This year has seen a real comeback for 3D cinema with a number of huge box offices successes such as “Coraline”, “Beowulf” and “My Bloody Valentine” all being released in the 3D format.

There’s a real buzz about 3D movies with even the prestigious Cannes Film Festival showing its support by allowing a 3D feature to open the event for the first time. There probably wasn’t too much risk in this given that that film was Pixars ‘Up’ – one of this Autumns runaway hits and a title that’s sure to be an even bigger hit on DVD and Blu-ray in early 2010.

UP 3D

So what are Digital 3D movies?

Today’s computer-animated movies do a pretty good job of imitating three-dimensional environments. In films like “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story” and the “Shrek” series, characters seem to exist as solid objects that can move and interact with their surroundings.

It takes a lot of work and a good understanding of how people perceive images to achieve this effect. Filmmakers even make real, tangible models of their characters, known as maquettes, to help them figure out how a 3D character would move in a 3D space.

In the past few years, filmmakers have taken this attempt to recreate three-dimensional space on screen one step further. With digital 3D, animators can fool your eyes and brain into thinking that they’re looking into a 3D space rather than at a 2D screen. The end result is like looking through a window into a real, three-dimensional world or like having elements of the scene in the cinema with you.

Some must buy 3D Movies and a couple more to look forward to……

1. Coraline 3D – Mother doesn’t always know best.

Henry Selick’s 3D stop-motion animation movie is based on Neil Gaiman’s distinctly scary fairy tale novel. “Coraline” has some typical jump-out-at-you moments, but not many. Instead, it relies on a slow, spooky build-up of suspense and culminates in a pretty scary transformation of space, arranging some perspectives of Coraline’s nightmare world for maximum uncomfortability. Like the book the suspense seems to envelop the audience, not trick or completely scare us. Rather than using 3D imagery in a gimmicky way, Selick’s painstaking work on the set design and puppet animation pays off in one fantastical vision that is always in service of the story. It sets a great template that all future 3D computer animation films should use.

Click here to buy Coraline 3D

2. G Force 3D – Size doesn’t matter!

This DVD comes with free 3D glasses and is out at the end of November. Jerry Bruckheimer – purveyor of high octane tv and cinema (The Rock / CSI ) brings his first 3D film to the big screen with G-Force.

It’s a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-Force are guinea pigs Darwin – the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster – an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez – a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert, Mooch, and a star-nosed mole, Speckles – the computer and information specialist.

Click here to buy G Force3D

3. My Bloody Valentine 3D – It’s not all furry and fun

A remake of a Canadian 1981 horror film which punches above it’s weight against expectation given budget and the largely unknown cast. In plot terms it’s pretty much what you’d expect, good looking youngsters, dark stormy nights, etc etc, where it succeeds is the fact that they’ve wholeheartedly bought into the 3D gimmick.

Bullets come flying at the viewer. Pick axes come flying towards the viewer. Breasts come flying towards the viewer. Anything they can use to make the 3D effects sell is used in this movie. None of the old tricks get neglected, and even some new tricks get invented as director Patrick Lussier flogs this film’s champion gimmick for all it’s worth.

If you want to get away from animation we suggest you get yourself some 3D shades, pull out the popcorn and relax… if you can!

Click here to buy MyBloody Valentine 3D.

….and some we’re looking forward to:

5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3D

Inspired by the beloved children’s book, Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of a scientist named Flint Lockwood, who while trying to solve world hunger encounters a problem of global proportions, as food begins to fall from the sky like rain.

5. Avatar 3D

If reports are true then uber- Director James Cameron may have spent his film studios budget for the next ten years on Avatar, which is due to come out at the end of the year. Avatar is expected to be the most expensive movie ever made – Cameron has spent much of the past decade researching and experimenting with 3D technique and we can’t wait to see what the end result looks like!

PS : Don’t forget the games tie in’s, we’re particularly looking forward to Avatar on PS3 and Xbox 360. Find out more

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