am i blind or are there only 2 versions of this available - dvd or 3dbluray/bluray combined pack? i dont have a 3d capable tv or player so if i want the normal bluray i have to fork out extra cash for a disk i would never use?
I don't see it as a major problem to be honest. The majority of new films released on Blu-ray are around the £17.00 mark anyway, so you're effectively paying .50p for the 3D disc. Having said that some 3D films contain the 2D version on the same disc so we'll have to wait and see what Entertainment Films in the UK do with it. That said, Dredd was the sole reason I forked out for a 3D TV and Blu-ray player, so impressed I was with the film.
The UK Blu-ray 3D of Hugo (released by Entertainment in Video, the same company that's releasing Dredd on Blu-ray 3D) was a 1-disc release with both the 2D and 3D versions on the same disc. I expect the same here, as well as a price drop by the release date, which would bring it to around £15, which is a fair price for a new release.
I to am MAJORLY disappointed that there is no 2D only version of this film on Blu Ray.
I couldn't see the film at the cinema when it came out, as NONE of the cinema's near me had a 2D showing (this is because I, like 10% of the UK population, I have a visual impediment which means I'm completely unable to see 3D). And now that it's coming out on Blu-Ray, the 3D version is still being rammed down the consumer's throats whether they want it or not (and I don't).
It's a bizarre trend with recent Blu-ray releases, either getting multi-packs that include BD + DVD + Digital Copy, very hard to find just a Blu-ray release (and in a supposedly 'green' world where resources are getting more valued this seems a backward trend). As for 3D, it's pretty much died a death again as basically most consumers are not interested in 3D.
Most 3D discs play back in 2D when viewed on incompatible hardware (and those that don't have a 2D alternative, either in the pack or as a separate release). You do not need to worry about buying this if you 'only' have a conventional TV/player.
I would usually be a bit peeved about this, but as Amazon and HMV are currently selling it at £13 it's not so bad. But how long will it stay at that price? I didn't get to see Dredd at the cinema, so I'm going to rent it, then if I enjoy it I'll most likely buy it. I may hold off a while for a price drop if Amazon and/or HMV change their price. £17 because it comes with a 3D disc that most of us don't use takes the cake.
No, it's not being rammed down your throat, you're getting the 3D version free with the 2D - it's the same price as normal 2D blu-rays like Looper - and both are on one disc. If you don't have a 3D TV it doesn't matter, your player will only play the 2D version.
Actually yes it is being rammed down our throats...
At the cinema, if you wanted to see the film you HAD to see a 3D version, because they stupidly only released a 3D version nationwide.. Completely ignoring all those people who can't or won't see 3D in the process. And now that it's hitting Blu-Ray.. we have the same problem. The publisher is just going to say "Oh look Dredd Blu-ray sold well, it must be because of 3D, I guess we need more 3D". Completely ignoring that most people aren't buying it for the 3D, they're buying it because it's Blu-ray, and even then according to one of the other conversations says that the 2D version isn't really that good a quality.
Yes the price is nice... the choice of format's however, isn't.
The 2D is great actually. Certain scenes have been given a certain look and that was completely intentional by the filmakers.
Anon-E-Mouse are you saying that Blu-Ray isn't a nice format? What other format would you watch it on? VHS,DVD or Laserdisc? You haven't seen it have you? I've got the US version and the transfer lives up to BD standard.