Blu Ray 3D unboxing

Blu Ray 3D unboxing

Dec 9, 2010

Got couple of Blu ray 3D:s finally delivered from Amazon. Thanks to Christmas, there are more and more titles now available in Full HD 3D format. Hurray the technology, now you can watch your favorite stereoscopic titles at home, on big screen, in cinematic quality. I personally find it awesome.

Amazon also did recently a good job by separating true Blu Ray 3D:s into a dedicated section. So far if you search for ‘blu ray 3d’, you’d get lots of different stuff. Including the anaglyph versions of some movies, on blu ray, with glasses included in the package. Not worth it. So one beautiful day I find myself browsing through not so much titles, and deciding to order couple of those. A week and a half later a carton box arrives. Here we go.

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Disc looks like a normal blu ray. And it actually is a normal blu ray. It is just packed with twice big amount of bytes for the movie. Monster House cover mentions that 2D and 3D versions of the movie are selectable on the same disc. Bolt 3D is again packed with 2 separate discs. First one is 3D, second is a normal 2D with extra materials. Interesting enough, Blu Ray 3D format is compatible with traditional 2D blu ray players. If you try to play it on the equipment that doesn’t support stereoscopic, it should just play the full HD 2D version of the movie. Yet it maybe simpler for most people just to have two separate discs.

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Show time! I have Windows 7 PC with Total Media Theatre 3, which has a Blu Ray 3D logo and so should support the playback. Inserting the disc. Total Media Theatre starts up, and almost immediately I get notification from the disc that “your player doesn’t seems to support 3D”. Nevermind. I try to edit the 3d settings in the application, but all of those are frozen. Seems that you can’t do it while the disc is playing. Shutting down the Total Media Theatre. Opening it up again. Voila, now I can set the 3D settings.

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

By default all 3D settings are set to off. As soon as I enable them, magic starts to happen. NVidia 3D vision activates, and yes, Houston, we have 3D playback!

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

That’s all cool, but how about the big screen?

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Firing up the projector. I have to disconnect my monitor from the graphic card every time I have to exhibit 3D from the projector. Seems that 3D Vision goes crazy every time it has two 3D capable devices connected to the card at the same time. So, disconnecting the monitor, and now all the powers of GeForce GTX 295 are working for the projector.

I manage to start 3D playback, but in a small window. While trying to activate proper full screen, Windows falls into BSOD.

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

There is something truly epic when you see BSOD on a big screen. Rebooting the PC.

I start Total Media Theatre now, put it to fullscreen and then press Play button. And..

Getting Blu Ray 3D play in my home cinema

It works.

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