March 2017

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Kodak Looking at Possibly Bringing Back Kodachrome Slide Film

Kodachrome film boxes from the past.Kodak made the announcement at CES that the company is bringing back Ektachrome film stock. Ektachrome might only be the beginning because Kodak CMO Steven Overman said that Kodachrome might come back next!

This incredibly tantalizing tidbit of information was revealed on The Kodakery podcast, in their episode recorded live at CES in Las Vegas. Overman was joined by three other Kodak big wigs to talk about Kodak’s Super 8 camera, but at the very end they switched gears and talked about bringing back old film stocks.

“We get asked all the time by filmmakers and photographers alike, ‘are you gonna bring back some of these iconic film stocks like Kodachrome and Ektachrome,'” said Overman. “I will say, we are investigating Kodachrome, looking at what it would take to bring that back. Ektachrome is a lot easier and faster to bring back to market, but people love Kodak’s heritage products and I feel, personally, that we have a responsibility to deliver on that love.”

You can listen to the full podcast online or click here to skip straight to the Kodachrome bit at 23:19:

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Gog and It Came from Outer Space 3-D Restorations Nominated for Rondo Hatton Awards

Rondo Hatton Award StatueThe 3-D restorations of Gog and It Came from Outer Space are on the ballot in the 15th annual Rondo Hatton Awards. The 3-D Blu-ray releases are nominated in two categories: Best Classic DVD/Blu-ray and Best Possible Restoration/Upgrade.

If you have enjoyed either 3-D Blu-ray, please consider voting. The folks at the 3-D Film Archive are very proud of both projects. According to Bob Fermanek, "Of the two, Gog was certainly the greater challenge and would be totally lost in 3-D were it not for our efforts. On behalf of the 3-D Film Archive team of Greg Kintz, Jack Theakston and Thad Komorowski, I thank you very much!"

To place your votes onlne visit http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/66087/s-OFFICIAL-BALLOT-Gasp-15th-Annual-Rondo-Hatton-Award#.WLejDfKo1S4.

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Commentary Track Recorded for Those Redheads from Seattle 3-D Blu-Ray

Hillary Hess, Bob Fermanek and Jack Theakson
Hillary Hess, Bob Fermanek and Jack Theakson (Photo credit: The 3-D Film Archive)

Bob Fermanek with The 3-D Film Archive reports a new commentary track has been recorded for the 3-D Blu-ray release of Those Redheads from Seattle. "I'm pleased to announce that we have just recorded our first feature commentary track," said Fermanek, "I had the great pleasure of joining Hillary Hess and Jack Theakston to discuss all aspects of Those Redheads from Seattle."

"Throughout the 90 minutes, we cover the films production and limited 3-D release; the recently solved mystery of the origin of the Paravision camera and the technical challenges of filming in dual-35mm 3-D; the pioneering use of widescreen framing and the lost three-channel stereophonic sound; Lionel Lindon's outstanding and complex three-dimensional compositions; my decades long search for missing 3-D elements and so much more. In addition, Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz joins us for a 10 minute segment to describe the many challenges that he faced with bringing this stereoscopic gem back to life."

Those Redheads from Seattle are coming to 3-D Blu-ray from Kino Lorber in May 2017. Don't miss "3-D's big musical gal-stacked frolic!"

Read more about Those Redheads from Seattle on The 3-D Film Archive website.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3-D Set for August Theatrical Release

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James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3-D has set release dates.

  • Aug. 24 in Australia and Russia
  • Aug. 25 in the U.K. and USA
  • Aug. 29 in Germany
  • Sept. 20 in France.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3-D will finally hit theatres this summer after initially being announced for release last year.

Synopsis
Ten years after the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor's ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he's still a child. Sarah and John don't have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost. The battle for tomorrow has begun....

Cameron's himself oversaw the 3-D convertion of his epic action, sci-fi masterpiece starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role.The film was originally released in 2-D in 1991 with groundbreaking special effects.

The project was initiated by Lightstorm, James Cameron's production company, DMG Entertainment and StudioCanal with Cameron's team overseeing this 3-D conversion from start to finish. This is the same award-winning team that supervised Titanic's 3-D conversion and is currently working on the Avatar sequels. The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A.. The film was calibrated in 4k at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film's first release. Stereo D, which also converted Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World to 3-D, then came in to finalize the 3-D work.

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View-Master® Inspires A Career for Space Researcher

View-Master A Step into the Universe box set

It's only been two weeks since the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted history after launching 104 satellites in one go in February 2017. Being the head of the organization, Kiran Kumar, is in the limelight now. "By putting 104 satellites into orbit in go, we've demonstrated the capability of our Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle," said Kumer. "We've been progressively improving its ability to do different activities. Last year, we had 20 satellites launched and then we had put satellites into different orbits and now this one.

Chandrayaan-2 will have a controlled descent on to the surface of the moon. For that we've to develop an engine that is throttleable. The tests are in progress for that. And we are planning to have Chandrayaan-2 launch in the first quarter of 2018.

When asked if he could remember any incident that first got him interested in space when he was a teenager Kumar said, "When I was in school, like any other teenager, space fascinated me as well. I was exposed to a 3-D View-Master® in school and that is one incident that kind of intrigued my interest in space as a teenager. Incidentally, during my career, I worked on Cartosat-1, one of the world's best 3-D stereo imaging systems.

Kumar concluded, "ISRO is able to improve the lives of many people. And that's a really motivating factor working for the organization."

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September Storm 3-D Screening for One Show only at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles

September Storm poster art

An encore screening of the restored 1960 3-D feature film, September Storm will jump off the big screen on Sunday, March 19 at the Downtown Independent Theatre at 251 S. Main St. in Los Angeles.

This drama of treasure hunters exploring the Mediterranean Sea was the last 3-D picture filmed in the 1950s, and the first to be released in 3-D CinemaScope. Hoping to impress New York model Joanne Dru, sailor Asher Dann borrows his boss’s boat; con men Mark Stevens and Robert Strauss convince the couple to search for a fortune in sunken gold coins. The first feature to include color underwater 3-D footage, September Storm was long considered lost until the original negative elements were located for this digital restoration by The 3-D Film Archive.

Admission is $5 for current LA3DClub members and 3-D SPACE patrons
$10 at the door for non-members (admission is waived with USC Student ID)

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Auction Results

A stereoview of Custer's Expedition sold for $475. The stereoview was #852 in the series, which is very similar to stereoview #854 pictured above

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