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October 2005 Issue

Vol. 3, 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 related monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

NBC-TV and TV Guide Go 3-D with Critically Acclaimed Drama Series Medium
Special 3-D episode premieres on NBC Monday, Nov. 21, TV Guide to be exclusive magazine distributor of 3-D glasses in November 21 collectible Medium cover on newsstands Nov. 17

MediumNBC, in partnership with TV Guide magazine and Paramount Network Television, will distribute 3-D glasses for an enhanced look at a special 3-D episode of the hit drama Medium airing on November 21. In the November 21 issue, on newsstands November 17, TV Guide will feature a Medium cover and offer readers a chance to view the episode in 3-D with special glasses included inside the magazine. Medium stars Patricia Arquette, who received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her portrayal of Allison DuBois on the series.

Series creator Glenn Gordon Caron, who came up with the idea, says, "The whole show won't be in 3-D but there will be 3-D segments throughout." During the episode, ghosts will appear in viewers living rooms.

The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment and Ian Birch, Editor-in-Chief at TV Guide.

"The Medium 3-D episode provides a great way for fans to enjoy a heightened perspective of Allison's intriguing visions," said Reilly. "We're thrilled to partner with TV Guide on this exciting event and thank Glenn Gordon Caron for developing the idea"

"At TV Guide, we're big fans of Medium and we're very excited to be involved in this special episode," said Ian Birch, the editor-in-chief of TV Guide magazine. "By serving as the exclusive provider of the 3-D glasses that will enable viewers to fully experience this program, we're fulfilling our goal to enhance the television viewing experience of all TV Guide readers."

"I first began exploring the possibility of doing a 3-D episode of television over a decade ago when I was working on Moonlighting' said Medium executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. "When Medium became successful, I realized that in many ways it was an even better vehicle for 3-D."

"Additionally, technology seems to have finally caught up with me. Directors Jim Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and a host of other innovators have pushed the medium (you'll pardon the pun) into the 21st century, and our show and our viewers will be the beneficiaries of that. I think people will be surprised by how vivid and dynamic 3-D has become."

In the 3-D episode, which will be telecast Monday, Nov. 21 (10-11 p.m. ET), Allison (Patricia Arquette) comes to realize that there is an added dimension to the way she experiences art. It seems the act of creation is so intense that artists often leave an element of themselves behind in their work, an element that is evident only to Allison. Ever wonder why the Mona Lisa is smiling? Or what's bothering the subject of "The Scream"? When Allison encounters the work of one artist, disturbing, 3-dimensional images emerge that lead her to believe that the man behind these alarming canvasses may have a deadly secret.

TV Guide will be distributing glasses through subscribers, newsstand copies and 500,000 subscription renewal mailings. Both NBC and TV Guide will coordinate guerrilla marketing campaigns to distribute glasses to consumers on the street, in addition to the glasses that will be included inside the November TV Guide issue. At some point, viewers can also go to the NBC and TV Guide Web sites to learn how to get 3-D glasses in their areas.

Medium, which premiered last January, comes from award-winning executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron. The chilling drama is inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois. Emmy winner Arquette (Stigmata, Flirting with Disaster) stars as a young wife and mother who, since childhood, has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Arquette received the Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category after the telecast of the initial 16 episodes of the critically acclaimed series.

Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.

Caron is creator and executive producer. Kelsey Grammer (Girlfriends), Steve Stark and Oscar winner Ronald L. Schwary (Ordinary People) are executive producers. Medium is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with Grammnet Productions and Paramount Network Television.

In-Three Inc. receives a positive court order as IMAX fails to secure an early trial date in patent dispute

In Three Inc. logoOn Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, the Honorable Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the United States District Court for the Central District of California rejected IMAX Corporation’s request for an early trial date in the ongoing patent litigation between IMAX and In-Three.

This Order comes on the heels of several other recent setbacks in IMAX’s bid to shut In-Three down. On Aug. 1, 2005, in a lengthy and detailed order, Judge Cooper denied IMAX’s motion for preliminary injunction, finding that IMAX was unlikely to prevail on its patent infringement claims against In-Three. In addition, on Aug. 10, 2005, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted In-Three’s request to reexamine the validity of the ’294 patent, which IMAX acquired from a third-party just days prior to initiating this lawsuit. The Patent Office determined that substantial new questions of patentability exist for all claims of the ’294 patent. Having had its Motion for Preliminary Injunction denied and facing a decision by the Patent Office potentially invalidating the ’294 patent, IMAX pushed for a trial date early in 2006. IMAX’s request was denied and the court set a trial date for Nov. 28, 2006.

“We are extremely gratified that the court rejected IMAX’s attempt to rush this case to trial before In-Three has had a chance to take adequate discovery on its counterclaims against IMAX,” said Michael Kaye, President and CEO of In-Three.

In-Three is the developer of the first high-quality process for converting full-length motion pictures into 3-D. In-Three’s Dimensionalization® process was introduced by a group of film-making legends, including George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron and Randal Kleiser at the ShoWest exhibitor trade show in Las Vegas in March 2005.

VH1's I Love the 80s 3-D Glasses

VH1's I Love the 80s: 3-D logoVH1 is showcasing I Love the 80s: 3-D and viewers can pick up their free 3-D eyeglasses at Best Buy stores across America.

Rock stars and celebrities from that decade will come together once more to wax poetic about the essential 1980s experience, and this time it will be a vision altering event.

From Jheri-curls to Rat-tails, Oak Ridge Boys to Fine Young Cannibals, Star Search to Spenser for Hire, Cannonball Run to Naked Gun, the offbeat nostalgia show will bring viewers a skewed view of the music, movies, TV shows, fashions, fads and trends that defined pop culture during every year of that decade.

Each one-hour episode of I Love The 80s: 3-D offers an adventure through a single year, celebrating the good, the bad and the greedy through retro clips from sitcoms, movies, music videos, TV commercials, network news and other sources, plus more than 200 new interviews with the people who survived the decade that created 'the fruit roll-up'.

To promote the series, VH1 employed red-hoodie-wearing bike riders carrying ET: The Extra-terrestrial dolls in Times Square, Penn Station and other New York City locales while “’80s ambassadors” walked alongside them, attempting to distribute 15,000 pairs of 3-D glasses to New Yorkers. ET was released in theatres in 1982.

VH1 is joining the list of media outlets that have not given up on ’80s teen queen Tiffany and her efforts to resuscitate her singing career. Tiffany, who made a name for herself crooning hits including I Think We’re Alone Now in shopping malls across the country before posing nude in Playboy in 2002 and cooperating with E! on a True Hollywood Story, headlined a live acoustic show in Los Angeles on Oct. 20. It promotee VH1’s I Love the ’80s: 3-D.

Tiffany, the 80's teen queen, performed at National Amusements Theaters’ The Bridge: Cinema de Lux, followed by a trivia contest, which might be kind of redundant, and panel discussion with the TV show’s commentators. The singer’s performance was also available on the VH1’s Web site. About 1,000 National Amusement Theaters are running promos for the series

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D DVD

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D DVD cover artThe DVD of Robert Rodriguez's The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D was released Sept. 20, 2005.

Another family adventure from the hit-making director of Spy Kids, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl is nonstop fun and stars Hollywood favorites David Arquette, Kristin Davis and George Lopez. Everyone always knew that Max had a wild imagination, but no one believed that his wildest creations, a boy raised by watchful great white sharks and a girl with the force of a volcano were real! Now, these two pint-sized action masters will show Max that even an ordinary kid has what it takes to be extraordinary! Bursting with cool, eye-popping 3-D special effects, even the smallest dreamers can become the biggest heroes in this entertaining motion picture.

Special Features:
Contains both the 3-D and 2-D versions
Includes four pair of 3-D glasses

Featurettes:
Creating "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" with Racer Max
Feature Commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Starring:
Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy
Taylor Dooley as Lavagirl
Cayden Boyd as Max
George Lopez as Mr. Electric/Tobor/Ice/Guardian/Mr. Electricidad
David Arquette as Max's Dad
Kristin Davis as Max's Mom
Jacob Davich as Linus/Minus
Sasha Pieterse as Marissa/Ice Princess
Rico Torres as Sharkboy's Dad
Rebel Rodriguez as Sharkboy, Age 5
Racer Rodriguez as Sharkboy, Age 7
Rocket Rodriguez as Lug

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D is rated PG for mild action and some rude humor.

Award Winning Monster Mania Convention Program features The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature printAbove and Below by Vincent DifateThe cover art for the 2003 Monster Mania Convention program won a 2004 Rondo Award. Dave Hagan's first ever convention, Monster Mania 2003, was held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in during the weekend of Sept. 26-28, 2003.

The artwork is by Vincent Di Fate. Di Fate has held an international reputation as one of the world's leading artistic visionaries of the future. People Magazine has said that he is "One of the top illustrators of science fiction, Di Fate is not all hard-edge and airbrush slickness. His works are always paintings, a bit of his brushwork shows, and they are all the better because of it." Omni Magazine has made the observation that "Moody and powerful, the paintings of Vincent Di Fate depict mechanical marvels and far frontiers of a future technocracy built on complicated machinery and human resourcefulness. Di Fate is something of a grand old man in the highly specialized field of technological space art. Stirring images of far-flung environments have been his trademark." In his prolific career, he has produced art of science fiction, astronomical and aerospace subjects for such clients as IBM, The Reader's Digest, The National Geographic Society, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

 

Convention program coverThe 50th Anniversary Creature Commemorative painting by artist Vincent Di Fate is available in a 16" x 20" print from www.vincentdifate.com. The print run is a limited edition of 1,000 and was issued with the artist's signature. The cost of the print is $35 plus $6 for postage and handling.

Also available are a limited number of prints co-signed by Julie Adams (Kay Lawrence) and Ben Chapman (The Creature) from the original 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon. Cost of the co-signed prints is $60 plus $6 postage and handling

Di Fate also painted two Creature from the Black Lagoon images he calls "Above and Below" in a limited edition 16" x 20" print that celebrates Ben Chapman and Ricou Browning, the two men who brought the Gill Man to life in the original 1954 film classic. Signed and numbered by the artist price is $35 plus $6 shipping and insurance.

A special limited quantity of signed and numbered prints are also available co-signed by Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman for $60 plus $6 shipping and insurance.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Magazine Covers

The Creature from the Black Lagoon has appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. Here are some of the classic covers from the past.

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Chiller Theatre #4

Chiller Theatre #9

Chiller Theatre #21

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Creature from the Black Lagoon magazine cover

Creature from the Black Lagoon Trading Cards Part 2

You'll Die Laughing (1973)

Creature trading cardThe Creature from the Black Lagoon was featured on one of the comedic trading cards from the 1973 You'll Die Laughing trading card set published by Topps.

The set, which takes it's name from the headline on the card backs, has always been a popular trading card set owing to it's large monster content, ease of set completion and relatively low cost.

Paper stock is rather weak which affects corner and edge wear. Also, blurry images are a severe problem with 1973 You'll Die Laughing cards.

Topps also produced a You'll Die Laughing set in 1980. This set is better known as Creature Feature.

There are 128 cards in the set. A near-mint set is valued between $150 and $200.

 

 

Frankenstein Valentine Stickers (1966)

Valentine stickers

In 1966, Topps Trading Cards issued a special sticker set featuring classic and generic monsters in a Valentine themed set. A cartoon version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon with the hilarious caption, "We'd Make a Splash Together" is in the 44 sticker set. A complete set is valued between $700 and $850.

Editor's Note: See part one of Creature from the Black Lagoon Trading Cards in the October 2004 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

Monster Magazine Collectibles Trading Cards (2001)

Creature from the Black Lagoon Monster Magazine Collectibles Trading Card Remember all that cool monster stuff in the backs of 1960's monster magazines? Yep, someone made a trading card set out of them.

Series I is a 10-card set produced by Good Stuff Cards in 2001.

Card number four features The Lagoon Monster Mask. Card number nine features The Creature from the Black Lagoon home movie.

Each set is numbered and only 1,000 sets were produced. A complete set is valued at $5.

Monster Movie Classics Series 1 (1997) and Monster Movie Classis Series II (1998)

A Creature from the Black Lagoon card is featured in Series 1, which is a 50 card set. Only 2,000 numbered sets were produced. A complete set is valued at $17.

A Creature Walks Among Us card is featured in Series 2, which is a 50 card set. Only 2,000 numbered sets were produced. A complete set is valued at $15.

Monster Trading Card Treats (1991)

Creature Monster Treat Card Monster Group Treat Card

 

Monster Trading Card Treats were distributed in 1991 as an alternative to Halloween candy. The card fronts carry the logos for Univeral Monsters and the National Safe Kids Campaign. The set contains six cards and is valued at $3.

Checklist

  • Frankenstein and Bride
  • Dracula
  • The Mummy
  • The Wolf Man
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Monster Group Photo

Aurora Monster Model Cards (1990)

Aurora Trading Card This set was not produced by Aurora. Each set comes wrapped in a numbered, illustrated Wolf Man wrapper.

On the title card, inside the pack, is the same number as on the wrapper. The set contains nine cards and is valued at $12.

Checklist

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein's Monster
  • The Mummy
  • The Wolf Man
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • King Kong
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

Universal Monsters Valentine Cards

Valentine cards

All cards feature a classic monster with Valentine's Day greeting. Each card comes with it's own envelope. Cards are blank-backed in order to be written on when sending the valentine. The cards are made of paper as opposed to regular heavy card stock. Light-weight for mailing.

Cards and envelopes are 4 inches x 2 1/4 inches. Envelopes are non-mailable and are meant to be inserted into a regular size envelope, then mailed. There are 10 cards in the set valued at $4.50.

Monster Movie Parody Cards (1994)

Creature Monster Parody trading cardA Creature from the Black Lagoon card is featured in this set.

The card makes reference to the film being in 3-D on the card front.

The set contains 36 cards plus one promo card. Only 2,000 numbered sets were produced. A complete set is valued at $8.

Checklist
Title Card, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Forbidden Planet, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invaders from Mars, War of the Worlds, This Island Earth, Devil Girl from Mars, Metropolis, Island of Lost Souls, Man from Planet X, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dracula, Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, King Kong, Frankenstein, Invasion of the Saucermen, Tobor the Great, 20,000,000 Miles to Earth, The Thing, The Deadly Mantis,
Phantom of the Opera, The Mysterians, The Mummy, 5,000,000 Years to Earth, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Tarantula, The 4-D Man, The Beast from 20,000 Phathoms, The Invisible Man, Godzilla, I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Dr. Cyclops, The Wolf Man and It Conquered the World (Promo Card).

Universal Monsters Pepsi Party Cards (1992)

1992 Pepsi Party Cards front

1992 Pepsi Party cards back

This six card set features the Universal Monsters dressed ready to party on the front. The back has a Playboy style fact sheet about each featured monster.

The Creature card fact sheet
Turn Offs: Dry skin
Favorite Song: Splish Splash
Favorite Team: Dolphins
Favorite Country: Finland
Least Favorite Saying: "There's plenty of fish in the lagoon"
The Perfect Party: Amphibious landings, buddy breathing

Checklist

  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • The Mummy
  • The Wolfman

House of Wax Trading Cards Part 2

Published by Rosan in 1965, Monster Cards features a House of Wax image on trading card number 39 in the set. This is an example of a card set that was crudely produced, but has been embraced by card collectors for this very same reason.

Monster Cards suffer from many off-centering and printing errors, especially cards #1-10, and many cards are found with slight miscuts.

Editor's Note: See part one of House of Wax Trading Cards in the October 2004 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos to be published in Collector's Book

Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos cover artBasil Gogos rendition of The Creature from the Black LagoonThe Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos is a celebration of the career of the acknowledged master of film monster portrait art. To many fans of classic horror movies, the name Basil Gogos is as familiar as that of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price. Gogos' paintings are as iconic as his subjects. This long-overdue retrospective features high-quality reproductions of many of his most famous paintings as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings of classic film creatures and actors.

Gogos' early work in men's adventure magazine and paperback book art will also be examined as well as his works in movie posters and other areas. An in-depth career-spanning interview with the artist will accompany the illustrations and tributes by other artists and film professionals inspired by Gogos' powerful images. The book will feature an introduction by rock star, movie director and horror collector Rob Zombie.

The "monster craze" among baby-boomers, sparked by the release of Universal Studios' horror classics to television in the late '50s, gave birth to a new phenomenon, the monster magazine. Famous Monsters of Filmland, filled with monster photos and articles on horror movies and their stars, was the premier publication for young horror film fans.

Issues of the new magazine practically leapt off the newsstand shelves and into kids' hands due in no small way to their striking cover paintings by Basil Gogos. Like a Bizarro world Norman Rockwell, his stylish portraits of horror film characters and stars were seen on magazine covers throughout the '60s and '70s. Gogos' interpretations of movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Phantom of the Opera, breathed new life into the old black and white images. His amazing use of color and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a sense of both excitement and sophistication to his paintings which has never been matched.

Gogos' legend as the world's greatest movie monster artist has only grown over the years. His original Famous Monsters cover paintings are highly sought-after and are in the collections of many filmmakers and rock stars on whom he made a lasting impression. In recent years he has been in much demand by producers wishing to capture the unforgettable look and feel of the classic monster art of the '60s. CD and DVD covers, movie posters, trading cards, book covers and new monster magazines continue to keep Basil Gogos the world's greatest monster artist.

Table of Contents
Introduction by Rob Zombie
Biography
Training and Early Work
'60s Style: the NY Commercial Scene
Famous Monsters
Movie Posters - Universal Studios and more
Return of the King
Looking Back

Deluxe Slipcase Hardcover Edition
with 16 page bonus folio
Deluxe Hardcover
168 pages
80 B & W illustrations
100 color illustrations
Edited by Kerry Gammill and J. David Spurlock
8 ½" X 11" trim
$49.95 (+ $3.95 U.S. S/H)

Hardcover
168 pages
80 B & W illustrations
100 color illustrations
Edited by Kerry Gammill and J. David Spurlock
8 ½" X 11" trim
$34.95 (+ $3.95 U.S. S/H)

Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D Souvenirs

Here are a few of the Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D souvenirs available at the Las Vegas Hilton: There are other souvenirs not pictured including a Borg Teddy Bear.

Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D shooter
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D shotglass
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D freezer mug
Glow Shooter
Black Shotglass
Freezer Mug
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D coffee mug
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D shotglass
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D tankard
Coffee Mug
Glow Shotglass
Glow Tankard
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D cap
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D cap
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D cap
Black Ballcap
Khaki Ballcap
Red Ballcap
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D polo
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D tee
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D poster
Polo
T-shirt
Star Trek: Borg Invasion 4-D poster

Monster Magic Action Trading Cards (1963)

In 1963, Abbey Vending issued Monster Magic Action Cards. Monster Magic Action cards are 3-D and feature generic monsters.

There are 24 cards in the set. Cards are routinely found in complete set form with accompanying viewer lens.

The cards were sold on a blister card instead of in wax packs.

When using the Magic Action viewer, the cards would come to life showing a flying monster's wings flapping or the tail of a giant lizard whipping up and down or people fleeing.

Monster Action Trading Cards Monster Action Trading Cards Monster Action Trading Cards

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D sculpture

Creature from the Black Lagoon sculptureCode 3 Collectibles - Legendary Casts bring to life the artwork from your all-time favorite movie posters in stunning three dimensional depth reality. One of the premiere posters featured is the 1954 classic, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Code 3's talented artisans have captured all of the original detail in hand painted cold cast resin. The sculptures are fraught with exact elements from the actual movie poster. Each cast is showcased within an artistic frame-like edge. Each Legendary Cast is first meticulously hand sculpted in wax. At this stage, their sculptor translates the movie poster artwork into a three dimensional reality. Next, the approved wax sample is copied into a mold master that is made from a harder plastic material. This master is used to create a resin mold. Each piece is carefully cold resin hand casted from the mold and hand painted to match the movie poster artwork. At each step, the studio is included for input in the details and approval to ensure an accurate and authentically licensed product.

About The Creature from the Black Lagoon sculpture
Celebrate over 50 years of the classic film The Creature of the Black Lagoon with this three-dimensional sculpted movie poster. Sculptors have brought the classic poster art of Jack Arnold's 1954 film to life in three-dimensional depth reality, like keeping the authenticity of the original artwork in tact. Every detail of the amazon like Creature has been captured as he carries away Kay (Julia Adams) into the Black Lagoon. This Legendary Cast is based on the 1954 Style A one-sheet art work. Welcome the Creature into your home and scare friends and family all year long. You can hang the 3-D poster art on the wall or use the built in stand to display it on a table top.

The sculpture measures 8.5" x 11" and was released in January 2005. Limited to 5,001 pieces.

Other posters converted to 3-D sculptures from Code 3 include Frankenstein, The Mummy, Van Helsing, Army of Darkness, Animal House, Scarface, Star Wars, Snow White, Cinderella, Lord of the Rings and two casts for Dracula, based on the 1951 style D and style E re-release movie posters.

Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D Anaglyphic DVD

Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D DVDFriday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D  title credits

We don't know if this is a legal release of the film or a pirated version of the movie...but here's what the disk label artwork looks like for a Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D DVD being sold on the Web from outside the U.S. The label artwork seems "home-made" since it does not contain any information about the film being copyrighted by Paramount Pictures and the sides of the artwork are obviously mirrored to fill the label. The Region 1 playable DVD features the anaglyphic 3-D version of the film. We recommend purchasing only licensed products and to beware of possible pirated products or home-made copies. If anyone knows of this to be a legitimate DVD release, please contact 3-D Review Online Magazine with more information.

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D opens Sept. 23

Magnificent Desolation logoPresented and narrated by Tom Hanks, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D launched in 85 IMAX theatres worldwide on Sept. 23, with additional locations confirmed for later dates. This film marks the widest initial release of an IMAX® film ever, and a continuation of the IMAX space film legacy. Previous IMAX space films have achieved great success, including Space Station 3-D, which has generated almost $90 million in worldwide box office sales since its 2002 release.

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D, a Playtone/IMAX production sponsored by Lockheed Martin, takes audiences to the lunar surface to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there to experience what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did. The astronauts' words are brought to life by an array of some of Hollywood's most recognizable and sought-after motion picture and television actors, including Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Paul Newman, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and more. The film features rarely seen NASA footage, CGI imaging and live-action renditions of the lunar landscape to propel audiences nearly a quarter-million miles above the Earth's surface. These various elements, combined with IMAX® 3-D technology, crystal clear images and state-of-the-art digital surround sound, provide a completely immersive cinematic experience.

"The winning combination of Tom Hanks, Playtone, an all-star voice cast and IMAX 3-D's unique ability to transport people to places they could only dream of going, has resulted in an amazing film.

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Tom Hanks presents a Playtone/IMAX Production: Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D. It is narrated by Tom Hanks. The director of photography is Sean MacLeod Phillips. The production designer is Charles Lee. The music is by James Newton Howard. It is edited by William Schinski. It is written by Tom Hanks, Mark Cowen and Christopher G. Cowen. The supervising producer is Jini Durr. The executive producers are Hugh Murray and Mark Herzog. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D is produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Cowen, and directed by Mark Cowen.

Planar 3-D Monitor uses Polarized Glasses

Planar 3-D monitorThree-dimensional monitors may sound like toys of the future, but they're also life-saving tools today. "With the tsunami, they used this 3-D technology to find a safe place to land aircraft loaded with food and supplies," says Scott Robinson, Research Scientist at monitor maker Planar.

Planar's SD1710 17-inch LCD monitor replaces clunky CRT-based 3-D setups.

The SD1710 consists of two LCDs at a 110-degree angle and a semitransparent mirror set between them. Wearing special glasses with polarized lenses, a person can view 3-D images at the panels' full 1,280 x 1,024 resolution.

The included glasses, which Robinson likens to sunglasses, enable the viewer to move about normally, instead of staying rooted to a sweet spot. In fact, if everyone had the glasses, a few people could look at the same monitor at the same time. This is a big departure from the sweet-spot nature of a previously reviewed 3-D LCD, Sharp's 15-inch LL-151-3D.

Planar designed the SD1710 for geoscientists and cartographers, says Robinson, but the company hopes this 3-D monitor and its StereoMirror technology could open new vistas in medical imaging, architecture and molecular modeling. Gaming is on the list, too, although that seems like a long shot at the current price of $3,995 for an SD1710. If the monitor takes off, prices may drop to more approachable levels, says Robinson.

 

3-D Center of Art and Photography presents Quiet Depths and Art in Depth Sept. 29 through Nov. 6

3D Center of Art and Photography  logo
Quiet Depths
by Gene Faulkner
Gene Faulkner is a graduate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received a Bachelor of Science in Photography. He is currently a Fine Art and Commercial photographer living and working in Portland . He has been showing his work in Portland and around the country since 1990.

Faulkner's stereoscopic images of vignetted environments take the viewer into the third dimension. This unique series of diptychs and triptychs, referred to as anaglyphs, provides a captivating view of seemingly normal scenes. Donning the red and cyan glasses, the viewer enters a world which is fuller and strangely more meaningful that the subject itself.
Faulkner says of his work, “I enjoy approaching my subjects with an awkward strangeness, and hopefully creating thought and imagination within the viewer.”

Art in Depth by Jim Long
This slide show presents the Masters as you have never seen them before. Jim Long has painstakingly rendered the beautiful classics of art into three dimensions in this exciting slide show. After several years in stereo photography, Long became intrigued by the technique of converting two dimensional art to 3-D. Lots of practice and no small amount of talent has resulted in a treat for all who love classic paintings.

From a career managing and developing computers and software for one of the world's largest cheese manufacturers in Corona , California, Long has stretched his time and his involvement in 3--D imagery to produce hundreds of conversions. Of his hobby, Long says, “This art form is more like sculpture than photography for I chip away a little at a time until the underlying stereo image is revealed.”

The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m.

Stereoscopic Photography Lecture with John Waldsmith at The Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum on Oct. 22

Stereo Views by John Waldsmith cover artOn Oct. 22, The Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum at 423 Chestnut Street in Meadville, Pennsylvania presents a four-part lecture of the history of stereoscopic photography by noted authority John Waldsmith, author of Stereo Views: An Illustrated History and Price Guide. The lecture will be followed by a stereoscopic and photographica auction.

The lecture starts at 9 a.m. featuring "The Early Years, 1839 to 1865."
10: 30 a.m. "The First Golden Era, 1866 to 1890."
Following a lunch break, the lecture picks up again at 1:30 p.m. with "The Second Golden Era, 1890 to 1920"
3 p.m. "The Decline and Rise of 3-D, 1921 to present"

This is a free public lecture but donations to the museum are appreciated.

The auction will start at 7 p.m. with a preview at 6 p.m. Selections include items from the Michael Chikiris collection and three other collections. There will be over 400 lots of all types of stereoscopic items. Stereo views include scarce early southern California views by Godfrey, New Mexico by Brown, Canada by Notman, Civil War officers at Morris Island, S. C., views by Michael Chikiris of Pete Rose, Pittsburgh Pirate Dave Parker, Princess Grace, Jesse Owens, Jesse Jackson, Nelson Rockefeller and more. To see some of the auction items, visit John Waldsmith's Web site, where you can also order an illustrated auction catalog.

The Polar Express 3-D DVD

The Polar Express DVD

Warner Home Video is considering releasing the 3-D version of The Polar Express on DVD sometime next year after it's holiday run in IMAX Theatres.

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D DVD

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus  3-D  DVD  cover artBarbie and the Magic of Pegasus  Rainbow Rollercoaster 3-D  Game screenshotIn her first 3-D movie, Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, Barbie® stars as lovely ice-skating Princess Annika™. When she and her polar bear cub friend, Shiver™, have to break a wizard’s evil spell, they get magical help from a magnificent flying horse name Brietta!

The evil Wenlock has turned everyone in the kingdom to stone and Barbie® as Princess Annika™ and Brietta, her magnificent flying horse, are on an enchanting quest to break the wizard’s spell.

The DVD comes with four pairs of 3-D glasses.

Barbie.com created special online games in 3-D to promote the release of Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. The flying game in which Barbie and her flying horse are flying over a "rollercoaster-like" rainbow is very well done. Watching the game in 3-D gives you the sensation of flying through the atmosphere as clouds race by and the rolling rainbow moves up and down as you follow along to catch a star. To win the rainbow flying game you must catch 10 stars to advance to the next game. The games are all fairly basic stuff for an online game but a cute and fun game for the Barbie set and a neat use of 3-D for 3-D fans. You can play the games by visiting Barbie.com. Remember to have red-blue anaglyphic glasses handy to see the games in 3-D. You can also choose to play them in 2-D.

McDonald's Happy Meals featured several toys using the characters from the movie. Toys in the collection include

  • Barbie figure
  • Aidan figure
  • Rayla figure
  • Pegasus figure
  • Brietta surprise figure
  • Cloud Kingdom surprise
  • Shiver surprise
  • Sunset surprise

The Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D DVD was released on Sept. 20, 2005.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D McDonald's Happy Meal Toys

Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D  Happy Meal toy collectionSharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D  Happy Meal toys

McDonald's Happy Meals featured several different toys including a pair of 3-D glasses using characters from the movie The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Toys in the collection include

  • Sharkboy figure
  • Lavagirl figure
  • Shark water squirter
  • Lava water squirter
  • Paper figures and 3-D glasses
  • Notebook and shark pencil
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D comic book
  • Dream journal

3-D Auction Results

Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.

Stereoview

Stereoview

Stereoview

A stereoview depicting a southern family gathered in front of a house with a man wearing a kepi hat with crossed cannon insignia holding the bit of a large horse. Sold for $160.49 with 21 bids. A little girl is sitting on the saddled horse while an older woman sits on a swing suspended from a tree limb. The older woman is surrounded by two young ladies and an adolescent girl. Marked " G. N. Barnard, Charleston S.C." along with South Carolina Views.

A stereoview of Mills House, Charleston, S.C. sold for $154.75 with nine bids. A very clear image showing the Mill's House building with excavated foundations in the foreground. There are a group of people in front of the building and a sign that looks like it reads " Wooflands German Bitters The Great Tonic."
The photographer is unidentified.

A stereoview of an encampment showing eight people sold for $153.75 with 12 bids. Some of the men are wearing kepi hats and there are two women. A very clear image showing the street with church in the distance. A horse drawn cart is at the right. Marked "G.N. Bernard, Charleston, S.C." along with South Carolina Views.

Stereoview

Stereoview

Stereoview

A stereoview of a black man fishing in a pond by Magnolia Cemetery near Charleston, S.C.sold for $180.38 with 11 bids. The photographer is known to have published images of confederate soldiers. Marked "G.N. Bernard, Charleston, S.C." along with South Carolina Views.

A stereoview of St. Philips Church in Charlston, S.C. sold for $114.75 with 15 bids. A very clear image showing the street with church in the distance. A horse drawn cart is at the right. Marked "G.N. Bernard, Charleston, S.C." along with South Carolina Views.

A war for the union stereoview sold for $310 with three bids. From the series "The War for the Union. Photographic History. No. 3333. General Ferrero and Staff. Petersburg, Virginia. E. & H.T. Anthony. Neg. by Brady and Co. Washington, D.C." The Battle of Petersburg was concluded in early April, 1865 and Lincoln died on April 15, so the funeral bunting covering the pillars in the photo may be to mourn the President's death.

Horror Monster Trading Cards

Greece 100-card stereoview set

World Travel Series India

A 26 piece lot from the Nu-Cards Horror Monster Series Trading Cards sold for an electrifying $81 with 13 batty bids. The trading cards feature pictures of some of the best sci-fi and horror characters including 3-D favorite The Creature From The Black Lagoon, King Kong, The Fly, Dracula, The She Creature, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Robby From Forbidden Planet, The Wolfman, The Amazing Colossal Man and many more.

A complete 100-card Greece set of
Stereo-Travel Co. stereoviews sold for $911.01 with 16 bids.
Copyright date is 1908.

A 101-card India stereoview card set made by the Realistic Travels Co. in London sold for $721.11 with nine bids.

RIchard Hamilton lenticularA two-foot tall VariVue lenticular of Richard Hamilton sold for $499.95 with one bid. From a private collection, this is a fascinating, rare and very large 18" across by 24 " high 3-D VariVue lenticular 3-D picture by British-born Pop artist Richard Hamilton from 1974.

Richard Hamilton, born in 1922, is credited with single-handedly launching the British school of Pop Art.

The New York Metropolitan Art Museum described this image..."In this optically complex print, Hamilton recreates the illusion of someone (in this case, the artist) touching the surface of a mirror, and then simultaneously seeing the back of his own hand and the frontal reflection of his face and body. The lifesize proportions of the figure add to the scene's veracity. The piece is symbolically titled Palindrome, a word whose Greek derivatives mean "fast (palin) return (dromos)," or rebound, and applies both to words with alphabetic symmetry (e.g., "eye"), and photons bouncing off a reflective surface. Created especially for a group portfolio, Mirrors of the Mind published by Marian Goodman and Multiples Inc. (New York), the project gave the artist the impetus to try a new technology, lenticular laminated three-dimensional printing."

Apparently, only 100 of these 3-D images were made; however, these same 100 were also numbered and signed. This picture auctioned is not numbered and signed. The seller was believed that this picture may be a rejected Artist's Proof, as it is not marked "A/P" either. It is interesting to note, that a signed version of this picture, in damaged condition, went for $1,554.00 in Christie's Auction in 2003, and there is currently being sold in a New York City art gallery a signed edition of this print for $15,000.

 

 

Modoc Indian Chief Captain Jack stereoview

An 1880 stereoview of Modoc Indian Chief Captain Jack sold for $280 with 14 bids.

Palisades stereoview

A stereoview of a the first construction train passing the Palisades sold for $307 with 15 bids. Frank Durgan stereoview photographed at Ten Mile Canyon, 1870.

Keystone cabinet
Keystone cabinet
Keystone cabinet

An oak three-section Keystone View Company cabinet sold for $850 with 33 bids.

   

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