Warner Home Video has announced its first slate of 3D Blu-ray titles, all of them IMAX re-releases: IMAX Under the Sea 3D, IMAX Space Station 3D, and IMAX Deep Sea 3D. Granted, it’s not exactly the early release of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore we were all hoping for, but let’s face it, a handful of geeky cool documentaries actually shot in 3D are certainly preferable to a lame, post-processed mockery of Ray Harryhausen’s legacy, right?
No information is available as to when these titles might be available for sale; for now, you’ll have to snag them for free. Sort of. Warner has partnered with LG and Sony to offer the titles as part of a few hardware promos. U.S. and Canadian customers who buy an LG BX580 or BX585 between now and the end of 2010 will receive a mail-in coupon for a free copy of IMAX Under the Sea 3D. Consumers in “various territories in Europe, Asia, South America and Central America” get a slightly better deal: purchase any new LG Blu-ray 3D-capable player, home theater system, projector, or TV and receive a copy of IMAX Space Station 3D either in the box or via mail-in coupon. (There’s a dangling asterisk in the press release here, indicating perhaps that further clarification as to which products get the pack-in and which get the coupon should have been included in the release. But given that I live in neither Europe, Asia, South America, nor Central America, I didn’t bother asking for clarification. Sorry.)
Also, beginning in July (no end date is given), consumers in “North America and various territories in Europe, Asia, South America and Central America” who spring for a Sony Blu-ray 3D player, 3D TV, or pair of 3D glasses will be eligible to receive IMAX Deep Sea 3D via a mail-in coupon.
Worth noting is the fact that IMAX Under the Sea 3D and IMAX Space Station 3D will contain both 3D and 3D versions, whereas the new IMAX Deep Sea 3D will only contain the 3D version of the film.