5 Best 3D movies to watch on Gear VR

Diana Joan

Apr 09, 2015 09:07 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Since Samsung Electronics in collaboration with Oculus VR announced the Gear VR, an accessible, impressive virtual reality headset on 2014, users were all excited to witness the birth of a new medium, wireless, consumer-grade virtual reality at home. In the meanwhile, it’s obvious that 3D movies look amazing on Gear VR as long as you pick the correct format. What movies have you seen that blew you away on the Gear VR 3D enjoyment so far? Here we collected Top 5 3D movies for Gear VR!

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Top 5. Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

The superlative finale to Pixar’s well-loved franchise, Toy Story 3 blends a snappy script and hair-raising action with an emotional finale that packs one hell of a wallop. Saying goodbye to one’s childhood has never felt so heartbreaking. Seeing as the Toy Story universe is already entirely comprised of CGI, the addition of 3D adds a welcome layer of immersion to its cartoonish environs. A natural addition rather than a cynical cash-in. The 3D really comes into its own during the grand set-pieces, and the incinerator sequence is even more harrowing when oblivion looms so imminently.

Top 4. Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

There was a quite a controversy when Warners demanded that Guillermo del Toro convert his giant robots and monsters film into 3D but thankfully they gave the talented Mexican enough time and money to do it properly. This is the only post-converted 3D movie on this list (Gravity doesn’t count) and it’s easily the best. It features pristine, reference-quality video, and the 3D helps create a better perception of the massive size of the monsters. There was always a danger that adding 3D would make the robots look small but del Toro uses the 3D sensibly to create an immersive experience that enhances the narrative and definitely adds to the fun; resulting in thumping big visuals to go along with the thunderous soundtrack.

Top 3. Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Ang Lee’s film of the award-winning novel is easily one of the most beautiful 3D films you will ever see and the Taiwanese master became the first person to pick up an Oscar for directing a 3D movie. He is clearly having fun with the entire medium, using the extra dimension in a host of imaginative ways that truly enhance the viewing experience. Every aspect of the production has been conceived with 3D in mind but it’s the flying fish sequence that really stands out, as Lee deliberately changes the aspect ratio to increase the 3D effect even further.

Top 2. Gravity


Some people are more blown away by “Gravity” than others. Alfonso Cuaron’s film was designed from the start to be a cinematic thrill ride like no other with state-of-the-art visuals and sound. It may have taken him four years to create Gravity but the results were certainly worth the wait. Although not actually shot with 3D cameras, the film was always intended to be seen that way and given the extensive use of photorealistic computer generated images, the fact that it’s a 3D conversion is irrelevant. In fact this is the film that proves post-conversion can really work when done well and Cuaron and his team totally immerse you in the environment, putting you right in the middle of the action – unmissable.

Top 1. Avatar


James Cameron was the first major contemporary filmmaker to throw down the new 3D gauntlet and after a run of media nay-saying that had an uncanny resemblance to the skepticism that greeted Titanic, he pulled out another never-seen-anything-like-it-before cinematic rabbit out of his hat with Avatar. James Cameron revolutionized 3D cinema with this tree-hugging tale of the planet Pandora, and horrid old Earth’s attempts to bleed her dry. Unlike a lot of 3D pictures, the 2-hour-40-minute epic doesn’t strain the eyes because Cameron’s sense of stereoscopic design is so thoroughly nuanced. Rather than superficial coming-at-you effects, Avatar uses depth to bring you into its sci-fi world.

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