You’ve seen 3D movies, sure, maybe even in the movie theater. But what about live theatre? That just makes sense, considering one of the most exciting parts of going to the theatre is seeing real actors on a real stage. Capturing that in 3D can only enhance the immersion, giving the actors and sets real dimension and bringing you closer to the real experience! Below is a review of the very first 3D Opera brought to Blu-ray.
THE FIRST OPERA RECORDED IN 3D COMES TO BLU-RAY
by Mel Martin
I have to admit, while I like a lot of classical music, I’m not much of an opera fan. But the buzz over a Blu-ray 3D disc called “Carmen in 3D” turned my head, and I wanted to get a look at it.
So look at it I did, and I was pretty dazzled. The opera, composed by Bizet in 1875 was recorded in June of 2010 at the Royal Opera House in London, and in 2011 it was presented via satellite in performances across the US in cinemas that were equipped for 3D.
It had pretty good reviews, with critics split on whether or not the 3D was a gimmick, or genuinely added to the performance. Well, I’m a 3D guy, after all, so I’m inclined to favor using the technology where it makes sense, and I think it made sense in this performance. I had expected cameras up-front shooting from an audience perspective, but instead was pleasantly surprised to see cameras on steadi-cam mounts among the performers, alongside the pit orchestra, and moving on tracks in front of the stage.
There were not a lot of close-ups, but the perspective was often better than a best seat in the house view, and I found it made the performance more involving. The 3D technology was provided by ReadD, and considering a live performance was being captured everything came off very well. With a few close ups, the makeup didn’t look all that great, and I doubt it was designed to be seen anywhere else except from the audience, but that’s a small complaint.
Audio was first rate, with surround channels providing some room ambience, and applause between acts. Every so often a creaking floorboard or some other unplanned sound appeared, but that was the sort of thing you would hear if you were there live. Some years ago I attended an opera there, and I think the disc captured the sound very well.
There are subtitles in several languages so you can follow along unless you are a good at French. There are also extensive printed notes with the disc.
I didn’t have high hopes for this 3D disc, but I did enjoy the music and the presentation. It doesn’t have a lot of pop-outs, but the depth is there and I think 3D is a great way to see an opera.
The disc was released by Opus Arte and can be found on Amazon and other outlets. I showed it to a few people, none of whom liked opera, but they all enjoyed it and said it is the kind of repeat viewing disc they would get if they get a 3D system.
Article Courtesy of 3DTV.com
This sounds even better than going to the theatre, being able to see all kinds of new angles and close-up shots, hearing the performance with professional recording equipment, and (best of all) in the comfort of your own living room. You will want to get the most out of the experience with the right 3D Glasses of course, preferably with a big viewing lens that won’t get between you and the screen. You can see ours, and even compare them to all the other brands, right here on our website.