New Movies on Blu-ray in Red-and-Blue 3D?

Tom Moriarty wants to know if new 3D movies, such as Avatar, will be released on Blu-ray in the older 3D that doesn't require a special HDTV.

Some early Blu-ray titles, such as Journey To the Center of the Earth, were released in anaglyph 3D, which uses red-and-green (or red-and-blue) glasses to separate the left and right images. The advantage of anaglyph is that it doesn't require any special hardware aside from the glasses--which are very cheap to manufacture. The disadvantage is that it looks horrible. Sure, you get a 3D effect, but the colors get muted and muddied.

I seriously doubt that Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, or any other recent, major 3D release will get the anaglyph treatment. With the industry trying to promote the new, 3D-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray players, it doesn't make economic sense. Besides, can you imagine the marketing nightmare of having flat, anaglyph, and good-looking 3D versions of the same movie in stores at the same time?

I suspect someone could make a 3D-capable Blu-ray player with an anaglyph option. Select that option, and your 3D movies would be converted to red-and-blue on the fly. That makes a lot of sense to me, as it provides backwards compatibility for people who buy a new Blu-ray player but can't get afford a new HDTV. But as I write this, I've yet to hear of such a player.

For more on anaglyph 3D, see The Truth About Old 3D.

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