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August 2003 Issue

Vol. 1, No. 5

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On Location with View-Master® and Tru-Vue™ - Behind the Scenes in the 1950s New icon.

On Location with View-Master and Tru-Vue - Behind the Scenes in the 1950s DVD and VHSThe Railroad Press Company has unearthed a real gem for those interested in View-Master® and Tru-Vue™ history. A television show produced in the 1950s featuring a behind the scenes look at several View-Master® reels in production. On Location with View-Master® and Tru-Vue™ - Behind the Scenes in the 1950s is a well produced look back at how the View-Master® company used puppets and live action actors to create some of their most memorable reels.

In 1951, Art Baker, host of You Asked for It, television’s most popular request show for almost two decades, visited with Lee Green, a producer for View-Master®. Lee gives a behind the scenes look at the details and work involved in making of the View-Master® 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea three-reel set. The television show goes behind the scenes to show the characters to be photographed in 3-D are created using puppets, how the reel images are determined to show the highlights of the classic story and much more. To keep production costs down, the puppets had interchangable heads and arms so that the same body could be reused over and over. Sculptors would carve wooden heads with different expressions to fit the action needed for each 3-D scene.

The original television show was broadcast in black and white, but special color scenes have been inserted from the actual View-Master® 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 21-scene set. The film transfer quality of the video and the audio presented on the VHS tape that we reviewed is outstanding, even though the original film is over 50 years old.

The highlight of this tape is an in depth interview with Hollywood stuntwoman Inaborg Green. She, like her husband Lee, was very active in producing reels for View-Master® and Tru-Vue™. Her career and home movies taken on location offer insight into what it takes to make those dazzling stereoscopic reels. In fact, the television show used 16mm film provided by their subjects for most of the behind the scenes film used for the broadcasts.

Inaborg Green worked on several View-Master® productions including Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, The Easter Story and several others. She mentions her favorite production was Rin Tin Tin and also mentions working on The Lone Ranger set. Many View-Master® fans will recognize the familiar backgrounds used for some of the productions. Some of the locations include the Pacific Coast Highway in California, Botanical Gardens and more. Another interesting fact is that some of the costumes worn by the actors are the same costumes worn in classic Hollywood movies. For example, you find out that the Robin Hood costume worn by the unidentified actor on the View-Master® reels is the same costume worn by Erroll Flynn in the movies.

According to The Railroad Press Company, a question arose during the time they were assembling the videotape. There is no record of the View-Master® production Mr. Green shows. First reaction was they were never released. National Stereoscopic Association president Mary Ann Sell, serving as consultant, kept digging until she discovered the truth. Mrs. Green also worked for Tru-Vue™ and failed to differentiate between the two companies when she selected the films to be shown in the interview.

The feature runs 28 minutes in black and white with color segments. It is available on both DVD and VHS. All videotapes have been transferred from original motion picture film to professional video equipment for optimum quality. Each VHS tape is recorded on Fuji Professional tape at standard play speed and comes in a plastic case for dust protection.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over movie posterOn July 25, 2003, the Spy Kids and director Robert Rodriguez launched family entertainment into an entirely revolutionary dimension: the 3rd dimension. Introducing the new future of high-tech interactivity, Miramax and Dimension Films presents Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The film uses the very latest digital technology to weave 3-D images directly into the Spy Kids' trademark espionage action, inviting audiences of all ages to become part of the larger than-life excitement on the silver screen.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsRodriguez, whose groundbreaking inventions and boundless imagination have already changed the way movies are made, is now taking another leap forward by bringing back the excitement of 3-D in his own inimitable pioneering style. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over represents the first fundamental change to 3-D technology since its heyday in the 1950s. For the first time in decades, a new generation will experience the thrill of putting on special glasses that transport them right into the middle of the exhilarating action and adventure.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsParents who grew up loving 3-D classics such as Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder and Andre DeToth's House of Wax will now be able experience the thrill of the 3-D experience as a family event. Rodriguez has pushed stereoscopic 3-D technology to the next level, incorporating up-to-the-minute computer effects and his own specially designed high definition 3-D monitors and camera systems to create a fantasy world in unprecedented detail.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsUnlike the more gimmicky 3-D spectacles of the past, Rodriguez has created the very plot and fabric of this film with 3-D in mind from the start. He has woven three-dimensional scenes throughout the film, into the plot, making it part and parcel of his high-flying storytelling.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsThis HD/3-D technology comes to the fore as under-age agents Juni and Carmen Cortez set out on their most mind-blowing mission yet: journeying inside the virtual reality world of a 3-D video game designed to outsmart them, as the awe-inspiring graphics and creatures of gaming come to real life. Relying on humor, gadgetry, bravery, family bonds and lightning-quick reflexes, the Spy Kids must battle through tougher and tougher levels of the game facing challenges that include racing against road warriors and surfing on boiling lava in order to save the world from a power hungry villain.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax Films3,500 theatres across the U.S. will be equipped with special viewing glasses for the release of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over glasses that become part of the interactive fun -- making it a major family event for kids that have never seen 3-D and parents who have never seen 3-D like this.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsSpy Kids 3-D: Game Over stars Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as Juni and Carmen Cortez and Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino as spy-parents Gregorio and Ingrid. Also returning to the series are Ricardo Montalban as the Spy Kids' grandfather; Steve Buscemi as the mad scientist Romero; Alan Cumming as Floop; Bill Paxton as Dinky Winks; Cheech Marin as Uncle Felix; and Danny Trejo as Machete. Action film veteran Sylvester Stallone joins the cast as the power-hungry villain the 'Toymaker,' who wants to take over the youth of the world.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over image copyright Miramax FilmsCast:
Antonio Banderas - Gregorio
Carla Gugino - Ingrid
Alexa Vega - Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara - Juni Cortez
Ricardo Mantalbon - Grandpa
Sylvester Stallone - Toymaker
Danny Trejo - Machete
Salma Hayek - Dora

Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. for the weekend that Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over opened in theatres.

1. "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," $32.5 million
2. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," $22.4 million.
3. "Bad Boys II," $22 million.
4. "Lara Croft: Tomb raider The Cradle of Life," $21.8 million.
5. "Seabiscuit," $21.5 million.
6. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," $5 million
7. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," $4.9 million.
8. "Johnny English," $4.3 million.
9. "Finding Nemo," $4 million.
10. "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," $2.7 million.

Film stills © Miramax Films

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Promotional 3-D Anaglyphic Glasses New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Anaglyphic GlassesRed/blue anaglyphic glasses were sent to media reviewers as the first part of Miramax Films promotional effort to announce the release of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The glasses are officially licensed through Miramax. The glasses are heavy duty and custom imprinted with Spy Kids graphics with some pictures and across the front reads SK3D. They are metalic looking and also have a strap the keeps them securely in place. Each pair of glasses comes individually wrapped for protection.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Lenticular 3-D Movie Poster New icon.

A special lenticular 3-D poster was created for display use in theatres to promote the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The poster is a one-sheet measuring the standard 27" x 40". The 3-D poster has the same graphics as the regular one-sheet. The one-sheet posters and anaglyphic glasses started showing up in various eBay auctions in mid-July 2003.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Tony's Pizza Anaglyphic 3-D Trading Cards New icon.

Tony's Pizza LogoAnaglyphic trading cards featuring character's from the new Miramax and Dimension Film's movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over are available on the back of boxes of Tony's Frozen Pizza. The cards feature 3-D images of Richardo Montalbon as Grandpa as well as the Spy Kids. Tony's Pizza is also featuring a Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over sweepstakes on the box with special 3-D Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over prizes. Prizes include a Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 3-D movie poster, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Game Boy or Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 3-D watch. The grand prize is a plasma TV and a collection of other Spy Kids items. There is also a chance to win instant prizes printed on the inside of each specially marked box. Tony's Frozen Pizza is distributed by Schwan's Consumer Brands North America Inc.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over SpyPak from Homewood Suites by Hilton New icon.

Homewood Suites LogoThe Suite Homewood Summer promotion is back bigger than ever this year. At check-in at any Homewood Suite, your kids will receive an exclusive Spy Kids 3-D SpyPak with a pair of sunglasses and watch that capture the thrill of the season's hottest family film, Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, in theaters everywhere on July 25, 2003.

In addition, if you book a Suite Homewood Summer reservation online at homewoodsuites.com you receive a "buy one get one free" e-coupon from Tony's Frozen Pizza. Free 3-D trading cards are printed on specially marked Tony's Pizza boxes.

Show your AAA membership card at check-in and receive two movie theater tickets valid towards two matinee admissions for the Spy Kids 3D: Game Over family film at any participating theater nationwide.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Got Milk Poster New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D Got Milk posterIt's been 10 years since the first of the "got milk?" commercials appeared on TV. To celebrate the anniversary, there's a new celebrity milk mustache poster featuring the two young actors from Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. Unfortunately the poster is not in 3-D. The poster is a tie-in to the 3-D movie. The Spy Kids ad targets teen and young-adult audiences and is set to debut this month to coincide with the movie's July 25 premiere.

The pair are shown in their spy gear with chocolate milk mustaches, with the message: "It's like regular milk – undercover. Chocolate has the same nine essential nutrients active bodies need; whether you're out saving the world or just doing your homework." Of course, it ends with "got milk?"

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Game for Game Boy Advance Platform New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Game Boy AdvancePut on your 3-D glasses and get ready to enter the world of video games as Disney Interactive, the children's software label of Buena Vista Games, Inc., released Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for Game Boy Advance and PC on July 9, 2003. Developed in conjunction with Dimension Interactive and Troublemaker Studios and inspired by Dimension Films' Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which hits theaters July 25, 2003. The Game Boy Advance and PC titles feature innovative 3-D technology that can be viewed with Spy Kids 3-D glasses, a first for the Game Boy Advance platform.

"Disney Interactive continues its legacy of innovation in children's interactive entertainment by introducing 3-D images to the Game Boy Advance and PC," said Bob Picunko, director of marketing for Disney Interactive. "The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over titles include 3-D glasses that allow players to view 3-D images, offering kids an amazing and entertaining gaming experience."

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for Game Boy Advance and PC takes kids on an interactive adventure as they battle the evil Toymaker's digital world. In both games, kids can collect OSS Badges that hold codes to unlock 3-D images that are viewable with the Spy Kids 3-D glasses, which are packaged with the titles and are also available in movie theaters where the film is playing.

Kids can unlock six more 3-D rewards for either game when they locate secret codes through McDonald's Happy Meals. From July 25 to Aug. 14, 2003, Buena Vista Games, McDonald's and Dimension Films take Happy Meals to a whole new level with these six exclusive codes, in addition to six one-of-a-kind 3-D comic books, action figures and 3-D glasses. Special rewards are also available online at www.spykids.com and www.mcdonalds.com.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for Game Boy Advance

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for Game Boy Advance is an innovative action-platform title wrapped inside the virtual world of video games. Kids play as Juni, who enters a video game in order to save his sister, Carmen, from the clutches of the infamous Toymaker. Players travel through 12 action-packed levels and three high speed Mech Cycle Races, matching wits with the Toymaker's best beta testers. Kids use cool gadgets, acrobatic gameplay and special moves like Combo Attacks, Rocket Boosters, Triple Kicks and Energy Stealers to defeat the Toymaker and save Carmen.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for PC

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Sylvester Stallone.Featuring the voice of Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara (Juni), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for PC brings Juni and Carmen back to save the world. The evil Toymaker has created an online game that sucks players into the world of video games. Once the game goes live, kids everywhere will be pulled inside and forced to play for much more than points. Carmen and Juni enter the video game world separately to stop the Toymaker. In Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over for PC, the exciting world of the Spy Kids comes to life in three challenging games, Battle Sticks, Cycle Race and Lava Surfing, where kids must apply their best spy skills. The first two games require Carmen and Juni to work together in order to battle overwhelming odds. The third game allows players to challenge a friend as they go head-to-head, spy versus spy, to control the blobby lava virus. Each game demands unique spy skills a little spy luck.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's 3-D Happy Meals New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 3-D Comics from McDonald'sSix exclusive 3-D comics will be packaged in McDonald's Happy Meals from July 25 through August 14, 2003. In addition to the 3-D comics, ultra-hip 3-D glasses and action figures are also in the packages. Kids can unlock six more 3-D rewards for the Spy Kids 3-D: Games Over Game Boy Advance game when they locate secret codes through the McDonald's Happy Meals. There are different designs of 3-D glasses in the Happy Meals. This exciting new Happy Meal event brings back the magic of 3-D and the page turning adventures of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, debuting in theaters everywhere July 25, 2003. Special rewards are also available online at www.spykids.com and www.mcdonalds.com. The McDonald's Web site also has an online coloring book and computer wallpaper with Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over graphics.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #1 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #2 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #3 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #4 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #5 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over McDonald's Comic #6

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Radio Sweepstakes New icon.

Sky Kids 3-D Radio SweepstakesSeveral radio stations held a special sweepstakes sponsored by Schwan's Foods to tie into the release of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Listeners also had a chance to win one of 20 First Prizes by playing the Prize Wheel at the events and were automatically entered into the random drawing to win the Grand Prize. Grand Prize was a three day, two night trip for four people to the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. The trip included round trip coach air transportation from a major airport nearest winner's home to Minneapolis, MN, three day car rental (eligible drivers only, excluding gas, tolls, collision damage waiver and subject to all car rental terms and conditions), two night hotel accommodations (1 room, quad occupancy), at Homewood Suites, Meet-n-Greet with the Spy Kids, four tickets to watch the Spy Kids 3D: Game Over movie with the Spy Kids at Mall of America, Mall of America VIP Package consisting of four Underwater World Passes, four Camp Snoopy Ride Passes, four special guest stars and one coupon booklet. There were also 20 first prizes consisting of a Spy Kids Prize Pack with two Tony's Pizza Coupons, two movie theater tickets, one pack of three Spy Kids trading cards, a fanny pack with sunglasses and a watch from Homewood Suites and two movie passes to see the Spy Kids 3D: Game Over movie screening.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over CD Cardz

Serious USA Inc. will produce CD Cardz for Dimension Films' third installment of Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. The new release includes four trading card-sized CD Cardz. Once again fans are taken on adventures without ever having to leave their seats! This time the set comes in a funky gadget all of its own, a cube of individual jewel cases! Serious Spy Kids will also be delighted to discover a whole new dimension to their computer screens with 3-D glasses included with the cube that allows kids to enjoy special 3-D sections within their Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Cardz.

The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over CD Cardz offer hours of interactive fun and are packed with dynamic 3-D movie imagery and trailers, fun facts and trivia, top-secret behind-the-scenes footage, as well as exclusive e-mailable postcardz, wallpapers and screensavers! These new CD Cardz will make Spy Kids out of even the toughest adults!

The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over CD Cardz offer hours of interactive fun and enticing visuals with each card featuring a combination of colorful characters: The Spy Kids, Juni and Carmen Cortez; The Beta Testers; The Grown-Ups; and The Bad Guys.

Vince Allen, VP of Production, Serious USA, expresses his enthusiasm over the new Spy Kids CD Cardz, “Working with Miramax/Dimension Films has once again proven to be an exciting and rewarding experience. The Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over CD Cardz possess elements of intrigue, surprise and humor, including the fun antics of the precocious Spy Kids, as well as a unique 3-D experience."

Building on the gaming theme of the film’s storyline, users are challenged with trivia and puzzles that are key to unlocking further content and prizes. The CD Cardz also have a bilingual element to their interactivity. Through a special translator gadget, kids and parents can decide whether to navigate the CD Cardz in English or Spanish.

Are you into the latest spy gadgets? If so then you need to get these hot CD ROMs - shaped like actual baseball cards! Cool to collect and own, they also take you right into the 3-D world of Game Over! Simply insert the cardz into the CD ROM tray on your computer, put on the 3-D glasses and then fasten your seat belts as you interact with the colorful 3-D underworld of junior espionage!

Compact and discreet like all the best gadgets, the cardz actually contain the awesome movie trailer, movie stills, behind the scenes images and quotes from the script as well as music by the movie director Robert Rodriguez himself! In between navigating through all this, catch power ups on the way to win hidden bonus cardz and points and then download the Card Lab to store them in on your desktop. Finally enter Toy Maker lair and find exclusive SPY Kids screensavers and wallpapers etc within it.

The set includes four CD Cardz with character specific content and a pair of cool 3-D glasses to wear when you play them. The cardz include a cool explanation of how 3-D works for all you tech-head agents out there. CD Cardz are both Windows™ and MacR compatible. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over CD Cardz were set for release in late June 2003 for a suggested retail price of $14.95.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Movie Soundtrack New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over SoundtrackOn July 22, 2003, Milan Records released the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Director Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The score, which is composed, recorded and produced by Robert Rodriguez, features the hybrid sounds of classic video game analog synth mixed with crushing orchestra and rock guitars. Alexa Vega, who plays Carmen Cortez in the film, performs on the tracks "Game Over" and "Hard Drive," both original songs written and produced by Rodriguez. The album also features two exclusive re-mixes produced by DeepMix and supervised by Milan Records: "Game Over (Level 5 Mix)" and Isle of Dreams (Cortez Mix)."

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, with the help of Rodriguez's groundbreaking and boundless imagination, launches the future of high-tech interactivity, using the latest digital technology, weaving 3-D images directly throughout the Spy Kids trademark espionage action. This revolutionary filmmaking process enables audiences of all ages to participate in the larger-than-life excitement that appears on the screen as under-age agents Juni and Carmen Cortez set out on their most mind-blowing mission yet. Their journey takes them inside the virtual reality world of a 3-D video game designed to outsmart them as the awe-inspiring graphics and creatures of gaming come to real life. Relying on humor, gadgetry, bravery, family bonds and lightning-quick reflexes, the Spy Kids must battle increasingly difficult levels of the game - facing challenges that include racing against road warriors and surfing on boiling lava - in order to save the world from a power hungry villain.

Tracks on the soundtrack include
01 Game Over Performed by Alexa Vega
02 Thumb Thumbs
03 Pololand
04 Robot Arena
05 Metal Battle
06 Toymaker
07 Mega Racer
08 Programmerz
09 Bonus Life
10 Cyber Staff Battle
11 Tinker Toys
12 Lave Monster Rock
13 The Real Guy
14 Orbit
15 Welcome to the Game
16 Heart Drive Performed by Bobby Edner and Alexa Vega
17 Game Over (Level 5 Mix) Remix Produced by Dave Curtin for DeepMix
18 Isle of Dreams (Cortez Mix) Remix Produced by Dave Curtin for DeepMix

The cover booklet inserted in the CD folds out into a poster featuring the Spy Kids. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2003, Milan Entertainment Inc. has a proven dedication to releasing quality, award-winning soundtracks for film and television as well as cutting edge electronic music. Milan Records are distributed by WEA Inc., Warner Music Group's manufacturing and distribution operation, an AOL Time Warner Company.

Monster Kid 3-D Monster Spree New icon.

Monster Kid (c) 2002 Kerry GammillMonster Kid magazine issue No. 3, an online monster magazine, features a selection of 3-D anaglyphic photos of classic horror monsters. The anaglyphs were created from stereo pair conversions made by Kerry Gammill, editor of the online Monster Kid magazine.

The tedious conversion from 2-D to 3-D has resulted in some outstanding "scareo-vision" depictions of classic movie monsters including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, both Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee as Dracula, King Kong, Karloff as Frankenstein and The Mummy, a lifecast of the late Peter Cushing and much more. The issue also features the first downloadable Monster Kid collectible 3-D trading card featuring The Mummy. The Christmas 2002 issue of Monster Kid also features a great 3-D monster Christmas card featuring the Wolfman.

Monster Kid is modeled after the classic monster magazines of the 1960s, such as Famous Monsters of Filmland. Editor Kerry Gammill (Count Gamula) is presenting great information and entertainment through Monster Kid. Kerry Gammill is a talented artist whose work has appeared in both Marvel and DC comics. Some of his work can be seen on his Gammillustrations Web site. We can only hope he finds the time to do more of these high quality 3-D conversions!

World 3-D Film Expo Limited Edition Poster New icon.

World 3-D Film Expo poster.The World 3-D Film Expo created a special poster featuring reproductions of classic 3-D films as one of the souvenir items for the huge film festival coming Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 21 to the Egyptian Theatre at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

The 27" x 41" poster, designed by artist Matt Spero, is available in two formats. The beautiful one-sheet sized poster is available in a very limited edition Giclee Print.

A Giclee Print is the highest quality print available today. The word giclee is a French word meaning 'to squirt', which is what an ink jet printer does. The process is digital printmaking with a printer that uses variable size, microscopic droplets of ink to create prints that cannot be duplicated by other printing techniques. Because there is no visible dot screen pattern the resulting image has all of the subtle tonalities of the original art. Each dot may have over four billion possible colors! This produces exceptional museum quality prints on archival paper using archival inks.

Only 250 of these will be printed. Each print will be numbered and signed by the graphic designer, Matt Spero. Cost of the limited edition poster is $299. The regular edition of the poster is priced at $19.95. Both items are available for purchase online.

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.

IMAX Planning 3-D Sequels to Into the Deep and Space Station New icon.

IMAX 3-D Into the Deep posterIMAX Corporation announced that, despite its recent emphasis on re-purposed Hollywood films, it is still simultaneously developing original Large Format 15/70 productions. In particular, the company revealed that it is developing two 3-D sequels to the underwater 3-D film Into the Deep, due to release in 2005 or 2006; and to the 2002 blockbuster Space Station 3-D, expected to debut in 2007 or 2008.

Directed by renowned undersea filmmaker Howard Hall, the first Into the Deep film sets audiences adrift in the unique ecological world of the kelp forest where the interplay of colorful marine life is reminiscent of a carefully choreographed ballet. In this underwater village of coral and rock we witness fascinating behaviors: a male Garibaldi tenaciously protecting its nest, a graceful giant starfish that eats everything in its path, the frenzied mating ritual of squid en masse and the unexplained chewing of kelp stalks by playful sea lions. The magic of 3-D gives each viewer of Into the Deep the best seat in the house and enables them to share, in a personal way, an intimate experience with the garibaldi, the octopus and the sea lion.

The first Space Station 3-D film is a strikingly beautiful and technically challenging film epic. The film is the first-ever IMAX 3-D film from space, Space Station, is also available in a 2-D version, Space Station 3-D is the story of the greatest engineering feat since landing a man on the Moon: the on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station, as it travels 220 miles above Earth at 17,500 mph.

Space Station 3-D is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS) where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station. Transported by the magic of the IMAX technology, the audience blasts off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with their new home in orbit 220 miles above Earth. Now people of every age and language can work side by side with their space-walking crewmates, building and inhabiting this unprecedented structure in space.

Erotek Dimensions 3-D DVD

Erotek DVDErotek Dimensions is promoted as being the first adult 3-D film on DVD. Erotek Dimensions includes 3-D and 2-D versions, a 3-D installation guide and bonus materials. The DVD uses the field sequential 3-D system. This means to view the DVD in 3-D you must have compatible shutter glasses. The DVD is playable on DVD players and is PC-compatible.

The DVD can be purchased separately for $19.95 or in a special set that comes with two pairs of high performance H3D wired shutter glasses, video synchronization controller, RCA video cable, instruction manual and three IMAX 3-D DVDs for $99.95.

The film is an erotic sci-fi parody starring Doria, host of Playboy TV's Night Calls. The story takes place in a cyber-science DNA laboratory. Using her computer, Doria (the scientist) conjures up holographic partners to act out her fantasies. Even the credits come at you in 3-D. Doria's long legs are shown stretching out of the screen as she watches the holographs.

Erotek Dimensions was mentioned in Playboy's April 2003 issue. This item is intended for mature audiences over the age of 18.