Friday, June 10, 2011

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience Blu-ray Review

Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Disc Size: 11.6 GB
Film Size: 10.1 GB
Rating: Not Rated
Region: ABC
The Video
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience’ comes to Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray on one disc via a 1080p MVC video presentation. I was very surprised when this was announced for Blu-ray 3D release, but the more 3D content the better, and this one is particularly easy on the eyes.

The models are now filmed in 3D, but sorry guys, this one doesn’t exactly pop. Depth however is fantastic; many scenes look as if you could easily reach into the television screen, and touch the sand, or whatever else your ‘heart’ desires.

The 3D presentation as a whole is everything you could ask for. Beautiful scenery, great lighting and of course some of the top swimsuit models of the moment. There really is nothing I could complain about, it certainly isn’t the most impressive release, but considering the content, I don’t see how it could be much better. 8.5/10

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included as the lossless and only audio option. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

This isn’t one title that I expected impressive audio from, and we don’t get anything particularly impressive here. Dialogue (aside from visuals) is of most priority and is crisp and clear from beginning to end, whenever the models or photographer choose to speak.

The beaches in the background can be heard lightly throughout the surround speakers to create a little immersion, but other than that it is a fairly basic audio mix. I wasn’t impressed, but I didn’t expect to be impressed. The audio gets the job done nicely; I don’t think it could be any better either. 7/10

The Extras

Bookmark your favorite scenes and return to them later.

Only bookmarks are included, which I can’t complain about. 1/10

The 3D Experience
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience’ brings the annual Sports Illustrated models, for the first time filmed in Full HD 3D. The 3D feature isn’t exactly necessary for the material, but it certainly makes for a strong selling point, particularly among younger male audiences.

Previously available on the Playstation Network Store for rental or purchase, you can now own the entire special on Blu-ray 3D. The special isn’t very long, which is why Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has priced the release at a more attractive MSRP.
What can I say? If you like bikini models, tropical locations and perhaps appreciate great photography (ha), you will find plenty to love about this release. Personally this is one type of special that is better in 3D; otherwise I don’t think I would have cared to check it out.

This 3D experience is very affordable, so anyone who is interested in checking it out should have very little to think about. This certainly isn’t among the most impressive 3D releases we have seen, but I am sure it will find an audience on Blu-ray 3D. 8/10

The Blu-news Summary
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3D Experience’ features a good 3D presentation and fitting audio experience. The lack of extras didn’t bother me with this release. Overall this Blu-ray 3D release is ‘Worth a Look.

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