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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] [3D Blu-ray]
House of Wax [Blu-ray 3D] [3D Blu-ray]
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) [3D Blu-ray]
Toy Story 2 (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) [3D Blu-ray]
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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