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ParaNorman Available on 3-D Blu-Ray Combo Pack with Ulraviolet, DVD and Digital Copy from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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The Paranorman 3-D Blu-Ray pack comes with a superb 3-D lenticular cover. You can see this photo in 3-D and the trailer below in 3-D using any red/blue anaglypic 3-D glasses.

Lift your spirits by seeing the spooky-scopic 3-D version of ParaNorman on Blu-ray.

From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his gift of seeing and speaking with the dead to save his town from a centuries old curse about to come true. Can this outcast outlast school bullies and a town that ridicules him when he warns them the dead are coming? The young ghoul whisperer finds his paranormal abilities pushed to their outer limits as he summons up all that makes him a zero to a hero.

The 3-D in ParaNorman is especially effective in some of the creepy nighttime forest sequences and otherworldly burn-dissolve transitions as Norman sees what led to the curse that befalls his town. You'll also never look at teddy bears in the same way again after seeing what happens to Norman during the haunted house visit.

Take the time to listen to the commentary track. You'll be clued in to some of the Easter Eggs placed in scenes by the directors. You'll also feel the love the filmmakers have for their characters and find out how a some of them changed as the production was in progress. The outtakes and deleted scenes mentioned would have been welcomed as bonus material on the Blu-ray disks.

The set does include other bonus features including:

  • Preliminary Animatic Sequences with commentary from director Sam Fell and writer/director Chris Butler.
  • Peering Through the Veil: A special behind the scenes glimpse into the creation of the weird and wonderful world of ParaNorman from building the characters to voicing them.
  • Featurettes: Seven short segments showcasing Norman and his costars.
  • Feature Commentary with director Sam Fell and writer/director Chris Butler.

The 3-D packaging for the ParaNorman Blu-Ray comes with an impressive 3-D lenticular version of the movie's 1-sheet poster art.

Must See 3-D AwardThe ParaNorman 3-D Blu-ray Combo Pack includes 3-D Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPod®, iPod touch, Android™ and online retail partners, as well as UltraViolet™, a revolutionary way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. ParaNorman is released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

3-D Review Online Magazine is awarding the Paranorman 3-D Blu-Ray release an Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™" Award.

 

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3-D Super Star Ray Zone Dead at 65

Ray ZoneOne of the most well-known, well-liked and enthusiastic supporters of 3-D, Ray Zone, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at age 65 on Nov. 13, 2012. A memorial gathering is being planned for early December, but details are not yet available.  

To put it simply, Ray was a great guy.  He had so much energy, so much passion and so much enthusiasm - not only for 3-D, but for life itself.  He was a teacher, a hero and friend to so many in the 3-D community.  His light burned brightly, but now it is dark.  Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all his friends, colleagues and family.

Eric Kurland, President of the Los Angeles 3-D Club (SCSC) and a close friend of Ray, said that, Ray was the heart of the 3-D community, not just in Los Angeles, but all over the world. His work reached so many people and he personally touched so many lives. He had a generous, welcoming nature, always eager to share his knowledge, and was our greatest advocate for the art and technology of 3-D. He leaves a long legacy as an author, publisher, historian, educator, photographer, filmmaker and artist. Ray was a longtime member and past President of the LA 3-D Club, and was currently serving as the clubs vice-president.

Jim Chabin, CEO of the International 3-D Society and 3-D @ Home Consortium said, "Ray has been a friend, mentor, evangelist, stereographer, film maker,  teacher and scholar for the 3-D community for so long, its hard to imagine all of us moving ahead without him. Ray served as the Society's historian because we all knew Ray had all the answers. What a friend we have all lost."

Jason Goodman, CEO, 21st Century 3-D said, "I remember being 10 years old and making my first trip to the local comic book shop where I got Battle for a 3 Dimensional World . I still have it, sealed in a plastic bag. This book was one of my earliest inspirations in 3-D and Ray was one of the first people I met when I began my career in 3-D. He was always positive, and always encouraging and always so great to talk to and laugh with. The death of Ray Zone marks the passing of a true 3-D legend. I was shocked to hear the news and I am profoundly sad that we have lost him. I have lost a friend and a mentor. The world has lost a genuinely kind and truly unique individual. He will be sorely missed by many."

3-D pioneer Lenny Lipton had this to say: "I now regret every opportunity that I missed to hang out with Ray. We were kindred spirits both maniacally in love with the stereoscopic medium. But Ray was like some indiscriminate lover, he loved ratty old 3-D cards, and broken down 3-D projection lenses and the weird characters who thought they knew more about 3-D than anyone else. He loved terrible 3-D movies, movies that had no right to be loved, forlorn eye straining madness. Ray loved anaglyphs and lots of parallax. Ray suffered fools and even raving idiots and he was polite to them all, and on top of it he was a great scholar. He taught me a lot about the medium and like I say the only regret I have is that I didn't spent more time with him."

University of Southern California Associate Research Professor, Perry Hoberman, said that, "Ray was the heart and soul of 3-D, and he understood it better than anyone, on every level - from its reputation as a cheap gimmick to its potential for the most sublime art. He led the way for all of us, and mapped out the entire territory of the stereoscopic medium - its past, as a historian; its present, as an artist; and its future, as a visionary. Ray's legacy is not just his work, but the community that he fostered, and his huge impact on all stereoscopic media. He was a dear friend and a mentor, to me and so many others, and I already miss him in more ways than I can count."

His wikipedia page partly summarizes his accomplishments.
Ray Zone is an  American film historian, author, artist, and pioneer in methods of converting flat images (in particular,  comic books) into stereoscopic images.   Starlog has called him the "King of 3-D Comics", and Artsy Planet has called him the "3-D King of Hollywood".

Professional History
Ray Zone began working in comic books in 1983 and his early collaborations with  Jack C. Harris and Steve Ditko  drew the attention of Archie Goodwin, who recruited him to work with  John Byrneon the 1990 Batman 3-D, a full-length 3-D graphic novella. Since then, he has produced 3-D adaptations of art for over 150 comic books, including stories by Alan Moore and  Grant Morrison , which were specifically written to accommodate stereoscopy. Zone is the author of 3-D Filmmakers, Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures (Scarecrow Press: 2005) and Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838 - 1952 (University Press of Kentucky: 2007). In 2008 Zone worked as 3-D Supervisor on the feature film Dark Country 3-D (Sony Pictures) with director/star Thomas Jane and in 2010 as 3-D Producer on Brijes 3-D, (Ithrax/SDA), the first animated 3-D feature film made in Mexico.

Biography
Ray Zone moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980's and began working in the world of 3-D converting flat art to 3-D images. He has converted more than 150 "flat art" comic books to 3-D for clients such as Disney, Warner Bros and The Simpsons. Ray Zone was an author, 3-D film producer, speaker and award-winning 3-D artist. An internationally recognized expert in all things 3-D, Zone had a special interest in stereoscopic cinema and Large Format 3-D (15/70) filmmaking. Since 1983, he created stereo conversions and stereoscopic images for a wide variety of clients in publishing, education, advertising, television and motion pictures. In 2006 Zone was acknowledged by the Grammy Award as "3-D Artist" on the platinum selling Tool 3-D CD 10,000 Days which garnered the Grammy in the category of "Best Recording Package." Ray Zone was the recipient of numerous awards for his 3-D work, among them a 1987 "Inkpot Award" from San Diego Comic Con for "Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts." Zone's website is viewable in anaglyphic 3-D at: www.ray3dzone.com.

We at 3-D Review Online Magazine also collaborated with Ray Zone on several articles over the past 10 years. We send our condolences.

Ray Zone official website
List of books about 3-D by Ray Zone

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference - Tribute to Ray Zone

Ray Zone in 2007.The chairs and committee of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference wish to recognize the contributions of 3-D author and historian Ray Zone, who passed away Nov. 13, 2012 at the age of 65.

We have read the many heartfelt and warm reports of Ray's impact on and contributions to our stereoscopic 3-D community. It is clear that Ray was an inspiration to many in the 3-D community. He was warm and generous and always happy to share his vast knowledge with newcomers as well as with fellow experts. He will be acutely missed and remembered in the years to come.

As a tribute to Ray's accomplishments in the world of stereoscopic 3-D, the SD&A conference, SPIE and IS&T, have made available three items to help us remember Ray:

A short candid 3-D video of Ray at the 1992 SD&A conference filmed by David Starkman. The video is available on YouTube3D.

Then we can fast-forward 20 years to the 2012 SD&A conference this past January to witness Ray’s conference presentation Thinking in Z-Space: Flatness and Spatial Narrativity. At the beginning of the video you can hear Ray saying "I’ve been coming to this conference now for 20 years on and off and it's a joy to be here" – it's not often that there is video evidence of that 20 year involvement!

Finally, SPIE Press has kindly provided open access to Ray's two published papers that were presented at the SD&A conference in 1996 and 2012.
The papers are:

Ray Zone (2012) Thinking in Z-Space: Flatness and Spatial Narrativity
Ray Zone (1996) Deep image: 3D in art and science (Keynote Presentation)

These papers will remain open access until the end of February.

You may also wish to visit the Ray Zone Wikipedia entry.

We hope you will appreciate this opportunity to see, hear and read of Ray’s impact on the 3-D community.

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Ninth Annual L.A. 3-D Movie Festival to be held Dec. 14 to 16 in Los Angeles

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The 9th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival will take place Dec. 14 through 16 at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s event continues the festival’s mission of showcasing the best of independent 3-D film from all over the world. The festival will open with the U.S. premiere of the 3-D feature film Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood on Friday night at 8 p.m.

The festival continues on Saturday, Dec. 15 with two blocks of short films in competition, a special presentation of the 20th Century Fox theatrical short Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, the Awards Ceremony, and a free closing event screening of U2 3-D", the critically acclaimed 2008 live 3-D concert film featuring the rock band U2.

Sunday Dec. 16 will be dedicated to remembering and celebrating the life of our friend Ray Zone in a free public memorial starting at 5 p.m.

Visit www.LA3DFest.com for up to the minute festival information and to purchase festival passes and merchandise. Passes are $30 to the general public, $20 for current LA 3-D Club members, and everyone who buys a festival pass will be entered into a drawing for a Fujifilm W3 3-D camera.

Bring your own circular polarized glasses to the festival and receive a voucher for free popcorn!

For more information about the club visit the LA 3-D Club website.


CNET Asia compares Active vs. Passive vs. Glasses-free 3-D TVs

What is the best 3-D TV format? It may still come down to personal preference. To help you decide, CNET Asia has compared the pros and cons of each format. More...

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Roger Rabbit 3-D Sequel has a Script

Will the Back to the Future trilogy be converted to 3-D? Probably not since Director Robert Zemeckis told MTV that he would only consider his 1988 comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit for conversion.

"The only one is Roger Rabbit, because you could really pull the animation out as a separate element. It would be very spectacular 3-D," Zemeckis said. "As far as converting, the Back to the Future films..."I don't see the point in that. But they did a test on Roger back in 2006, somewhere around then, and it looks really great."

Speaking of Roger Rabbit, there has long been talk of a sequel being in the works, and Zemeckis confirmed that while he's happy with the script, all that's left is to wait for Disney.

"I'm happy with the script written by the original writers, and it's good," he said. "but Disney is still thinking about it. If I were to do the sequel, it would be done just like the first one, but we would present it in 3-D in its release. I would do all of the animation hand-drawn; 2-D, but using 3-D tools. It wouldn't be like Pixar 3-D. It wouldn't look like that." Pixar characters may have taken over animation, but they would not be part of any potential Roger Rabbit sequel. "No, this would be another period movie," said Zemeckis.

The plan is to re-release the original film in 2013 with a Blu-ray and then film the sequel in 3-D. We can only hope the Warner Bros. toons also retoon for the sequel.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-D Trailer

Decades after a mob was believed to have killed every last member of the murderous Sawyer family, hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather (Alexanda Daddario) learns she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion, but true horror awaits them in the dark cellars of the residence. Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood and more also star in John Luessenhop's Texas Chainsaw 3-D arriving in theatres Jan. 4, 2013.

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Spiders 3-D poster art.Poster art for Spiders 3-D

Millenium/Nu Image’s Spiders 3-D will debut at 10:20 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in the Indie Screen Theatre in Brooklyn at 289 Kent Ave at S. 2 Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The film starts with the crash of a derelict Soviet space station into a Manhattan subway tunnel where a new species of spider is discovered in the wreckage. The spiders mutate to gigantic proportions forcing an average NYC subway worker, portrayed by Patrick Muldoon, to step up in order to save his family and all of New York from the destructive giant spiders wreaking havoc throughout the city.

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Life Magazine's Iconic Bwana Devil 3-D Theatre Audience Photo turns 60

Nov. 26, 1952, opening night theatre goers packed Hollywood's Paramount Theatre to see “The World’s First Feature Length Motion Picture in Natural Vision 3-Dimension!” This herald was proclaimed on the movie posters for the 3-D release of Bwana Devil. The movie’s tantalizing tagline? The brilliant, near-poetic promise of A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!

The striking J.R. Eyerman photo was taken 60 years ago this week, during the Nov. 26, 1952, premiere of Bwana Devil. It first appeared in print in the Dec. 15, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. It been reproduced so many times it has gone on to become famous unto itself.

Read more about the history of this iconic photo here.

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Hobbit Fans Might Take an Unexpected Journey with new High Frame Rate 3-D Format at Some Theatres

J.R.R. Tolkien fans seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Dec. 14 might take their own unexpected journey thanks to a new 3-D format debuting in some theatres.

The new 3-D format is known as “High Frame Rate 3-D” (HFR 3-D) and it runs at 48 frames per second, double the frame rate of traditional movies. The high frame rate reduces the “shaky” effect that results from panning and other fast motion in 3-D movies, but has the side effect of making everything smoother.

Some preview audiences are not happy claiming the higher frame rate is “too real.” Reportedly Hobbit director Peter Jackson said the format "takes some getting used to."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in other formats, such as 2-D, regular 3-D and IMAX 3-D, and some theatres are scheduled to show the movie in HFR 3-D. The rest of The Hobbit movie trilogy will also be released in HFR 3-D. The Regal Entertainment Group website reported James Cameron has announced plans to use the format in future projects.

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A set View-Master® display advertising sold for $200 with one bid. The highlight of the set was a 21" x 24" Travel with View-Master® poster featuring the View-Master® family flying on a giant View-Master® reel. The sale also included three double-sided 14" x 10" posters and a 16" x 19" cardboard standup all in a vintage 1963 mailing box.

Editor's Note: We are trying to identify the artist who painted the "Travel with View-Master®" poster. If anyone has any leads to help identify the artist, please send us an email.

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Sawyer's Table Projector

A View-Master® DS-42 Projection Display was listed for sale at a starting price of $428. The sale consisted of carton 1 of 3, which contained the baseboard for the in store display, a carousel full of 35mm slides, new projector bulb, ad display insert and DS-42 instructions. The sale also included a Sawyer's 500 A carousel projector in companion storage case. One can assume the projector was probably in carton 2 of 3 and the Sawyer's table projector screen in carton 3 of 3. Although not in the sale listed, we have a photo of the Sawyer's table projector screen that went with this display.

View-Master Projector  Theatre from Belgium with James Bond and Bonanaza blister packs.

A 1971 View-Master® Projector Theatre from Belgium was listed for sale at a starting price of $199. The package included a James Bond set (Live and Let Die), Bonanza, Alice (in Wonderland) and a unique looking GAF View-Master® projector.

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