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What Will You Need To Watch Blu-ray 3D Movies At Home?

Updated on October 3, 2014

The Four Main Items You Need To Watch Blu-ray 3D Movies At Home

Are you wondering what it is going to take to watch blu-ray 3D movies from the comfort at home?Do you know that will require a special 3D television? A special blu-ray 3D player? And 3D glasses?Yes, there are some very specific pieces of equipment that you need and on this page you will find a brief discussion in easy-to-understand terms of the FOUR main items required to watch 3D movies from the comfort of your home theatre.

A 3D Television Monitor or Projector

That will display 3D movies.

The first thing that you are going to need is a television monitor or projector that will display 3D movies. Simply put, that means that 3D movies are NOT going to display on your current HDTV. You have to have a television that has been designed to play blu-ray 3D movies.The main difference between an HDTV set you might already own and one designed for displaying 3D programming is the processing power. In order to create the 3D experience, a 3D television displays an image for EACH eye and must, therefore, refresh the screen at a higher speed requiring the television to have a much higher processing speed.

The Best 3D HDTVs - These sets all have perfect or near-perfect five-star reviews from Amazon's customer reviewers.

If you are interested in buying a 3D television, chances are you already have one in mind. I encourage you to use the Amazon Customer reviews as a further source of information as these reviews are generally from real people like you and I. I always use them as a starting point and I recommend you do so, too. Meanwhile, here is the top-ranked 3D televisions on Amazon right now.

A Pair of 3D Glasses - The glasses shown here are the ones included in the Samsung 3D Starter Kit SSG-P2100T.

3D Glasses
3D Glasses

Inevitably, to watch 3D movies you need 3D glasses...and there are two kinds of glasses available:

  • PASSIVE GLASSES ~~ Passive glasses have polarized lenses. This means that each lens is designed so that you will see only one of the two images that are shown on the television. You see two slightly offset images which tricks your brain into thinking you are seeing 3D.Polarized lenses do not need to be powered. You have probably already used passive glasses at your movie theatre.

  • ACTIVE GLASSES ~~ Active glasses are used to view the 3D output of most electronics firms including LG, Samsung and Panasonic. These 3D televisions display one image for your left and one image for your right eye.Active shutter glasses take the signal from the television and decode it for each eye. These glasses are battery operated and are synced to the television with Bluetooth, infrared or radio technology. They offer a smooth and more natural viewing experience than passive glasses.

Samsung 3D Glasses Starter Kit SSG-P2100T - 3D glasses have to be compatible with the other equipment you are using.

This starter kit contains two pairs of Samsung battery-operated 3D glasses and a copy of the 3D version of Monsters vs Aliens. They are compatible with Samsung models released in 2010 including the C7000, C8000 and C9000 series LED-LCD HDTVs, C750 series LCD HDTV, C7000 and C8000 series plasma HDTVs and BD-C6900 Blu-ray players.

A 3D Blu-ray Player

No, you won't be able to put your 3D blu-ray discs into your current blu-ray player, unless you already own a 3D player. Some new players play 3D movies and some recent ones may have a 3D upgrade available via the internet.Sony has announced that the Sony Playstation 3 will be eligible for an update in order to allow it to read 3D blu-ray discs. It is not known yet if this upgrade will be free or not. In my mind, this once again makes the Sony Playstation an excellent blu-ray option.

3D Blu-ray Players By Sony, Panasonic and Samsung

OPPO BDP-103D Universal 3D Blu-ray Player (Darbee Edition)
OPPO BDP-103D Universal 3D Blu-ray Player (Darbee Edition)

According to customer reviews, this is the top-rated 3D blu-ray player on Amazon.


A 3D Blu-ray Movie or Disc - Monsters vs Aliens blu-ray 3D is available with the Samsung blu-ray 3D starter kit.

Monsters vs Aliens 3D
Monsters vs Aliens 3D
Blu-ray 3D
Blu-ray 3D

For the 3D blu-ray experience to become truly successful, we will need great 3D content and you will have to find movies that display the blu-ray 3D logo. (Shown here.)

There are some movies available today that are marked '3D' that use the polarized or anaglyph 3D technology, not quite what you are after if you are looking for the full 3D experience at home. Coraline is one example of a movie that does not require a 3D HDTV and player as it uses red and blue 3D glasses.

Buy 3D Blu-ray Movies

The list of movies available in 3D is growing, at last.

Remember, these blu-ray discs will be 2D without special hardware. If you want to watch it in 3D, you will need a 3D HDTV with active shutter glasses and a 3D-capable blu-ray player. For those interested in or invested in 3D, you will be glad to learn that the list of movies available in 3D is growing.These movies are from Amazon where the movies are usually priced very competitively and purchases worth $35 ship for FREE.

House of Wax [Blu-ray 3D]
House of Wax [Blu-ray 3D]

I was totally surprised to see Vincent Price's House of Wax appear near the top of the list of 3D blu-ray movies. In this film, Price is a wax sculptor who goes mad after his work is destroyed by an arsonist. His hands are destroyed and he goes on to device a new and ah, interesting way of replenshing the pieces in his wax museum.

Toy Story 2 (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
Toy Story 2 (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)

It came as no surprise to see Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 near the top of the list of the best blu-ray 3D films.


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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @DANCING COWGIRL: You are right, technology is advancing at a crazy pace.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Hopefully one of these will be in my future. I can barely keep up with the new things that come out. This is a great page of info on what I will need.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      We have two 3D tv's and we really enjoy them. The price has come down so much it really is affordable now for almost anyone.

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      Susan R. Davis 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I really am interested. BUT, I'm blind in one eye, so I'll never be able to see the input for the second eye. I tried to see a 3D movie in a theater once and just got nauseous and had to take the glasses off. I still enjoy movies, but I'm afraid that as the technology takes off, they will boost the ability to do critical "movie" things in 3D and I'll start losing out on the best of the movie. :-(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love 3D. I now have 230 Blu-Ray 3D titles. I have a projector connected to my pc and use Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses. I have a 150inch screen I watch my films on.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      interesting stuff for me in this lens, too bad I can't afford to buy a 3d TV!

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      craig57 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting information!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: We're feeling your pain. Thanks for sharing. It is important to know that you are going to need 3D versions of the movies you are interested in viewing in 3D.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the whole idea of having a 3D tv at my home. I bought a 3D blu ray player and a 3D tv and was convinced that I would be able to watch my vast amount of blu ray(I have over 50 blu ray movies) in 3D, but it turns out aside from buying a 3D tv and a 3D blu ray player which has already brought me up to about 4000 dollars I will also have to buy 30-40 dollar movies that will replace movies I have already bought. What a joke.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. 3D is a pretty neat technology.

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      pcgamehardware 6 years ago

      Just like many of your other lenses... Fantastic!Plenty of great info on what the reader needs, and resources to help them find it.A Like, A Share and A Blessing by Big Joe... Great lens

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      tropicalmonsoon1 6 years ago

      Naa I'm sticking with my good old CRT TV =D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      so now I got every thing I need to watch a 3d movie at home accept one thingwhat 3d movie to buy ? most of them comes with the red and blue glasses and it's not working with my new 3d tv

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Ah - great lens. Featured on my 3D gifts lens :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good info here, thanks. I believe home 3D will never be mainstream with the current technology. Putting on glasses just to watch TV at home requires a special kind of dedication to the event. It reminds me of how a gaming chair could be a vital part the experience for a hard-core gamer, but most people enjoy video games just fine without one.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      @tssfacts: I agree!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Amazing work here. Now I know what I need if I want to see 3-D at home. I think it's off in the future for me. SquidAngel Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I guess at some point I am going to have to break down and buy a new tv and a blu-ray player. I still watch VHS :) I will have to refer back to this article when I am ready to separate with my money and my video player; The 3D glasses you have featured look really cool. I need them for the next time I go to a 3D movie at the theater. I hate using the one the theater provides.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens on an important topic for many. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Don't have it but would like to put it on my wishlist.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Super lens, Brenda. Lensrolled to Learn About 3D Technology

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Technology is moving so fast - you provided a great education for me with this one! I am clueless about all the new televisions!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      We are interested in a 3D Blu-ray home theater but will wait until the technology matures and the price comes down.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think my house is too small for 3D. I can't help but think that 3D is going to be very hot - and much more affordable - in the very near future. This is a very informative lens!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I hadn't really given much thought to blu-ray players much less 3D movies. There a lot of good information here to help me decide what direction I should go in.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Just saw an ad for this at the movies yesterday! I'm sure it will become very popular!