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Best 3D movies to watch on smart projectors

by Dangbei Official on February 02, 2024

3d movie to watch on smart projector

In the ever-evolving world of entertainment, the immersive experience of 3D movies has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. With the advancement of technology, smart projectors have become the go-to choice for many cinephiles seeking a larger-than-life visual spectacle.

In this blog, we will explore the top 10 3D movies that truly come to life when viewed on smart projectors, delving into the benefits of this viewing experience and recommending the best Dangbei projectors for the ultimate cinematic adventure.

Best 3D movies to watch

Whether you're a fan of action, adventure, animation, or fantasy, there's a 3D movie on this list perfect for your next movie night.

Avatar (2009)

  • Director: James Cameron
  • A groundbreaking film that took the 3D experience to new heights, "Avatar" remains a must-watch for its stunning visuals and immersive storytelling. Pandora is a must-visit destination in 3D.

Gravity (2013)

  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • The vastness of space, paired with the claustrophobia of Sandra Bullock's spacesuit, makes Gravity a thrilling cinematic ride in 3D. Experience it as if you're really floating through space.

The Lion King (2019)

  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • The live-action adaptation of the beloved animated classic "The Lion King" brings the African savannah to life with breathtaking 3D effects.

Life of Pi (2012)

  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Based on Yann Martel's novel, "Life of Pi" seamlessly combines a captivating story with visually stunning 3D effects, making it a feast for the eyes.

Jurassic Park (1993)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • A cinematic classic that revolutionized special effects, "Jurassic Park" in 3D transports audiences to a world where dinosaurs roam once again.

Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Marvel's "Doctor Strange" uses 3D to warp reality and take viewers on a mind-bending journey through the mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

  • Director: George Miller
  • An adrenaline-fueled post-apocalyptic masterpiece, "Mad Max: Fury Road" immerses audiences in a visually stunning and chaotic world.

Hugo (2011)

  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • A heartwarming tale set in the magical world of 1930s Paris, "Hugo" utilizes 3D technology to enhance its enchanting visuals.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

  • Director: Baz Luhrmann
  • Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is a visual extravaganza with dazzling 3D effects that bring the roaring '20s to life.

Up (2009)

  • Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • Pixar's "Up" is an animated gem that utilizes 3D to elevate its emotional storytelling, taking audiences on a heartwarming and visually stunning adventure.

Benefits of watching 3D movies on projectors

So why watch 3D movies on a projector rather than on a 3D TV? Projectors offer a unique set of advantages:

Immersive Experience: Projectors provide a larger display, enveloping viewers in a more immersive cinematic experience. The increased screen real estate allows the 3D effects to become more pronounced and noticeable, with greater depth, layers, and perspective.

Bigger Screen Size: Smart projectors offer larger screen sizes compared to TVs, often well over 100 inches diagonally, allowing viewers to appreciate the depth and detail of 3D effects. Many 3D TVs max out at 60-80 inches, which just can't compare to the scope and scale of projectors.

Flexibility in Placement: Projectors offer flexibility in placement options. They can easily be positioned to project onto any blank wall space that accommodates the desired screen size. There is no need to permanently mount a screen, like a TV. This convenience makes it simple to set up an impromptu home theater environment.

Home Theater Atmosphere: With their large screens and adjustable placement, projectors are great for creating an immersive, cinematic atmosphere right in your home. The theater-like experience is enhanced dramatically, especially when watching 3D movies.

Cost-Effective: Projectors can provide a cost-effective solution for achieving a home theater environment compared to very large 3D TVs. A decent 4K 3D projector, like the Dangbei Mars Pro, can be purchased for under $2,000. Considering their flexibility, immersive capabilities, and performance with 3D content, projectors are an excellent option for movie buffs looking to maximize their 3D viewing experience.

Best 3D projector from Dangbei

When selecting a smart projector specifically for watching 3D content, I recommend considering Dangbei's Mars Pro and Atom projectors. Both offer laser-powered brightness and 3D support, along with handy smart features.

Mars Pro 4K Laser Projector

The Dangbei Mars Pro 4K projector delivers an immersive home cinema experience with ultra high definition visuals, a super-bright laser light source, smooth motion technology, optimized gaming mode, and side-by-side, top-and-down 3D capabilities.
Dangbei Mars Pro
- Massive 200” image with 4K UHD resolution
- Laser-powered brightness for day and night
- DTS-HD and Dolby Audio sound
- AI Realistic Pro image engine
- MEMC technology for smooth motion
- 3D compatibility
- Gaming Mode for gamers
- TÜV Low Blue Light certified

Atom Ultra-Thin Google TV Laser Projector

The Dangbei Atom is Dangbei’s first Google TV laser projector with built-in Netflix, combining smart features and high brightness in a compact design. It leverages Google TV for an intuitive entertainment experience with personalized recommendations and diverse content. With a brightness figure of up to 1200 ISO lumens, it could well be the brightest projector on the market compared with other low form factor laser home projectors. In comparison to the 3D feature of the Dangbei Mars Pro, the Atom introduces Blu-ray 3D, expanding options for movie enthusiasts.
Dangbei Atom
- Google TV™ with built-in Netflix
- Laser-bright 1200 ISO lumens
- No larger than a book, lighter than a laptop
- Personalized content recommendations
- Expanded color and RGB gain settings
- 3D compatibility, including Blu-ray 3D

Tips for watching 3D movies on smart projectors

Use Active 3D Glasses: Active shutter 3D glasses are required for most smart projector 3D systems. They sync with the projector and alternately open and close the left and right shutters in time with the projected image to create a sense of depth. Make sure to use the exact model of active 3D glasses recommended by your projector manufacturer.

Optimal Seating Distance: Sit at a distance equal to 1 to 2 times the width of the projected 3D image. Sitting too close makes the 3D effects uncomfortable and strains your eyes. Sitting too far reduces the immersive 3D depth. Measure your projected image size and calculate the ideal seating range. For example, for a 100-inch wide projected image, sit between 100 and 200 inches away.

Set Up Your Room Lighting: 3D projection requires complete control over room lighting. Make sure to close window blinds, turn off all room and overhead lighting, and minimize light from any equipment. Consider using blackout curtains on windows for daytime 3D viewing. The darker the room, the better the 3D pop.

Adjust 3D Projector Settings: Dive into the 3D settings on your smart projector to fine tune the 3D effect. Adjust 3D format, 3D-to-2D depth, 3D Depth, and 3D brightness to get crisp 3D with minimal ghosting effects. Refer to your projector's user manual for specifics on adjusting 3D image parameters.

Match 3D Video Framerate: Play 3D blu-rays and 3D video content at the native framerate they were recorded at, typically 24 frames per second (fps). When there is a mismatch between the source framerate and your projector settings, it can cause blurring or jittering of the 3D effect.


Watching 3D movies on smart projectors takes the cinematic experience to new levels of immersion. With the ability to project massive screen sizes enveloping your field of view, paired with active 3D technology, the visual depth and perspectives of 3D films are amplified.

For movie lovers looking to get the most out of modern 3D movie releases, smart projectors like Dangbei's Mars Pro and Atom offer exceptional performance, brightness, smart connectivity, and convenience for home 3D viewing. Follow the setup tips outlined here, dim the lights, invite friends over, and enjoy being transported into your favorite 3D movie worlds.


Q: What technology do I need to watch 3D movies on a projector?
A: You'll need a 3D-capable projector along with 3D glasses. Active shutter glasses that sync with the projector are most common. Many new projectors have built-in 3D support.

Q: How do I get 3D movie content to play on a projector?
A: You can play 3D Blu-ray discs, 3D downloads, or stream 3D movies from apps like Vudu and Netflix. Make sure your playback device, like a Blu-ray player or streaming stick, is connected to the projector.

Q: Is it bad for my eyes to watch 3D movies on a projector?
A: There's no evidence that 3D projectors cause any harm to your eyesight. Take the same precautions as you would at a 3D movie theater. Avoid sitting too close to the screen and take regular breaks if needed.

Q: What is the ideal screen size for watching 3D movies on a projector?
A: For the most immersive 3D movie experience, aim for the largest projected screen size that fits your room - generally 100 inches or larger measured diagonally. Sit at a distance equal to 1-2 times the screen width.

Q: Can you watch 3D movies on projectors during the day?
A: Yes, but very dark room conditions are ideal. Opt for a high brightness projector like a laser model and use blackout curtains to minimize ambient light. The Dangbei Mars Pro's ultra-bright laser light source is perfect for daytime 3D viewing.

Q: Do I need a special screen for 3D projection?
A: You can project 3D movies onto any blank, light-colored wall or dedicated projection screen. Screens with gain boost brightness but aren't required. Avoid screens with optical coatings that can interfere with the polarization used in active 3D projection.

Q: What kind of 3D glasses work with smart projectors?
A: Active shutter 3D glasses that use batteries or rechargeable models that sync wirelessly with your projector are required. Make sure to use the exact model of active 3D glasses specified for your projector.