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Dial M for Murder 3-D Blu-ray is "Must See 3-D™"

Dial M for Murder anaglyphic 3-D cover art photo.

Dial M for Murder is now available on 3-D Blu-ray and is "Must See 3-D™!" Warner Bros. released Dial M for Murder as a 3-D Blu-ray on Oct. 9, 2012 in an attractive lenticular 3-D slipcover.

The 1954 film was shot with the All-Media camera, developed by Warner’s optical department under the leadership of Al Tondreau. The Warner Bros. rig placed standard 35mm cameras at a 90 degree angle to each other with a half-silvered “beam splitter” mirror between them according to the Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz article An In-Depth Look at Dial M for Murder. The film was originally intended to be shown in dual strip polarized 3-D, but the film played in most theatres in normal 2-D due to the Must See 3-D Award logo.loss of interest in the 3-D process by the time of its original release. The film earned an estimated $2.7 million in rentals at the North American box office in 1954.

In February 1980, the dual-strip system was used for the revival of the film in 3-D at the York Theatre in San Francisco. This revival did so well that Warner Bros. rereleased the film using Chris Condon's single-strip StereoVision 3-D system in February 1982.

The 3-D Blu-ray recieves a 3-D Review Online Magazine "Must See 3-D™" Editor's Choice Award. Kudos to Warner Bros. for releasing this classic era 3-D cinema gem for 3-D collector's to enjoy.

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New analysis yields improvements in the anaglpyhic 3-D printing process

Research conducted at Curtin University in Perth has enabled significant increases in image quality in a widely used 3-D printing technique that is more than 100 years old.

Anaglyph printing, the red-and-blue 3-D printing process used to transform 2-D images to 3-D images in comics, magazines, books and newspapers, came into being when the continuous-tone printed anaglyph was invented by French physicist Louis Ducos du Hauron in 1891.

The technique works by combining the left and right images of a stereoscopic image pair into the red and blue color channels of the output anaglyph image. With the red/blue 3-D glasses, the left eye sees only the red channel of the anaglyph image, and the right sees only the blue. If the anaglyph 3-D image has been constructed correctly, the viewer sees a pleasing 3-D image on the printed page.

The project team, led by Curtin research engineer Andrew Woods, targeted crosstalk problems that are visible as ghost-like shadows. Their paper published recently in the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) journal Optical Engineering details seven recommendations for overcoming crosstalk.

"The largest reduction in crosstalk is likely be achieved by using inks that have a better spectral purity than current process inks used in color printers," Woods said. "We found that an 80 percent reduction in crosstalk was potentially achievable just by changing the cyan ink."

"The anaglyph technique is easy to implement and the anaglyph 3-D glasses are relatively cheap, so the technique is used very widely," Woods said.

However, printed anaglyph images often suffer from a number of image quality limitations. When the 3-D image is viewed through the colored glasses, there is often a significant amount of crosstalk (or ghosting), an undesirable property of some 3-D techniques whereby the left eye sees some of the image intended for only the right eye, and vice-versa. Crosstalk is usually visible as ghost-like shadows throughout the image. If crosstalk levels are too high, the quality of the 3-D experience can be significantly reduced.

"The printed anaglyph is 121 years old, but this appears to be the first time that a detailed technical simulation of crosstalk in printed anaglyphs has been developed," Woods said. "We started by measuring the spectral characteristics of various printing inks, 3-D glasses, light sources, and papers. From there we developed a simulation which models the viewing of an anaglyph 3-D image, and subsequently performed an experiment to validate the accuracy of the model. We hope this work will help provide a 21st-century improvement to the 19th-century invention."

In addition to changing the cyan ink, recommendations include using high-quality anaglyph glasses, an optimized light source, and improved image processing algorithms.

The full paper is available via open access in the SPIE Digital Library: Characterizing and reducing crosstalk in printed anaglyph stereoscopic 3-D images.

The work was originally presented in the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference during the 2013 IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging symposium in Burlingame, California. The call for papers has been released for Electronic Imaging 2014, which will be held Feb. 2 through 6 in San Francisco.

In addition, a call for papers has been released for a special section on stereoscopic imaging topics in the Journal of Electronic Imaging. Accepted articles will be published in the journal and presented in a special focal track at the conference on Stereoscopic Displays and Applications at Electronic Imaging 2014.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.

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Dogpatch USA View-Master® 3-reel packet

Dogpatch USA is an abandoned theme park located on State Highway 7 between the cities of Harrison and Jasper in Arkansas. Today the area is known as Marble Falls.

The theme park was opened in 1968 and was based on the comic strip Li'l Abner, created by cartoonist al Capp and set in a fictional village called Dogpatch.

In 1966, Albert Raney, Sr. decided to sell his family's Ozark trout farm. O.J. Snow, A Harrision real estae agent, noted features of the area resembled those pictured in the Li'l Abner comic strip. Mill Creek Canyon, at the base of a 55-foot waterfall was deep enough to be the "Bottomless Canyon", and the nearby tourist attraction Mystic Caverns, also owned by the Raney family, could become "Dogpatch Cave", where Kickapoo Joy Juice was brewed by a few unsavory Dogpatch characters. Capp, who had turned down other offers, accepted this one and became a partner.

Al Capp and his wife attended the groun-breaking ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1967. Dogpatch USA welcomed about 8,000 visitors on it's opening day, May 17, 1968. A giant statue of the fictional town hero, Jubilation T. Cornpone, was unveiled during Al Capp's dedication speech to a crowd of about 2,000. General admission was $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for children. The park reported a net profit of about $100,000 at the end of the 1968 season.

Hundreds of Li'l Abner souvenirs were produced for the public to purchase including coffee cups, plates, ashtrays, flicker buttons, and of interest to 3-D collector's, a scarce View-Master® 3-reel packet.

Dogpatch USA View-Master cover art.

The Dogpatch USA View-Master® reels are found in packet number A442. The packet does not come with a booklet. The packet was only available for sale on-site at the theme park, which is why it is hard to find today as it did not have national distribution.

Reel One

  1. Dogpatch Square and statue of Gen. Jubilation T. Cornpone.
  2. Dogpatch Characters and Train.
  3. Sadie Hawkins Races in front of Korn-vention Hall.
  4. Dogpatch "Old Maids" catch unlucky bachelors.
  5. Trout hatchery raises fighting Rainbows.
  6. Earthquake McGoon's Brain Rattler.
  7. Mill pond is one of the most picturesque scenes.

Reel Two

  1. Authentic 1840 grist mill still grinds corn meal.
  2. Monster Mouse ride provides thrills for all ages.
  3. Recreation hall features many musical groups.
  4. Merry-go-round is always popular with younger set.
  5. Pony rides fascinate visiting children.
  6. Wolf Island paddle boats churn waters of mill pond.
  7. Paddle boats pass beneath picturesque bridge.

Reel Three

  1. Helicopters spin merry to delight of young riders.
  2. The Dogpatch Fish House.
  3. Moster Mouse tracks wind through a merry maze.
  4. Big Red, the Dogpatch "wild pig".
  5. Petting zoo delights children.
  6. The Old 99 glides along a single track.
  7. Honey House attracts visitors with a "sweet tooth".

In 1969, Jess Odom gained controlling interest in the park. Odom signed a long-term licensing agreement with Capp, giving the park and any future Li'l Abner franchises the rights to use all characters, events, jargon, names and titles until 1998. In return, Capp would recieve two to three percent of the gross admissions over the same time period. In 1974, the B-movie It's Alive was partially filmed at the Dogpatch theme park.

Success seemed on the horizon for Odom and Dogpatch USA but many unforseen events of the 1970s doomed the park. High interest rates and the national energy crisis kept tourists at home. Al Capp retired, which brought an end to one of Dogpatch USA's greatest promotional advertisements, the Li'l Abner comic strip.

Dogpatch USA floundered in the face of stiff competition, especially from Silver Dollar City, which duplicated most of what Dogpatch USA offered but on a grander scale, and was an hour's drive to the north. What Silver Dollar City lacked, the Ozark Folk Center, a fully subsidized state park in nearby Mountain View provided, and neither of the parks were wrapped in an outdated cartoon franchise.

In 1988 Debra Nielson began buying parcels of the Dogpatch property. Eventually the area she owned included the ski lodge, convention center, roller rink, and motel. She renamed the acreage "Serenity Mountain". She moved into the Ski Lodge and operated a bed and breakfast there. She also opened a nondenominational church in one of the abandoned resort buildings. In December 1999, Nielson leased the abandoned skating rink to the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protection (HELP). HELP was a non profit group that provided therapeutic horse back riding free of charge.

In 1991, after concerns from civic leaders the park would not open for the 1991 season due to financial problems, it was indicated if the park opened at all it would open as a scaled down arts and crafts park. General admission was eliminated and patrons paid for each individual attraction instead. One of the most distinctive aspects of the park, the Li'l Abner theme, was completely dropped and the name changed to Dogpatch, Arkansas. The park was closed permanently on Oct. 14, 1993.

Shortly after it closed, the park was put up for auction on the courthouse steps in Jasper. The auction was handled by Jim Sprott, a Harrison lawyer whose wife Jan had been "Daisy Mae" at Dogpatch USA from 1968 through the 1970 season. Ford Carr, president of Leisuretek Corporation and Westek Corporation, received a quit claim for the property. At that time, however, he neglected to do anything with the park. In late 2002 he had the 141-acre site placed on eBay with a minimum bid requirement of $1 million. Although he was looking for a $4 million bid, there were no bidders. In 2004 it was reported by KATV in Arkansas the property was again for sale for $5 million.

In 2005, 17-year-old Pruett Nance was allegedly trespassing on the property. Nance had repeatedly been run off by the owners and was told several time to never return. While driving an ATV through the property, Nance collided with a length of wire strung between two trees and injured himself. The question of whether or not the wire was put there maliciously to dissuade vandalism became the subject of a lawsuit the Nances filed against the park's owners. The suit eventually ended up in the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the trespasser. Nance was awarded $650,000. When the park owners did not pay the judgment, the deed to Dogpatch was awarded to Pruett Nance, who became the new owner of the park.

Much of the property of the park has been neglected and frequently vandalized. Portions of the land are either entangled in legal issues, in a state of redevelopment, or for sale once again.. A photo gallery showing the abandoned Dogpatch USA theme park is featured on the Destination: Deserted Facebook page.

See larger 3-D anaglyphic photos of the abandoned park by clicking on the images or links below:

Dogpatch USA 3-D anaglyph photo copyright 2012 Van Beydler.  All rights reserved.

Dogpatch USA 3-D anaglyph #1

Dogpatch USA 3-D anaglyph photo copyright 2012 Van Beydler.  All rights reserved.

Dogpatch USA 3-D anaglyph #2

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BBC Abandons Developing 3-D Programming Indefinitely

BBC LogoThe BBC set up a two-year pilot to develop 3-D broadcasting but despite creating 3-D episodes for Strictly Come Dancing, a Christmas children's drama special Mr. Stink episode and coverage of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the broadcaster has scrapped the project.

BBC's head of 3-D is Kim Shillinglaw said the British Broadcasting Corporation will take a three-year break from developing 3-D programming after the trial ends later this year.

There are an estimated 1.5 million households that own 3-D enabled televisions in the United Kingdom, but only around half of those households tuned in to the showcase 3--D coverage of the opening of London 2012. Mr. Stink and the most recent Queen's Speech proved even less enticing, attracting less than five percent of potential viewers.

The BBC's 3-D project will end with the 3-D Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode in November.

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World War I 3-D Verascope Glass Slides found at a Niagara Falls Estate Sale

A Toronto photography studio stumbled across a stereoscopic camera and glass 3-D slides featuring scenes of World War I. The photographs were taken in the trenches, streets and battlefields of World War I soldiers in the French army.

"One cold morning last year, we attended an estate in the Niagara Falls where we were fortunate enough to come across and purchase a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army," said a representative of the owners. "The camera is in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. Each slide is a piece of history
in photographic form and I get shivers every time I place a glass slide into the 3-D stereo viewer."

Scans of the 3-D glass slides are posted online.

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Sadako 3-D 2 Uses Phone App to Add to Scare Factor

Sadako 3-D 2 poster art.Those who watch Sadako 3-D 2, the next installment in The Ring horror film series, will need to turn on their smartphones while watching the movie in the cinema

Sadako 3-D 2 is the world’s first Asian horror film to use a free custom-made app to create a more immersive experience for viewers by using their smartphones. The companion app for Sadako 3-D 2 will cause viewers’ smartphones to suddenly vibrate, flash or emit eerie noises in conjunction with events in the film.

Just how the app works or what exactly it will do is still a mystery but the app appears to be similar in function to the one used for the Dutch thriller APP.

The plot for Sadako 3-D 2 is set five years after the events of Sadako 3-D.

Miori Takimoto stars as a psychology student who has to deal with a variety of supernatural occurrences surrounding her four-year-old niece after a cursed online video causes the death of all who view it.

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The Octopus Project 3-D Reel

The Octopus Project Fever Forms 3-D reel.

A new Octopus Project album titled Fever Forms is being released on July 9, 2013 in a super deluxe edition including an Image 3-D reel. The only bad news, the deluxe edition is already sold out.

The super deluxe edition included:

  • Choice of CD or LP on translucent gold vinyl.
  • Album download + bonus tracks.
  • Both Sharpteeth and Whitby singles.
  • Limited edition 3-D white View-Master® + 3-D reel.
  • Limited edition t-shirt designed by Peelander Yellow.
  • Exclusive buttons.

Fever Forms super deluxe eidition contents.

Fever Forms is the band's fifth album on Peekaboo Records.

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DARK Video Game offers 3-D TV, Anaglyphic and Virtual Reality 3-D Options

Kalypso Media is excited to announce its upcoming vampire stealth-action game, DARK, will feature support for both 3-D via supported televisions, and through conventional anaglyphic (red/blue glasses) 3-D. Even more exciting is that DARK will support the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual-reality head-mounted display on Windows PC. For those gamers without a 3-D TV or Oculus headset, you can still enjoy DARK in 3-D by simply using the classic red/blue 3-D lenses on a standard monitor! With these additional visual support options for DARK, you will be able to hunt your enemies and unleash stunning vampire powers in magnificent 3-D and virtual reality!

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer... a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

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LA 3-D Club presents French 3-D Cinema Showcase on July 14

The LA 3-D Club Presents: French 3-D Cinema Showcase on Sunday, July 14 at
the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

French cinema has always been at the forefront of the experimental and the
avant-garde and in the world of independent 3-D filmmaking some of the
most innovative stereoscopic work has been produced by the latest
generation of French filmmakers.

The LA 3-D Club partners with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles to present a showcase of films from French directors. Live action, animation, narrative, experimental, and all brilliantly crafted in the art of stereoscopic 3-D.

Featured in the program will be a number of highly lauded 3-D short films:

The Third Way directed by Jean-Michel Tari
Shooting directed by Jerome Diamant-Berger
Of Mice (A Cat) and Men directed by Camille Bovier LaPierre
Outsiplou directed by Damien Montaron
Inner Fire directed by Celine Tricart
Réminiscence directed by Celine Tricart

The screening will also pay tribute to the late 3-D filmmaker Dominique
Benicheti, with a special screening of his short film La Revole. Dominique Benicheti was a producer, writer, director and technician, he directed or produced more than 40 films; documentaries, scientific and animation. He may best be remembered for his very first film, the 1972 Cinemascope documentary feature film Le Cousin Jules (Cousin Jules). He went into special format films with Futuroscope (or Parc du Futuroscope), the French theme park based on multimedia, as director, writer or
consultant on 3-D movies and large format films. Benicheti, who passed away
in 2011, was an incredibly technologically minded filmmaker who is best
known as being on the forefront of artfully using 3-D in French cinema.

La Revole, French Musical, A Fairy Tale.” La Revole is the popular
term for the feast of the last day of wine harvest in the Beaujolais
region. La Revole, was called the first French 3-D musical. Shot in 70mm
with the Stereovision lens.

The Downtown Film Festival L.A., now in its fifth year, will be held this year from July 10 through 20 at the Downtown Independent Theatre, the AT&T Center Theatre, the Grammy Museum Clive Davis Theatre, the Arena Cinema and alternative venues throughout downtown. This year’s festival will screen more than 100 films including features, documentaries and shorts from local, national and international filmmakers.

French 3-D Cinema Showcase
Sunday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Independent Theatre
Tickets $13 (LA 3-D Club Members can receive 50 percent off with discount code.

For the full Downtown Film Festival program and tickets visit www.DFFLA.com.

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Dogpatch U.S.A. flicker button

A Dogpatch U.S.A. flicker button was listed for sale at $25 but recieved no bids. The first image shows Li'l Abner and the second image shows Mammy and Pappy Yoakam. The button was manufactured as a souvenir item in 1975 for the now defunct Dogpatch U.S.A. tourist attraction in Arkansas.

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