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3-D Rarities Blu-Ray is 3-Delightful!

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3-D Rarities on 3-D Blu-ray is "Must See 3-D™" for every 3-D fan! The 3-D Rarities Blu-ray disk contains more than 2½ hours of archival treasures presented in high-quality 3-D!

Nearly 35 years ago, The 3-D Film Archive began locating lost 3-D films to save and restore. Rare stereoscopic treasures dating back to 1922 have been located and preserved by the 3-D Film Archive and many of these films are now available on 3-D Blu-ray from Flicker Alley.

We cannot stress enough how much this title belongs in your collection. Not only for it's historical value, but for it's entertainment value. The collection of shorts is facinating as a whole, but the beauty of it is you can go back and watch your favorite shorts without the time commitment of a feature length movie. This will appeal to many viewers in today's YouTube short video clip world.

The quality of the 3-D shorts collected on this compliation shows the commitment of the preservation efforts by The 3-D Film Archive. Without their preservation efforts, these gems may have been lost forever. The color shorts are vibrantly presented, giving that wonderful Technicolor feel to them and the 3-D is 3-Delightful! The black-and-white shorts are crisp, sharp and full of depth. I'm truly amazed at how much depth the filmmakers from the golden age were able to capture in these films. You easily can shift your view to look at items in the background that are in as sharp focus as the main subject.

3-D fans and collectors have read or heard about many of these films over the years and longed to have been in the audience when they were first shown on the silver screen. But, we were out of luck unless someone invented a time machine so we could go back and buy a ticket. That time machine exists thanks to today's 3-D TV technology and we're seeing them in probably better quality than some of the original projection systems, which experienced their share of challenging projection issues.

Now, thanks to 3-D coming into our homes with 3-D TVs, we can enjoy the 3-D animated antics of Casper the Friendly Ghost in Boo Moon or the haunting controversial cold war atomic bomb test film Doom Town as they were meant to be seen. Not only is the 3-D great, but the audio on the disk is satisfyingly full and clean.

"I particularly enjoyed seeing the Bolex Stereo segment," said 3-D Review Online Magazine editor Van Beydler. "Years ago I had the Bolex Stereo attachment and close-up stereo attachment in my collection. Seeing the quality of the Bolex Stereo film was a real treat."

We really enjoyed the bonus materials on the 3-D Rarities Blu-ray. Extremely clear 3-D scans of the View-Master® Sam Sawyer reels are included in a slideshow, plus classic 3-D images of the man of 1,000 faces, Lon Chaney taken on the set of The Hunchback of Nortre Dame. We would like to see more bonus materials like these in future releases. We can hardly wait to see what they will come up with for their next 3-D Blu-ray release.

Selections include:

Kelley's Plasticon Pictures
The earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City

New Dimensions
The first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the World’s Fair in 1940

Thrills for You
A promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad

Around is Around
A 3-D animated gem by Norman McLaren

Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
The only 3-D newsreel

Stardust in Your Eyes
A hilarious standup routine by Slick Slavin

Trailer for The Maze
Fantastic production design by William Cameron Menzies

Doom Town
A controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from release

Puppet cartoon The Adventures of Sam Space
Presented in widescreen

I’ll Sell My Shirt
A burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for more than 60 years

Boo Moon
An excellent example of color stereoscopic animation…and more!

The entire contents of the disk includes:

Part One – THE DAWN OF STEREOSCOPIC CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kelley’s Plasticon Pictures (1922/1923)
William T. Crespinel/Jacob Leventhal tests (1924-1927)
John Norling/Jacob Leventhal tests (1935)
Thrills for You (1940)
New Dimensions (1940)
Now is the Time (1951)
Around is Around (1951)
O Canada (1952)
Twirligig (1952)
Bolex Stereo (1952)

Intermission Snipe

Part Two – HOLLYWOOD ENTERS THE THIRD DIMENSION
M.L. Gunzburg Presents Natural Vision 3-Dimension (1952)
It Came from Outer Space trailer (1953)
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott (1953)
Hannah Lee trailer (1953)
Stardust in Your Eyes (1953)
The Maze trailer (1953)
Doom Town (1953)
The Adventures of Sam Space (1960)
I’ll Sell My Shirt (1953)
Miss Sadie Thompson trailer (1953)
Boo Moon (1953)

Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all 22 films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials by 3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never looked this good.

Bonus materials include:

  • Introductions by Leonard Maltin and Trustin Howard.
  • Essays by Julian Antos, Hillary Hess, Thad Komorowski, Donald McWilliams, Ted Okuda, Mary Ann Sell and Jack Theakston.
  • 3-D photo galleries - Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), New York Worlds Fair (1939), Sam Sawyer View-Master reels (1950) and 3-D Comic Books (1953)
  • 3-D footage directed by Francis Ford Coppola from The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
  • Commentary tracks by Thad Komorowski and Jack Theakston.

To watch the 3-D versions of these films you need:

  • 3-D HDTV
  • Compatible 3D Glasses
  • Blu-ray 3-D™ Player or Playstation®3 System
  • High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • This Blu-ray can also be viewed in 2-D, playable on your standard Blu-ray player.

About the 3-D Film Archive
The 3-D Film Archive is an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring historic stereoscopic films. Founded in 1990 by Bob Furmanek, the 3-D Film Archive controls the distribution of more than two dozen 3-D films made from 1922 to 1970. Their website is www.3dfilmarchive.com.

About Flicker Alley, LLC
Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jeff Masino. Each Flicker Alley publication is Must See 3-D Award graphicthe culmination of hundreds of hours of research, digital restoration, graphic design, music composition and scoring. Collectively, they reflect the creativity, expertise, and shared passion of many talented collaborators. The Flicker Alley brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim. The company is a four-time recipient of the National Society of Film Critics Film Heritage Award for publishing early U.S. and foreign silent films.

3-D Rarities receives an Editor's Choice "Must See 3-D™ Award" from 3-D Review Onlne Magazine.

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3-D Rarities Screening on July 19 Will Celebrate 60 Years of the LA 3-D Club and 100 Years of 3-D Cinema


Bob Furmanek - The 3-D Film Archive

The first meeting of the LA 3-D Club was held on July 21, 1955. The first documented public exhibition of a 3-D motion picture took place on June 10, 1915 at New York's Astor Theatre. The LA 3-D Club, LA Filmforum, and 3-D SPACE are proud to commemorate these important events with a very special presentation of 3-D Rarities, an amazing collection of stereoscopic treasures dating back to the dawn of 3-D cinematography, followed by a Q&A with Bob Furmanek, founder and president of the 3-D Film Archive, and producer of these restorations. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, at the Downtown Independent Theatre at 251 S. Main Street, in Los Angeles, California. Tickets are on sale now at http://3drarities.bpt.me.

3-D Rarities includes Kelley's Plasticon Pictures Thru' the Trees, Washington, D.C., the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; New Dimension (aka Motor Rhythm) the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the New York World's Fair in May 1940; Thrills for You, a fascinating promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad, first shown in 1940 at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco; Boo Moon, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation from 1953; Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film which was mysteriously pulled from theatrical release after a few play-dates in July 1953; I'll Sell My Shirt, a burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for over 60 years; The Maze coming attraction trailer with fantastic 3-D production design by the legendary William Cameron Menzies, and much more.

Presented in high quality digital 3-D, all films in 3-D Rarities have been restored and mastered in 2K from original 35mm elements for optimum quality. Meticulously re-aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D films have never before looked this good! This will be a great opportunity to see these classics on the silver screen. The great thing is you can also see the in 3-D at home if you have a 3-D capable TV. The 3-D Rarities Blu-ray is available to purchase at 3dfilmarchive.com/3-d-rarities.

In 1990, Bob Furmanek realized a majority of the world's 3-D film heritage was on the verge of being lost forever. In response, he founded the 3-D Film Archive, an organization dedicated to rescuing, preserving and restoring our stereoscopic heritage. Over the next two decades, Furmanek preserved more than 50 3-D films, and at one point, the Archive held the largest collection of vintage stereoscopic elements in the world. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, he has worked with NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, MGM/Park Circus, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, the Stanford Theater Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Furmanek helped ensure the preservation of the 1954 feature Gog, and has spearheaded the home video release of the 1966 3-D film The Bubble through Kino and his own compilation of historically-important 3-D shorts entitled 3-D Rarities through Flicker Alley. This compilation has since toured the country, selling out shows at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art.

The LA 3-D Club was established in the Greater Los Angeles area in 1955 by a dedicated group of 3-D stereo photographers to further the art and science of stereoscopic photography. For six decades members have been meeting monthly to share images created through stereoscopic photography, computer generated imagery, and film and video.

Founded in 1975, Los Angeles Filmforum promotes a greater understanding of media art, and the role of the artists and curators who create and present it, by providing a forum for independently produced, noncommercial work which has little opportunity of reaching the general public. Filmforum is currently the longest-running venue in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the ongoing, non-commercial exhibition of independent, experimental, and progressive cinema.

3-D Space, the Center for Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, is a museum, gallery, theatre, library and classroom dedicated to both the preservation of the history of stereoscopic imaging, and the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. The 3-D Space mission is to educate people of all ages in the art, science, and history of stereoscopy, stereography, and the principles and aesthetics of all forms of three-dimensional imaging, images and media.

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Lost EC 3-D Comic to be Shown at San Diego Comicon 2015

EC graphic.

The unpublished EC 3-D Comic will be revealed live at the San Diego Comic-con International on Saturday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 26 AB. The lost 1954 EC sci-fi classic will be shown in 3-D for the first time ever. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, the only group authorized by the Gaines family to perform EC stories, dramatically reads excerpts from the unpublished comic, highlighting a discussion by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Eric Kurland (president, LA 3D Club).

Working with members of the EC family and the Los Angeles 3-D Club, the comic is being converted into three dimensions for this debut, as intended over 60 years ago, but never completed. Highlighting a brief discussion lead by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art), Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will be dramatically reading excerpts from the unpublished comic, while the images are shown to the audience in 3-D.

In 1953 and 1954, EC published 3-D comics, jumping on the fad sweeping the country. Three comics were planned, but only two were published. The third, focused on sci-fi and fantasy stories, was dropped amid the fizzling of the fad and the comic industry’s run-ins with the Senate and censors. Los Angeles performance group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has partnered with EC to premier the unpublished 3-D issue at this event. A short discussion will talk about EC's involvement in 3-D comics, the history of 3-D comics and how these books connect with the comic controversies of 1954, which lead to the demise of EC’s legendary horror titles, such as Tales from the Crypt.

Special 3-D glasses will be provided so to enjoy the projected artwork!

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The Abbott and Costello Show - Private Eyes 3-D Gag (1953)

A 1953 episode of The Abbott and Costello Show contains a gag about 3-D. In the episode, Lou Costello takes a correspondence course to become a detective and then tries to help a girl recover some old bonds. Bud and Lou enter the home of a crackpot inventor where the bonds are located. At one point, Lou admires a painting, that is actually a man dressed as a king holding a scepter. Lou pulls a pair of 3-D glasses from his pocket and looks at the man in the picture frame as he is leaning forward to knock Lou on the head. The man freezes in place since he didn't want Lou to see him moving. Lou turns back to the camera and comments, "Isn't that 3-D beautiful?" Lou takes off the glasses as the man stands back into the frame. "The flat picture is nice, too," Lou says as he walks away unharmed.

The show aired in 1953, during the height of the 3-D craze in theatres. Private Eyes was episode 16 in the second season of the series. The series aired from 1952 through 1957.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has a link to the Private Eyes episode that you can watch free courtesy of Hulu.com.

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications 27th Conference Call for Papers

SDA logoThe 27th Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference will be held during Feb. 14 to 18, 2016 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, the same location as last year. SD&A is the largest of 20 conferences held at the annual Electronic Imaging (EI) symposium.

The official Call-for-Papers for the 2016 SD&A conference has been formally announced. Due dates appear below. The Call is available here:
http://www.stereoscopic.org/2016/index.html

Abstracts are due July 15, 2015.

EI Organizational Changes
The Electronic Imaging (EI) symposium in years past has been sponsored jointly by the societies IS&T and SPIE. SPIE is withdrawing as co-sponsor after the 2015 meeting. IS&T will continue to host EI and is committed to growing this event and making it the premier venue for idea exchange in the exciting field of electronic imaging.

Here are some EI-wide changes for 2016

  • Greater access to papers - all full papers accepted for both presentation and publication will be available for free download
  • More ways to submit – there are now three submission options: Journal paper
  • Proceedings draft, and Presentation-only
  • More joint sessions to highlight cross-disciplinary pursuits
  • More plenary talks

For more information visit imaging.org/ist/conferences/ei2016/new-features.cfm

Important Dates
June 30, 2015 - Journal submission option
July 15, 2015 - 500-word structured abstract for presentation
Sept. 11, 2015 - 500- to 1,000-word abstract for presentation-only
November 2015 - Registrations open
Jan. 15, 2016 - Final proceedings manuscript due
Feb. 14-18, 2016 - Electronic Imaging Symposium

More information is available at stereoscopic.org.

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Auction Results

Shakers Village stereoview

A Shaker Village stereoview sold for $860 with seven bids. The superb 1870's albumen stereoview of the Shaker Village at Enfield, Connecticut shows many Shaker folk posing in the lovely yard. The view is from a small series by Lazelle of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Star Trek View-Master packet on card

A Star Trek View-Master® packet on cardboard was put up for auction. Asking price was $49.99.

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