Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Best 3D Blu-Ray Movies to Watch at Home

Less-than-optimum projection setups and sometimes questionable movie quality are making the future of seeing 3D movies in the theater an uncertain one (though we're admittedly excited to see Titanic 3D, which hits theaters today). But with 3D home theaters, you can control the experience by buying the right equipment. That just leaves the question of what to watch. Although the choices for the stereoscopic enthusiasts seem frustratingly limited for the moment, these 5 films could make the solid beginnings of a 3D Blu-ray library. 

Top 1 - Big Hero 6 Blu-ray 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6." 

Top 2- Hugo

Hugo is a story of magic, but not in the Harry Potter fashion. There are no supernatural or even science fiction elements in Martin Scorsese’s new film (although the terrible marketing campaign might have led you to believe there was something like that going on). The film is a deeply felt, hugely personal, glorious and heart-swelling ode to the magic of cinema and stories. The way they bring us together, allow us to understand each other, allow us to see our dreams come true. 

Ostensibly a children’s film, Hugo is really a movie for anyone who has a Pavlovian reaction to the sound of a movie projector. But to say that it only appeals to the cinephile is to discount the staggering mastery of Martin Scorsese, who has constructed a film that is beautiful and sweet and enormously touching. Yes, his love of the movies is at the center of Hugo, but his love of movies comes from something deeper and more universal: the desire to connect, to share, to create. 

Hugo Cabret is an orphan who lives in the hidden tunnels and pipes of Gare Montparnesse, a busy Parisian train station. He winds the clocks and hides from the station inspector and looks out at the lives of the people who work in the station. Scorsese sets most of this up in an astonishing, perfect opening sequence that is largely without dialogue, using only the language of filmmaking to tell us who everyone is, what their relationships are, what the station looks like, and most of what we need to know about Hugo.  The opening shot, which flies over Paris (which at first looks like a cog in a machine) then through the station, then up to the face of Hugo peering through the number 4 on a huge clockface, is breathtaking. Most other filmmakers would have fucked it up with an inane voice over - ‘My name is Hugo, and I live here behind the clocks’  - but Scorsese is no other filmmaker. 

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