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July 2003 Issue

Vol. 1, No. 4

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World 3-D Film Expo Film Festival, Sept. 12 - 21, 2003 New icon.

World 3-D Expo Film FestivalWorld 3-D Film Expo to unspool at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with over 30 classic and rare feature length treasures and over 20 short subjects, all screened using the original Polaroid "Double-Interlock" 3-D System!

Sabucat Productions will present the largest 3-D tribute show ever mounted anywhere in history, from Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Egyptian Theatre at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

See The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D!The 10 day festival, which celebrates the golden era of 3-D filmmaking, will include many of the best known 3-D titles of the 1950's, such as HOUSE OF WAX, KISS ME KATE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, but will also offer fans of the format an opportunity to see some of the more obscure 3-D movies, many of which have not been seen in 3-D in over 50 years! Some of these titles include: I, THE JURY, JESSE JAMES VS. THE DALTONS, GOG and GLASS WEB.

See Revenge of the Creature in 3-D!In all, 33 features and 21 short subjects will be shown along with a "rarities" show consisting of rare, wonderful, stereoscopic images, many of which have never been seen in a public setting. In person guests will speak at selected screenings. Guests will be announced as they are confirmed. All prints will be 35mm and run in the "double-interlock", Polaroid System, the original method (and still the best method) for showing true 3-D.

Festival organizer Jeff Joseph says, "Many of the prints that we're running are the last in existence...and in some cases the original negatives no longer exist. Due to the complexity of projecting these films in the stereoscopic format, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these movies the way they were meant to be seen."

Daniel Symmes, noted 3-D historian and 3-D filmmaker, is working with Jeff in organizing the technical aspects of the Expo, as well as providing background information on the films. "This is a totally unique event in film history," says Symmes. "It is my dream come true to see all this wonderful, stereoscopic art at one time. Nobody has ever seen all these films together - not even when they were originally released."

It has been over 50 years (November 26th, 1952) since BWANA DEVIL, opened at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood. While not the first 3-D feature film (which was POWER OF LOVE, U.S.A., 1922), the popularity of BWANA DEVIL was the direct cause of the production of over 60 3-D films from 1952 through 1955, often referred to as the golden era of 3-D.

The 3-D format is often thought of as "gimmick" filmmaking. While it was one of the many mid-20th century inventions of the motion picture industry to give audiences a big screen experience to compete with the new phenomenon of television, for the most part 3-D, (like the Cinemascope format for example), was used to great effect in high quality studio productions with some of the most talented industry professionals behind the camera. Such producers and directors as George Sidney, Alfred Hitchcock, William Cameron Menzies (THE MAZE), Budd Boetticher, Raoul Walsh, Ross Hunter and Douglas Sirk photographed films in the third dimension, as did cinematographers like John Alton (I, THE JURY), Karl Struss and Lucian Ballard (INFERNO).

They often used depth as an integral aspect of the dramatic narrative. Seeing these films flat today on television or home video totally diminishes the impact of the original stereoscopic cinematography. The filmmakers composed, designed and intended these movies for 3-D presentation, and that's the way in which they should be seen. This unique series will give audiences that opportunity.

The presentation of 3-D has garnered a bad reputation over the years, mostly due to anaglyphic (red/blue) presentation, poor projection, lab problems and so on. When shown with proper (Polaroid) presentation, using good prints and professional projectionists, 3-D from the 1950's looks spectacular. The feeling of depth actually tends to suck you inside the action. It is not just a function of "coming at you" scenes, such as when objects are thrown at the audience. 3-D is also used effectively in smaller, more intimate settings, such as in Hitchcock's DIAL M FOR MURDER.

This once-in-a-lifetime retrospective will give fans, historians and critics the unique opportunity to re-assess one of the most unjustly maligned aspects of cinematic history. Due to an awful succession of gimmick films throughout the 1970's and 80's, as well as poor quality re-issues of the older films in the inferior red/blue anaglyph system on television, 3-D movies of the 1950's have basically gotten a bad rap.

Detailed information about the festival, film schedule and more can be found at http://www.3dfilmfest.com. There is a printable version of the schedule on the Web site.

Tickets went on sale on May 1. Tickets are available online. Tickets are $10 with the exception of the rarities show, which is $15. A festival pass ($320) includes admission to all 33 shows, plus a festival souvenir booklet.

The festival can be reached at (661) 538-9259 or by Fax at (661) 793-6755.

Loreo Lite 3-D Viewer New icon.

Loreo Lite 3-D ViewerLoreo has a new Lite 3-D Viewer that allows you to share your 3-D photos a lot easier. The Loreo 3-D Lite Viewer is made of plastic coated card paper. It is a Parallel Format (side-by-side) Print Viewer. It also works well as a Computer Monitor Viewer for medium sized images. Cheap, lightweight, foldable and mailable, it folds flat to the thickness of its lenses (7 mm) and fits into a 4R (4 x 6) photo album sleeve. It is suitable for viewing 3R and 4R (optimum) prints, and 5 to 7 inch wide images on a computer screen. It also comes in a handy pocket case, which helps protect the lenses from dust.

The viewer is being marketed in a "black and white" version and a "fun colors" version. Loreo invited 3-D enthusiasts from around the world to test and evaluate the prototype before the viewer went into final production. Many useful observations were made, which contributed greatly to improving the product.

The price is right, too. A 10-pack of viewers is only $9.50 plus $5 shipping. At such a low cost, 3-D enthusiasts can send 3-D prints and images to friends and family using the economical viewer. Both versions of the viewer are available using an online order form on the Loreo Web site.

The Web site also has technical information, a user's manual and development notes about the viewer. The Loreo Lite 3-D Viewer is a product of Loreo Asia Ltd.

The Hulk Magic in Motion Cards New icon.

Hulk NipsKraft Foods is including Magic in Motion lenticular 3-D cards featuring images of Marvel Comics' lean, mean and green superhero The Hulk in packages of several Kraft dinner and snack food products. The cards are available when you purchase Big Cheese Nips, Ritz Bitz Sandwich Crackers Pizza Flavor, Ritz Bitz Sandwich Crackers Peanut Butter Flavor and Taco Bell home dinner kits. One lenticular card is included in each box. There are four cards in the series. Kraft Foods has made it easy for you to collect all four cards, too. Except for the Taco Bell dinner kits, each box is die-cut to show the card right on the front of the box. The promotional cards are a tie-in to the release of Universal's The Hulk movie featuring the big screen debut of Marvel's green hero who has a problem keeping his temper in check.

Daredevil Magic in Motion Cards New icon.

Daredevil Magic in Motion cardKraft Foods goes the lenticular promotional card route again with another Marvel Comics motion picture tie-in featuring 3-D images from the movie Daredevil.

The Daredevil lenticular cards came in specially marked Boxes of Kraft Cheese Nips and Ritz Bitz Crackers. The set of three Magic in Motion cards feature scenes from the blockbuster movie starring Ben Affleck as Daredevil and Jennifer Garner as Elektra. Images featured on the cards include Daredevil on card #1, Elektra on card #2 and a different image of Daredevil on card #3.

Kodak Dynamic Imaging Prototype Lenticular Card

Kodak Dynamic Imaging lenticular cardKodak has produced quite a few unique images in its long history and a lenticular card showing a girl with her hair on fire is no exception. The exciting lenticular motion card image is featured on a Kodak Dynamic Imaging prototype card. The Kodak Prototype Dynamic Imaging card measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. Made by Kodak is printed on the back of the card.

Galidor Lenticular Card New icon.

Galidor lenticular cardGalidor, Defender of the Outer Dimension, enters the third-dimension on a special promotional lenticular card. There are 4 different cards in the set. When assembled, the cards make up a large picture on the backs. Each are numbered 1 of 4 , 2 of 4 , 3 of 4, 4 of 4 on the front. Cards #1 , 2 and 3 are regular card stock, only card #4 is lenticular and features the character Nick Bluetooth.

Galidor is a science-fiction TV show aired on the ABC Family Channel. Fifteen-year-old Nick Bluetooth is a dreamer with a passion for adventure. Nick knows that there's more to life than meets the eye, and after he finds a mysterious craft capable of dimensional travel, his greatest adventure begins! Nick discovers that the fate of the Outer Dimension lies in his hands. If he is to stand a chance of ever defeating the evil Gorm and saving the Outer Dimension, he must first learn to master glinching, his mysterious, unique new power.

Spiderman Lenticular Card Set from Dolci Gum in Italy and Mini 3-D Cards from Mexico

Spiderman 3-D card The Italian set of Spiderman movie lenticular cards consists of 10 cards. The cards measure 2 by 2 1/4 inches. Images include Spiderman swinging across buildings and Spiderman crawling down a wall. The back of each card is black with a black web with Spiderman in black silhouette. The cards came from Italy and were packaged in Dolci Gum.

Spiderman Mini 3-D cards came in Marinela Food Products in Mexico. The mini 3-D card set is made up of 30 cards released in 2002.

Disney Store The Little Mermaid Lenticular Card

The Little Mermaid lenticular card The Disney Store created a special lenticular promo card for the theatrical release of the The Little Mermaid.

The card features Ariel surrounded by several of her underwater friends and the villain hovering in the background.

The back of the card says, "See Ariel and her friends on the big screen, then swim into The Disney Store for all the Treasures of the Little Mermaid, November 14th only in theatres."

Harry Potter K-Mart 3-D Card Set

K-Mart and Coca-Cola joined forces to offer a special 3-D card set featuring young wizard Harry Potter during the release of the second Harry Potter movie. There are 1 of 4 different 3-D cards in the set offered from K-Mart stores when you bought a 12 pack of Coca-Cola and a Harry Potter toy. Each card measures 4 x 6 inches.

  • The Flying Ford Anglia following hogwart Express
  • Harry catching the Golden Snitch
  • Harry, Ron, Hermione at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Hermione discovers the Polyjuice Potion Spell

"X-Men 2, X-Men United" 3-D Poster

X-Men ™ Marvel. All Rights Reserved. A Chromatek 3-D poster with glasses featuring characters from the movie "X-Men 2, X-Men United" is available as a special order premium from Kraft Foods. Order forms are available on Chocolate Creme Oreos, Chewy Chips Ahoy, Cheese Nips Four Cheese and Ritz Bits. Each product will have special 3-D packaging featuring film graphics. The actual graphics for the poster features Wolverine surrounded by Storm, Professor X and other characters from the movie.