Rarities Vol. II 3-D Blu-ray
Rarities Vol. II is the sequel edition
of the one of the best 3-D Blu-rays ever produced.
The original 3-D Rarities Vol. 1 3-D Blu-ray,
released in 2015, was reviewed in our July
This time around, more rare stereoscopic films
have been restored by the 3-D Film Archive presented
by Flicker Alley. The collection does not disappoint.
The 3-D Film Shorts section was so enjoyable that
time passed by way too quickly, leaving us wanting
more. Of course, we expect a 3-D Rarities Vol.
III will be produced to entertain us at some point
in the future.
A Day in the Country is narrated by Joe
Besser, who was one of The Three Stooges. Besser's
casual narration and humor comes through as the
film is loaded with many 3-D gimmicks, including
chicken eggs being dropped from a barn toward
the camera, boys climbing trees and falling toward
the camera, and a multitude of others. The 3-D
Film Archive points out that some ghosting is
present during this film but the ghosting we saw
was minimal and didn't deter from the pleasure
of the transfer.
Black Swan is the next short featuring
a classical music ballet piece followed by one
of our favorite shorts, Mid-Century Memories
in Kodachrome Stereo narrated by Stereoscopic
Anthropologist Hillary Hess. This short features
Stereo Realist slides including some by professional
photographers. We particularly enjoyed the images
of the Lincoln Futura, the car that would later
become world famous when it was transformed into
the greatest television car ever made, The Batmobile.
Games in Depth produced by Polaroid has
some interesting images and one of the most eye-crossing
3-D segments ever when a motorboat is shown in
a double-exposure going left to right and right
to left at the same time. The 1960s dance segment
makes us wonder if Frankie and Annette are going
to show up. What Polaroid was using this film
to promote is a mystery and another oddity saved
for posterity in 3-D on this Blu-ray.
The next two shorts are also highlights on the
Blu-ray with a 3-D sequence promoting the 1968
film Frankenstein's Bloody Terror. It is
a credit to the long time preservation work by
The 3-D Film Archive that we can enjoy seeing
thes gems. Frankenstein's Bloody Terror
is followed by the trailer for the 1983 documentary
The 3-D Movie. This trailer is particularly
enjoyable as it has several 3-D clips from movies
that we'd like to see released in all their stereoscopic
glory, including a clip from the Dean Martin and
Jerry Lewis 3-D film Money from Home.
El Corazón y la Espada
3-D Review did a feature article in our June
2019 issue about the crowd funding campaign to
rescue El Corazón y la Espada
conducted by 3-D Space. The results of more than
300 Kickstarter donors, all listed in the credits
on the Blu-ray, helped save another "lost"
El Corazón y la Espada was filmed
in 1953, during the peak of the 3-D movie craze,
and was released in the red/blue anaglyph format
in Mexican theatres in January 1954, followed
by a limited 3-D release to Spanish language theatres
in the U.S. beginning in February 1954. Two years
later, a 2-D English language version was released
in the U.S., retitled Sword Of Granada. The Spanish
3-D version was last screened in 1955 and the
flat English version only aired sporadically on
TV. After 1975, it disappeared entirely.
The original 3-D left and right camera negatives
were located, but were in rough shape and had
been deteriorating. The 3-D Film Archive was able
to do a lot of work to make the film watchable
again and have succeeded with spectacular results.
With the successful Kickstarter campain, The 3-D
Film Archive was be able to:
- Produce new 4K scans from the original camera
- Perform frame-by-frame restoration, stereoscopic
alignment, dirt removal, and scratch cleanup.
- License the English audio track and create
English sub-titles from Sword Of Granada,
which is the name the film was released in 2-D
in the U.S.
- Include the entire feature film (for the first
time ever in discreet left and right 3-D) with
commentary on the 3-D Rarities Vol. II
The audio commentary for El Corazón
y la Espada is a fact-filled history of Mexican
cinema as well as the background of the original
Harold Lloyd Realist Slides
The final treat on the 3-D Blu-ray is a collection
of Stereo Realist slides from silent film star
and 3-D stereographer Harold Lloyd. The slideshow
is narrated by Lloyd's granddaughter Susan Lloyd
Hayes and is a loving tribute to Lloyd's stereoscopic
legacy. Several books of Lloyd's 3-D images have
been printed over the years but the clarity of
seeing them on the 3-D TV screen is a real treat.
"I hope to see more of Lloyd's home made
stereo slides on my 3-D TV," said 3-D
Review Online Magazine editor Van Beydler.
"I have seen a few of these slides before
printed in books, but the bulk of the Harold Lloyd
images featured on the Blu-ray are newly released
to the public and have never been seen outside
of the Lloyd family. Lloyd's access to Hollywood
celebrities gives viewers full-color immersion
and an intimate connection to the time period.
I love to see pop culture icons like Marilyn Monroe,
Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Abbott and Costello, President
Eisenhower, and others in 3-D. Plus, the narration
of the stories behind the images gives them even
more depth (pun intended). Thanks to the Harold
Lloyd Entertainment, Inc. for being a part of
this. I hope more Realist slideshows of Lloyd's
work will be included in future releases, as well
as specially produced shorts like Mid-Century
Memories in Kodachrome Stereo. Susan Lloyd
Hayes' narration talks about many of Lloyd's fellow
Hollywood celebrities also using their Stereo
Realist cameras at the time. What a treat it would
be to also locate and license those stereo slides
for future releases. I would love to see 3-D slides
taken by Hope, Skelton, Eisenhower and others,
wouldn't you? Maybe a stash of long lost stereo
slides will show up in a southern California storage
locker like on the Storage Wars TV show
or walk into one of the Antiques Roadshow
events like the one featured in the February 2016
3-D Review article Jazz
Legends on Nearly 2,000 Stereo Realist Slides
Discovered in Arkansas. We can only hope
that these "lost" 3-D treasures can
be shared. Thanks for the diligent work of those
producing this 3-D Blu-ray as they continue to
bring a front row seat to those who love 3-D imagery."
A special 16-page full-color booklet is included
with the Blu-ray. Read the booklet from cover
to cover because there are more interesting facts
about the location and preservation of some of
the 3-D films in this collection in the booklet.
There are also 3-D related images printed on the
front and back of the jewel case inserts. A 3-D
Rarities Vol. II trailer is available
The only bonus material we would have liked to
see again are the 3-D photo galleries like those
featured on 3-D Rarities Vol. 1, which
had 3-D photo galleries of The Hunchback of Notre
Dame (1923), New York Worlds Fair (1939),
Sam Sawyer View-Master® reels (1950) and 3-D
Comic Books (1953). It would have been great to
have presented more View-Master® 3-D galleries
on Vol. II.
Rarities Vol. II is available to order
online directly from the Flicker Alley website.
We also highly recommend you order
3-D Rarities Vol. 1 if you don't already
have it in your 3-D Blu-ray collection.
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