Lon Chaney stars as the gentle outcast Quasimodo in the first film version of Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Paris of 1482 was meticulously recreated on the back lot of Universal Studios for this powerful drama that turned Chaney into a screen legend, now presented in the ultimate special edition of this timeless classic.
Of interest to 3-D fans is the gallery of original 3-D stills. These 3-D images were taken during the filming of the movie and were sold as stereoview souvenirs during the 1923 theatrical release of the film. The Utimate Edition Hunchback of Nortre Dame DVD includes 20 3-D images with several featuring Chaney as Quasimodo. There are also several behind the scenes 3-D images showing the construction of the massive sets at Universal City for the epic film. 3-D viewing glasses are included with this DVD.
Editor's Note: A set of 3-D stereoviews from The Phantom of the Opera also exists. See the auction results from October 2008 for information and stills from the sale of one of these sets.
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Mastered in high definition from an original multi-tinted print. The DVD includes a new symphonic score compiled by Donald Hunsberger adapted and conducted by Robert Israel. Recorded in Europe in digital stereo.
Additionally, the DVD contains an insert essay and optional audio essay through the film by Michael F. Blake, the author of two books on Lon Chaney. The DVD includes a facsimile reproduction of the original souvenir program, an extensive gallery of 2-D stills including production shots scenes and advertising materials and behind-the-scenes footage of Lon Chaney out of makeup on the set.
For the historic value alone of including the classic 3-D Lon Chaney images, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, receives a 3-D Review Online Magazine "Must See 3-D Award."
We can hardly wait for this to hit the market! On Sept. 24, Fujifilm announced plans to produce a new digital camera that takes 3-D images and 3-D movies! The Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D System is coming, possibly next year.
It starts with a two-lens digital camera that takes 3-D stills, but that's not all. The camera will also take 3-D movies! The camera has two lenses and two sensors, each taking separate pictures from slightly different angles and combines them to create a 3-D image.
Additional settings allow the camera user to use the two lenses to take superwide panoramic shots by synthesizing the images together. Want to take a still image while filming a 2-D movie? It does that, too. How about a telephoto shot at the same time you shoot a wide angle image...yes, this camera has that capability. Want to experiment with different setting on twin images? You can set the right lens separately from the left lens so the color tone, brightness or exposure is different to achieve a slightly nuanced pair of photos.
The 71mm (2.8-inch), 230,000-pixel LCD screen on the camera and 213mm (8.4-inch), 920,000-pixel, FinePix Real 3D Photo Frame will show both 2-D and 3-D images without the use of glasses. Both components of the system use a light direction-control module at the back of the LCD that controls light to either eye, which creates the 3-D effect. A new engineering approach reduces screen flickering and image deterioration to a absolute minimum to achieve beautiful, natural 3-D images. It even prints 3-D images. The print uses a "3-D sheet," which is actually lenticular technology. Reports from people who have seen the system demonstrated at Photokina indicate the 3-D video has more depth than stills. 3-D Review is contacting Fujifilm to do an in-depth review for a future article of this exciting product.
Founded by 3-D filmmakers, the 3-D Film and Interactive Festival is dedicated to driving innovations in the 3-D entertainment industry and to help perpetuate the art and science of the medium.
Through its biannual and touring festival programs, the 3-D Film and Interactive Festival will pay tribute to and honor the companies, technologists, and content creators, who have in the past and are currently pioneering the future of the 3-D stereoscopic motion picture and video game industries.
The 3-D Film and Interactive Festival will be committed to educating both studio supported and independent filmmakers and game creators, so that they may more effectively learn to utilize the latest 3-D technologies in order to reach their highest levels of achievement within their respective fields.
The first annual 3-D Film and Interactive Festival live online awards show will be available on the Web starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Founding sponsors of the 3-D Film and Interactive Festival include:
The films scheduled to screen include:
3-D has taken the box office by storm and at the 3-D Film and Interactive Lounge, DDD and it’s partners will allow you to experience the new wave of 3-D entertainment that can be enjoyed in the home. The lounge will feature 3-D game and video content being shown on a variety of 3-D HDTVs. In addition, you’ll be able to experience DDD’s RealTV™, the first consumer solution that allows you to watch any 2-D television show, DVD or media file in 3-D.
The 3-D Film and Interactive Lounge is proud to feature several 3-D Interactive Game Displays from IZ3D, one of the industry’s earliest adopters and a true pioneer in the field of stereoscopic gaming. Most off the shelf games are already designed in 3-D and are ready to take you to places you have never been in 2-D. Now gamers can immerse themselves into the thrilling action of the game and see explosions that really explode and stare in wonder at the game scenery that game designers put months of work into.
The 3-D Film and Interactive Lounge is proud to introduce the world’s first 3-D stereoscopic virtual world platform - Vzillion. More than a virtual world, Vzillion is revolutionary new software that is going to change the way the world views and interacts with the Web.
The 3-D Film and Interactive Festival is proud to welcome Meant to be Seen (MTBS), the world's first and only stereoscopic 3-D Certification and Advocacy group, who will be hosting live streaming virtual and interactive tours from inside the 3-D Film and Interactive Lounge.
MTBS represents the interests of end consumers and providers of stereoscopic 3-D solutions. While young, MTBS has become the largest S-3D Web site in existence today. This site features active discussion forums, game reviews, interviews and coverage of the leading names in the industry (e.g. Real D, NVIDIA, Dolby 3D, iZ3D, etc.), and much much more. They even have their own Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) called MTBS Nations at War!
Tune in to mtbs3d.com October 17-19 to watch MTBS President, Neil Schneider, host live virtual tours and conduct interviews from The 3-D Film and Interactive Festival's Interactive Lounge at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.
Another world premiere exclusive is Brain Paint in 3-D. The brain produces waves of rhythmic electrical activity that are detectable with electrodes placed on the scalp, a measurement known as an electroencephalogram (literally, "electrical brain picture"), or EEG. The EEG carries information related to thought, metabolic state, hormonal state, attention, feelings and emotions. 3-D Film and Interactive Festival attendees will be the first in the world to experience Brain Paint in 3-D stereo.
2009 events are scheduled in Austin, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada.
There are several categories in the film competition:
How to enter
3-D Film and Interactive Festival
AUSTIN TX PROGRAM (During SXSW):
LAS VEGAS PROGRAM (weekend before and after ShoWest):
Visit the 3-D Film and Interactive Festival Web site for more information.
Count Gamula has delved into the deep recesses of horror films past to create some new 2-D to 3-D conversions in Monster Kid magazine Issue #6.
Several famous monsters are given the 3-Dmentia treatment with Count Gamula's mad Photoshop experiments!
Count Gamula, also known as famed artist Kerry Gammill, has several 3-D conversions on the Gammillustrations Web page including:
Beware the beat of the cloth wrapped feet in Count Gamula's excellent 3-D conversion of The Mummy's Ghost. (3-D © 2008 Kerry Gammill. Used by permission.)
Check out the back issues of Monster Kid for more 3-D fun.
Get our your anaglyphic glasses and enjoy an "exorcise" that's a real fright for sore eyes.
Monster Kid #7 is here just in time for Halloween and it includes the latest 3-D monsters from the mind of Kerry Gammill.
Monster Kid takes a trip to ancient Greece to show the skeleton army battling Jason from the classic stop-motion film Jason and The Argonauts.
One of the most terrifying moments on film is the attack of Talos from Jason and The Argonauts. You can feel the terror of the living statue as it stalks you in this excellent 3-D version.
The Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth gives the army a scare with only the Roman columns and some great 3-D between them.
There is also a bonus image of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, as previously featured in issue #3.
Girls and Corpses magazine's 3-D issue is a 3-D spree of girls, gore and glee.
The 3-Dead issue, published in December 2007, features excellent full page anaglyphic 3-D images of actors Sid Haig (Night of the Living Dead 3-D) and Scout Taylor Compton (Rob Zombie's Halloween) cavorting together or surrounded by bikini clad babes for the "Rotting and Yachting on the S.S. Cadaver" article. There is also a full page ad for the release of the Night of the Living Dead 3-D DVD. 3-D images are scattered throughout the magazine. The magazine has an address where you can write to get a free pair of Night of the Living Dead 3-D glasses, too. The 3-D photos were taken by Sean Isroelit.
You might be asking, "What is Girls and Corpses magazine?" Well, imagine MAD magazine mixed with Maxim and Tales from the Crypt and you've got the idea. In fact, one of the articles in this issue is a parody of MAD with a fake cover of a rotting "Mr. What, Me Wormy" himself, plus a Sergio Aragones cartoon.
Girls and Corpses is a comedy/horror magazine founded in 2002 by award winning fiction writer and author Robert Steven Rhine who also goes by the pseudonyms "Corpsy" and "The Grin Creeper".
The magazine is published quarterly and features photographs of beautiful women posing with rotting corpses. The magazine also contains celebrity and band interviews, comedic articles, advertising spoofs and comic artwork. Rhine describes the magazine as "Maxim meets Dawn of The Dead" and "the first comedy magazine about death." He created Girls and Corpses to fill the void left by childhood favorites MAD Magazine and National Lampoon.
Rhine is the author of the books: My Brain Escapes Me, the graphic novel Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell and the comic books Selected Readings From Satan’s Powder Room, Chicken Soup For Satan and Satan Gone Wild.
Rhine explains, We offer an alternative to fans of horror stalwarts Fangoria and Rue Morgue, by serving some guffaws with our gore."
Cover price of the magazine is $8.95. Order your copy of the 3-D issue by visiting the Girls and Corpses back issues Web page. The Girls and Corpses Web site has electronic issues available online including a 3-D photo example from the 3-D issue and a Comic-Con shot of scream queen Tiffany Sheppis, Girls and Corpses Deaditor-In-Chief Robert Steven Rhine and Hollie Stevens (Star of Clown Porn). Girls and Corpses Magazine is sold on newsstands in the U.S.
This outstanding 3-D issue receives a 3-D Review Online Magazine "Must See 3-D Award." Editor's Note: Girls and Corpses magazine is intended for adults.
HorrorHound goes 3-D with Issue #11. The May/June 2008 issue features a history of 3-D Horrors. The issue includes 3-D art and poster conversions by Kerry Gammill, plus a special HorrorHound 3-D comic by Jeff Rebne.
Other features include a special Blob Retrospective celebrating the 50th and 20th anniversaries of the original and remake feature films. Trailers from Hell (with Joe Dante), Midnight Meat Train, Horror's Hallowed Grounds: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Gorehound: Madman and so much more.
Order your copy of the 3-D issue by visiting the HorrorHound back issues Web page.
Tye Bourdony has created several 3-D anaglyphs featuring sci-fi and monster images. Check out the monsterous 3-D gallery.
We've made some links to various 3-D movie clips currently posted on YouTube. Put on your anaglyphic red/blue 3-D glasses and enjoy these 3-D classic clips.
House of Wax Paddle Ball
House of Wax Trailer (This trailer is not in 3-D)
The Monsters vs. Aliens Web site is up and running. There is not much there yet about the 3-D film, but it gives you a little preview with some great 1950s style theremin music in the background.
Doctor Who View-Master® Blister Pack (1981)
Here is the rarely seen View-Master® three-reel blister packs featuring Tom Baker as The Doctor. The Doctor Who set was released in 1981 and features the Full Circle storyline. The set contains reels BD 1871, BD 1872 and BD 1873.
Doctor Who View-Master® Blister Pack (1983)
The View-Master® set with Peter Davison as The Doctor was released in 1983 and features the Castrovalva storyline from the long running British sci-fi TV series.
Doctor Who - Army of Ghosts Episode (2006)
The lovely Billie Piper as Rose Tyler wearing 3-D glasses from the Army of Ghosts episode from the latest Doctor Who series. We'd love to see Billie Piper in 3-D!
David Tennant as The Doctor wearing 3-D glasses from the Army of Ghosts episode.
Doctor Who 3-D Glasses Action Figure (2008)
Doctor Who action figure with brown suit and 3-D glasses.
A Doctor Who action figure with brown suit and 3-D glasses was released in the Doomsday set with Cyberman and Dalek.
Doctor Who Lenticular 3-D Posters (2008)
Doctor Who 3-D lenticular posters were released in March 2008. These excellent 20-inch x 27.5 inch posters features Dalek Sec, a cyberman, the Tardis and the inimitable Doctor Who as played by David Tennant. The second poster features Daleks.
Nearly all of the top monsters have been featured on View-Master® reels. Here are some of the packets.
Frankenstein packet from 1976 using the Universal monster makeup design for the creature.
The Wolf Man
This is the hard to find 1978 Wolf Man packet repackaged in plastic with a hang card. The original packet is stapled to the hang card.
This packet features artwork similar to the Godzilla comic book published by Marvel Comics. Japan's Toho Studios did a short 3-D version of the live action Godzilla for a Japanese theme park ride. Other 3-D Godzilla projects have been announced and died over the years.
The following monster and sci-fi titles are available on talking View-Master® sets:
Here is the 1974 German version of the Space: 1999 View-Master® blister pack titled Mondbasis Alpha 1 named after Moonbase Alpha from the series.
The Tron View-Master® reels were issued in both U.S. and Belgian versions. Here is the U.S. blister pack.
The Dune View-Master® blister pack shows up occasionally on the secondary market. However, the Dune View-Master® Gift Set is hard to find.
The Terrahawks View-Master® blister pack from the mid-1980s. In the year 2020, Earth is under threat from Martian androids who want revenge on the human race. They consist of Zelda, her son Youngstar and her sister called Sister. An organization is set up on Earth called Terrahawks, which is top secret to the rest of the world. This is led by Dr Tiger Ninestein with other characters such as Sergeant Major Zero.
Terrahawks is similar to Thunderbirds, both were written by Gerry Anderson. Thunderbirds was a smash sci-fi success on U.K. Television during the 1960s. All of the characters, vehicles and buildings are models and puppets. The basis of the story is that there is an International Rescue Team that comes to the rescue when all else fails. The creators were true masters of modeling and puppetry and therefore the popularity of this series still exists.
Here is a look at the rarely seen Topps Astronaut Pictures wrapper along with one of the 3-D card backs. The 3-D glasses were packaged in each wrapper.
The most famous monster to star in 3-D films is The Gill Man from The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Thousands of collectibles are available featuring our favorite fish-man. Are you a Gillie?...and do you have these recent and classic items in your collection?
Sideshow Collectibles proudly presents The Creature from the Black Lagoon captured in action as he swims toward his next victim in 1:4 scale. This Premium Format figure is hand cast of the highest quality polystone and hand finished and painted and each piece is individually numbered. Product Size: Including Base: Approximately 24" H (608mm) x 16" W (406mm) x 9" L (229mm). Original release price for this figure around $325.
Ever wondered what it would look like if The Incredible Hulk merged with The Creature from the Black Lagoon? Maybe it would look like this.
This extremely detailed 8" figure is the silver screen edition, which shows the Creature in black and white. A limited edition, only 500 were produced. A full color version was also issued with a run of 5,000. Original release price for this figure around $60!
From Department 56's Universal Monsters Collection comes this spookily lit scene featuring The Creature from the Black Lagoon holding out webbed hands to the damsel in distress on the sand.
This highly detailed hand painted collectible includes a battery pack with on/off switch that operates on two C batteries or with an optional Dept. 56 AC/DC adapter. Made of resin. Measures 9.5" x 7" x 5.75".
From the Macon Doll company, here is the rather unusual The Creature from the Black Lagoon cloth body Voodoo doll. It measures seven inches with a solid head.
Here's a rare Creature toy produced in 1964 by Palmer. It is three inches tall and has no movable parts. This is a yellow version. A green version also exists. Other Palmer Monsters came in various other colors so it is possible that red, orange and other colors might exist.
This is the first of two Creature from the Black Lagoon snow globes produced by Elby Gifts of Canada.
Elby Gifts of Canada produced fewer than 200 of these officially licensed Universal Studios rotating Creature from the Black Lagoon 100MM musical waterballs. Two female swimmers and a scuba diver with harpoon rotate around the Creature while it plays the tune Welcome To My World.
This seven inch tall Creature snow globe was manufactured by Dave Grossman Creations in 2005.
Universal Monsters picture frame with The Creature, Wolf Man, Dracula and Frankenstein by Elby Gifts. This item was sold excluvisely in Canada.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon String Light Set is a 12-foot string with 10 lights with 10 fun monsters covers. Two extra bulbs are included in the box. The string is double plugged to accommodate three strings of lights.
Close up view of the Creature's fog bog from the Universal Monsters Hawthorne Village. Real fog boils out of the bog.
Hawthorne Creature accessories.
Hawthorn Creature Train Car.
This Toy Island produced Creature figure also comes with a Frankenstein arm so if you collect all the figures, you'll be able to build your own 14 inch tall Frankie.
Remember Stretch Armstrong? Well, here's a look at 2006's five inch tall Stretch Gill-Man by Imperial.
This is a five piece Super Deformed Creature from the Black Lagoon resin kit by kreaturekid. It measures 6.5 inches tall.
This Creature figure is currently available for pre-order at $149.99. The 22.5 inch tall figure will be available pending licensor approval. It is the first in an all new series of stylized classic Universal Monsters. The Creature comes ready for action in resealable collectors package. Made from durable high quality vinyl with poseable arms.
Yep, you read that headline right...Creature from the Black Lagoon Gummi Sushi! The Creature says, "A swamp marinade makes this candy treat great!" One of the strangest Creature products out there! For only $3.99 you get 13 grape, watermelon and blueberry flavored sushi shaped treats!
This 2008 figure is an eight inch tall Creature head knocker released by Neca.
This eight inch tall Creature bobble head was issued in 2005 by Forever Collectibles.
This 2007 issued Topps trading card features the Creature's creepy cheese product that is a real thrill for those with gills!
This is a Creature from the Black Lagoon candle holder from Japan released in 2006.
This is a 45 rpm single issued to theatres to use to advertise the 1970's re-release of the 3-D version of The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There are :60, :30 and :10 second versions of the radio announcements.
This is a Mardi Gras coin showing the Creature with it's arm draping a theater marquee that reads, "Now Showing Theater of Thrills". The coin is dated 1993.
Does the Creature play "Hard Croc" on his "bass" guitar? This Hard Rock Cafe Creature pin is a 400 piece limited edition.
The artwork features the classic James Bama artwork painted back in the 1960s for the now classic Aurora plastic monster model kit.
The wallpaper is available in two sizes and there is also another wallpaper to download featuring Bama's Aurora artwork for The Mummy.
Go here to download a copy.
In September, Jeffrey Katzenberg appeared at an international broadcasting conference in Amsterdam to talk about how 3-D is the new hot thing in American cinema, with companies like his DreamWorks Animation SKG and big directors like Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and James Cameron making groundbreaking films using new digital projection technologies.
To emphasize the point, Katzenberg appeared before the group in 3-D on a big screen via a live satellite feed from Los Angeles. Katzenberg may have inadvertently offered an early glimpse at a use for the technology that could well turn out to be an even bigger media revolution - live broadcast TV in 3-D.
In a converted warehouse in Burbank, Calif., a rig housing two cameras shot a visiting columnist's image and transmitted it onto a flat-screen TV on the other side of the room. Donning polarized glasses, the visitor could see himself leaping out of the television at...himself. The company hosting the demo, 3ality Digital LLC, is one of the players trying to push ahead with stereoscopic broadcasting. 3ality made the U2 3-D movie that wowed audiences last year. 3ality Digital is focusing on the much bigger potential market for live TV while working on other film projects.
Demos of live 3-D have been popping up in the TV world, especially in sports. As reported in 3-D Review Online Magazine, the NBA All-Star game was broadcast in 3-D on a closed-circuit feed. "This is similar to where we were in 2003 with high-def," says Chuck Pagano, ESPN executive vice-president of technology. "It's jaw-dropping when you see a football or basketball game in 3-D."
The first wave of Hollywood 3-D blockbusters has clarified is that 3-D can't make a crummy movie good but it might make a good movie better. With TV, 3-D is much more of a no-brainer, because it enhances already proven programming. Picture events like the Olympics, or speeches at the U.S. electoral conventions, with the illusory sense of depth and proximity that 3-D creates.
The big question is which standards will prevail, and when. There are already several "3-D ready" displays on the market from Samsung and JVC, requiring different types of image coding and viewing glasses. The systems are mainly for commercial purposes and video gaming. 3-D TV is being broadcast daily in Japan with one broadcaster is airing an hour a day in 3-D. Philips has a 3-D monitor for sale that does not require glasses but is, for now, too expensive for mass rollout. "I think the glasses are a necessary evil for the next few years," says Wendy Aylsworth, a Warner Bros. studio executive who is heading an entertainment industry group's efforts to set technical standards for "stereoscopic" 3-D. Still, expect more and better 3-D TVs to generate excitement at next January's big consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
Pagano estimates the first 3-D broadcasts in the U.S. are three years away, but they might be sooner if Hollywood's 3-D craze gathers steam. Walt Disney's Hannah Montana 3-D concert film featuring Miley Cyrus was released on DVD, after a surprisingly strong run in U.S. theatres. The DVD uses the old-time 3-D anaglyph format, which requires glasses with one red and one blue plastic lens.
Warner Bros. is planning to release its recent 3-D film Journey to the Center of the Earth on DVD, but also using anaglyph.
The power of using 3-D to market items has been used thousands of times. For example, this Thunderbirds 3-D Painting Set released by J. Rosenthal in 1964 is a paint by numbers boxed set comprising 10 pots of colored paint, brush and blank poster boards. After being painted, the boards can be overlaid to create a 3-D effect picture that will sit in the base of the box while the middle section of the packaging forms a frame. The box shown is number three of four versions.
by Ian McLean, Sydney, Australia
I've long wanted to do a piece on View-Master® stereo and 3-D picture reels and viewers, and with this week's mention of The Omega Glory (TOS) and Yesteryear (TAS) Star Trek View-Master® products on TrekBBS, I'm feeling a burning need to bring something together.
Today I actually saw the newest packaging, still carded on blister packs, as they have been for about 20 years, but now much closer in size to the traditional, square, paper envelopes of the 60s and 70s. I'd been hunting for Superman Returns ever since that movie came out last year, and eventually ordered one (on the US rectangular blister pack) via the Internet, but today I actually saw European Superman Returns sets on the new square blister pack. A little underwhelming, though. Most people would even know to open the minimal packaging carefully so the reels could be stored safely.
I've been collecting View-Master® reels since Christmas 1974, when - at a loss as to what else I wanted on my Christmas want list - my mother bought me a viewer and several reel sets (of her own choosing): Adam-12, then a current U.S. TV police drama; animated old-time family favourite, Top Cat; Insect World: Entomology; Pan Am's 747 and France. I was quite impressed with her selection. Insect World: Entomology looks amazing in stereo pictures! Pan Am's 747 gave me itchy feet for my first aeroplane ride. And France was highly suitable to a then-high school student studying French.
Sadly, what has disappeared over each change to the View-Master® format is text. Originally, most View-Master® envelopes came with 16-page illustrated booklets, which described each of the 21 sets of stereo pictures. In the 80s, the tall, rectangular blister packs came with several paragraphs on the reverse of the packet, synopsising the production contained on the 3-D reels, although European-released versions often had to reduce font sizes to squeeze in multiple translations.
In recent years, the three reels in each rectangular pack have had foil character stickers added to their reverse, and these now face outwards - but there are no instructions on how to preserve the blister pack as a "convenient storage container". The new square blister packs really have no text synopses at all, and appear to be quite disposable. Sigh. (I guess you're supposed to buy up several vinyl View-Master® collectible, zippered storage containers!)
Star Trek has been quite well-represented in View-Master® reels over the years, much to my delight:
I hadn't really thought about the View-Master® Yesteryear images not being actual stills and cels from the show itself, until the matter was raised on TrekBBS. Of course, all those old View-Master® Peanuts (Charlie Brown and Snoopy) animated specials, and Bugs Bunny cartoons were reels of images recreated with little three-dimensional statues and amazing table-top dioramas, and filmed with a stereo camera!
Checking out Mr. Spock's Time Trek anew, some frames have over seven layers of 3-D action! Like the now-rare Tuttle & Bailey TAS collector cels (including the six-fingered Spock from Yesteryear, and Arex and M'Ress with "The Jihad" aliens), and the ones provided to Japanese Starlog (e.g. Arex and M'Ress interacting with the kzin Chuft-Captain), it seems that Filmation was happy to create special, all-new images for these TAS tie-ins. The booklet in the View-Master® pack seems to have newly-created artwork, too, and different to what's on the reels.
Additional work used to be done for live-action View-Master®s of the 60s, too. When the View-Master® cameras visited the live-action sets of Batman, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek, for example, they took stereo photos alongside the guys filming the episodes! And the USS Enterprise and USS Exeter in orbit was a shot re-created with the three-foot shooting model of the Enterprise and a licensed AMT plastic model kit (for Exeter). The set-up was photographed in stereo in View-Master®'s own studio. It's not a still from the episode made 3-D, it's a recreated shot made with physical models. By the 80s, View-Master® wasn't using on-set stereo cameras at all, but simulating the 3-D effects by manipulating 2-D images of studio publicity photos. Sigh.
I did once read an interview (in Starlog?) with someone who described the day View-Master® came visiting Desilu to shoot The Omega Glory. They had to snatch their moments - at rehearsals and after the film cameras moved off to other locations, but they weren't any more obtrusive that the Desilu stills photographer who turned up all the time.
I was always flummoxed as to why they didn't choose a more colourful episode, like the alien-filled Journey to Babel, but essentially View-Master® had to take pot luck with all the TV production sets they went to in the 60s and 70s. They were actually due to visit Star Trek the previous week, but Gene Roddenberry kept putting them off, which seemed weird in retrospect since Gene Roddenberry was rarely down on the studio floor and was busy prepping Art Wallace's Assignment: Earth, the Gary Seven/Roberta Lincoln "back door" pilot, which was due to film the next week.
But, of course, moving View-Master®'s appointment by a whole week meant that it was a pure (even if not good) Gene Roddenberry script that was adapted, and not DC Fontana and Laurence N Wolfe's The Ultimate Computer. So Gene picked up yet another royalty: adaptation rights for the little View-Master® booklet! (Mind you, DC Fontana had her revenge, as it was her TAS episode that got adapted by View-Master® a few years later.)
Fascinating stuff, and how great that View-Master® continues into the 21st century?
The buzz is Sam Raimi has been talking about bringing Evil Dead back to the silver screen with another sequel, but it seems he has even more in mind for his cult horror franchise. ScreenDaily reports that Raimi is talking to producers about taking the musical version of Evil Dead, which has been running off-Broadway, to the big screen.
Evil Dead: The Musical may be coming to a theatre near you. When it comes, it won’t just be any singing, dancing horror movie based on a play, based on a movie about a man with a chainsaw in place of his right hand. It will be a singing, dancing, horror movie based on a movie, based on a play about a man with a chainsaw in place of his right hand in 3-D. Can't you just see that chainsaw coming out of the screen now? If the deal is finalized, Evil Dead: The Musical 3-D would go before the lenses in spring of next year. At least some of the original cast are involved. You can bet your Ash that one of them better be Bruce Campbell.
A special 3-D lenticular cover graces the Batman Begins 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD. The DVD shows Batman surrounded by thousands of flying bats. The DVD also comes with a bonus comic book.
Warner Bros. released TIm's Burton's Corpse Bride in limited edition packaging featuring a 3-D lenticular slipsleeve cover and an exclusive collector's book.
These collector's editions of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade feature 3-D lenticular cover art.
This 3-D lenticular slipcover for the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD was available exclusively at Target stores.
Jon Favreau and Iron Man’s bigger than expected spotlight was quickly taken away this summer when The Dark Knight took over Hollywood and now the latest Marvel darling wants to retailaite with a whole movie shot in 3-D.
According to reports, Favreau is quoted in an interview appearing on the Iron Man DVD saying, "Regarding the 3-D it's all about the cost," but if they can make it happen he'd like to do it. He talked about getting to see the armor in 3-D and how cool it would be."
Iron Man 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 30, 2010.
Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) and Clint Morris have discussed the possibility of filming Condition Dead in 3-D. The film, based on a script for David Davis, is about a group of zombie-hunters, employed by the government, who find themselves ambushed by one of their own. Luther Judge and his team of specialists are the government's response whenever the dead rise from the grave. But a new assignment finds them contending with a mysterious and lethal zombie menace... and Judge's ex-wife.
Lussier is still attached to direct. He is indeed and he’s as excited as hell to get going on it. "As we all are," says Morris.
“I still love Condition Dead. It’d be a hell of a 3-D movie”, said Lussier. His My Bloody Valentine 3-D trailer will be attached to prints of Saw 5 and that some new stills will hit the Internet soon.
Morris continued, "Yep, that’s right, Patrick and I have discussed the possibility of following up his My Bloody Valentine 3-D with Condition Dead 3-D and I’m all for it. Coffin Dodgers in the Third Dimension. Patrick’s done an amazing job on Lionsgate’s remake of the old George Milhaka horror classic and has apparently near perfected the 3-D process ('[it looks] amazing' some industry professionals say). Condition Dead is a big, epic, action extravaganza that’ll be in your face enough, even without the glasses."
Dolby announced that it has reduced the price of its reusable 3-D glasses. Starting Sept. 15, Dolby exhibitors can purchase new 3-D glasses at a list price of $27.50, reduced from $39, making them even more cost-effective.
"The success of Dolby 3-D around the world has enabled us to realize significant economies of scale. We are pleased to announce that our green, reusable 3-D glasses are now offered at a significantly reduced price," said John Carey, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Products, and Services, Dolby Laboratories. "We highly value our exhibitor relationships worldwide and with this announcement, we demonstrate our continued effort to improve the value of owning and operating a Dolby 3-D Digital Cinema theater."
Dolby's 3-D glasses are high-performance, environmentally friendly passive glasses that require no batteries or charging. Because they are reusable, the per-ticket cost of Dolby® 3-D glasses is expected to be well below the cost of disposable 3-D glasses. In addition, exhibitors aren't required to constantly track and order additional disposable 3-D glasses.
Nvidia’s latest visual computing venture is a serious foray into stereoscopic 3-D, a technology that has not found success among mainstream videogame consumers in recent history. 3-D movies and gaming at home have always been seen as gimmicky, a perception that can largely be attributed to the fact that you have to wear glasses to experience the effect. In fact, past 3-D stereographic technology, including efforts by the now-defunct company ELSA, have been especially troublesome because they required bulky headgear that had to be tethered to your PC. Nvidia wants to reinvigorate the 3-D stereoscopic market by developing its own glasses hardware and driver software, which they hope will avoid the pitfalls of previous efforts.
At the NVISION festival Nvidia gave several opportunities to try out the technology, once during their CEO’s keynote address on a cinema-size screen, on a 73” Mitsubishi DLP television and also on a new 120Hz Viewsonic LCD display. The 3-D effect is incredible, especially with the larger displays. Call of Duty 4, Age of Empires III and the racing game GRID demoed on these units, and each game was significantly enhanced with the use of 3-D.
The illusion was most convincing in Call of Duty 4, which uses depth-of-field blurring for objects in the distance...especially when aiming the ironsights of a rifle. In the real-time strategy game, the controls popped out of the screen, making it feel like you are looking through a window onto the battlefield. In GRID, when cars spun out of control, they weren’t tossed off-screen, but at the viewer. If a game is rendered with 3-D graphics, it can take probably advantage of 3-D stereoscopic technology. With Nvidia’s new hardware solution, 350 new and existing games will work out of the box, with no game-specific drivers required.
Andrew Fear, the product manager of GeForce Stereoscopic 3-D said, "NVIDIA GeForce 3-D stereoscopic 3-D technology is an NVIDIA software and hardware solution that takes standard Microsoft DirectX games and converts them to stereoscopic 3-D for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. We are using the standard 3-D games they are playing. we are not requiring special versions of games to get this experience. The NVIDIA GeForce Stereoscopic 3-D driver works at the lowest level by rendering each scene twice, once for the left eye and once for the right eye. Each eye image is offset from each other for correct viewing. The GPU sends this data to a 3-D Ready display. NVIDIA 3-D glasses synchronize back to the 3-D Ready display and present slightly different images to each eye resulting in the illusion of depth and an incredibly immersive experience for games."
"Our driver now supports the latest Zalman Trimon 3-D Ready displays and will add support for new 3-D Ready displays such as ViewSonic and Mitsubishi working with our new 3-D glasses laster this year," said Fear. "The underlying technology works the same, but with an improved experience with support for more games, more graphics cards and new hardware."
The shutter glasses hardware that NVIDIA is working on are a new design. The wireless glasses operate to an IR transmitter that connects to the back of your PC via USB. They have a rechargeable battery that lasts about 40 hours on a single charge, and they turn off after 10 minutes of non-use to save the battery charge. A small indicator light will blink red when the battery needs recharged.
"Home movies are also moving toward 3-D," said Fear. "Consumers are eager to enjoy high-fidelity, immersive experiences in their home after experiencing it in theatre. 3-D movies for the home are not quite ready yet, but we are working with the industry to help enable a new standard for the home."
With modern-day technological foresight, the 90-year old Ripley's Believe It or Not! has started the process of converting its extensive film footage, much of which was shot by Robert Ripley himself in the 1920s and 1930s, into 3-D digital programming.
To achieve that lofty goal, the quirky entertainment company has turned to the experts at Lucid Dreams 3D and PassmoreLab. With the creative direction and technology developed by the digital 3-D conversion experts at Lucid Dreams 3D and PassmoreLab, the Ripley archives have yielded an initial series of films that are guaranteed to wow viewers and fans of Ripley's Believe It of Not!
"We're quite excited as our company starts to embrace 3-D digital content," said Steve Glum, VP Marketing and Branding for Ripley Entertainment Inc. "As we convert more and more of our extensive 2-D film library into digital 3-D, we will be rolling it out into new 3-D theaters in our Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide."
"We started the process by picking out five films that we felt were the most dramatic and effective for 3-D," said James Humann, Lucid Dreams 3D president and founder.
The five titles chosen are quite diverse and each has its own unique conversion challenges.
As these stories suggest, Ripley's wide-ranging library contains material that is well beyond the ordinary. "The immersive 3-D experience will certainly become a big part of Ripley's storytelling methodology in the future," notes Glum. "We're looking forward to working with LD3D as we begin shooting, converting, and adding the latest in 3-D technologies to our family of attractions."
"We could not be more thrilled to be working with such an iconic brand as Ripley's Believe it or Not!," said Humann. "Everyone at Lucid Dreams 3D has a curious fascination with the bizarre and 'strange but true' tales we often read about, so the opportunity to convert certain classic and current Ripley's footage really excites us."
Moviegoers who saw some of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in IMAX 3-D, can look foward to even more Harry Potter 3-D action when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits screens next summer.
Up to 25 minutes of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be shown in IMAX 3-D according to Rich Gelfond, the co-chairman and co-CEO of the IMAX Corporation who told shareholders, "we believe this film will include approximately 25 minutes in IMAX 3-D split between the opening sequence of the film and the finale."
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
opens to theaters July 17, 2009.
Here is the rarely seen "C" version of the Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D movie poster.
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon has two new stereoscopic events scheduled at the center from Sept. 11 through Nov. 2, 2008. A "First Thursday" reception with the artist on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
In the Gallery: Up From
the Depths, TRIGGERED! In 3-D
Freeman describes her recent life and work, "I'm just an everyperson, who happened to have been dealing all her life with being outwardly normal and very creative on the inside, very creative. I even questioned gender, never bought other peoples' definitions and settled on my own. And I worked this out, in the arts. In each and every one of us, there are things just waiting to be let out. For me, one was creativity, another was gender."
In the Stereo Theatre: Mali: Magic +
Mali is a quintessential west African country
with a vibrant culture,
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.
Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for Adults (over 12) is $4. Save with the $7 rate for families.
An advanced Computer Aided Virtual Environment facility is using eight Sony SRX-S105 high resolution projectors to significantly speed up product development. Engineers and designers are able to see and interact with life-size, three-dimensional models of vehicles and components. The system reduces the need for physical prototypes, saving both time and money.
The user wears 3-D glasses to experience ultimate realism with an ultra-high resolution that is twice as clear as the latest High Definition TV!
Jaguar Land Rover's ground-breaking four-walled center is a complete turn-key solution using cutting-edge projection technology, advanced motion tracking of the user's head and hands and is driven by advanced virtual reality software.
The total solution provides a virtual reality environment like no other for simulating vehicle exteriors and interiors and capable of making bodywork appear solid or transparent, all at a resolution that is near photo-realistic.
Reproducing the images with such rich and precise color tonal detail ensures a realistic effect, while the use of 3-D glasses again lends itself to the experience of realism. The SRX-S105 reduces the need for physical prototypes, significantly speeding up product development cycles and saves both time and money in the process.
Sony's high-end projectors have a max resolution of 4096x2160px, a weight of 110 kg, and a spare xenon lamp costs about $6,000.
A rare Lon Chaney Phantom of the Opera stereoview card set sold for $999.99 with one bid. The original pre-release movie promotional stereoview set contains 10 real photograph stereoviews from the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, Sr. The set was distributed by Carl Laemmle, president of Universal Pictures Corporation. The sale also included the original collapsible steel stereoviewer and the printed instructions. The entire set was packed in the original faux-alligator skin carrying box. The box measures approximately 4" x 5". The stereoviews are 3.5" x 4.5".
A stereoview of Gen. Sheridan and party sold for $772.50 with 14 bids. The card is marked "L.A. Huffman, publisher, Miles City, Montana. Yellowstone Park Views, Indian Portraits and choicest pictures in great variety. #275 - Gen. Sheridan and Party, Old Faithful in action.
The view shows Sheridan and his men sitting behind one of their tents. The Old Faithful geyser is erupting behind them. Larger view
A stereoview featuring John D. Lee and his residence sold for $394 with four bids. John D. Lee is perhaps the most controversial figure in Mormon history. The stereoview was taken by E.O. Beaman. It is titled on the back and signed in ink by Beaman.
The seller purchased this stereoview at a local
llinois Wesleyn University Professors
John D. Lee and the Mountain Meadows
Federal authorities arrested John Lee, long considered Mormon officials' most likely candidate for scapegoat for the massacre, after finding him hiding in a chicken coop near Panguitch, Utah, on No. 7, 1874. Shortly thereafter, Dame was also arrested. The best prospects for conviction seemed to rest with Lee, so the decision was made to proceed first with his trial.
Above two paragraphs are from The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 and the Trials of John D. Lee: An Account by Douglas O. Linder (2006).
E.O. Beaman was John Wesley Powell's firsts photographer. John Wesley Powell lead the three month river trip down the Green and Colorado Rivers during an 1869 geographic expedition. The expedition stayed with John D. Lee at his residence on the Colorado River before setting out to explore the Grand Canyon.
The next several years brought a continued decline in Lee's fortunes. He had several episodes of severe illness; drought followed by torrential rains destroyed many of his buildings and crops. Former neighbors preyed upon his livestock and otherwise took advantage of his absence. Several of his wives deserted him. Nevertheless, he was managing to eke out a living in a homesteader's cabin near the Colorado River in northern Arizona
The two paragraphs above are from PBS series New Perspectives on the West John Doyle Lee.
A stereoview of an 1870's baseball game sold for $332.77 with 14 bids. The card is one of a series featuring the Western House of Refuge in Rochester, NY. There are 21 cards in the set.
A stereoview of a Ute Indian girl sold for $313 with five bids. Circa 1880 or earlier, the stereoview features a young woman of the Ute Indian Tribe. Marked on back:"John P. Lower, Denver, Colorado. Sharps Rifles, Colt's Pistols, Breech Loading Shot Guns, Orange Gun Powder, Chicago Shot, Bar Lead, Eley's Caps, Wads, Cartridges, Field and Spy Glasses, Pocket Compasses, Indian Beads and Curiosities, Buffalo Robes, Bear Skins, Elk, Deer, Mountain Sheep and Antelope Heads & c." Written in pencil on the back of the card is "Johnsons daughter UTE."
A 1905 Challenge Dayspool Stereo Camera sold for $395.48 with three bids. The Challenge Dayspool Stereoscopic camera is circa 1905. The stereo camera uses rollfilm and plates, size 8 x 16 cm, body no. 759 B, tropical wood with black leather, 2 x Hobson Cooke Anastigmat Series II 3 1/4" x 3 1/4", compound shutter. The auction included six double cassettes and the camera case.
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