Adventures in 3D Blu-ray Rentals

It's tough being a geek on a budget.

Last weekend saw the release of the much-hyped Godzilla reboot, which is available in both 2D and 3D versions. The good news is that it's been getting great reviews and earning kaiju-sized profits at the box office; the bad news is that if you want to take a significant other with you to enjoy the film in its full three-dimensional glory, you'll have to fork over at least $25. That doesn't include refreshments and a meal before or afterwards. What those prices, what's a 3D monster movie loving geek who is low on disposable cash to do?

Fortunately, in our age of seemingly endless supply of digital media content, the Mrs. and I found an solid alternative: a online 3D Blu-ray rental service named (easy to remember, eh?).

3D content has gotten the short end of the stick in comparison to most other digital media these days. Our cable provider carries a selection of 3D titles, but the selection is small and limited to newer releases. If you want to see an older 3D movie--say, something released before 2013--you won't find anything. Netflix has been experimenting with streaming 3D content, but their selection is extremely poor and the streaming frequently crashes. Thus, after a careful search for alternatives outside of what we already have, is the best bet we've found so far for 3D movie rentals.

The first title we rented was Jurassic Park 3D, the recent re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 2D blockbuster. (The way I saw it, if we couldn't see one 3D giant monster movie in the theaters, why not watch a different 3D giant monster at home?) The transfer from 2D to 3D is astonishing; while there was some crosstalk in a few of the scenes, the majority of the film benefits greatly from the added depth. The disc also included a 3D short that explained the 3D conversion process used for Jurassic Park. With such an impressive conversion process, there's no reason why other special effects-intensive Spielberg movies (e.g., Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones movies, etc.) couldn't be transferred to 3D.

Of course, the easy rental process of made it worthwhile. It operates like Netflix in that you receive the disc in the mail in an envelope that can be re-used to send the disc back. You can either pay for each rental individually, or you can select a monthly subscription plan. Even though 3D Blu-ray rentals are this company's main selling point, it also has a robust selection of 2D Blu-ray titles from which to choose as well.

High-definition 3D content might not be ready for massive online distribution yet, but it's nice to see a company like give it a shot at affordable rental prices. Cash-strapped 3D geeks like me are very thankful for that.


  1. It's amazing to see how far we've come with 3D devices and tools! Thanks for sharing this information!

    1. I know, right? I've been renting from 3D Blu-Ray Rental for months and they have a great selection and great service, so I highly recommend them if you're looking to rent (but not own) 3D movies on Blu-ray. Good luck!


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