Film magazine features Superman Returns Lenticular Cover
July 2006 issue of Total Film magazine (Issue 116) features
a Superman Returns 3-D lenticular image.
The cover art is designed to look like the front page of
a newspaper. The images changes from a view of the late Christopher
Reeve as Clark Kent into a view of Brandon Routh as Superman.
Total Film magazine is an extremely well done publication
featuring glossy pages and hundreds of exclusive photos. Irreverent
humor abounds in the articles and captions.
- Superman Returns
The full history of the greatest superhero ever.
- Omen 666
At least that was its name when the magazine’s cover
went to print.
Wolfgang Petersen continues his obsession with water. Hollywood
continues its obsession with epic disasters.
- United 93
A chat with director Paul Greengrass about the year’s
- Action Heroes
In 1991, a man called Sly, an Austrian bodybuilder and a
balding badass opened Planet Hollywood. Now, 15 years on,
it just looks like they’ve been eating there three
times a day. What happened?
- Taking a Myth
Find your falsehoods in the papers and your truisms in the
movies, right? Sort of. Still, some films fib (shock!).
- Donald Sutherland
The Dirty Dozen Special Edition’s DVD is out as of
June, so we chatted to the legendary Don about baring his
arse, falling out with Joel Schumacher and that sex scene
with Julie Christie.
For more information or to subscribe (and get free goodies),
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Envisions a Digital Stereoscopic Viewer for Photography and
is a concept that has the potential to solve the conundrum
of mobile phones, cameras, PDAs and other small devices needing
screens larger than the device itself. It borrows heavily
from the iconic billion-selling View-Master®, which was
introduced to the public in 1939.
NeoChroma’s inventor Patrick Amaru believes the small,
low-cost, lightweight Neochroma viewer could be built into
a mobile phone or digital camera or created as an attachment.
As a platform for location-based services, NeoChroma has the
added advantage of being ideal for maps and other navigational
systems too, so with the growing need for cheaper, high resolution
minidisplays this German invention has a viable future in
a range of mobile devices.
Amaru says, “the big gamble is whether display technology
will continue to evolve as quickly as it did over the last
five years. Five years ago, the Nokia 7110 screen was about
the best you could get. My bet is that it will, and that it
won't cost much to implement Neochroma with VGA or larger
resolutions in the near future.” Right now, a phone
with VGA screen, the Sharp 904, is available on the Japanese
market. “As Neochroma halves the resolution, you get
480x320 pixels for each eye, better than many personal media
players today, but much cheaper to produce."
The image can be flat, of course, but it can also be stereoscopic
if it has been created accordingly.
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be first stop-motion animated 3-D film
Features will distribute Coraline, the first theatrical
release from Portland, Oregon animation studio, Laika Entertainment.
Coraline represents the first stop-motion animated
film to be shot stereoscopically with a dual digital camera
rig for digital 3-D exhibition.
Focus is known for producing offbeat movies that win critical
attention but often play to niche markets. Recent pictures
include Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener
and Lost in Translation. Focus is owned by NBC Universal.
Coraline, now in the early stages of production
in Laika's Northwest Portland offices, is an adaptation of
a spooky 2002 children's novel by Neil Gaiman. Due in theaters
in mid-2008, it is the tale of a young girl who wanders into
a mirror world, where eerie reflections of her parents seek
to imprison her.
Coraline is being directed by Henry Selick, Laika's
supervising director. Child star Dakota Fanning will voice
the title character and Teri Hatcher, star of TV's Desperate
Housewives, will voice a dual role. Rock duo They Might
Be Giants will provide songs for the movie.
In addition to Selick, who directed the 1993 animated musical
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Laika has hired experienced
animators and executives from Pixar Animation Studios and
elsewhere. Laika plans to blend the stop-motion animation
Vinton Studios was known for with newly developed computer
After Coraline, Laika's next picture is scheduled
to be an original work written by Laika animator Jorgen Klubien,
named Jack & Ben's Animated Adventure.
Laika has about 170 employees but expects to hire as many
as 400 more animators, software engineers and technical experts
in the next two years as film production ramps up. The company
is seeking larger facilities in the Portland area to house
its growing staff.
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Fifth Harry Potter film to be in IMAX
Warner Brothers Studio has just announced a
partnership with IMAX Corporation to bring the fifth installment
of Harry Potter to IMAX as well.
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a Big, Big World View-Master® offer from Sony
Buy any Sony Cyber-shot® digital camera or Handycam®
camcorder direct from Sony Style (online or at retail store)
from June 20, 2006, through July 10, 2006, and receive a free
Fisher-Price® View-Master® Viewer with an exclusive
It's a Big, Big World reel and It's a Big, Big
World music CD by mail. While supplies last.
To download the order form, visit www.sonystyle.com/intershoproot/eCS/Store/en/documents/rebates/big_big_world.pdf.
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3-D horror flick The Creature From the Black Lagoon shows
in Augusta, Kansas
special 3-D showing of The Creature from the Black Lagoon
took place on June 2 at the Augusta Historic Theatre, 523
State St. in Augusta. Although touted as a midnight movie
it actually hit the silver screen at 10 p.m.
The story deals with Richard Carlson leading a team of scientists
in the Amazon who capture a prehistoric Gill-Man (half man,
half amphibian) for study. But the creature falls for the
scientist's pretty fiancee (Julia Adams) and escapes, taking
her with him.
Glasses to bring out the 3-D were be provided thanks to underwriting
of Augusta Family Dentistry.
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Wal-Mart Lenticular Gift Card
A lenticular Superman Returns gift card is available
at Wal-Mart stores across the nation. Holding the card and
turning it shows the first view of Superman about to rip open
his shirt and the other view shows his shirt torn open and
showing his costume. The 3-D cards are a limited edition item,
which could be used to purchase any item in the store up the
value assigned to the card.
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Solid Eye Displays
3-D for the PSP (PlayStation Portable)
Gear Acid was one of the PSP's most popular launch titles.
It combined stealth action and turned-based strategy with
collectible card games for a unique and fun experience. Metal
Gear Acid 2 comes out at the end of March and fans of the
series are going to get something new with the sequel.
The Solid Eye system is a peripheral that clamps onto a PSP
and gives a three-dimensional view of the game. The Solid
Eye displays slightly different images in each eye to produce
a 3-D effect. Gamers will be able to play Metal Gear Acid
2 in full 3-D and can even watch 3-D movies included in the
UMD, such as 3-D cutscenes from Metal Gear Solid 3, and a
3-D version of the trailer for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid
4 for the PlayStation 3.
According to a CNET.com blog, "The peripheral looks
really bulky, and we'll have to see for ourselves if it even
adds anything to the game. Thankfully, Konami is planning
to sell Metal Gear Acid 2, Solid Eye included, for the standard
PSP game price of $40, and the entire game will be playable
without the Solid Eye attachment."
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Stereoptics View-Master® Auctions July 25 and 27, 2006
of the best places to find View-Master® and other 3-D
items for sale is Jefferson Stereoptics regularly held View-Master®
and stereoview auctions conducted by John Saddy. The latest
collection of View-Master® goodies goes on the auction
block on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, featuring lots 1 through
370. The second part of the auction concludes on Thursday,
July 27, 2006, with lots 371 through 688.
Subscribers receive John's catalog several times a year.
Cost of the subscription pays for printing the catalog and
postage to mail it. Each issue of the printed catalog includes
photos of some of the most sought after 3-D items featured
in each sale.
Some of the items in the July auctions:
- Girls Scouts Serve Their Country Reel No. 401
- Never before seen bright white Model G Febelt Jeskrant
Diorama Two-Reel Gift Set with two 45-rpm records in gift
box. Only sold in Holland and Belgium.
- Model K Space Viewer, Silver with Black Advance. This
was sold only on-site at Epcot Center for a limited time.
- Reels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Coca-Cola Co. Bottle
- and much more
The auction items are also listed and all lots are scanned
on John's Web site at www3.sympatico.ca/john.saddy.3-D/.
The Web site is easily navigated by topic. Each item is grouped
in areas of interest such as View-Master® packets USA
and Canada or View-Master® packets Television and
Movies and so on. You will need to register on the site
in order to place a bid online.
John grades each item and includes elaborate descriptions,
too. Unlike eBay, sniping is not part of the equation in John's
auctions. Lots are closed with a very liberal waiting period.
Beginning at the closing time, after 10 minutes with no bids
or inquiries, all lots are closed together.
You can contact John via an e-mail link on his Web site to
find out about subscribing to the catalog. Jefferson Stereoptics
is located in London Ontario, Canada.
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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month.
A Stereo Realist branded
Perrin camera case sold for $25 with one bid. The case
will hold two cameras and two viewers or other accesories.
A Royal Wedding View-Master®
H.R.H. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July
29, 1981 sold for $68.54
with nine bids.
The item is boxed and contains a special Royal Purple
viewer and three reels with 21 images of the wedding
This Mascher Stereo Daguerreotype
sold for $890 with 14 bids. Invented by J. F. Mascher,
this early stereoscope uses two ordinary lenses arranged
in such a manner to allow the image viewed to be more
lifelike. This daguerreotype features the image of a
distinguished gentleman, most likely from the 1800's.
When the lid is raised, you look through the dual lenses
to view the image, which appears as a single, lifelike
portrait. Overall dimensions when closed are 4 7/8"
x 6" x 7/8".
The portraits have staining or tarnishing, and are
somewhat faded and scratched. The gold colored plate
with the oval openings also shows some wear and tarnishing.
Both the gold colored plate and the glass, which cover
the portraits are loose, and not secured in the stereoscope.
The case itself shows significant wear on boths sides
and the edges, but it is solid and intact. The hinges
for the cover are fairly tight and intact, and the case
does close and latch securely.