Comments for Preview Review: Disney “Tangled” Blu-ray 3D DVD Combo Pack – Brilliant movie comes home with too few extras

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    Rob Stevens

    Ricky,

    I saw Tangled in 3D in the theater, and thought that other than the Pixar flicks, it was Disney’s best 3D movie yet. The CG films have the bonus of not having to be converted in post from a flat source, so the 3D is more natural.

    That said, from the criticisms you had in the review, most of those can be attributed to the technology in the TV used to watch the film, as opposed to the film itself. Your best results will be on a Plasma-based screen (virtually eliminates ghosting with the incredibly fast refresh rate, increases brightness), with a much larger screen size, so it takes up more of your field of vision. An LCD-based screen can’t get bright enough to counteract the darkening effect of the glasses, and doesn’t refresh the screen fast enough to eliminate the ghosting and artifacts that you were seeing. Even the fastest refreshing LCDs have a refresh rate of 1/3rd that of a Plasma (240hz vs. 600hz), and remember that it gets cut in half when watching 3D content.

    Love all your work on the site and on the podcast. If you ever need to hire a hardcore marketing guy, look me up! I’d gladly move from Seattle to Florida to come work with you. 😉


    Rob

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      Ricky Brigante

      Thanks for the additional tech info. 3D at home in its current form is obviously a new and evolving technology. However, I can’t necessarily blame the technology for the 3D issues I saw with Tangled. On the same equipment (TV, glasses, player), I also watched Tron: Legacy in 3D as well as a few 3D trailers, including Pirates 4 and Cars 2. All of these looked fantastic, with no ghosting or stray artifacts. For some reason, the home presentation of Tangled in 3D simply did not look as good to me as the others.

      I’ll have a full review of the Tron: Legacy release next week, including a few more thoughts on its home 3D version.

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        Rob Stevens

        Do you happen to know what the framerate of Tangled is on Blu-ray, versus the other content you watched? Curious to see if that might have something to do with it, but I’d be surprised if Tangled was different than TRON: Legacy. I would expect that both would be 1080p24.

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          Ricky Brigante

          Great question. Tangled is indeed 1080p24, as are the others that I watched, so there shouldn’t have been such a noticeable difference.

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    Paul W.

    I was looking forward to your review of the Second Screen feature of this release but did not see. Will you provide your review of this, it may, or may not, make a difference to your feelings about the bonus features.

    Thanks.

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      Ricky Brigante

      Tangled does not offer Second Screen technology. I will be trying it with Tron: Legacy soon.

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        Paul W.

        That is right, it was Bambi that is offering it first. SOrry about that.

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    Liz

    Can not get the Blu-ray to work on our brand new Vizio Blu-ray/DVD player. I have returned it 3 times and none of the Blu-rays will work..the Dvds work….very frustrated!

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      Ricky Brigante

      It sounds like you need to upgrade the firmware on your Blu-ray player. New releases often utilize new technologies that only the latest firmware updates support.

      If your player is able to connect to the Internet, you’ll likely be able to download the firmware update directly from its menus. If it cannot connect to the Internet, you’ll have to download the update from the Vizio web site, put it on a USB drive, then plug that into the player.

      Search Vizio’s web site for your particular player model and you should be able to find the instructions there.

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        Raymond Day

        I got a Vizio VBR120 and it locks up on Tangled Blu-Ray! I called Vizio. She had me do some things to it. Hold the power for a wile and reset to defalts but none worked. She said have to wait for a firmware update! I said the last one was November 2010.

        I took the DVD over to a Sony player and it played right away and checked if sony had a firmware update and it did. I installed it. But it’s something that the Sony one worked even with out a new firemware update.

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          Curt

          I have a Vizio VBR334. Same issue. Was told by Vizio Tech Support that they are now aware of the issue. It sounds like all Vizio Bluray players will require a firmware update. Howver they have no time frame and there best guess was “a couple weeks”. hmm I think i may be getting a different player.

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            Crystal

            I called tech support as well about our Vizio blu ray player, they gave us the same answer. Thankfully I bought the combo pack so we can watch the DVD. They’re lucky I’m past the return date, or I’d be getting a new player different brand. Its unfortunate because we’ve been happy with our other Vizio products.

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