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December 2003 Issue

Vol. 1, No. 9

3-D Review is your headquarters for information about new stereoscopic products from around the world.

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Photo3-D 303 Kit New icon.

Photo3-D 303 KitThe Photo3-D 303 Kit by Mission3-D is a well conceived, high quality product with everything you need to take 3-D photos with your digital camera.

The Photo3-D 303 Kit includes a camera attachment that makes capturing stereo images fast and easy, plus simple-to-use Photo3-D Mixer software and Photo3-D glasses.

To see in 3-D, you need both a left-eye and a right-eye image, which your brain combines to see depth and dimension. Ideal for still photographs, the 303 unit provides the simplest possible mechanism for you to quickly, easily and accurately capture left and right eye stereo images.

Anaglyphic image of the Photo3-D slide attachmentThe Photo3-D 303 slide attachment mounts to the standard tripod socket at the bottom of your digital camera. The attachment is small enough to keep in your camera bag and is about the same size as a typical cell phone.

Mission3-D has thought of everything. The slide attachment has a built-in bubble level and an extremely clever mechanism to lock down the slider bar so that your camera does not flip over while taking the photos. The slide attachment can be used in hand-held mode with the included pistol-grip, on a table top or mounted to the included mini-tripod. The pistol-grip is ingeniously designed to fold out into the mini-tripod.

Photo3-D tripodThe slide attachment can be used on a tabletop without the tripod, too. Simply unscrew the four rubber legs built into the sides of the slide attachment to create stable footing. How many times have you tried to use a mini-tripod when shooting outdoors and it wouldn't stay put? The Photo3-D slide attachment takes care of that problem with its exceptional design.

Once you have your stereo pair of images, connect your camera to your computer, and run the Photo3-D Mixer software, which is included in the kit.

Load the left-eye image, then load the right-eye image. Mix in color or black and white, and you'll have a 3-D image. The software allows you to adjust the focus to make different elments either pop-out at you or be deeper within the picture. Your 3-D images can be printed, saved and viewed on screen or in print, and may be e-mailed or posted on the Internet. The Photo3-D Mixer software saves images in standard BMP or JPG file formats, and you can print directly to your desktop printer.

Again, Mission3-D has gone the extra mile by adding an advanced selection of ways to export your 3-D image. You can save your 3-D images quickly in all the popular 3-D formats including red/blue anaglyph, cross-eyed, parallel (drift) and shutter. Another cool feature is the option to save the image to fit your computer desktop in sizes ranging from 300x200, 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768. You can also save the image optimized for the Web or e-mailing. The simple-to-use software runs on Windows 98/2000/XP. A Macintosh compatible version is due out in late 2003.

Folding Photo3-D anaglyphic glassesThe Photo3-D Red/Cyan [RC] glasses are some of the finest 3-D glasses ever made. While you do have to use RC glasses to view anaglyph format 3-D photos, similar to wearing polarized 3-D glasses to watch an IMAX 3-D movie, now you can do so with comfort and style with a pair of glasses that will fold down to less than 1/3rd of its original size.

Mission3-D's research and development team worked to calibrate the red and cyan filtered lenses for ideal 3-D viewing. It's design team worked to create more stylish frame options. The results of these efforts are the patent-pending Photo3-D RC 900 series glasses. The Photo3-D RC 900 series glasses are specifically optimized for high-quality 3-D viewing of photo prints made from desktop inkjet, color laser and photo printers. The glasses fold into a compact, easy to carry case.

You can easily share your 3-D photographs just like regular photos, using the 3-D viewers provided with the package. The viewers can be attached to picture frames, photo albums and greeting cards. The package includes a sample Photo3-D greeting card frame, too.

Additional packages of viewers, stylish glasses and 3-D greeting cards are all available for purchase.

The Photo3-D 303 Kit was named "Gadget of the Week" by TIME magazine. The Photo3-D 303 Kit includes everything needed to create and share 3-D photos:

  • Photo3-D 303 slide attachment
  • Photo3-D Mixer software
  • Photo3-D T100 pistol-grip mini-tripod
  • Stylish Photo3-D RC 900 glasses
  • Five Photo3-D paper viewers
  • Three Photo3-D paper glasses
  • One Photo3-D blank greeting card

The Photo3-D 303 Kit sells for only $129 and can be ordered online at the Photo3-D Web site. You can also place an order by phone Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST at the toll-free number 1-800-531-3378. The Photo3-D 303 Kit comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.

Branson, Missouri View-Master® Three-Reel Set

Branson, Missouri View-Master three-reel cardAttractions in Branson, Missouri, America's live music entertainment capitol, are showcased in full color View-Master® 3-D photographs in this three-reel set. Branson visitors were able pick up this souvenir to show their friends back home what Branson really looks like in 3-D photographs so real you could reach out and touch them.

Close to six million people travel to spend their vacation at Branson attractions. The Branson View-Master® set features live performance 3-D photographs of country legend Kenny Rogers performing at The Grand Palace, Branson's Comedian of the Year Jim Stafford at the Jim Stafford Theatre as well as scenes of The Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre, The Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree, The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Shenandoah South Theatre, The Five Star Theatre, The Cristy Lane Theatre and "Hee Haw Honeys," The Norris Twins (Becky and Lindy Norris).

Popular theme parks like Silver Dollar City, Marvel Cave, White Water, Mutton Hollow Craft and Entertainment Village, Branson Scenic Railway, Showboat Branson Belle, downtown Branson and more are featured on the Branson, Missouri View-Master® 3-D reels.

Only 2,500 custom produced Branson, Missouri View-Master® three-reel sets were made. Stereo 3-D Images custom produced the set. The collector's item out-of-print set is now only available online. The Branson, Missouri View-Master® set can be ordered at a cost of $12 plus $1.50 shipping for USA orders. Order a set by clicking Branson, Missouri View-Master® Three-Reel Set.

View-Master® Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants View-Master® reelsWho lives in a pineapple under the sea? Of course, its SpongeBob SquarePants. Just in time for Christmas 2003, Spongebob Squarepants joins the many television cartoon characters featured on View-Master® reels. Spongebob Squarepants View-Master® setImages on the reels are from three different Spongebob Squarepants episodes.

  • Bubble Stand
  • Gary Takes a Bath
  • Frankendoodle

The Spongebob reels feature some of the best 3-D cartoon conversions ever produced by View-Master®. The Frankendoodle reel features a battle between Spongebob and Frankendoodle using giant pencils. The 3-D pencils break the stereo window on this well produced set.

You can get the Spongebob Squarepants View-Master® reels in two ways, on a blister card or in a special box set with a bright yellow View-Master® viewer with SpongeBob's face on the front.

Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas View-Master Three-Reel Set

Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas View-Master® ReelsThis is set two of View-Master® reels available for sale exclusively at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the late rock 'n' roll superstar Elvis Presley.

The Graceland at Christmas set features Graceland decorated for Christmas with poinsettias lining the entry hall, the living room and dining rooms, the Heartbreak Hotel across from Graceland, Lisa Marie's childhood furniture, Elvis and Priscilla's wedding clothes, some of Elvis' cars including a 1966 Silver Cloud III, 1956 purple Cadillac, 1973 Stutz Bearcat and the 1960 MG used in Blue Hawaii, motorcycles, motor toys and more.

Dalia Miller's 3Dstereo Web site has some of Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas three-reel sets for sale in case you cannot visit Graceland's souvenir shop.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Limited Edition Film Cel New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Limited Edition Framed Film CelThe Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over film cel is a limited edition of 200 units. Every set is unique since each has a film strip cut from the original film.

It is not known if this is a licensed product. Most sets have been advertised for sale from a source in the United Kingdom.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Sunglasses New icon.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Shield SunglassesNew items continue to be released containing the Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over logo. One of the latest is a pair of shield sunglasses with grey lenses. There is also a set of shield sunglasses with gold tint lenses. A Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over badge is included on the right lens. Another style of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over sunglasses are the wrap sunglasses with SK3 on both lenses. The wrap sunglasses are also available without the SK3 logo on the lenses.

Incredible Hulk Lenticular TV Guide Covers

The Hulk TV Guide coversThe Incredible Hulk made his dramatic in-theatre debut on June 20, 2003. To celebrate his big moment, for the first time since 1979, The Hulk appeared on the cover of TV Guide. Only you've never seen him like this before! On two different covers, each with an incredible, 3-D, full motion special effect taken right from the film!

The two TV Guide Magazine covers were on newsstands June 16 - 22, 2003. One of the scenes shows a full-action special effect showing Hulk roaring with rage and another cover 3-D portrait that shows him close-up and in stunning detail.

First Christmas Magazine (1953)

First Christmas magazine coverReal Adventures Publishing Company released First Christmas Magazine in 1953. The magazine featured the story of the birth the the baby Jesus with every page in Panoramic 3-D, according to the cover.

The contents included 2-D comic book artwork converted to 3-D. One of the pages featured a 3-D map of the Holy Land showing Mary's journey.

The magazine came with red/blue anaglyphic 3-D glasses. The glasses were made of cardboard with slits on each side to insert the earpieces. The publication measured 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". The original price for the magazine in 1953 was 25 cents.

View-Master® Santa Claus Cardboard Standee

View-Master® Santa Claus cardboard standeeSanta's Village View-Master® packet A135 Here's a real holiday blast from the past. A cartoon image of Santa Claus is featured on one of the promotional Sawyer's View-Master® cardboard standees used to market reels and viewers.

Santa Claus is shown holding a tan-colored View-Master® viewer. The cartoon artwork also features Santa's toy bag is filled with View-Master® viewers, reel packets and loose reels.

Santa's Workshop View-Master® packet A660The Santa Claus display measures 16 3/4" tall.

Here are a few of the View-Master® reels to feature Santa Claus over the years:

  • North Pole, Colorado, Home of Santa's Workshop (A333 3-reel packet)
  • Home of Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York 1951 (Single reel #9058)
  • Santa's Village, Dundee Park, Highway 17, Santa Cruz, California (A135 3-reel packet)
  • Santa's Village, New Hampshire 1955 (Single reel #268)
  • Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York (A660 3-reel packet)

The Day After Tomorrow Lenticular Poster New icon.

The Day After Tomorrow lenticular poster"The Day After Tomorrow" is a big-budget, mega-event epic movie that revolves around an abrupt climate change that has cataclysmic consequences for the planet. Dennis Quaid plays a paleoclimatologist who tries to find a way to save the world from sudden global warming, and to save his own son (Jake Gyllenhaal) who's in New York, which is fast being taken over by the new Ice Age.

A The Day After Tomorrow 3-D lenticular poster was included in Variety Magazine. The 3-D motion poster features the skyline of New York changing from waves flowing over it to being completely frozen.

The poster measures 10½" x 14½". The poster might be hard to obtain since it was only available to subscription holders.

Professor Adrian Hall - Dennis Quaid
Samual - Jake Gyllenhaal
Laura - Emmy Rossum
Lucy - Sela Ward
Zack - Joe Cobden
Bob - Kenneth Moskow

The Day After Tomorrow is a 20th Century Fox film. The film is slated for release on May 28, 2004.

Bizarre Magazine 3-D Issue New icon.

Article by Ray Zone

The December 2003 issue of Bizarre Magazine, published in Great Britain (now on news stands in the U.S.) is a special 3-D issue featuring an eclectic mix of weird images and attractive models in polychromatic anaglyph. A color 3-D cover of Playboy Playmate Neriah Davis in a skimpy bikini announces the
special issue and this highly dimensional creature is featured in a poolside feature story inside in 3-D.

Other 3-D features include a typical Bizarre Magazine conglomeration of truly unsettling images converted to 3-D by David Burder of London. "Picture Post Mortem," for example, is 3-D spread showcasing outsized hands, a streetside crucifixion, the twin towers of the World Trade Center afire, a young Zebra attacked by two hungry crocodiles in a river and a striking photograph of a mountain climber dangling from a giant icicle.

This magazine is definitely recommended for adults and is NOT for everyone. But it will become a 3-D collectible, I can guarantee you. The poolside 3-D photos of Neriah Davis were shot on Fuji Provia slide film with a twin Konica rig assembled by the late, great stereographer Paul Wing. The two Konica cameras featured matched 30mm lenses on a vertically oriented Jasper twin mount with convergence or "toe-in" capability and a split cable release. The twin rig was slaved to a power-pack that fired off a synchronised array of strobe and bounce lights that were planted in the backyard around the pool.

Bagged in a wild 4-color printed envelope complete with custom red/cyan Bizarre 3-D glasses, this special issue continues a publishing tradition of using the anaglyph for its sensationalism, the process accentuating a momentary visual frisson of glossy sex and twisted anthropology. The numerous ads for video games and horror movies (one of which is in 3-D), along with gnarly 2-D features on Jonestown, Pol Pot, the Muppets and Men's Magazines of the 1950s and 60s illustrate quite nicely the insanely varied sensibilities at work on the editorial staff. The addition of color 3-D to this kaleidoscopic mix was inevitable.

Bizarre Magazine (Special 3-D Issue) December 2003, $7.95 (United States)

Editor's Note: Although the article states that the 3-D issue is dated December 2003, the Bizarre Magazine Web site lists the issue as being dated November 2003. Ray Zone is one of the leading champions of 3-D in the world. He has been called the King of 3-D Comics. For 20 years through his company The 3-D Zone, Ray has been converting flat art to 3-D for every conceivable application.