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Once again, as a special Halloween treat, the October issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine presents some classic 3-D monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

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House of Wax, the most successful 3-D movie of the 1950s comes to 3-D Blu-ray for the very first time on Oct. 1

House of Wax 3-D Blu-ray cover art in anaglypic 3-D.  Click on the image to see a larger version of the 3-D anaglyph.

House of Wax 3-D cover art in anaglyphic 3-D. 3-D photo by Van Beydler. Click on the image to see a larger version.

House of Wax 3-D Blu-ray rear slipcover art.

House of Wax is the most successful 3-D movie from the classic 1950s 3-D era and it has now been lovingly remastered and for the first time released in it's full 3-D glory on Blu-ray by Warner Bros. To its credit, Warner Bros. has gone above and beyond to present the film as close to it's original 3-D theatrical presentation as possible. It is the best the film as looked since it's 1953 3-D theatrical run. This is the one film every 3-D collector must have in their collection.

Warner Bros. has packaged the 3-D Blu-ray in a beautiful lenticular 3-D slipcover featuring screen legend Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod, the mad scupltor who thinks his wax creations are his "children." The 3-D cover art also features Phyllis Kirk reaching out as she is stalked by a shadowy figure. Dripping blue wax is oozing at the top of the slipcover.

Synopsis
Professor Henry Jarrod is the owner and figure sculptor in a wax museum whose specialty is historic figures. When he and his business partner, Matthew Burke quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. It’s not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

About the Release
On Oct. 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 60th anniversary of House of Wax with a stunning new restored and remastered High-definition 3-D Blu-ray. In 1953, the film was the first color 3-D feature released by a major studio. The huge hit also marked Vincent Price’s first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Thanks to advanced technology and the expert work of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), audiences will now be able to enjoy the classic mystery shocker as it was originally seen in theatres. The Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP) includes a new featurette, House of Wax: Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before and Mystery of The Wax Museum, the original 1933 film on which House of Wax is based. A 2-D version of House of Wax is also included.

Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, 3-D used a “left-eye/right-eye” dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen in today's passive glasses TV systems and in motion picture theatres. MPI’s work on House of Wax includes a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two “eyes,” as well as perfect 3-D image alignment.

House of Wax was a major box-office success when it was released in 1953. If adjusted to today’s gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films ever.* It no doubt paved the way for a 3-D boom over the next several years during which 50 3-D features and some two dozen shorts and cartoons were released.

The film was directed by André deToth, an unlikely choice to direct a 3-D film as he was blind in one eye and unable to properly see the effects he created. Besides Price, House of Wax additionally features Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni and a young actor named Charles Buchinsky, who would later become known to audiences worldwide as Charles Bronson. Screenplay is by Crane Wilbur. Brian Foy produced.

The Warner library has the largest number of classic 3-D titles (15) of any studio, and now that the technology has been perfected, the studio looks forward to re-introducing them to home audiences. The long-awaited, much requested release of House of Wax is the second classic 3D film the studio has released on Blu-ray, following last year’s release of Alfred Hitchcok's Dial M for Murder. Warner Bros. Dial M for Murder 3-D Blu-ray was reviewed in the July 2013 issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

Blu-ray Features
House of Wax 3-D version
House of Wax 2-D version
House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before! special feature
Commentary by David Del Valle and Constantine Nasr
Newsreel
Theatrical Trailer
3-D Lenticular slipcover
1933 Warner Bros. Feature Mystery of the Wax Museum

Video clips
Corpses: http://youtu.be/27AF0RFdS4c
Unmasked: http://youtu.be/1ukhlCdtvJA
Paddle ball: http://youtu.be/F4k8aJVNTrs
Must See 3-D Award logo. Fire: http://youtu.be/-YW-CSzXZJE

The House of Wax 3-D Blu-ray is available for purchase online.

Read about the 3-D Film Archive review of the restored 1953 3-D classic House of Wax in this issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine.

The House of Wax 3-D Blu-ray receives 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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House of Wax 3-D Blu-Ray Review from the 3-D Film Archive

Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz over at the 3-D Film Archive have done their usual outstanding job reviewing the restored 1953 3-D classic House of Wax now available on Blu-ray for the first time. The film was restored from the original 35mm YCM separation masters.

This review includes rare, many previously unseen, documentation and images from the production of this iconic 3-D classic, including 3-D images from the 3-D Blu-ray. There are many photos, letters, production notes, posters and more. One of the photos shows the rarely seen Realist Camera display inside the Paramount Theatre in New York that allowed theatre-goers to see 3-D Realist images of the film. The six-foot long, 1-foot high, 15-inch diagonal front Realist display only allowed one slide to be seen at a time and was used before the View-Master® House of Wax movie preview reels were produced that allowed seven images to be seen by theatre patrons.

The complete restoration from Warner Brothers is detailed in full by Furmanek and Kintz. Read the full review of the House of Wax 3-D Blu-Ray at the 3-D Film Archive website. There is also an interview with Ned Price with Warner Brothers who headed this very expensive and quite extensive restoration.

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Doctor Who 3-D Hologram LP Album (1986)

Doctor Who 1986 hologram LP record cover art.

In 1986 a three song record album was released titled Doctor Who: Theme from the BBC-TV Series. The LP features a 3-D hologram on the front cover showing Daleks as well as other Doctor Who villains. Music includes the original Ron Grainer theme arranged by Dominic Glynn and the theme by Delia Derbyshire on side one. A Doctor Who "cosmic remix" by Mankind is on side two. This 12-inch LP disk plays back at 45 rpm instead of the standard 33 rpm. Record companies released extended mixes of music this way on a regular basis during the 1980s featuring disco-fied versions of music or version remixed from the original material to have a long playing version.

Doctor Who was first broadcast on Nov. 23, 1963. Eleven actors have portrayed the Doctor on TV including William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith. Hammer film legend Peter Cushing portrayed The Doctor in two theatrical movies, Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966).

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SFX Magazine Doctor Who Lenticular 3-D Cover (April 2010)

SFX magazine cover art April 2010 issue.

Here is a 2-D version of the Doctor Who cover art featured as a 3-D lenticular for the April 2010 issue of SFX magazine.

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special in 3-D

The movie-length 3-D episode will be shown at cinemas in Britain and around the world at the same time as it is screened on BBC1 in November.

The 10th doctor portrayed by David Tennant wears anaglyphic 3-D glasses in a past TV episode with Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

Doctor Who is heading for another dimension...this time it is the third dimension with a 3-D film to celebrate the sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary.

The 3-D movie-length episode will be shown at cinemas in Britain and around the world at the same time as it is screened on BBC1 in November. The series first episode aired on Nov. 23, 1963.

“Filming for the anniversary episode starts in two weeks and there is a real buzz about it, especially because it will be in 3-D. It is being planned as a TV movie to mark 50 years of the show. It will be the highlight of the celebrations. The episode has been written but we don’t really know yet whether it will be an hour, 75 minutes or 90 minutes” said a BBC spokesperson.

Stars of the drama, including Matt Smith who plays the Doctor, and Jenna-Louise Coleman, his sidekick Clara Oswald, received the scripts early in March 2013.

The first hint that it would be a film-length episode came as Doctor Who actors promoted the new series, which starts on March 30, 2013.

Referring to the 50th birthday show, Matt said: “I read the script and I clapped at the end. It’s hilarious, epic and vast. You won’t be disappointed.”

Insiders said the BBC gave Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat “free rein” to decide how long it would be. Episodes are usually 45 minutes long. A behind-the-scenes DVD is also being planned.

The anniversary in November will be marked with a 90-minute BBC2 drama about how the show was created and a fan event at the London Excel.

Fun fact: In a previous TV episode, the 10th doctor portrayed by David Tennant wore anaglyphic 3-D glasses. Tennant is shown with Billie Piper, as companion Rose Tyler, in the photo above. The movie-length episode starring the current Doctor portrayed by Matt Smith will use modern 3-D technology using polarized 3-D glasses.

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Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor 3-D Blu-ray

Doctor Who 3-D Blu-ray cover art.

The 50th Anniversary of the world's longest-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, is celebrating with an explosive special, The Day of the Doctor, to be available on DVD and 3-D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack starting Dec. 10, 2013. Matt Smith and David Tennant star with Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and Academy Award nominee John Hurt.

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Doctor Who The Complete Fifth Series Blu-ray Limited Edition 3-D Lenticular Cover

Doctor Who Fifth Series Blu-ray with 3-D lenticular cover.

A special limited edition of the Doctor Who The Complete Fifth Series Blu-ray featured a 3-D lenticular cover showing The Doctor and Amy Pond in a vortex.

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Doctor Who The Complete Sixth Series Blu-ray Contains Bonus 3-D Artcards

A special Blu-Ray edition of Doctor Who The Complete Sixth Series starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston also comes with four limited edition 3-D artcards. Animated 3-D versions of the cards are shown below.

Episodes
• A Christmas Carol
• The Impossible Astronaut
• Day Of The Moon
• The Curse Of The Black Spot
• The Doctor’s Wife
• The Rebel Flesh
• The Almost People
• A Good Man Goes To War
• Let’s Kill Hitler
• Night Terrors
• The Girl Who Waited
• The God Complex
• Closing Time
• The Wedding Of River Song

Special Features
• 5 X Night And The Doctor Additional Scenes
• 2 X Comic Relief Sketches
• Commentaries
• 4 X The Monster Files
• 4 X Prequels
• Trailers
• 14 X ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ Cut-Downs
• Doctor Who Confidential: A Nights’ Tale
• Up All Night Additional Scene (this has been incorrectly credited on screen; the scene was written by Tom MacRae, rather than Steven Moffat)
• Limited Edition Raised Silence Head Slip Case
• 4 3-D Art Cards

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Doctor Who View-Master® Blister Pack (1981)

Doctor Who View-Master set from 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)

Doctor Who View-Master set from 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.

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Doctor Who Lenticular Chess Set

Doctor Who Lenticular Chess Set box art.

This fantastic chess set includes 32 highly detailed Doctor Who characters captured in 3-D lenticular motion images. The 3-D images are featured on both sides bringing some of the most beloved Doctor Who heroes and villains into animated life.

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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)

Dr. Who lenticular poster art.

Daleks lenticular poster art.

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.

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Doctor Who 3-D Kit

Doctor Who 3-D Kit.

The Doctor Who 3-D Kit contains a pair of 3-D glasses and a Doctor Who Adventures stationary set with notebook and pencil. The notebook has an anaglyphic 3-D image of The Doctor with companions Amy and Rory.

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Doctor Who Framed 3-D Lenticular Poster - The Doctors

Doctor Who animated lenticular.

Doctor Who - The Doctors framed 3-D lenticular.

Doctor Who - The Doctors is an 10"'x 8" framed 3-D lenticular poster from Pyramid International.

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Doctor Who Framed 3-D Lenticular Poster - Aliens

Doctor Who Aliens animated lenticular.

Doctor Who - Aliens framed 3-D lenticular.

Doctor Who - Aliens is an 10"'x 8" framed 3-D lenticular poster from Pyramid International.

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Doctor Who Framed 3-D Lenticular Poster - TARDIS

Doctor Who Tardis animated lenticular.

Doctor Who - TARDIS is an 10"'x 8" framed 3-D lenticular poster to be released in the future from Pyramid International.

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Doctor Who 3-D Lenticular Poster - Vortex

Doctor Who Vortex animated lenticular.

Doctor Who - Vortex is an 18.7" x 26.8" 3-D lenticular poster from Pyramid International.

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Prometheus Wondercon 3-D Lenticular Poster (2012)

Prometheus lenticular poster art.

Here is the 11 1/2" x 17 1/2" lenticular min-movie poster for Prometheus. This poster was an exclusive giveaway at WonderCon 2012. The artwork is the same as the one-sheet with the exception of the words "Exclusive WonderCon Edition" at the bottom.

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Godzilla and the Titanic Anaglyphic 3-D Image

Godzilla and the Titanic anaglyphic 3-D image.

Click the link to see a larger version of this cool anaglyphic 3-D image of Godzilla and the Titanic featured on the blingcheese.com website.

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Monsters, Inc. 3-D Glasses

Monsters, Inc. 3-D glasses.

During the 2012 release of the Monsters, Inc. 3-D, early attendees to the movie received special green child-size Monsters, Inc. 3-D glasses while supplies lasted at participating theatres.

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Creature Collectibles

Here are more collectibles featuring 3-D's favorite golden age monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D Blu-Ray

Draft Creature from the Black Lagoon Blu-ray cover art for U.S. release.

Draft Creature from the Black Lagoon Blu-ray cover art for U.S. release.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Blu-ray cover art for the region free UK release.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Blu-ray cover art for the region free UK release.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Exhibitor Flyer (1954)

Creature exhibitor flyer.

This flyer was sent to exhibitors to encourage them to book the film Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954.

Revenge of the Creature Exhibitor Flyer (1955)

Revent of the Creature exhibitor flyer.

This flyer was sent to exhibitors to encourage them to book the film Revenge of the Creature in 1955.

Creature from the Black Lagoon View-Master® Movie Preview Reel Images

Here are the seven images that were to be used on the never released Creature from the Black Lagoon View-Master® Movie Preview Reel. The images are in 2-D and were featured in the rare Creature from the Black Lagoon Showman's Guide Press Kit distributed to theatres in 1954. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Creature View-Master images.

Here are the seven images that were to be used on the never released Creature from the Black Lagoon View-Master® Movie Preview Reel. The images are in 2-D and are available on the 3-D Film Archive website.

See the images and read the comprehensive article titled An In-Depth Look at Creature from the Black Lagoon by Bob Furmanek and Greg Kintz at the 3-D Film Archive website. The article also features rare Creature background information, poster images, rare production and behind-the-scenes stills, such as The Creature using a mop to clean the expedition boat, The Rita.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Flicker Rings (1960s)

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Many a happy kid was thrilled to get a Creature from the Black Lagoon flicker ring from the 10 cent gumball machines in the 1960s. Other Universal Monsters featured on flicker rings included Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Phantom and The Wolfman. The images show the silver style flicker rings. The silver rings have more detailing in the ring design than the shorter and wider gold tint style rings. The gold rings had three ridges along the left and right sides.

Creature from the Black Lagoon 9-inch Wind-up Tin Toy (1992)

Creature 12-inch tin toy.

Creature, Wolf Man, Frankenstein and Mummy tin toys.

Robot House produced a series of Universal Monsters wind-up tin toys in 1992, including one of The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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Union Pacific Railroad stereoview.

An 1866 Union Pacific Railroad stereoview sold for $349.99 with one bid. Photographed by John Carbutt documenting the Union Pacific excursion / rail way building to the 100th Meridian. This stereoview is marked #224 and labeled T.C. Durant , Esq. & Heads of Depts. U.P.R.R.

Arrowing west from Omaha City in Nebraska Territory, the Union Pacific Railroad was a full year ahead of its construction schedule. Planning to have 247 miles of track in place by the end of 1867, they had reached that point by October 1866.

John Carbutt, a noted Chicago photographer and stereoview publisher was hired by the Union Pacific to document the entire excursion in a visual record of stereo photos.

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