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5.0 out of 5 stars Coraline Real 3D Blu-ray version, 5 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Coraline (Blu-ray 3D) [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Just for the record there are two editions available of Coraline on Blu-ray - one has '3D' in a bubble on the leftmost side of the package and states that glasses is included, and is the anaglyph 3D version (i.e. a poor substitute for real 3D). THIS one (the one with 3D written in a bubble on the right side of the package and with 'Blu'ray 3D + Blu-ray' at the top of the front cover consists of the Real 3D version (i.e. you need proper 3D TV with compatible glasses, 3D Blu-ray player, and HDMI cable) AND it contains the conventional 2D version which plays on any Blu-ray player, plus extras in 2D. Therefore if you're going to buy Coraline this is the version to get - you can watch 2D now and legitimate 3D when you buy appropriate equipment later on.

The image quality is stunning and highlights the beautiful details of the models used for the film (this is stop motion rather than computer animation, hence is more 'physical'), plus there's about an hour worth of extras. Great disc of a highly imaginative film that is okay for kids but features a few darker moments that may exclude it from the pleasure of much younger viewers. As an adult I enjoyed the film. Henry Selick (the director of this and Nightmare Before Christmas) is a truly talented person with fine understanding of animation.

Paul (The Grim Cellar)
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2012, 09:25:20 GMT
There is no actual v1.4 HDMI cable. The specification is actually referring to the components within the machine itself. There is where the V1.4 element is, not the cable. Anyone selling so called 'v1.4 cables' at inflated prices are conmen exploiting peoples lack of knowledge.

Any cable called "1080p capable" and/or "High Speed" will do you. Even a cheap one from the market would do it - though I personally would not trust it to last very long - but you should not need to spend more than a fiver on one.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012, 11:15:43 GMT
Paul WJM says:
If someone buys a cable compatible with v1.3 (a or b, or older cables) architecture - i.e. a HDMI v1.3 cable - then they certainly will get the full HD experience, but they will not be able to watch genuine 3D content. v1.4 is necessary if they wish to experience real 3D (that is, not the anaglyph crap that utilises coloured specs). If somebody is not interested in 3D then, I agree, any HDMI cable should do the trick. Although I do personally prefer to spend a few quid extra, at least for decent build quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012, 16:58:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2012, 17:02:08 GMT
Erm, sorry, totally wrong.

If you visit www.hdmi.org you will see that, not only is there now no number labelling to be put on hdmi cables...it only draws the distinction of HDMI - High Speed, and HDMI - High Speed (With Ethernet). But don't take my word for it....

http://www.hdmi.org/pdf/atlug_faqs/2011_04_26_ATLUG_Q07_FINAL.pdf

Any cable marked HDMI 1080p or High Speed will give you glorious 3D in 1080p. Now ask me how I know....

Because when I watch a 3D feature on my lovely shiny PANASONIC Viera plasma, it actually visually tells me that the 3D signal is in 1080p.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012, 22:13:44 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012, 22:36:38 GMT
Paul WJM says:
Interesting - I just reconnected my 3D TV and player with my older cable to check this out with a 3D movie and you're right, the 3D signal was detected and functional! Admittedly I'm pretty surprised but I guess, as you suggest, these things can be mis-marketed for the purposes of acquiring more sales. Anyway, have modified the review accordingly.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012, 07:49:19 GMT
Well, that is very fair of you indeed.

Sorry if I came off a bit preachy, but too many times have regular people been taken in by marketing hype, badly trained or ignorant shop staff, or people who just couldn't give a fig!

It's like the people who have been conned into buying a £100 HDMI 'MONSTER' cable purely on the basis of "They charge £100, they know what they are doing, there must be a reason to charge so much = Here take my money!!" Back in the days of analogue, there may have been a lot more merit to buying perhaps a bit more expensive cables as they would have better and thicker shielding and have above average construction value.

For an analogue signal eg my Laserdiscs and players, that would help. But most people don't even realise that HDMI cables don't carry analogue in the form of an uncompressed composite signal, they only carry a digital stream of "0"s and "1"s.

Heck, most people don't even know what HDMI actually stands for...and that's a market ripe for pillaging!.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012, 09:36:59 GMT
Paul WJM says:
There are a lot of misconceptions in the world of AV when it comes to the general public's understanding; I've heard all sorts of crap over the years (e.g. I once heard one chap at work telling others that the salesman at an electrical store had explained to him that a lot of DVDs were in HD! Of course the chap took this as gospel). The last thing I want to do is perpetuate any myths. People are even more mystified as the technology evolves it seems. I've been buying AV equipment since the 90s and paying more for decent cables has always produced superior results, so it's a bit weird with current HDMI cables where spending a lot doesn't really yield better results in terms of performance - not great news for the cable industry I would have thought...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012, 16:48:20 GMT
Well, in general terms...you tend to take what the person in the shop tells you as being believable and more-or-less at face value, I think. On the understanding that they are selling it so then, they must know something about it.

That's great if you are in a pharmacy (you'd be right to demand that actually), but sadly this is not always so in an electrical outlet...unless you happen to be in a dedicated HiFi shop which is usually staffed by better trained people or outright audio/videophiles.

The paradoxical nature of expensive cables vs cheap HDMI cables is a weird thought in itself, I admit. It does seem counter intuitive, but there you are. I certainly did not mean to sound like you were perpetuating any myths. Sorry if that's how it came off. It's actually been very refreshing to find someone that, rather than fly off the handle and endlessly flame you from that point on, instead is humble enough and prepared to say "Hands up, I was wrong".

Thank you Paul WMJ, you are a gentleman.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012, 09:10:33 GMT
Paul WJM says:
The immediate response to being told you're wrong about something is to defend yourself and get up in arms, but I stood back and thought I'd better check it out first! Anyway, no worries, at least some new knowledge has come out of this.

Best regards.

Posted on 8 Oct 2013, 00:54:39 BST
Thanks very much for this information about which 3D version to get. It was exactly the fact I was looking for.
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