Very early this year, we reported on a Hollywood Reporter blurb that didn’t seem to catch the eye of most — Disney planned on releasing three Blu-ray 3D titles this year: A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.
Shortly thereafter it was widely rumored but never substantiated that Disney was considering making Alice in Wonderland a package deal with Sony products. However Sony recently announced and Variety confirms that it will be offering not just Alice in Wonderland as an exclusive bundle with its 3D home theater equipment this fall, but that Disney’s Bolt will also be available exclusively in Blu-ray 3D with Sony. The titles will come alongside purchases of Sony Bravia 3D TVs and — without the assistance of eBay — consumers will be forced to choose between the two. Whether the 3D titles will become available for general purchase in the future is up in the air.
Although the insert contained in the Alice in Wonderland Blu-ray/DVD announces A Christmas Carol from director Robert Zemeckis will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack on November 16, it lacks any mention of the Blu-ray 3D version that Disney had promised earlier this year.
Today, however, High-Def Digest reports that the Blu-ray 3D version will in fact be incorporated into a BD 3D/BD/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack (MSRP $49.99) while a stand-alone Blu-ray version will also be available (MSRP $39.99). Both editions will be available on November 16, 2010.
In addition, the site also reports bonus material including: Capturing A Christmas Carol, On Set with Sammi, Deleted scenes, BonusView: Behind the Carol – the full motion capture experience and Digital Advent Calendar (BD only) and ‘Scrooge’s Wild Ride’ (BD 3D only).
Blu-ray 3D requires both a special television and BD player capable of playing BD 3D technology. Amazon.com recently launched a store specializing in 3D which you can find here.
It will require a 3D capable television and a 3D capable blu-ray player, but The Hollywood Reporter has relayed Disney’s announcement that the newly established Blu-ray 3D standard will be embraced and rushed to market beginning with at least three releases this year (all presumably around the holiday season): A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3. Perhaps it’s too soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney/Pixar’s UPthrown into the mix shortly thereafter either.
At D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment demo’d a prototype of a 3D home system from Panasonic. The home system, which uses special shutter-oriented glasses to alternate between eyes, almost faithfully recreates the current 3D movie-going experience at home.
The article also refers to a demo disc Disney is supplying to Blu-ray 3D manufacturers for distribution with their systems which includes the 1953 3D short Working for Peanuts starring Chip and Dale, last seen in theaters attached to Meet the Robinsons.