that much is for sure.

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Old 08-04-04, 09:56 AM
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I have Jaws 3-D from Ebay and I was just wondering how that works. Was thinking of picking up the 3D glasses to watch it.

Anyone?
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