3D Blu-Ray Showdown of the Day : GHOST IN THE SHELL 3D vs X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST 3D

Takeshi Kitano, Scarlett Johansson, and Pilou Asbæk in Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Well I’ve had the chance to re-watch these movies back to back, both in glorious 3D via my Blu-ray and Projector;  and the verdict is in, both films in addition to sporting drop dead gorgeous females with stunning bodies and skin tight uniforms,  are also must own films.

First just as films, both movies come highly recommended. Bryan Singer with DAYS OF FUTURE PAST getting a chance to write a denouement to these characters and actors and his interrupted tenure on the X-men franchise that he launched back at the close of the 20th century.

Singer and all involved– succeed admirably, using a conceit I am less than fond of (going back in time to fix the present/future) but here imbuing  it with enough heart, and just entertaining performances and set pieces  to make it wildly crowd pleasing. It also sports a few of the most imaginative Super-Hero sequences put to film. It is easily the best of the X-men films, up there with LOGAN.

I did not know what to expect going in to GHOST IN THE SHELL, but I loved it. Scarlett Johansson is mesmerizing here, and naysayers to the side… I thought she was sublime casting. As a fan of the Anime, the live-action film is a different thing, but is great in its own way. And I like the depth Scarlett’s performance lends to a character, that is largely a cipher in the anime. She gives a humanity to the character that the anime talks around, but never really shows, in the way Scarlett’s character makes us care for that character.

On top of that the world building of the film is top notch, and powers through a story that cinematically echoes with complimentary comparisons to the BLADE-RUNNER films. As a film it arguably is the slightly superior film over DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (again I love both films, but GHOST edges it out just a bit), and largely that comes down to me not being the biggest fan of time travel stories.

But we are here to talk about the 3D, and in GHOST IN THE SHELL —  in places it has great 3D, but suffers from the issue a lot of modern movies do, the post-conversion underplays, or to save money, under processes some scenes, so some scenes are basically just 2D.  It is like the filmmakers are scared of 3D. So you end up with a 3D movie, where maybe only a fraction of the movie has really impressive 3D.

That’s the case with GHOST IN THE SHELL, in moments, like ghost scenes and underwater sequences, and some top down shots the 3D is effective, but for most of the film it is little better than 2D. I spend much of the film just wishing the 3D was more impressive throughout, and maybe that 3D Archive had done the conversion; since for my money my favorite 3D films outside of LIFE of PI  and the IMAX documentary films, is done by the great folks at 3D Archive.

In contrast to GHOST IN THE SHELL’s uneven 3D, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has strong 3D throughout.

So winner of the 3D showdown…. X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Now that said I would still recommend having both films in 3D, however DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will just be the more satisfying 3D experience.

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