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October 2004 Issue

Vol. 2,
No. 10

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Creature from the Black LagoonOnce again, as a special Halloween treat, the October issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine presents some classic 3-D monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic 3-D motion picture, The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Monster Kid #5 3-Dmentia

Monster Kid #5 cover artCount Gamula (Kerry Gammill) has been working hard on his cartombs in order to scare up more 3-D monsters in the latest issue of Monster Kid Online Magazine.

Monster Kid 3-Dmentia features many excellent 2-D to 3-D conversions of famous monster scenes. Our favorite 3-D monster photo this time around features Godzilla in a scene from 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla. The giant lizard is shown towering above the ocean after recently awakening from frozen sleep inside an iceberg. The 3-D work on the water aspect of this image is superb. Kudos to Kerry for outstanding work.

Another highlight is a stereoview converted to an anaglyph from the 1923 Lon Chaney classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Universal Pictures sold sets of stereoviews for both The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. These stereocards are highly sought after collector's items today. This genuine 3-D photograph shows the great Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda.

Other 3-D monster images include

  • It Came from Outer Space one-sheet movie poster
  • Son of Frankenstein
  • Son of Kong
  • War of the Worlds
  • Metropolis (Grim Reaper)
  • Bela Lugosi at home

Final Destination 3-D

Final DestinationThe third installment of the Final Destination movies is going to be filmed in 3-D according to director David Ellis. Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rock star Ozzy Osbourne, has been mentioned as possibly being one of the stars of Final Destination 3.

The Final Destination movies follow a group of people who nearly miss being killed in a freak accident, such as an airplane blowing up in the first movie. One of the people has a premonition and gets their friends to leave the plane, but the survivors find out that Death does not like being cheated. Nearly each one is picked off in a usually gruesome manner until the end of the film when only one or two of them makes it to the end credits alive.

The third movie will be set in an amusement park, which should allow a lot of things to be thrown toward the audience. Tony Todd will return in the role as the macabre morgue attendant, Mr. Bludworth.

Final Destination 3 is slated for release in 2006.

Harrison Ford Set to Star in 3-D Sci-Fi Movie Godspeed

Harrison FordMovie star Harrison Ford is in talks to star in James Cameron's new epic Godspeed to be filmed in 3-D. Harrison Ford is set to star in Godspeed, an outer space-set thriller that is being put together by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, reports Variety. Cameron won't direct, but will produce. He is currently working on a full-length dramatic feature using the 3-D technology he developed for the 2003 IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss.

Written by Ryne Douglas Pearson, Godspeed takes place on an international space station, where a life-threatening situation develops that could kill all the inhabitants on the station.

The film will begin production in the fall with plans to secure a director and studio quickly so that Ford can start filming early next year. Ford has already committed to star this fall in the Warner Bros. drama The Wrong Element.

Ford is reportedly slimming down for the film, because he fears 3-D cameras will make him look fat.

According to sources, a technical expert warned him, "If the normal camera adds 10 pounds, think how a 3-D camera can blob you up."

Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection DVD

Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection DVDOn Oct. 19, 2004, Universal Studios is releasing The Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection on DVD. Unfortunately, the first two films will not be in their original 3-D format for this DVD release.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Legacy Collection joins other Universal monster movies including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and The Invisible Man in special legacy packaging.

The Creature collection DVD suggested price is $29.98, but most likely will sell for $19.98 at discount stores. All three black and white movies feature a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack, English captions, French and Spanish subtitles and full frame (1:33.1) picture.

Disc 1
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Run Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Bonus Materials:
Back to the Black Lagoon
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailers

Disc 2
Revenge of the Creature
Run Time: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
Bonus Materials:
Feature Commentary with Actress Lori Nelson and Film Historians Tom Weaver and Bob Burns
Theatrical Trailer

The Creature Walks Among Us
Run Time: 1 Hour 19 Minutes
Bonus Materials:
Feature Commentary with Film Historians Tom Weaver and Bob Burns
Theatrical Trailer

Monster World #4 (1965)

The June, 1965, issue of Monster World magazine features cover art by Vic Prezio painting of showing The Creature from the Black Lagoon baring fangs. It is one of the few times the Gill Man is shown with teeth.

It was issue number four of Monster World, published by Warren Publishing Company. Today, issues number 1 through 10 of Monster World magazine are considered to be issues number 70 through 79 of Famous Monsters of Filmland, since Famous Monsters of Filmland skipped from issue number 69 to start numbering again at 80. Monster World was published from November 1964 through September 1966.

The same image appeared on Ackermonster's Classicards Vol. 2 trading card set as card number 73. Published by Dynacomm in 1992, the series features the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Monster World and other magazines by Forrest J. Ackerman. The entire five series of 45 cards each makes a total of 225 cards.

 

Famous Monsters of Filmland #64 (1970)

The April, 1970, issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine featured an article titled Terrors of the 3rd Dimension - 3-D Movies.

The cover art featured a Basil Gogos painting of showing the melted face of the monster from House of Wax as portrayed by famous horror actor Vincent Price.

It was issue number 64 of Famous Monsters of Filmand, published by Warren Publishing Company.

The same image appeared on Ackermonster's Classicards Vol. 1 trading card set as card number 64. Published by Dynacomm in 1992, the series features the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland and other magazines by Forrest J. Ackerman. The entire five series of 45 cards each makes a total of 225 cards.

 

Famous Monsters of Filmland #120 (1975)

The October, 1975, issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine featured cover art of the Gill Man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The cover art featured a Harry Roland painting showing the Creature swimming underwater.

It was issue number 120 of Famous Monsters of Filmland, published by Warren Publishing Company.

The same image appeared on Ackermonster's Classicards Vol. 5 trading card set as card number 120. Published by Dynacomm in 1992, the series features the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland and other magazines by Forrest J. Ackerman. The entire five series of 45 cards each makes a total of 225 cards.

 

Creature from the Black Lagoon Trading Cards

Ackermonster's Cardiacards Vol. 3 (1991)
Published in 1991 by Dynacomm, The Creature from the Black Lagoon appears on card number 14.

Trading Card Treats (1991)
Published in 1991, these cards were originally distributed in bags holding 24 three-card cello packs. Each
pack was half of one of the "theme" sets. There is one Creature from the Black Lagoon card in the set.

Movie Poster Cards - Series One (1994)
Issued in Italy in 1994, these cards show classic movie posters. This was the first of two sets issued by PMC Publishing with basically the same card design and the same theme. Card number 67 is The Creature Walks Among Us. Card number 68 is The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There are 144 cards in the set.


Movies Monsters - Series One and Two (1961)
This might be some of the hardest to find of the 1960's monster trading cards featuring a who's who of classic monsters photos from the 1920's through the early 60's. The two sets were manufactured by the Nu Card Company of Seaford, New York.

Cards number 26 and 40 show images from The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Cards number 46 is from The Revenge of the Creature. Card number 133 is from The Creature Walks Among Us.

Series one consists of 66 cards. Series Two consists of 80 cards. Both sets can sell for $300 to $350 apeice.

House of Wax DVD

House of Wax DVD cover artOn August 5, 2003, Warner Home Video released House of Wax on DVD. House of Wax was Warner Brothers' first 3-D film. Unfortunately, the DVD is not in its original 3-D format. The film on this DVD realease is the original 1953 running version starring Vincent Price. House of Wax is the film that launched his horror career.

Price stars as Professor Henry Jarrod, the wheelchair-bound sculptor of wax figures. There is something sinister behind the scenes in the House of Wax because Jarrod uses his victims bodies, covered in wax, to depict lifelike re-creations of famous figures from history.

The film is a remake of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum. The 1933 film, starring Lionel Atwill, was shot in an early trial version of Technicolor, which is also included on the DVD release.

 

House of Wax Trading Cards


Movie Poster Cards - Series One (1994)

Issued in Italy in 1994, these cards show classic movie posters. This was the first of two sets issued by PMC Publishing. Card number 76 is House of Wax.


Movies Monsters - Series Two (1961)

This might be some of the hardest to find of the 1960's monster trading cards featuring a who's who of classic monsters photos from the 1920's through the early 60's. Card number 112 is House of Wax.

Spider-Man 2 Lenticular Poster

Spiderman 2 Lenticular PosterSpider-Man 2 hit movie theatre screens in May 2004. To promote the film, Columbia Pictures issued a 3-D movie poster that theatres could use in their lobbies.

The Spider-Man 2 lenticular poster features a view of Spider-Man crawling on a Web high over a city street. The Spider-Man 2 logo is printed at the top of the poster.

There were only 1,000 of these high quality lenticular posters made. Most often, posters that were actually issued to movie theatres are two-sided, meaning that the image is printed on the front and in reverse on the back. That way, the image has more effect and brighter colors when the poster is used in a back-lighted display.

A single-sided version of this 3-D poster also exists. The poster measures 26" x 37", which is slightly smaller than a normal one-sheet movie poster.

Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D One-Sheet Movie Poster 3-D Version (1982)

Friday the 13th logoIn 1982, 3-D Video licensed the artwork from the film Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D to distribute an anaglyphic 3-D one-sheet movie poster. The poster features a large anaglyph showing Jason swinging an axe through a glass window. It is the same anaglyphic artwork featured on the Friday the 13th 3-D soundtrack album also released in 1982 by Grammavision Records.

The poster was published by 3-D Cosmic Publications, a division of 3-D Video Corporation in Hollywood, California. Technical staff who worked on the poster include Editor-in-Chief Susan Pinsky, artist Berry Jackson, the 3-D art was converted by the late Tony Alderson and the many layers of painted cells were photographed by John Rupkalvis. Barry Jackson also did the movie poster art for the John Carpenter film Escape from New York.

In mint, rolled condition, the posters sell on auction sites like eBay for around $70 each.

In the images below you can launch a large version of the 3-D poster and some behind the scenes images of the poster being created. Photos provided by Susan Pinsky.

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Friday the 13th 3-D Soundtrack Album (1982)

Friday the 13th Parts 1, 2 and 3 Original SoundtrackIn 1982, Grammavision Records released the soundtrack to Friday the 13th 3-D. The cover art of the soundtrack album is a large anaglyph showing Jason swinging an axe through a glass window. The back side of the album jacket is the same anaglyph from the cover, but is a close up of Jason's mask. The album comes with its own pair of red/blue glasses, which are printed with spattered blood and Jason Voorhees characters. Catalog number of the album is GR1030.

The music on the vinyl album is actually from the first three Friday the 13th movies featuring the scary themes written by Harry Manfredini. The sound so many people hear as "Ch, Ch, Ch," or "Sh, Sh, Sh" is actually "Ki, Ki, Ki, Ma, Ma, Ma." Manfredini created it after he knew about the scene where Mrs. Voorhees is saying, "Kill her Mommy," according to the official Camp Blood home page on the Jason Voorhees Web site.

 

Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D 45 rpm Single (1982)

Friday the 13th Part 3 45 rpm singleIn 1982, Grammavision Records released a 45 rpm single of the theme from Friday the 13th Part 3.

The disco-tinged theme song was written by Harry Manfredini and Michael Zager. Manfredini composed the signature music for the Friday the 13th films.

The title theme is performed by an act named Hot Ice.

The single is Grammavision catalog number GR 4501. The song is length is 3:17.

 

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D TV Glasses

Creature anaglyphic glasses

In Atlanta, Georgia, over 750,000 3-D glasses were distributed for a 3-D TV promotion of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The glasses were produced by American Paper Optics, Inc. 3080 Bartlett Corporate Drive, Bartlett, Tennessee 38133.

Freddy's Dead 3-D Glasses (1991)

Freddy's Dead 3-D Glasses

Over 11 million glasses were distributed for the 3-D movie, Freddy's Dead, The Final Nightmare. Tear-off coupons for savings on soft drinks and sweepstakes details created lasting advertising impact for the movie promotion.

The glasses were produced by American Paper Optics, Inc. 3080 Bartlett Corporate Drive, Bartlett, Tennessee 38133.

Bally Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D Pinball Machine (1992)

Bally® Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball transliteIn 1992, Midway Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Williams Electronics Games Inc., now known as WMS Industries Inc., released a Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball machine in 3-D under the Bally® label. The playfield featured a 3-D holographic picture of the Creature surfacing when a pinball player achieves a successful combination of plays on the machine. It is the first time a 3-D hologram was used on a pinball machine. The pinball machine is considered a classic among pinball collectors. A used machine can sell for $2,000 or more depending on condition.

Several items were produced for the release of the Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball machine including a special plastic 3-D promo display stand showing a pinball art cartoon version of the Creature reaching toward a beautiful blonde wearing a white swimsuit. A small keychain and large plastic keychain with the Creature logo was also released as well as a plastic Universal Monsters keychain. A VHS videotape was also produced and sent to vendors to entice them into ordering the machine. The videotape includes a few quick shots of the 3-D hologram coming to the surface. A Creature pinball machine audio promo was produced, too.

A one-page flyer was issued showing the Creature reaching toward the machine with a headline stating "Claws for Applause" across the top. Details of the game, including a photo of the Creature 3-D hologram, was printed on the back. A 132-page owner's manual was also produced. Contents of the manual include

  • Game Rules and Playfield Shots
  • Game Operation and Test Information
  • Bookeeping Menu
  • Test Menu
  • Utilities Menu
  • Adjustment Menu
  • Error Messages
  • Maintenance Information
  • Game Parts Information
  • Wiring Diagrams and Schematics
  • ROM Summary
  • Assembly Instructions
  • Sound Board Beep Codes
  • LED List
  • Fuse List
  • Hologram Assembly
  • Ball Popper Assembly
  • Circuit Theory
  • and more.

Years ago, pinball machines used painted artwork on the back of a huge, heavy peice of glass, known as a backglass. Pinball technology advanced to the point that painted backglasses are a mostly thing of the past. The replacement is called a translite, which is a mylar sheet printed with high quality and detailed color graphics. The superb artwork for the Creature from the Black Lagoon translite was created by Kevin O'Connor.

The translite makes great artwork for a game room. A person might build a lightbox to backlight and display the translite. A fresh translite can be used to replace an old and scratched translite to make your Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball machine look new once more. Original and reproduction translites are available and have showed up on various Web auctions. The Creature's arm is featured on the backbox of the pinball machine.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon was also featured on the 1998 Williams' Monster Bash pinball machine. The Creature is shown carrying a bikini clad girl in one claw and a saxaphone in the other.

On Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, WMS Industries Inc. announced that it will discontinue its pinball production and cabinets manufacturing operations after the completion of the game currently in production as a result of a prolonged period of weak demand and ongoing losses. WMS Industries currently makes gaming machines used in casinos.

Visit the Pinside Web site for more excellent images of the Creature from the Black Lagoon pinball machine and Monster Bash pinball machine and the associated promotional items.

The Polar Express in IMAX 3-D

The Polar Express IMAX 3-D posterThe Polar Express: An IMAX 3-D Experience is the first full-length feature ever converted into IMAX® 3-D. Experience the magic beginning November 10 in select IMAX, IMAX Dome and IMAX 3-D Theatres on screens up to eight stories tall with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.

This holiday themed film, based on the classic Caldecott medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and performance capture technology to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, it tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

 

 


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