One of the best uses of the Virtual Reality sets which a layman can think of today is its use in watching movies. Who won’t like to watch a movie from the comfort of his home and that too with the same screen size? The VR sets provide such an incredible option to view the movies on a theater size screen as you munch on your popcorn while sitting or on your favorite couch (I bet Sheldon would definitely love it).
With the 360-degree feature, you can not only watch a movie (duh everyone does this) but be a part of the movie as the scene unfolds around you.
But today, not many full-length movies are yet available for the virtual reality. Having said this, there are still some movies which people can fully enjoy. It is only a matter of time before movie studios like 20th Century Fox, Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers start releasing movies for VR (these studios are already working on it). Below is the list of such movies which you can enjoy right away.
1. The Lion King Musical VR:
The primary objective of any director is to make the viewer’s get immersed in the movie, make them feel the emotions, experience the different surroundings and be a part of the epic journey. This was not completely possible in regular movies but with the virtual reality, the movie has worked wonders.
The Broadway adaptation of The Lion King’s opening number ‘Circle of Life’ has left viewers emotional and speechless due to the sheer experience. The viewers have shared positive reviews and this is definitely the one to watch right away in your VR sets.
2. The Martian VR
People always have had a curiosity about life outside our earth. This is what has always intrigued many directors to make movies on the fantasy genre. Recently we witnessed such a movie about life on Mars, The Martian.
It showed how actor Matt Damon battles for survival on Mars. Everyone wants to be in his position to experience the adventure.
So, 20th Century Fox released a short 15-20 minutes long video from the movie which was shot during the actual filming of the movie and it gives the perspective of the actor in the movie.
This is just the sneak peak of the full experience but even that is sufficient to excite you. Do watch it.
3. The Hunger Games VR
The official Hunger Games VR experience immerses you in the narrative of all the four film franchise and explores the actress’ journey through the movie.
All fans will definitely love this one.
4. Batman: The Animated Series VR
DC Entertainment and Warner brothers teamed up with cloud graphics firm Otoy to create a VR experience like no other. They have let the viewer’s experience the bat cave from all possible angles enough to satisfy every fan long desire to explore the bat cave for themselves.
This is a unique idea and ‘Bat’ fans just cannot afford to miss it.
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens VR
If there is any wish list of movies to watch on VR across the world then Star Wars, without a doubt, will be first on every list.
ILMxLAB studio, Google, and Verizon have joined hands to create a Star Wars experience for VR. The Force Awakens VR experience is available on the Star Wars website and can be seen online. It is the first step towards a large-scale development by the studio but it is enough for a die-hard fan.
Also, two important mentions are Wild – The Experience and School of Rock
6. Wild – The Experience
The three-minute VR video of Wild showcases the lonely journey of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). It has received good reviews.
7. School of Rock VR
This VR video was created as a promotional media for the Broadway adaptation of School of Rock. The video is of a song “You’re In the Band”.
Though not many but Virtual Reality movies will become mainstream in the coming future and will be a part of our daily routine as it offers the much needed personal experience to the viewers. Imagine movies like Avatar, Inception, Gravity, Revenant, Cast Away, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, and many more movies in a VR set. Imagine the level of experience viewers will enjoy through such remarkable movies.
The future is bright for VR movies but brighter for the viewers.