News: Disney to deliver more movies on Blu-ray 3D

Tron: Legacy movie scene

Tron: Legacy

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is increasing its commitment to 3D at home this year, planning to release Tron: Legacy and animated movie Tangled on Blu-ray 3D the same day as the movies are released on DVD and regular Blu-ray. Dates have not yet been announced.

As well as the new Tron and Tangled, Disney promises that other movies will be released on Blu-ray 3D the same day as DVD and Blu-ray in 2011.

The studio also plans to bring out a bunch of catalog films on Blu-ray 3D, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast just debuted on Blu-ray last year, and Disney says The Lion King will debut on Blu-ray in the fall. Our guess is that the Blu-ray 3D will be released at the same time.

Also planned for Blu-ray 3D release from Disney this year are:

  • Bolt
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • G-Force
  • and Chicken Little.
Tangled movie scene


All in all, the studio says it will release “at least 15 films” on Blu-ray 3D in 2011. Last year, the studio debuted its first Blu-ray 3D day-and-date movie (Step Up 3), as well as released the new live-action version of Alice in Wonderland and Disney’s A Christmas Carol on the new format.

These 3D titles are the same quality 3D — and same stereoscopic technology — used in 3D movies in theaters, not the old analog 3D that used blue/red glasses. As in theaters, Blu-ray 3D does require special glasses to view the movie in 3D and a 3D TV. A Blu-ray 3D-capable player also is needed to play the discs. Regular Blu-ray players will not play Blu-ray 3D titles, but Blu-ray 3D players do play regular Blu-ray discs as well as DVDs.

Disney is not the only studio embracing 3D in the home. Warner Home Video, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, among others, released movies and other programs on Blu-ray 3D last year. Coming out this month are Coraline and Piranha. Here’s a list of already available movies.

Toshiba also is moving toward 3D at home without glasses, last month releasing 3D TVs that don’t need special glasses in order to see the content properly.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.