vs. Aliens in 3-D to hit theatres on May 15, 2009
Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens is slated for domestic
release May 15, 2009, a week earlier than previously announced.
Monsters vs. Aliens, now confirmed as the official
title, will be the first DreamWorks Animation film produced
in stereoscopic 3-D. It is described as a reinvention of the
classic 1950s monster movie into an irreverent modern-day
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman, the film is
in production and will be distributed domestically by Paramount
May 2009 is shaping up to be a crowded month for tentpole
releases and 3-D. James Cameron's 3-D stereoscopic film "Avatar"
is slated for May 22, which was the planned release date for
Monsters vs. Aliens. Walt Disney Pictures' The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
opens May 1, 2009.
With two anticipated 3-D stereoscopic films set to debut
during the frame, the digital-cinema community is watching
this release window. Joshua Greer, president and co-founder
of 3-D provider Real D, said his company is on track to have
4,000 3-D-ready digital-cinema screens installed in the U.S.
by May 2009, though that number might increase.
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of the Potential Market for Digital 3-D Cinema
and Markets announced the addition of Screen Digest's
report The Business Case for Digital 3-D Cinema Exhibition
to their offering.
The report examines the potential market for digital 3-D
cinema, based on box office results from the first four titles
released to date.
The market for digital 3-D cinema is still relatively minor
and the number of screens not yet large enough to justify
a major Studio release. The report provides an economic basis
for continued investment in digital 3-D cinema, looking at
opportunities for the sector against the potential threats
to its pace of development worldwide. On a technical level,
the report considers each of the stereoscopic formats available,
including the range of investments, as an addition, to basic
For the first time, the report looks at the economics of
digital 3-D cinema, including the potential revenues and profit
margins at the exhibition level. The report also highlights
the various business models available for exhibitors to commence
a large scale roll out of 3D-ready screens.
- High concentration of digital 3-D screens among the leading
- Nearly two thirds of all 3-D equipped screens were added
in first half 2007 alone.
- Digital 3-D acting as a catalyst for digital cinema deployments
- 3-D screenings have outperformed their 2-D counterparts
by more than double in attendance rates and over three times
- Exhibitors require at least three movies to make a return
on investment per annum.
Globally, there will be over 5,900 digital 3-D screens by
2009, 70 percent of those housed in the USA.
In the report
- List of digital 3D movies to 2010
- Studio involvement in digital 3-D cinema
- Box office analysis of digital 3-D titles released to
- Review of stereoscopic technology formats and investments
required at each level
- Business models for digital 3-D cinema roll-out
- Analysis of potential revenues and profit margins for
- Digital 3-D cinema forecasts to 2011 by territory and
- Break-even analysis: number of movies needed for a return
- The market for digital 3-D cinema
- Stereoscopic formats and technology
- Digital 3-D cinema exhibition:
- U.S. exhibitors
- Market analysis of investments and returns
- Rave Motion Pictures
- National Amusements
- Real D
- Dolby 3--D system
- Ballantyne of Omaha
- Atlab Australia
- Walt Disney
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The Ultimate Collection DVD Boxset with Lenticular Cover
the first time, all three Porky's movies are together in one
boxset, which also boasts a lenticular cover of a very shapely
Porky’s (1982): It’s the godfather of
teen sex comedies. The American Pie of its generation
and whatever else you want to call it. Set in 1954 Florida,
a group of horny teens (Dan Monahan as Pee Wee, Mark Herrier
as Billy, Wyatt Knight as Tommy, Roger Wilson as Mickey, Cyril
O’Reilly as Tim and Tony Ganios as Meat) seek to get
some from Porky’s (Chuck Mitchell) strip club/whorehouse.
Porky dumps them out on their ear. It doesn’t help that
his brother (Alex Karras) is the county sheriff. They want
to shake it off, but Mickey won’t leave it alone and
goes back to confront Porky only to get beat up a few times.
When they put him in the hospital the boys get help from their
new pal Brian (Scott Colomby) for the mother of all pranks
to get revenge. Interspersed in this are a few sexual escapades
including a would-be hooker with the sweet name of Cherry
Forever (Susan Clark), Ms. Balbricker (Nancy Parsons) catching
Tommy peeping in the girl’s shower, Pee Wee trying to
lose his virginity to slut Wendy (Kaki Hunter) and new gym
teacher Ms. Honeywell (Kim Cattrall) with the nickname of
Lassie, and that’s not because she looks like a dog.
Recently deceased director Bob Clark made two classics looking
back at the not so innocent 1950’s with this and A
Christmas Story. Both films are marked with a perverse,
yet clever humor. While Porky’s might seem tame by today’s
standards, the humor coming out of the sexual situations is
still very funny. While the movie is not technically great
on any level, you can’t deny its charm and hilarity.
What saves the film in many respects when compared to today’s
teen sex comedies is how various serious subplots are seamlessly
threaded in. Most prominently the anti-Semitism directed at
Brian by Tim because of his abusive father. The film is made
up of random loose elements, but tie together nicely thanks
to the chemistry of the cast. Pee Wee and Meat are break out
characters for opposite reasons. Cattrall perfectly conveys
goofy and sexy at the same time in her small, yet memorable
part. It’s not Citizen Kane and it doesn’t
need to be. Just watch it and laugh.
Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983): Most of the
original gang is back for this sequel where they put on a
compilation play of scenes from Shakespeare. Reverend Flavel
(Bill Wiley) and his congregation that includes Ms. Balbricker
seek to shut it down for being lewd. They bring in the county
commissioners and Commissioner Gebhardt (Edward Winter) double
crosses the kids by siding with the bible thumpers and putting
the moves on Wendy. The Ku Klux Klan also gets mixed up in
the matter due to Romeo being played by a Seminole Indian
named John Henry (Joseph Runningfox). Of course, the film
dovetails into a finale of mass hijinks designed for revenge.
Wacky antics are played up in this sequel and the sexual raciness
played down. There is one scene in a graveyard where Pee Wee’s
revenge for the Cherry Forever gag in the first movie doesn’t
go his way. The supporting characters of Pee Wee and Wendy
are also played up more here and the attempt of a traditional
romantic storyline with them goes nowhere. The ratio of hits
(Wendy’s date with Gebhardt, Flavel’s verbal sparring
with Principal Carter over smutty parts in the bible and Shakespeare)
is equal to the misses (a snake in a toilet gag, an impromptu
bris on the Klan). The plot is also conceived intelligently
for a movie like this. You wouldn’t think the guys would
be into acting, but you factor in that the drama teacher is
Pee Wee’s mom. Regardless of anything the guys are always
there for each other. You think that having the Klan going
after a Native American instead of an African American is
cold feet on tackling the racial issue, but the area of Florida
the movie is set in was Seminole land. It also continues the
subtle racial tolerance element from the first movie.
Porky’s Revenge (1985): The boys are on the
cusp of graduating high school and winning the state basketball
championship. Their coach is in debt to Porky. They convince
Porky they will throw the game to save their coach, but are
going to try and win anyway. That’s put in danger when
Meat has to pass his biology final. He also runs into Porky’s
daughter and Porky forces him into a shotgun wedding. He’s
reopened his place on a paddle wheel boat. As you can guess,
mass destruction fills the finale. Mickey and Tim are absent,
but the real person you will miss is director Bob Clark. He
gave the first two movies an air of charm and authenticity.
New director James Komack is a television veteran and this
has a TV feel in execution and design. The sexual elements
are strong in this one, but still not on par with teen sex
comedies of today. Only the cast makes the movie watchable
as they are still game in getting the most out of the movie
and still look like they’re having fun.
All three films are presented in 1.85:1 ratio. Only the second
film has dolby digital surround sound. The other two have
stereo and mono audio tracks. It doesn’t make a huge
difference. Separate language tracks are present in Spanish
and French with Spanish and French subtitles. The prints are
television quality, so they’re clean but with signs
Disc two has a trailer for Porky’s II and Revenge
of the Nerds II. Disc three has trailers for all three films.
Most of the extras are on disc one.
Commentary with Director Bob Clark: Clark says a
lot of the same stuff here as he does in the interview segment.
There are scattered lulls in his chatter. This probably would
have worked better if Clark were teamed with some of the cast
members or crew of the film. What surprises is how just about
every little incident in the film was inspired by something
that happened to Clark or he heard having happened. Clark
laments how the film killed the careers of most everyone who
appeared in it. In fact, he says some actors who he won’t
name thanked him for not casting them after they auditioned.
Porky’s Through the Peephole-Bob Clark Looks Back:
Director Bob Clark with a lot less hair than he had back in
the day talks about the origins of the film and the trouble
he had making the movie. Interestingly, he discusses how the
women in the film are actually portrayed as smart and tough
while it’s the boys who mostly run around with “their
dicks hanging out.” Clark talks about some of the memorable
scenes in the movie and their true life origins like the Cattrall
sex scene, the Mike Hunt prank phone call, Balbricker catching
Tommy in the girl’s shower room and the story of the
Jewish Brian. The Fort Lauderdale of Clark’s youth was
segregated and it was something he rebelled against. He goes
over the various actors and how they wound up in the movie.
Porky’s-A Comedy Classic: Comedians Dante
Rusciolelli and Greg Fitzsimmons talk about seeing the film
as kids and mostly focus on the nudity. A superfluous extra
to be sure. It’s two C-list comedians with no connection
to the film talking about it.
You also get trailers for all three movies and two TV promo
spots for the first one. A neat extra is a promo spot for
the Porky’s video game that is the trailer for the second
movie intercut with screen shots from the game and a voiceover.
The main selling point is that teenage guys love Porky’s
and video games. Two great tastes that taste great together.
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Will Create the 3-D TV Home Standard?
television's evolution. Since it was introduced more than
60 years ago, the picture has gained color, the screen got
bigger, the image sharper and the box thinner. Surround sound
has made TV more like a movie experience, too. TV has come
pretty close to imitating the movie theatre, but what's next?
"3-D," say the founders of Sensio Technologies Inc.
In Sensio's lab, you can sit on a plush leather chair, put
on a pair of oversized glasses and fight the urge to catch
apples lobbed by computer-animated monkeys. 3-D filmed performers
in a circus act look like miniature people bouncing on a floating
"It reminds people of The Indian in the Cupboard,"
said Richard LaBerge, Sensio's executive vice-president, referring
to the movie about a boy who finds finger-sized people living
in his cupboard.
Bringing this experience to the home has always been the
goal of LaBerge and CEO Nicholas Routhier. Now that Hollywood
is trying to lure dwindling audiences back to theatres with
3-D, some big electronic makers tapping Sensio for the home-theatre
"We want to be the Dolby of 3-D," said LaBerge.
"We want our technology to become the standard in 3-D
home-theatre equipment." Sensio debuted commercially
in 2003 with a set-top box for high-end home projectors, but
the price at $3,000 for the basic setup sold only a few hundred
Putitng their technology pre-installed in high-definition
TVs by major manufacturers is the real goal.
The home market is poised for growth with the release of
rear-projection televisions that are 3-D-ready.
"Major retailers will start some test-marketing programs
to see how they'll market all this stuff," Chinock said.
Sensio is working with 2-D-to-3-D conversion wizards at Kerner
Optical Research and Development Corp. to make 3-D LCD televisions.
Electronics maker JVC is testing Sensio's 3-D chips in its
televisions in anticipation of future viewing technology.
Studios like Disney and Universal have rolled out DVDs with
their encoding technology.
Titanic director James Cameron already has one 3-D
release under his belt, 2003's Ghosts of the Abyss,
and is working on a 3-D film for a 2009 release and planning
"Cameron said to us 'As you guys get better, get ready
for me,'" said LaBerge.
Will Sensio be the home standard. Not necessarily. Rival
company DDD Group Plc is also working on a home theatre standard.
Like Betamax vs. VHS, a clash of standards may be on the horizon
and the winner far from certain.
"It will take a fair amount of luck, good business practices
and good technology to become the standard bearer," said
Chinock. "3-D has existed for decades, and it's catching
on again because the technology is mature enough to simplify
filming in three dimensions."
In the early days, with polarized 3-D glasses, theatres needed
two projectors, one for the right eye and another for the
left. The projectors needed to be perfectly synchronized,
or moviegoers went home with headaches from eye strain. Anaglyphic
3-D using red and blue glasses became a cliche for cheesy
"We have to kill that cheesy 3-D notion," LaBerge
said. "In solving the headache problem we now have to
show it can be done at home."
Sensio's new technology fuses the two stereoscopic images
into a single transmission and onto one projector. Special
glasses then bring the blurry picture onto the eyes, making
a flat screen appear as though it has depth.
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to Hit Theatre Screens on Nov. 16, 2007
Corporation, Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment
and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Beowulf,
the latest film from Academy Award winning director Robert
Zemeckis, the filmmaker behind such box office successes as
Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, the Back
To The Future series and What Lies Beneath,
will be released domestically in IMAX® 3-D simultaneously
with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres
on Nov. 16, 2007. The film will be released internationally
within three weeks of the domestic launch. Beowulf
will be digitally converted into IMAX 3-D and re-mastered
into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX
Experience® through IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering)
technology. Paramount Pictures will be the distributor of
the motion picture to IMAX® theaters domestically, and
Warner Bros. Pictures will be the distributor internationally.
Inspired by the 9th century English epic poem, Beowulf
combines a digitally enhanced live-action filmmaking
technology with an all-star cast that includes Ray Winstone,
Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan
Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie.
Neil Gaiman (MirrorMask, the graphic novel Sandman) and Roger
Avary (Pulp Fiction) adapted the legend for the screen.
"IMAX 3-D has enabled us to tell stories in a whole
new way, and we are very excited to offer moviegoers a chance
to experience Beowulf in this incredible format,"
said Robert Zemeckis. "IMAX lends itself to the incredible
image detail in Beowulf and in 3-D, it will transport
the audience directly into the story."
"IMAX has provided the world's most spectacular 3-D
presentations for more than two decades, and as we continue
to work with world-class organizations like Paramount Pictures,
Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures on groundbreaking
3-D projects, we're reinforcing IMAX 3-D as the gold standard,"
said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley
J. Wechsler. "Audiences loved the last IMAX 3-D release
we did with Robert Zemeckis, so we're obviously very optimistic
about the potential Beowulf holds for the IMAX theatre
"Our partners at Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment
and Warner Bros. Pictures have done a fantastic job of combining
the 3-D savvy vision of Robert Zemeckis with a great cast,
and we believe that moviegoers are going to love it in IMAX
theatres," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of
IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The unique geometry of IMAX
theatres will enable audiences to feel as if they are actually
in the movie as they experience it in IMAX 3-D."
The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel
who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who
begins killing out of revenge.
Angelina Jolie - Grendel's Mother (voice)
Brendan Gleeson - Wiglaf
Anthony Hopkins - King Hrothgar
Crispin Glover - Grendel
Ray Winstone - Beowulf
John Malkovich - Unferth
Robin Wright Penn - Queen Wealhtheow
Alison Lohman - Ursula
Dominic Keating - Old Cain
Sebastian Roché - Wulfgar
Greg Ellis - Garmund, Golden Man
Chris Coppola - Olaf
Nick Jameson - Drehgbearn
Alan Ritchson - Animated Image/Beowulf
Charlotte Salt - Estrith
Aaron Stephens - Beowulf physique
Leslie Harter Zemeckis - Yrsa
Rik Young - Eofor
Sharisse Baker-Bernard - Hild
Woody Schultz - Hengest
Nadine Stenovitch - Ensemble
Tyler Steelman - Young Cain
Emily Johnson - Maiden #12
Randy Shelly - Boy
John Littlefield - Thane #23
Tim Trobec - Thane #1
Richard Burns - Sentry Guard/Unferth Guard
Jacquie Barnbrook - Altheaborg
Chris Mala - Thane #5
Jared Weber - Thane #3
Kevin Dorman - Unferth Guard
Tom West - Thane #44
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Preview: 20 Minutes of Beowulf 3-D
late July, a movie theater full of film press packed a big
digital theatre in downtown San Diego to watch 20 minutes
of Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. Screenwriters
Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were on hand to field questions
following the screening. The screening started late because
the theatre was at the end of a multi-level labyrinth they
call an outdoor mall. Security was tight with no one allowed
to take in a camera, iPhone or even digital audio recording
They began the screening with the movie trailer that is now
online. Gaiman, in a Superman’s Dead t-shirt, told the
crowd to put on their “magic beowulf glasses.”
The lights went out and the trailer played in digital 3-D.
It was definitely much better in 3-D. At one point the blood
sprays off the screen at the audience, which is a cool effect.
Neil promises that Beowulf will be the biggest 3-D
release ever, simutanously being shown in IMAX 3-D, Real D
on digital screens and in normal Dolby. Avary talked about
the 10 year journey from script to screen and gushed over
how “It’s like somebody reached inside my brain”
and put the images on screen. He jokingly explain that he
wanted to make the film to make the story easier to understand
for future generations of high school students.
They then showed the entire second reel of the film, which
was almost 20 minutes in length.
“The reason why we’re showing you the second
reel is because it’s the only thing that exists,”
explains Gaiman, who says the rest of the film is just data.
Gaiman explained the set-up of Reel #1. A hole has opened
and a monster named Grendel has started eating people because
he hates the noise. Beowulf comes across the sea
with his huge group of men to battle the monster. He strips
down and says he will fight the monster with no weapons. Beowulf
nearly defeats the monster and that is where Reel #2 starts.
Gaiman said that “Beowulf is the oldest story
in the English language.”
Avary added, “told with the most modern technology.”
The two have a comic chemistry. Avary is always stepping
over Gaiman’s words and apologizing. Gainman offers
quick quips in return.
Reel 2 begins with Beowulf kicking the cut off arm
of Grendel. It’s instantly impressive. The animation
in Beowulf’s face, and the skin imperfections is the
most realistic human facial animation to date. But you still
have that weird motion capture movement. Which I’ve
always found really odd since logically motion capture should
result in more realistic movement, right? But instead you
get some very robotic movements at times. This is not to say
that Beowulf isn’t a vast improvement over
Final Fantasy and The Polar Express, because
it is. The technology is unfortunately not there yet. However,
the 3-D technology is absolutely amazing.
Beowulf and crew return to be rewarded by the King.
Grendel’s mother attacks the town and Beowulf
is pissed that he was never told about the mother. The king
looks exactly like a digital copy of Anthony Hopkins, which
asks the question (which was asked later) why do all the work
involved in motion capture animation if you’re just
going to give the actor the same look? This is one of the
reasons that Pixar is so successful. They hire the actors
purely based who would be a better fit for the character.
Beowulf enters the watery cave alone. This is the
scene from the trailer where Ray Winstone’s character
wades through the water in the dark cave. He finds a cavern
full of treasures and yells “show yourself!” and
“What are you!?” A tail quickly flew by the foreground.
“Are you the one they call Beowulf” Finally we
see the monster. The monster is basically Angelina Jolie with
a long ponytail that turns into a dragon-like tail. She rises
up from the water and it’s very clear that Angelina
Jolie is very nude (except slightly covered up). Everyone
was in awe at how real and hot she looked. “What do
you know of me demon!?” “Under your armor you
are as much a monster as my so Grendel.” She strokes
his sword in a very sexual way explaining that it’s
been a long time since a man has visited her. He hand melts
his sword. She offers Beowulf a deal that would make him the
greatest and longest living king to ever live. The clip ends
with them kissing.
Gaiman says that’s the genius of Robert Zemeckis, before
taking questions from the crowd.
“What do you want to know? We will answer or we will
He confirms that the film was 100 percent motion capture:
“They wore those suits all those dots on them, looking
much like the cast from Tron.”
Avary explained that the motion capture technology allowed
Bob to do full takes without any cuts which translated into
some incredible performances: “That’s performance
capture. It’s digitally enhanced acting.”
Someone asks the question, "Why do the motion capture
and animation if you just want the characters to look like
the actors that portray them." Gainman explains that
Beowulf doesn’t, which I think was a lame answer.
He saw that the aging of Beowulf in the film would
not be possible without this technology. He then makes a good
point: “If you have John Malkovich or Anthony Hopkins,
why not?” He wondered out loud how the Academy will
react. Will digital versions of actors get award recognition?
Roger explained that he grew up loving Legend and
Excalibur, and that Beowulf was the one
story he connected with in High School. It hit him that no
movie was ever made of the story and put it on his list of
ideas. Then when Avary was fired from the big screen adaptation
of Gainman’s Sandman “for being too honest about
his intentions and ideas”, he studied the story again
and asked Gaiman to co-write the film with him,
Avary compares the story of Beowulf with the game
of telephone. The resulting story has more than a few plot
holes which forced him to be creative to cover up. Neil and
Roger wrote the script in a two week stretch in Mexico in
May 1997, while drinking bad Mexican beer by a pool, passing
floppy discs between them. Zemeckis read the script and for
years wanted Avary to direct it, but eventually took on the
They joked that the original dragon fight was very talky
and lacked much action because they wrote it with a small
budget in mind. Zemeckis hired them to rewrite the film and
encouraged them to “go wild”.
Gaiman also confirmed that they are aiming for a PG-13 rating
despite the violence, blood and previously discussed nudity
of Angelina Jolie. I’m wondering if they can pull this
off. He reiterated the previous statement that they are planning
to release an unrated version on DVD at some point.
Avary praises Zemeckis for having a writers mind and having
the creative collaborative excitement that some directors
Gaiman describes the footage: “For me it felt like
wandering around in a graphic novel.”
He sad that the technology is getting better every day and
this may be the bet way to do Sandman, whenever that actually
happens. He praised the 3-D technology as being a revolution
for cinema. “This will actually be a reason to go to
the cinema again.”
They then showed a teaser which showed quick cuts of all
the cool moments from the reel and trailer.
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World of Coca-Cola's
Secret Formula 4-D Movie
over 120 years, Coca-Cola has been putting its secret formula
into bottles. Now, they've put it all in one amazing place,
the new World of Coca-Cola. One of the attractions at the
new World of Coca-Cola is a 4-D theatre.
The "Secret Formula 4-D Theatre" lets you follow
an eccentric scientist and his assistant on their quest to
uncover the mysterious formula for Coca-Cola. The 3-D movie
is enhanced with special seats. Theatre goers are advised
they might be in for a bumpy ride.
Viewers use polarized paper glasses to see the 3-D film.
Atlanta's new, must see destination offers even more you
From the thrilling, multi-sensory 4-D theatre to a gallery
dedicated to Coke and pop culture, around every corner you'll
experience something new and inviting.
The news release from World of Coca-Cola invites you to meet
the seven-foot Coca-Cola® polar bear and take your taste
buds on a tantalizing tour of up to 70 different beverage
products, or create your own refreshing blend. Back when I
was growing up, we called making your own blend a suicide.
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Manned Submersibles and the New Explorers 3-D Film Opens at
the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida
Design Inc., in association with DeepSea Ventures have completed
the digital 3-D film, DIVE!
Manned Submersibles and the New Explorers.
In late 2006, Lightspeed Design of Bellebue, Washington used
deep-ocean manned submersibles in the Pacific Ocean off the
coast of Washington State for the principle 3-D photography
In order to fit into the small, three-person submersible,
Lightspeed custom-engineered an opto-mechanical dual camera
rig for two Panasonic HVX-200 High Definition cameras. The
advanced rig creates precise control of camera offsets, which
is determined by Lightspeed's 3-D algorithms and proprietary
live HD video streaming software.
During the voyage two lost shipwrecks were discovered 1,000
feet below the surface. Both were fishing vessels, one of
Japanese origin and the other most likely American.
The ships were located by DeepSea Ventures, a deep ocean
exploration company based in Spokane, Washington. The research
vessel Valero IV - Seattle and submersible experts Nuytco
Research Ltd. of Vancouver, BC, supported the mission.
"Finding the fishing vessels was an incredible experience,"
said Guy Zajonc, DeepSea Venture's founder and veteran deep
diver. "With my sons, I've had the chance to visit famous
wrecks like the Titanic and the Bismarck, but here was something
DIVE! is a stereoscopic 3-D digital theatre experience
for aquariums, science and maritime museums that will inspire
children and young adults to follow their sense of adventure
and discovery. This 22-minute high-definition 3-D film combines
computer graphics and live-action to literally take the audience
along for the ride as a unique expedition of citizen explorers
voyage in submarines to the bottom of the ocean.
Viewers experience cutting-edge submersible technology and
learn just what it takes from the professionals who handle
them. Plunging beneath the waves, they share in the discovery
and exploration of a shipwreck splayed out on the ocean floor,
and witness inhabitants such as octopus, sharks, and enormous
squid. Ultimately they experience firsthand nature's miraculous
ability to create fortune from misfortune to transform destruction
into new life.
DIVE! is narrated bySaturday Night Live's Kenan
Thompson. The film opened June 21 at Museum of Science and
Industry in Tampa, Florida.
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Jones Soda Bottle Hanna Hilton Edition
produced a very limited edition collector's special 3-D Jones
Soda bottles featuring a beautiful pin-up girl on the label.
This full size 12 ounce 3-D Jones Soda bottle
was specially produced for Shh3D.com featuring adult pin-up
model Hanna Hilton to help kick off the new online magazine
Shh3D.com in a very "tasteful" way.
Only 12 bottles with this special 3-D label
were ever produced in this limited run and each bottle included
with it's own pair of 3-D glasses attached around the neck
with a silver beaded chain so you or a friend can enjoy a
cool drink and a cool 3-D image that appears to spring to
life, as if the the very busy Hanna Hilton is coming to you
right out of the bottle label.
This is the second 3-D label bottle produced
for collector's. The first featured the cover girl from the
popular 3D and Naughty book of 3-D photos produced
Bottle No. 2 of those 12 bottles was recently
listed for sale on eBay. It sold for $14.95.
The bottle contained clear Cream flavored soda.
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Hilton Special Edition 3-D Portfolio
people at Shh! Productions have outdone themselves with the
latest release of 3-D images featuring sexy December 2006
Penthouse Pet of the Month Hanna Hilton. Shh! presents
Hanna Hilton, a special edition 3-D portfolio. This full color
3-D portfolio features over 40 3-D nude photos of Hanna Hilton
as she poses and purrs during the recent photoshoot for her
upcoming appearance at Shh3D.com.
Hanna's portfolio is sealed in plastic with
a pair of sexy 3-D glasses. All the photos were taken using
modern stereo-photography equipment, and converted to anaglyph
(red/blue) for easy viewing in 3-D.
This collection of 3-D images of the busty blonde
features some of the best 3-D photography to come from Shh!
Productions to date. The images are well thought out for 3-D
effect and are extremely easy on the eyes in two respects.
Both for the subject matter and for the superb, clear quality
of the anaglyphic photographs. The images of Hanna looking
through a gold curtain are excellent in their depth and appeal.
Sometimes full color anaglyphs have harsh reds
that detract from the image. The images featured in this portfolio
avoid that problem in all but two of the pictures in which
Hanna has a Superman T-shirt and the red is in the Man of
The portfolio is printed on 16 high quality, sturdy pages.
The special edition was produced by Shh! Productions from
Battle Creek, Michigan.
We'd be thrilled if Shh! Productions would release a color
3-D portfolio of their original Shh girl, Jamie. Jamie's 3-D
photos were featured in the first online issue of Shh3d.com,
but we missed it.
Shh! Productions has the Hanna Hilton 3-D portfolio for sale
while supplies last. Visit www.shh3d.com
for ordering information and more vintage 3-D pin-ups, today's
hottest centerfolds and 3-D cartoons.
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Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in IMAX 3-D Opens with
Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix shattered virtually
every opening box office record at IMAX® theatres during
its debut, contributing $7.3 million of the $140 million that
the film grossed at the domestic box office, from July 11
through Sunday, July 15. The picture also broke the record
for IMAX's largest single day worldwide total at $1.9 million
and posted a domestic opening per screen average of $80,500.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opened
on 91 domestic IMAX screens and 35 international IMAX screens,
making it the largest opening in IMAX's 40-year history, with
a record-smashing worldwide estimated total of $9.4 million.
The film's overall worldwide debut total was an estimated
$333 million and it is scheduled to open in 17 additional
international IMAX theatres in the coming weeks.
"The results from this film - in all formats - are outstanding.
It's by far the strongest 'Harry Potter' title in the franchise,
breaking records for both the Studio and IMAX," said
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner
Bros. Pictures. "The increased number of IMAX venues
and the first-time 3-D finale delivered a huge opening weekend
win for the large screen format - we're thrilled for their
"This phenomenal opening illustrates how one of the
world's most anticipated movies presented in IMAX's format
can help drive theatre attendance, ticket sales and turn a
film that is already a grand spectacle into a major event,"
said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley
J. Wechsler. "With the success of the last two Harry
Potter installments in IMAX and the debut performance of this
one, it is clear that moviegoers clearly love to experience
the Harry Potter movies in a magical way. We anticipate that
The Order of the Phoenix will continue to play very
well at IMAX theatres throughout the summer."
"The international response to this film has been phenomenal.
We couldn't be more excited about the way moviegoers are responding
to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in IMAX
and conventional theaters all over the world, after only its
first weekend," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President
of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "And
adding the excitement of the 3-D finale to a "Harry Potter"
film in IMAX will keep international interest in this film
and format going throughout the summer."
"Unprecedented advance IMAX ticket sales, sell-out IMAX
shows and record-smashing IMAX box office results underscore
the excitement for this film and a premium experience that
cannot be replicated at home," said Greg Foster, Chairman
and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "This strong
performance can be attributed to an outstanding job by the
incredible film-making team led by David Yates and David Heyman,
the talented team at Warner Bros. Pictures and a continuously
growing IMAX distribution network."
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Here are a few 3-D auction results from the past month
A four-foot by six-foot 3-D lenticular poster of Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sold $320.99
for with 18 bids. This was part of a lobby standee sent
by the studio. The poster is made of a flexible plastic
and on back is imprinted "Fujicolor Crystal Archive
A rare book titled Switzerland Through The Stereoscope
sold for $51.51 with five bids. The rare book is Copyright
1901 by Underwood & Underwood The book was meant
to accompany the Underwood & Underwood Switzerland
stereoview set. 276 pages hardbound. The maps are missing
from the back pocket of the book sold in this auction.
The book Stereoscopic Eyes sold for $90 with
nine bids. The purpose of this book is to inform and
instruct the reader as to what depth or stereoscopic
vision really is, how stereoscopic vision of flat "depth"
pictures can be seen with the 'naked eye.'"
Table of Contents:
Chapter I: Fundamentals of Stereoscopic Vision
How our Eyes See
Chapter II: How to take Depth Pictures
Depth Pictures with Dual Equipment
Taking Depth Pictures with one Camera
Close-up and Portrait Work
How the Stereoscope Works
How your Eyes See Depth
Sorting and Making Pictures
Chapter III: Learning to Fuse
Some Examples of Fusion
Fusing Large Pictures
Additional Fusing Aids
Chapter IV: The Use of Depth Pictures in Refraction
A Stereoscopic Manual of Gonioscopy containing
six View-Master reels sold for $153.50 with 12 bids.
Gonioscopy is a technique for studying the eye.
1. Uses of Gonioscopy.
2. Gonioscopic Anatomy of the Angle of the Anterior
Chamber of the Eye.
3. Case histories with labeled drawings keyed to stereophotographs.
A Realist format medical stereo slide and viewer set
sold for $194.43 with 15 bids. It is in a box that looks
like a book. The title of the book is Surgical Anatomy
of the Bronchovascular Segments Stereoscopic Slide Supplement.
The 170 slides appear to be supplements to a book published
in 1960. The book is "written" by Bloomer,
Liebow and Hales. The publisher is Synchromatic Pictures,
Hollywood, CA. Inside the box is a Craftsmen's Guild
Viewer with large lenses and interocular adjustment.
The slides are all mounted in slip-in mounts and are
numbered and labeled.
The 1980 book Image Nation sold for $41 with 10 bids.
The book contains 72 stereo images from various artists.
A 3-D lenticular Independence Day poster sold for $50
with one bid. This is the 24" x 32" poster
that shows the White House being blown up by a giant