Not sure how we missed this one in all the excitement at CES -- well, yeah we can -- but right up there with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Disney's A Christmas Carol, Dreamworks will offer Monsters vs. Aliens as its first 3D Blu-ray title (fuzzy picture of the back and full pr after the break). Now we said it before and we'll say it again, you're not going to sell 3D to the masses with animated features, but we have to wonder why Fox and Panasonic have yet to announce Avatar in 3D. Cameron came out and told MTV that the first Blu-ray release wouldn't be 3D, but we don't understand why. If you are releasing a new format like 3D wouldn't you want the hottest titles available as soon as possible? Of course we could be worrying for nothing and could learn that Fox is just waiting for the right moment to announce a 3D version of Avatar, but what about the rest of the studios? Then again, HD DVD and Blu-ray did launch with only a few titles and none were exactly recent blockbusters.

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Samsung, DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor Form a Global Strategic Alliance for 3D Home Entertainment in 2010

Global Strategic Alliance Kicks Off with Exclusive, Feature-length 3D Film on Blu-ray

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Jan 06, 2010 Samsung Electronics America, Inc., DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ: DWA) and Technicolor (Euronext Paris: 18543, NYSE: TMS) today announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the delivery of a complete 3D home entertainment solution in 2010. The three companies have joined forces to accelerate the worldwide deployment of in-home 3D to mainstream consumers.

The solution includes a broad line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs from Samsung, its new 3D Blu-ray disc player, and an exclusive promotion that includes a first-time feature-length, 3D Blu-ray version of DreamWorks Animation's 2009 release, "Monsters vs. Aliens." The disc will be created and produced by Technicolor, the leading innovator in entertainment technology. Samsung will provide customers several 3D selections, including a short entitled "Bob's Big Break" as well as trailers for 2010 DreamWorks Animation feature film releases "How to Train your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After" on Samsung HDTVs with its Internet@TV feature.

"We've continued to innovate and make significant investments in 3D technology since we delivered our first 3D HDTV to market in 2007, and now we're pleased to deliver a complete 3D entertainment offering for the home along with industry-leading innovators like DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor," said Tim Baxter, president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Samsung Electronics America. "There has been great success with 3D in theaters, and the stars have finally aligned to bring this experience to the home with combination of standardization, plenty of product options and 3D content."

"2009 was the Year of 3D in theaters throughout the world as movie-goers consistently chose the premium 3D experiences," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "Innovative technology is at the heart of everything we do at DreamWorks Animation so we are thrilled that Samsung's industry-leading 3D HDTVs and Technicolor's first-of-its-kind Blu-ray technology can now bring 3D content to consumers across the globe at home."

"We have great collaborators in Samsung and DreamWorks Animation to make in-home 3D content available to the consumer," said Frederic Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Technicolor. "With our innovations in Blu-ray 3D technology, Technicolor is well-positioned to meet consumer demand for 3D in the home. We look forward to continuing to help DreamWorks Animation innovate its art of storytelling and Samsung extend its global home entertainment leadership into the 3D space."

About the Samsung 3D Entertainment Solution

The largest 3D-capable product lineup to date, Samsung's 2010 HDTV lineup includes the 7000 Series and above LED TVs, 7000 Series and above plasma TVs, and 750 Series LCD TVs. The HDTVs include Samsung's proprietary built-in 3D processor and emitter that is optimized for and enables compatibility with multiple 3D standards including half and full HD resolution formats, as well as the Blu-ray Disc Association ratified "Blu-ray 3D" standard. In addition, Samsung's 3D system delivers a picture using a full color spectrum for an unbelievable, immersive viewing experience.

For those who want to add the third dimension to their regular TV viewing, Samsung included in its 3D processor an auto-conversion technology that renders 2D content into 3D in real time. When not in the 3D mood, you're back to watching one of the best quality HDTVs on the market with the push of a button.

Samsung offers a complete solution allowing consumers to bring the 3D theater experience home with the following products:

Samsung 3D LED, LCD, and plasma HDTVs
Samsung BD-C6900 Blu-ray player
Samsung's active shutter 3D glasses to enable a superior 3D viewing experience
DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens" Blu-ray 3D disc created and produced by Technicolor

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Monsters vs. Aliens to be among the first 3D Blu-ray titles