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View-Master® Virtual Reality Batman: The Animated Series Pack Scheduled for November 15 Release

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Launch into a Batman virtual reality adventure with View-Master® using the custom Batman View-Master® VR Viewer and reel from View-Master® Batman: The Animated Series Experience Pack. Gotham City is under attack and The Joker, The Riddler and Two-Face are carrying out devious plans to terrorize the city. Explore the Batcave, fly the legendary Batwing, and go on missions. Help Batman defeat the villains and save the city! This VR adventure features original voices from Batman: The Animated Series: Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Tara Strong as Batgirl and Loren Lester as Robin. Download and launch the View-Master® Batman: The Animated Series app to your compatible smartphone.

Mattel previewed the new Batman View-Master® VR Viewer and reel at the San Diego Comic-Con, allowing visitors to their booth the opportunity to visit the virtual Batcave and other Gotham City locations. Batman VR voice actors Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester and Paul Dini signed autographs to promote the 3-D VR experience. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman for almost 25 years said, “To be able to inhabit him in the atmosphere of the Batcave is an incredible experience and I think the audience is going to love it.”

Mattel promoted the Batman View-Master® VR Viewer and reel with a huge vinyl banner with the View-Master® VR logo above Batman standing on a Gotham rooftop as well as an electronic graphic on a large flat-screen TV.

The Batman VR viewer and app is available for pre-order at a cost of $44.99.

Editor's Note: We wish we had that Comic-Con View-Master® Batman vinyl banner in our collection!

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Stereo World Magazine, July/August 2016, Vol. 42, No. 1

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The July/August 2016 issue of Stereo World magazine is now available.

Inside this issue
3-D TV: A Short History
Hilton DeWitt Girdwood and his Battle with British GHQ and the War Office
Love the Visuals
Foreign Affairs
3-D Equipment Rarities: The Stereo Optical Company Compact Try Loading Realist Format Stereo Projector
European Gems
The Unknowns
Editor’s View
NewViews
The Society
Classifieds

Join the National Stereoscopic Association and get six issues of Stereo World with your annual membership.

To order individual printed back issues of Stereo World from the past three years only, write to:

Back Issues
P.O. Box 86708
Portland OR 97286

Or, email strwld@teleport.com.

Back issues are $8 each postpaid in the U.S. and $10 each for international shipment.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3-D Blu-ray Scheduled for November 15 Release

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3-D Blu-ray cover art

The 3-D Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled to be released on Nov. 15, 2016. The Blu-ray is available for pre-order on Amazon.com but only for Amazon Prime members. The pre-order price is $34.99.

Features
Actors: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams and Mi
Format: NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 4
Rated:
PG-13
Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: Nov. 15, 2016
Run Time: 136 minutes

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View-Master® Scenic America Single Reels

View-Master Corn Palace single reel

Gary Dineen recently discovered this sealed Sawyer's View-Master® Scenic America reel in a flea market. The topic of the reel is The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. According to Woflgang Sell, "Scenic America singles were sold in souvenir shops near U.S. attractions. There are several versions of the packaging that were used over the years. This is one of the early styles."

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Inside a Comedy Writer’s Treasure Trove of Mid-Century 3-D Photos

Eric Drysdale's stereoscopic collection plunks you right down in the middle of the 1950s.

Atlas Obscura recently posted an article written by Cara Giaimo about one person's passion for collecting vintage Realist 3-D slides. Eric Drysdale has been collecting stereoscopic equipment since 1994, when he stumbled across some slides and a viewer while cleaning out a closet in his wife's grandmother's apartment. Thus begun a two-decade hunt for slides and equipment (he used to hit up flea markets; now he trawls eBay). In this way, he's amassed his own historic archive, tens of thousands of all-American slices of life, preserved, as he puts it, in "punch-you-in-the-face 3-D."

As with all technologies, steresccopic photography developed some niche uses, coffin salesmen loved it because it conveyed a sense of size, and so, inevitably, did pornographers. But many enthusiasts were hobbyists, members of America's robust middle class seeking to document their lives. As Drysdale explains, "these are pictures of the things you take pictures of, road trips, first haircuts, birthday parties." They'd bring the camera along to a bar mitzvah, or to Parrot Jungle. Later, they'd pull the slide boxes out instead of watching television, passing around the viewer, laughing or sighing over what they'd gotten up to. Read more at http://bit.ly/2cfhQuUre...

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It Came From Outer Space 3-D Blu-ray Scheduled for October 4 Release

It Came From Outer Space 3-D Blu-ray cover art

The 1950s classic 3-D film It Came From Outer Space gets its 3-D Blu-ray release on Oct. 4, 2016. The image is mastered and the original stereophonic three-track magnetic audio meticulously restored by Greg Kintz and the 3-D Film Archive. Dirt and damage clean-up was done by Thad Komorowski.

All the vertical alignment issues and reverse stereo shots have finally been corrected and according to The 3-D Film Archive, It Came From Outer Space looks better now than it did theatrically in 1953.

In addition, It Came From Outer Space was originally released with stereo sound. The 3-D Film Archive was able to access the last surviving element of the original 3-track left-center-right stereo audio master. The dynamic 1953 mix has not been heard in 63 years, but will be available on the 3-D Blu-ray. A 2-D version is also included in the package. The Blu-ray features dramatic, eye-catching cover art.

Greg Kintz, technical director for The 3-D Film Archive, has written an article about the incredible stereophonic sound featured on the It Came From Outer Space 3-D Blu-ray.

The It Came From Outer Space 3-D Blu-ray is available for pre-order exclusively from Best Buy at the unbelievably low price of $9.99.

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Auction Results

Black Hills 1878 stereoview

An 1878 Black Hills stereoview sold for $327.55 with 18 bids. The stereoview was photographed by C.L. Angell, Litchfield, Minnesota. The card is from the Black Hills Scenery 1878 set. There is an extensive title listing on the back, but no title underlined. The view shows a town in the Dakota Territory.

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