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I love 3D movies ! I think If I want to see the world in 2D when I can see it in 3D then I better start wearing a patch in one eye like a pirate ;-) . The same goes for films if there are in 3D why bother with 2D , of course there is always a crappy conversion like John Carter that makes you wonder lol

As I write this, I own 55 3D blu rays which means that I have seen those movies at least more than once and I can go back If somebody think that I missed something.

I will analyse these movies mainly for the 3D filming , indicating whether was natively shot in 3D or converted . When shot in 3D the film has the right depth, when converted then the depth is introduced in a combination of an automatic process and the Director, to finally placing them in two categories:

Immerse 3D : It is when the 3D sucks you into the story rather than distract you. This technique at its best make you feel like you are there and at its worst make you wonder whether the movie is in 3D or not.

Fancy 3D: It is when director uses the 3D gimmicky to stand out some scenes by throwing objects at you. This technique at its best make you think Wow in a particular scene without taking you out of the movie and at its worst become a constant distraction.

And secondarily for the story

I will start my list with the top half as I do not know If I will ever get to the bottom half here lol
I have to say that I have some very crappy 3D blu rays even for my own standards. I bought them on specials like 3 for the price of 2 (the third choice sometimes turned out not good at all but did not cost me money) HaHa

Feel free to jump in as long as the comments are related to films in 3D

Avatar (2009) : It was shot with a proprietary digital 3-D Fusion camera system developed by James Cameron and Vince Pace. To film the shots where CGI interacts with live action, a unique camera referred to as a "simulcam" was used, a merger of the 3-D fusion camera and the virtual camera systems. The director James Cameron uses the Immerse 3D technique to draw you into the world of Pandora.
Cameron is a great story teller and with Avatar even at times seems to borrow from other films as a whole it is a rather entertaining plot!
IMDB: 8 (511,624 votes)
Tomatometer: 83% (286 reviews)
Box Office: Worldwide: $2,782,275,172
Production cost : $246 million
My score : 4 stars (out of 4)
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Hugo ( 2011) was shot in 3D using ARRI Alexa cameras and Cooke lenses. Director Martin Scorsese used an immerse 3D technique to draw you into the world of Hugo Cabret in the early 1930s. As an hobbyist film maker, I loved this movie , particularly the part related to Georges Méliès one of the pioneers of film techniques and special effects
IMDB: 7.7 (132092 votes)
Tomatometer: 94% (202 reviews)
Box office: $185,770,160
Production cost: $170 Million
My Score: 3 stars and half
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Drive Angry (2011) was shot in 3D using the PFX Tridelca camera systems rented from paradisefx. Director Patrick Lussier used a Fancy 3D technique throwing stuff at you most of the time but it was fun all the way and never a distraction for me. The story is a bit in the comic book framework where evil and good get mixed up. The film has a frenetic beginning and 2/3 is sheer fun to finish a bit flat. One of the few movies with Nicolas Cage in the main role that I have enjoyed very much lately. Amber Heard is hot here!
IMDB: 5.5 (52,585)
Tomatometer: 46% (114 reviews)
Box Office: 28,931,431
Production cost: 50 million
My Score: 3 stars
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I liked Hugo and Drive Angry very much even they flopped in the box office however more hits in 3D besides Avatar are still to come…..

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The Amazing Spiderman (2012) was shot in 3D with RED epic cameras at 5K resolution. The director Marc Webb used a mixed technique of immerse/fancy 3D, showing awesome scenes when Spidey was swinging around. The beginning of this movie was boring for me as it was a sort of déjà vu to Spider-man (2002) but from ½ half way to the end this film rocks!
IMDB: 7.3 (185,228)
Tomatometer: 73% (276 reviews)
Box Office : $752,216,557
Production cost: 230 Million
My score: 3 stars
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Prometheus (2012) was shot using five 3ality Technical Atom 3D rigs, four of which were configured with Red Epic 3D cameras set on camera dollie sand tripods, which were continuously in use during filming. The fifth rig used an Epic camera as a steadicam, which was used only occasionally. Director Ridley Scott used an immerse 3D technique. I have noticed that this film on the net brings a lot of controversy, particularly among very hard core Aliens fans and/or some religious groups but I found it worthy of The Aliens Franchise just behind of Alien and Aliens and a good science fiction movie in general.
IMDB : 7.2 (222,665 votes)
Tomatometer: 74% (262 reviews)
Box office: $402, 486,667
Production cost: 130 Million
My score: 3 Stars
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Dolphin Tale (2011) was shot in 3D with RED One MX cameras. Director Charles Martin Smith used a mixed immerse/Fancy 3D technique. Inspired by true events , this movie is for the whole family. My daughter and I have seen it a couple of times already :-)
IMDB: 6.7 (8934 votes)
Tomatometer: 83% (103 reviews)
Box Office: 95,404,397
Production cost: $37 million
My score: 3 stars
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Deep Sea 3D (2006) is a 40 minutes documentary shot in IMAX 3D. Director Howard Hall used an Inmerse 3D technique. The under sea can not get more beautiful and intimate than here. Narrated by Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp.
IMDB: 7.6 (1032)
Tomatometer: 91% (33 reviews)
Box office: $84,062,515
Production cost: Unknown
My score : 3 stars
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Is your 4 star rating based on the film or the use and execution of the 3d?

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Gedmud wrote:
Is your 4 star rating based on the film or the use and execution of the 3d?


The score is as a whole but primarily based on the use and execution of the 3D and secondarily on the story :-)

If anyone is starting a 3D blu ray collection then if you stick to the ones that I gave score of 3 stars or more and you will be safe. Now, If you are short of money then pick the ones that I gave 3 stars and half or more 8-)

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Tron: legacy (2010) was shot by employing a new (unknown) generation of cameras, built specifically for them, and used a 3D technique that is a combination of technologies—completely digital motion-capture of a character and the live-action camera system. Director Joseph Kosinski used a predominantly Immerse 3D technique but be aware that when the film is off the grid then it is shown in 2D. For me the movie was visually stunning but I was expecting more from the story point of view
IMDB: 6.9 (157,993 votes)
Tomatometer: 51% (226 reviews)
Box Office: $400,062,763
Production cost: $170 million
My Score: 2 stars and half
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Titanic 3D (2012) Shot originally in film in 1997and it was converted to 3D and was released on 2012 to coincide with the 100 years of the sinking of the real cruise ship. Director James Cameron spent 18 millions in the conversion and supervised it frame by frame and used an immerse 3D technique for the final product not adding any extra special effect except changing the star map in one of the scene. Titanic is a great “date” movie, liked by women because of the love story and men because of the sinking ship and special effects
IMDB: 7.7 (430,445 voters)
Tomatometer: 87% (167 reviews)
Box office: $2,185,372,302
Production cost: $200 millions
My score: 3 stars and half
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The Avengers (2012) was shot digitally 2D originally using several cameras (mainly Arri Alexa) . Josh Whedon was not a fan of 3D but supervised the conversion (no at the extent that James Cameron did his) , most of the credit (in the conversion) goes to their digitally processor Seamus McGarvey. Director Josh Wheedon used a mixed Immerse/Moderate Fancy 3D technique for the final product. This movie is sheer entertainment with a pretty decent 3D conversion.
IMDB: 8.4 (420,497 votes)
Tomatometer: 92% (290 reviews)
Box Office: $1,511,797,910
Production cost: $220 Miilion
My score: 3 stars and half
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Underworld Awakening (2012) was shot in 3D with Red Epic cameras. Directors Mans Marlin and Bjorn Stein used a moderate 3D Fancy technique. The beginning of the movie which is based in flashbacks from other films in the franchise that were 3D converted and you can see the difference in quality when the new footage shot natively in 3D starts. Kate Beckinsale is still a sexy bad ass vampire , the 3D effects are very good and the story is worthy of the franchise so fans should be happy but I do not think that attracted new fans due the story but rather for the good 3D
IMDB: 6.3 (64,871 votes)
Tomatometer: 26% (70 reviews)
Box office:$160,112,671
Production cost: $70 Millions
My score: 2 stars and 3/4
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Resident evil : After life (2010) was shot using the 3D Fusion cameras system hired from James Cameron. Director Paul W. S. Anderson used a Fancy 3D technique. Anderson used Cameron’s 3D cameras but did not get the same results, still fun to watch. Milla Jovovich remains a sexy zombie killer but the story not as cool as the first entry in the franchise, now the fancy 3D attracted quite a few non fan viewers
IMDB: 5.9 (82,789 votes)
Tomatometer: 24% (93 reviews)
Box Office: $296,211,613
Production cost: $60 Millions
My score: 2 stars and half
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Pirates of the Caribbean : on stranger tides (2011) was shot in 3D with a modified Red One MX camera systems (For better mobility). Director Rob Marshall used an Immerse 3D technique. Hey this franchise was supposed to be over with the previous entry and here they went again: Jhonny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow) still charismatic but not chemistry with the newcomer Penelope Cruz (Angelica Teach) . Expect another entry thou lol
IMDB: 6.6 (178,961 votes)
Tomatometer: 33% (252 reviews)
Box Office: $1,043,871,802
Production cost: $250 million
My score: 2 stars and half
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Monsters Vs aliens (2009) was DreamWorks Animation's first feature film to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format instead of being converted into 3-D after completion. Directors Conrad Vernon and Rob letterman used a moderated Fancy 3D technique. This movie has been seen by my daughter many times and a favourite of mine too :D
IMDB: 6.6
Tomatometer: 72% (209)
Box Office: $381,509,870
Production cost: 175 Million
My score: 3 stars
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Differences between shooting natively in 3D and converting 2D to 3D

Let me start quoting an excerpt from Native 3D versus 2D to 3D conversion: Pros and Cons

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A good conversion is labour intensive and it requires an experienced eye because the process is one part science, one part art. The best analogy is making a suit of clothes – anyone can cut and sew material but you need a good, bespoke tailor to produce something that looks really great.

Film that is converted well is indistinguishable from film that is shot in stereo or “native” 3D


However as you can read in the article it is nightmare to convert crowds, rain, snow and smoke, sparks and there is one of the reasons where it failed "John Carter (2012)"

Different opinions in the subject can be found in this forum thread : Is 2D->3D Conversion Better Than Native 3D?

Now I found the following movie which was shot around 50%-50% 3D-2D hard to differentiate (to my eyes) so the conversion part was well made

Transformers dark of the moon (2011)
was shot a mix of 3D using Arri Alexa and Sony F35 cameras and a mix of 35mm film. Director Michael Bay used a predominantly Fancy 3D technique. This film has some impressive special effects at the end and the 3D looks good all the way, now in the action scenes some times was hard to differentiate the good bots from the bad ones and the dialogue from very well known/good actors sometimes were very ridicule. If you like the explosive style of Michael Bay then you will like this one :-)
IMDB: 6.3 (180,373 votes)
Tomatometer: 36% (239)
Box Office: $1,123,746,996
Production cost: $195 Million
My score: 1 star and 3/4
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How to train your dragon (2010) is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation. Directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois used a predominantly moderated Fancy 3D technique. This is another favourite of my daughter and I
IMDB: 8.2
Tomatometer: 98% (172 reviews)
Box Office: $494,878,759
Production cost: $165 Million
My score: 3 stars
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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011) was shot natively in 3D with Chuck Comisky, the visual-effects supervisor for James Cameron's Avatar, as the 3-D director to manage the special effects. Director Tsui Hark used a mixed technique of immerse /Fancy 3D. If you like Jet Li, Kung Fu in a well made 3D film then look no further ;-)
IMDB: 6.0 (2,616 votes)
Tomatometer:70% (27 reviews)
Box Office: $100 Million
Production cost: $35 Million
My score: 2 stars and 1/4
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Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk (2008) a 44 minutes documentary which was shot with 350-pound 3D IMAX cameras. Director Greg MacGillivray used a predominantly Immerse 3D technique. It shows the beauty and splendour of the Grand Canyon with an ecological message.
IMDB: 6.3 (188 votes)
Tomatometer:78% (9 reviews)
Box Office: Unknown
Production cost: Unknown
My score: 2 stars and 3/4


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