We didn’t provide a ton of coverage of Monsters Vs. Aliens when it was released theatrically, but considering 3D technology is such a hot topic nowadays, we thought this latest bit of news about the film’s DVD format was topical and timely: Despite the fact that 3D showings accounted for 58% of the CG-animated film’s opening weekend box office take, home viewers won’t have the same choice as it’s only being released in 2D on DVD and Blu-ray.
According to Home Media Magazine, the InTru 3-D technology developed by Dreamworks and Intel worked wonders in theaters with digital projectors but simply couldn’t be replicated in the average consumer home. Chris Chinnock, co-founder and managing director of the 3D@Home Consortium says, “The only viable option was to do anaglyph or color coding, and doing [that] would compromise the quality of the product.”
But 3D fans needn’t despair. To satisfy their demand, Dreamworks instead has created an all-new companion short, “Bob’s Big Break”, that can be viewed in 3D in the home using magenta-and-green glasses, four pairs of which are included in the “Ginormous Double DVD Pack” and Blu-ray edition. Dreamworks Animation chief Ann Daly says that “Bob’s Big Break” is the “highest-quality” DVD companion piece to date, a computer-animated 3D short with nearly all the original voice artists from the movie. The plot finds B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) and his monstrous crew on a mission to break out of the government’s secret holding cell, Area 52. They make a triumphant escape, almost, by outwitting grizzled General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland).
In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray versions contain a 3D paddle ball game, and who knows? We might see a 3D release of the film down the road once home technology catches up to the theatrical experience.
Look for Monsters Vs. Aliens to hit the street September 29th from Paramount Home Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation.
– Debi Moore
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