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A Explore3DTV.com Blog By Ron Repking

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The Couch Critic reviews the latest 3D content available on TV, including 3D events and 3D sports.


Boxing in 3D: Friday Night Fights

It's been a slow summer for new 3D sporting events on ESPN 3D, but boxing continues tonight with Friday Night Fights.  If you haven't seen boxing in 3D yet, it is worth a look, even if you aren't a fan of boxing.

Tonight, Sebastian Lujan takes on Mark Jason Melligen in San Antonio at 11pm EST.  As it's a late night bout, set your DVR's now to record it!


NBA Finals Game 5 in 3D tonight!

Don't miss out on game 5 between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat tonight at 9pm EST on ESPN 3D.  With the series tied at 2-2, the winner of this game has a great chance to take the title.  Will it be the nationally hated (except in Miami) Fab 3, or Dirk and his Mavs?  I personally just want to watch for the 3D monster dunks!


3D Safari: Africa Review

3D Safari

First Aired: 2011 Run Time: 90 minutes (2 hr w/commercials)
3D Channel: 3net on DirecTV

Overall:

Use of 3D:

3D Quality:

Content:

Pros:

  • Brilliant 3D Quality
  • Age appropriate for anyone
  • Great 3D shots

Cons:

  • Content could be more exciting
  • Long runtime

Have you always wanted to go on an African Safari, but just couldn't find the money or time?  The 90 minute journey that 3D Safari: Africa takes you on is great alternative and probably the closest thing that you will find to being out in the middle of the African plains admist thousands of animals.

Content Review

Your host, Hunter Ellis, is your guide as you journey on the 3D Safari documentary through Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda in Africa.  Scenic Africa provides a wonderful backdrop for the multitude of African animals in their natural habitat.  Some of the animals you will see include warthogs, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, water buffalo, hyenas, vultures, crocodiles, birds, monkeys, and hippos.

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Review

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

First Aired: 2005 Run Time: 60 minutes 3D Channel: n3D on DirecTV

Overall:

Use of 3D:

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Content:

Pros:

  • Interesting look at Apollo missions
  • Age appropriate for anyone
  • Good integration of 2D material with 3D picture

Cons:

  • Some shadowing
  • Lots of 2D footage
  • Very Short runtime given breadth of material

It's been over 4 decades since man first landed on the moon.  It's been so long in fact, most people have it only in the back of their minds or the younger generation doesn't even realize the accomplishment.  At this point, most of the novelty of moon exploration  has waned.  Travel to the moon has been conquered - on to the next thing.

Content Review

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the moon, narrated by Tom Hanks, looks to bring back some of the excitement of the many moon landings and all of the preparation that went into them.

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NBA Western Conference Finals in 3D Tonight!

The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to even the series with the Dallas Mavericks tonight at 9pm EST on ESPN 3D.  After losing the first game of the series earlier this week, Kevin Durant looks to lead his Thunder to a victory over the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki who set an NBA record for most free throws without a miss in a playoff game in the first game of the series.

Check out the action!  NBA basketball in 3D, especially the NBA playoffs is worth tuning in!


Golf: Masters Par 3 Tournament kicks off 2011 Masters in 3D

In addition the 2011 Masters Tourament being broadcast in 3D, the famous Par 3 tournament will also be broadcast this afternoon on ESPN 3D at 3pm EST.  I'm actually excited about watching this as I've never seen the par 3 course before.  Augusta is such a beautiful course it will be cool to see it in 3D!


NBA: Spurs vs. Nuggets in 3D tonight

Get those glasses ready to catch the NBA tonight, March 23rd, on ESPN 3D.  The game will feature the San Antonio Spurs, who sport the best record in the NBA, against the Denver Nuggets who are currently 5th in the West and on a roll lately.  Only bummer is it's on late for most of the US at 10:30pm EST.

This is the last 3D NBA game for the month, with the next one scheduled on Friday, April 1st pitting the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks.


Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Review

I started watching Dinosaurs Alive! 3D with my 9 year-old son this past weekend figuring he would be the perfect age to give me a good opinion about this TV show.  After about 15 minutes in, he asked if he could leave to go play nerf hoop.  I felt the same way, but decided to stick it out and watch it in its entirety so I could write it up.

Content Review

This hour long documentary, narrated by Michael Douglas, is obviously about dinosaurs but really focuses on the paleontologists and their search for dinosaur fossils around the world.  Different and new types of dinosaurs are introduced in addition to the evolution of certain types of dinosaurs and how they might have behaved in their environment with other creatures.  The latter scenes were done with very cool 3D animation which made you feel as if you were there.

There are definitely facts and information that is not widely known, so it was certainly educational from that perspective, both about dinosaurs that you probably haven't heard of before as well as how paleontologists work.

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Guy's Big Bite 3D Review

I will be the first to admit that I'm not one for cooking shows.  Don't get me wrong - I absolutely love to cook.  I just never seem to get the urge to watch a cooking show.  That has changed, however, now that there is a cooking show available in 3D - "Guy's Big Bite," which normally airs on The Food Network.

I have never heard of Guy Fieri, the chef that hosts Guy's Big Bite, so I had no preconceptions.  After watching his show, I can see how he has a good following and can appeal to most people interested in cooking.

Content Review

This was a fairly typical cooking show.  Guy used the half hour to prepare two dishes and a mixed drink.  I watched Guy prepare the following dishes in 3D:

  • Prosciutto and Peas Orechiette (pasta)
  • Garlic Parmesan Crab
  • Blood Orange Basil Collins (alcoholic drink)

I have to admit that the pasta looked really good to me, and I might even try it myself.

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Forgotten Planet 3D Review

I'll just come out and say it right off the bat - Forgotten Planet 3D was one of the best broadcast 3D TV shows that I have watched to date.  Although the content is fairly depressing (describing how two of our world's cities became ghost towns), the show was very well done both from a content, direction and 3D perspective.

Content Review

Forgotten Planet 3D tells the story of how Pripyat, Ukraine and Picher, Oklahoma, both thriving cities at one point, became dead and abandoned as a result of major human blunders.   The first half hour focuses on Pripyat, while the second half documents Pricher.

Pripyat was a planned community for workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. When nuclear reactor #4 exploded in April 1986, Pripyat became a ghost town within a week. The documentary, interviews and images depict how bad the destruction was and even is today.

Picher was the largetst producer of lead and zinc in the world during World War I

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