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January 2007 Issue

Vol. 5,
No. 1

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SOAK Magazine features 3-D photos in every Issue: February Preview

SOAK Magazine logoSOAK February 2007 cover featuring Simona StrattenThe hottest women on the planet are featured in full color 3-D photos in every issue of SOAK Magazine. Published six times a year, SOAK is the 3-D equivalent of Stuff, Maxim and FHM. Check out some online Soak Magazine 3-D photo examples.

This slick, glossy magazine comes with 3-D glasses and truly beautiful 3-D photography featuring the SOAK Girls. Each issue features man 3-D photos and even a 3-D cartoon (converted by Ray Zone), plus great articles.

In the February 2007 issue of SOAK:

  • Simona Fusco Stratten steamed up the big screen with her sizzling performance in Beerfest. Now you can find the sexy Simone in gorgeous full color 3-D.
  • You've seen Rebecca Marshall in TV shows like The West Wing, Threshold and Shark, now the beautiful actress and model makes her way to the pages of SOAK.
  • SOAK Girl: Kloey.
  • SOAK Girl: Katie.
  • SOAK Girl: Crystal.
  • The Beat - Raekwon, legendary rapper and member of the Wu Tang Clan and Yung Joc, one of the hottest hip-hop rappers
  • Hit the track with top NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and Wayland Joe, driver of the SOAK Porsche GT3.
  • SOAK Girl: Martina.

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View-Master® Introduces New Blister Packaging

Have you seen the new View-Master® blister pack? The new design is closer to the size of the old paper packets from View-Master®'s Golden Age.

The shortened blister pack is slightly larger than the 3-reels included in the pack. Most of the graphics for the redesigned blister pack are now featured on stickers attached to the reels instead of on the cardboard hanger.

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View-Master® Releases New Reel Titles

View-Master® has released several new 3-reel sets. There is a new movie title, Kong, 8th Wonder of the World, Nick Jr.'s Lazy Town and two Disney Playhouse television blister packets featuring Stanley and JoJo's Circus.

Kong View-Master® reels Stanley View-Master reels
JoJo's Circus coverart
Lazy Town cover art

Kong - 8th Wonder of the World
In the mysterious land of Skull Island, King Kong rules supreme over ferocious dinosaurs and other primordial beasts that lurk within its dark jungles. Join the team of brave adventurers that dare to challenge the mightiest beast the world has ever known. Images are from Peter Jackson's King Kong movie. 21 images on three reels.

Stanley
Stanley sure is wild about animals! And now you can join him on an exciting animal adventure inside the pages of "The Great Big Book of Everything," with three reels featuring 21 fun 3-D images.

JoJo's Circus
Meet JoJo, a silly, curious and adorable clown who lives in Circus Town. Follow along with JoJo and her friends, Goliath and Dinky, on all their adventures under the big top! Together, everyone will twist and turn, imagine and learn!
Three reels with 3-D pictures take you under the Big Top for fun and adventure with Jo Jo and all her circus friends. Move, groove, clown around, over and over again.

Lazy Town
Lazy Town is a comic action series about health and fitness for kids. Eight-year old Stephanie is an optimistic girl living in Lazy Town, where she is caught between a charismatic, health-conscious superhero and the world´s laziest bad guy. Superhero Sportacus inspires the kids of Lazy Town to play, move and find a healthy balance in their lives. Robbie Rotten, the villain, struggles to maintain the lazy status quo so he can get his beauty rest. The action and humor inherent in Lazy Town allows kids to experience the wacky, but wonderful, side of a healthy lifestyle.

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Exclusive Superman Returns DVD with Lenticular 3-D Slipcover Sold at Target Stores

Superman Returns lenticular cover art.Target stores offered an exclusive special edition two-disc Superman Returns DVD complete with a lenticular 3-D slipcover.

The lenticular features three different images including the Superman shield, a picture of Brandon Routh changing from Clark Kent to Superman and Routh as a flying Man of Steel.

For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world, not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family and won the Pulitzer for her piece Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman. After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where there’s Superman, there's Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), and he is usng a piece of pilfered kryptonite to grow an entirely new continent that he will control. Bryan Singer (X-MEN 1 and 2), armed with a script by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, approaches the red cape with reverence for the lore of the character, and respect for Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1980) and Richard Lester’s 1980 sequel, films that ushered in the era of the modern superhero film. Singer’s Superman is filled with melancholy but there are still laughs, mostly courtesy of Spacey and Parker Posey as his moll, Kitty Kowalski, as well as plenty of gasp-inducing set pieces, including a spectacular and terrifying almost-plane crash and a sinking boat.

The two-disc special edition DVD includes the following features.

Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns": a comprehensive 3-hour documentary including

Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman
The Crystal Method: Designing Superman
An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman (Superman on the Farm, Superman in the City, Superman in Peril)
The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman
He's Always Around: Wrapping Superman
Resurrecting Jor-El
Deleted scenes: The Date, Family Photos, Crash Landing/X-Ray Vision, Old Newspapers, Are You Two Dating?, Martinis and Wigs, I'm Always Right, Jimmy the Lush, Language Barrier, Crystal Feet, New Krypton
Easter egg: "Wrong!"
Theatrical and video game trailers

The set also includes two 30-minute episodes from the Superman 1940 Radio Shows CD.

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Mission Impossible: III DVD with Lenticular 3-D Cover

Mission Impossible: III 3-D cover artTarget stores offered an exclusive widescreen edition of the Mission Impossible: III DVD complete with a lenticular 3-D slipcover.

Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt in this pulse-pounding thrill ride directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias). Lured back into action by his agency superiors (Laurence Fishburne and Billy Crudup), Ethan faces his deadliest adversary yet, a sadistic weapons dealer named Owen Davian (Oscar® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman). With the support of his IMF team (Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maggie Q), Ethan leaps into spectacular adventure from Rome to Shanghai as he races to rescue a captured agent (Keri Russell) and stop Davian from eliminating his next target: Ethan's wife, Julia (Michelle Monaghan).

The three-disc collector's edition features include

Rare Lenticular 3-D Hologram Cover (Widescreen Single Disc Cover)
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Audio Commentary with Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams
5 Deleted Scenes
Making Of Mission Featurette
Additional Featurettes
Photo Gallery
Tribute Montages
Optional Audio : French 5.1
Optional Subtitles : English, Spanish

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3-D Through the Ages Exhibit at the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium

Schenectady Museum logoA 3-D picture of a shark is hidden in an autostereogram at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, but you may have to stare at it for hours to see the fish take shape.

"You kind of have to look at it cross-eyed to see the image," said Don Rittner, the Schenectady city and county historian who put together a new 3-D Through the Ages exhibit at the museum, located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights. The display includes Rittner's own images and his collection of 3-D memorabilia.

The autostereogram, a single-image stereogram designed to trick the brain into perceiving a three-dimensional scene in a two-dimensional image, is one of many optical illusions in the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 15, 2007. A large room is filled with 3-D pictures and equipment, including postcards, nature scenes, advertisements, baseball cards, books, magazines, cameras and View-Masters®. Some of the items date to the mid-19th century.

Many of the images are anaglyphs, which provide a stereoscopic 3-D effect when viewed through special glasses. These 3-D glasses are an integral part of the exhibit. Images are made up of two pictures that are superimposed and slightly offset and contain two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. When viewed through the anaglyph glasses, they reveal an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain fuses this into perception of a three-dimensional scene or composition.

British scientist Charles Wheatstone invented the stereoscope, the device for displaying three-dimensional images, in 1838. In the early 1950s, 3-D movies were at the height of their popularity, then faded away as the competing Cinemascope wide-screen systems became an attraction for theaters.

"This exhibit ties in with the past, present and future of the museum," senior curator Bridget J. Kelly Stein said. "The material is more than just a static image on the wall, which allows people to get up close and interact on a personal level."

Today, computer processing creates most anaglyph images, which has led to a resurgence in 3-D imaging. Inexpensive computer programs allow people to create three-dimensional images at home. Contemporary video games, theatrical films and DVDs still use the anaglyph 3-D process.

The process is also used for science or design images where depth perception is useful. Examples from NASA include Mars Rover imaging and the solar investigation called STEREO, which uses two orbital vehicles to obtain 3-D images of the sun. Other applications include geological illustrations by the U.S. Geological Survey and various online museum objects.

"As a historian, I have to use all possible means to teach history, and this is a sneaky way to promote local history, technology and the history of photography all at once," Rittner said. "It's interactive; the kids really enjoy it and don't even realize that they're learning."

What: 3-D through the Ages exhibit
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Where: Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $3 children, $5 adults
Info: Call (518) 382-7890 or visit www. schenectadymuseum.org.

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NASA releases stereo view of Victoria Crater on Mars

NASA logoVictoria Crater on MarsThe High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has imaged Victoria Crater three times.

This 3-D stereo view composed of two high resolution images of the "Victoria Crater" on Mars was photographed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Victoria Crater, approximately 750 m wide and about 70 m deep, was discovered by NASA's Rover Opportunity. It was named for Victoria, one of Ferdinand Magellan's five ships and the first to circle the globe. Opportunity landed on Mars over two years ago and reached the rim of the crater on Sept. 26, 2006, 7 km from the rover's original landing site, having explored other craters and getting stuck in a sand dune for several months. Exploration of the Victoria Crater will grant scientists access to and analysis of geological layers of Mars inside the planet, which have been impossible to reach otherwise.

This stereo view combines two of those views. The red-colored image is TRA_000873_1780 (http://hiroc.lpl.arizona.edu/images/TRA/TRA_000873_1780/) and was acquired with the orbiter pointed 3.84 degrees to the west. The blue-color image is PSP_001414_1780 (http://hiroc.lpl.arizona.edu/images/PSP/PSP_001414_1780/) and was acquired with the orbiter pointed 16.2 degrees to the west. To see the topography, view this image through glasses with a red filter for your left eye, and a blue or blue-green filter for your right eye. The difference in viewing angle between the two images is about 12 degrees, which is greater than the convergence angle between the left and right eyes of humans while viewing distant objects, so the vertical relief appears much steeper than is actually the case. While some of the cliffs around the crater are in fact vertical, the slopes below the cliffs are no steeper than 30 degrees.

Images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment and additional information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are available online at www.nasa.gov/mro or http://HiRISE.lpl.arizona.edu.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: www.nasa.gov.

NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera was built by Ball Aerospace Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.

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New Free Stereoscopic E-Books Available Soon

The fourth free electronic book title in the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Virtual Library will soon be made publicly available. The book is a classic text detailing the theory and practice of stereoscopic motion image capture and presentation.

The new book will join the three other e-book titles already available in the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Virtual Library:

The World of 3-D Movies (1992) by Eddie Sammons,
Three-Dimensional Photography (1953) by Herbert McKay, and
Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema (1984) by Lenny Lipton

The Stereoscopic Displays and Applications is located at www.stereoscopic.org/library/index.html.

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National Geographic Films Go REAL D 3-D

Real D LogoREAL D will make 3-D films produced by National Geographic available to its exhibition partners, it was announced jointly by Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Giant Screen Films and Special Projects, and Michael V. Lewis, chairman and CEO of REAL D. The arrangement will help expand the presence of National Geographic’s 3-D films outside traditional museum, science center and other specialty venues.

The first title available on the REAL D Cinema platform will be Lions 3-D: Roar of the Kalahari, to be released in Spring 2007, followed by Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure in October 2007.

The alliance with National Geographic represents REAL D’s first multi-picture pact with a non-feature film distributor or studio. REAL D seeks to make National Geographic’s films available to school groups and family audiences via morning and afternoon screenings, when theaters often have programming time to fill.

“Audiences are hungry for the thoughtful, exciting storytelling of National Geographic’s films, and our collaboration with REAL D will allow people in new markets to experience our films in an immersive 3-D environment,” said Truitt. “REAL D has made great strides in expanding the appeal of 3-D features. We’re confident they can do the same for our films.”

“REAL D is delighted to work with an institution with the pedigree and global reach of National Geographic,” stated Lewis. “We’re excited to bring our expertise to this great educational brand, and to broaden the scope of quality 3-D content to exhibitors and consumers worldwide.”

National Geographic Giant Screen Films is part of National Geographic Ventures (NGV), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Geographic Society. Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations and works to inspire people to care about the planet. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Giant Screen Films produces original 2-D and 3-D productions. National Geographic Giant Screen Films also retains distribution rights to a portfolio of 25 films. More information is available at www.nationalgeographic.com.

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

A Photoscope coin-operated stereoview drop photo machine sold for $499.99 with 24 bids.

Manufactured by The Exhibit Supply Company, out of Chicago, in the late 1920s. On the front panel is a thin metal plaque stamped “PHOTOSCOPE”. Embossed below that is “EXHIBIT SUPPLY CO’S PICTURES CHICAGO PAT.APLD.FOR”.

When a player inserts a coin, it initiates a clockwork mechanism that systematically times the drops of one set of stereoview pictures. The player gets the impression that he is watching an old time movie. These machines were very popular with carnival goers and amusement park patrons. Each machine included five different sets of cards; each set cost the player one cent to see. The sets included in the machine are

A Ham Actor Gets The Hock
He Thought He Needed A Doctor
Tough Turkey
How The Weinies Worsted Charlie
The Rube And The Fat Lady

How The Weinies Worsted Charlie stars Charlie Chaplin. Charlie shows up in this restaurant kitchen searching for food. He spots a string of hotdogs and proceeds to pick them up. Before he can savor his catch the chef comes barreling through the kitchen door. The chef is a big brute type. Charlie quickly stuffs the string of weenies down the back of his pants. What happens next is hilarious classic Charlie Chaplin.

The machine is in good working condition. The glass panels are in excellent condition. There are no cracks, bents, patches or apparent bad spots in the case and marquee frame. The machine was repainted orange at some point in its life. The marquee is most likely an earlier reproduction. There is a “one cent” paper label over the coin slide chute cover. The "restorer" should have been shot. The inside of the machine is in excellent condition, and the cards look to be in very good condition.

The machine measures 11” x 12-3/4” x 8-1/4”. The marquee is 10-3/4” high. The machine weighs approximately 24 pounds.

 

Photoscope viewer

Major General W.H. Sherman stereoview

A stereoview of Major General W.H. Sherman sold for $360 with five bids. From the American & Foreign Portrait Gallery, Prominent Portraits No. 2966 Major General W.T. Sherman. Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. American and Foreign Stereoscopic Emporium, New York. This stereoview has a two cent Revenue Stamp on the back.

Central City Colorado railroad stereoview

A Central City Colorado Railroad stereoview sold for $474 with two bids. Published by J. Collier, Photographer, 415 Larimer St. Denver, Colorado. The stereoview is titled NO. 36 - CENTRAL CITY, FROM THE EAST. The back of the card reads, "Central City is the oldest mining town in Colorado. It is situated in the heart of the mining region, is the country seat of Gilpin County, has a population of abour five thousand people, and has an elevation of from 8,000 to 8,900 feet above the level of the sea. It is midway between Black Hawk and Nevada, forming with them a continuous town. Ist is connected by rail with the K. P. and U. P. Raillways."

Marin Hotel in San Rafael, California stereoview

A stereoview of the Marin Hotel in San Rafael, California sold for $595 with 24 bids. The card is from the C.E.WatkinsPacific Coast series. The photo is very clear and the hotel sign can be easily read. A wagon parked in front has cargo that looks like giant milk bottles. Several people are on the porch for this photo.

Baseball stereoview

An 1800s baseball game stereoview sold for $790. The buyer used the Buy It Now option to purchase the card.

2001: A Space Odyssey lenticular poster from 1968
Penn Plax Creature figure

A 1968 M.G.M. 2001: A Space Odyssey 3-D lenticular display sold for $589 with 20 bids. This is the Style A poster measuring 13 1/2 inches. x 10 1/2 inches. The framed poster was missing the top and left white plastic edges of the original frame, which is often found entirely missing. The poster suffered from some horizontal surface scratches and a light fingerprint size smudge on the lower right portion of the image.

A Penn Plax Creature from the Black Lagoon aquarium bubbler sold for $102.50 with seven bids. The auction for this five inch tall figure stated it will not bend and has no air pump for the aquarium. Made in 1971 Penn-Plax , The figure did come with its original plastic base.

 

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