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Blu-ray 3D films coming with Panasonic 3D TVs

Panasonic is bundling two 3D films with its 3D HDTVs. The films will not be sold in stores until the offer runs out in July.

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Panasonic will offer two Blu-ray films with 3D TVs. Panasonic

Panasonic has entered a deal with 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios to offer two Blu-ray 3D films with Viera 3D HDTVs.

The company will offer Blu-ray 3D versions of "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Coraline" with its Viera VT25 3D HDTV series, Panasonic said this week. To get the films, consumers must buy one of the sets by July 10. They will receive the films after returning a mail-in coupon.

A Panasonic representative said that Blu-ray 3D versions of both "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Coraline" will not be available at retail until Panasonic's promotional offer ends.

Panasonic's line of Viera VT25 3D TVs come in several versions. Consumers can opt for sizes ranging from a 50-inch model to a 65-inch model expected to be released in June. Prices start at $2,599 for the 50-inch model. The 65-inch version of the television will sell for $4,299. Every VT25 television from Panasonic also comes with one pair of 3D glasses.

Panasonic isn't alone in trying to coax consumers to 3D. Samsung, another major player in the 3D TV market, currently offers a 3D Starter Kit that includes two pairs of the company's 3D glasses, as well as a Blu-ray 3D version of "Monsters vs. Aliens." It sells $350 when purchased separately. But if a Samsung customer picks up both a Samsung 3D HDTV and a Samsung Blu-ray player, the starter kit is free.