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Hubble 3D IMAX (Blu Ray 3D),
This review is from: IMAX: Hubble 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack) [Blu-ray 3D] (Blu-ray)Like the Last Airbender, this Blu Ray 3D disc is, at least initially, an exclusive of another large electronics retailer. As with many Blu Ray 3D discs, the package includes a 3D BD, 2D BD, DVD and digital copy. (All of this could be provided on a 2-sided, single disc, with 3D/2D BD on one side and DVD/digital copy on the other, but that is obviously not as fiscally advantageous to the distributor.)
The 3D images in space were shot using an IMAX 3D film camera to document the final repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope in particular, but also the NASA Space Shuttle program in general, which will come to an end in July, 2011, for future generations. No future Hubble repairs will be possible as our ability to do heavy lifting for space delivery will end with the last shuttle unless private space companies rise to fill the gap. As such this 3D Blu Ray disc gets the job done well in 40 minutes. There are also many additional 2D segments which are all worth watching.
The 3D image is spectacular, as might be expected from IMAX. The camera is in a static position on the shuttle with the astronauts moving around in front of it for a given sequence. Presumably the camera was too big to hand hold. There are no trick shots, just documentary-type 3D, and it is very nice.
Of additional interest are the 3D images created from Hubble 2D images of distant, distant galaxies -- the thing Hubble was created to do. So the observer gets to "fly" through the cloud-like cosmic cradles where stars are born. This part of the disc was, to me, jaw-droppingly unexpected, and a very real reason to buy this 3D BD.
I dropped one star from the rating because of the number of 2D extras on the disc. 3D digital cameras are now small enough that many extras could have been shot in 3D. The quality would not have matched the IMAX 3D image, but would have made the cost of this short 3D Blu Ray disc more justifiable.
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Initial post: Mar 20, 2012 5:11:11 AM PDT
See i have a huge Family and i cannot just keep letting them borrow one disk! I LIKE the fact they give us this option so my mother can acually watch the DVD, while i watch the blu ray 3d, and my sis can watch the blu ray!!!!! love love love that option sry man!!!! My Mom does not have a blu ray and probably will never have a blu ray!!! So I love this option they do with the blu rays!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 5:17:29 AM PDT
Bob Drake says:
And good for people who have a car/van DVD player who don't want to scratch up the Blu-ray disc on the road.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013 10:33:38 AM PDT
I do like having a DVD disk to use in the SUV entertainment system for the kids. It cannot read Blu-Ray disks. However, it is unlikely that my kids are going to enjoy watching this in the SUV. It is more of an adult film.
Bob's comment could even go further - lets demand streaming of 3D movies - that way no disc or packaging need be generated at all. Without the costs of all the packaging, the price of watching these movies should come down.
I am guessing that they don't combine DVD and blu ray on the same disc, but different sides, because it would make manufacturing of the Blu-ray disc even more expensive. DVD discs are probably very inexpensive to make now, their tolerances are much less than Blu-Ray. Combining it on a blu-ray would be more expensive. The packaging to hold discs is probably more expensive to make now than a DVD.
However, they should include the 2D extras on the Blu-Ray disk and 3D disk, unless there is no room for it. I guess they did not deem the extras worthy of high definition transfer.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2013 1:01:55 AM PST
PT Cruiser says:
Thanks for the helpful review, Bob. You mentioned that there were 2D extras on the disk. Was this part of the 44 minutes of the disk (including the 3D) or in addition to that? I'm primarily interested in this for the 3D. Are there a lot of "out of screen" effects, the type where you feel like you can reach out and touch objects?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2013 9:36:23 AM PST
Bob Drake says:
2D is in addition. Not a lot of reach-out-and-touch stuff. 3D galaxies are amazing.
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