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January 2004 Issue

Vol. 2, No. 1

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

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View-Master® Atomic Tests in 3-D Three Reel Set

View-Master® Atomic Tests in 3-D three-reel set"Atomic Tests in 3-D" features actual 3-D images of atomic bomb tests. The custom produced View-Master® three-reel scenic title blistercard is now available from Visual Concept Entertainment (VCE). The 3-D images range from photos taken in the 1950s prior to and during a nuclear explosion at a test site in Nevada as well as photos taken of buildings that still exist at the site today.

The Atomic Tests in 3-D three-reel set features a visit to the Nevada test site in 3-D in 21 View-Master® images. Through these reels, you are there for the preparation, detonation and aftermath of an atomic explosion. Witness images of a house being destroyed in 3-D. Images also let you see the Nevada Test Site as it is today in three dimensions!

The 1950s era 3-D images on the reels are exceptional. Some of the images show buildings being blown apart and trees bending over from the shockwave of the bomb blast. The images taken during the actual explosion are hyperstereos, making the buildings, telephone poles and trees look like toys.

Atomic Tests in 3-D Reel A (Printed in red ink)
1. Atomic Tests in 3-D title.
2. Entrance to the Nevada Test Site.
3. Houses and buildings were built to simulate an American town.
4. Dummys were put into houses to represent American families.
5. Automobiles are readied for the Atomic Test.
6. Observers await the countdown to an Atomic Explosion.
7. "Apple-2" 29-kiloton atomic detonation, May 5, 1955

Atomic Tests in 3-D Reel B (Printed in green ink)
1. Observers are silhouetted by the flash of the Atomic Explosion!
2. The heat burns the surface of a two-story house.
3. The shockwave slams into the two-story house.
4. Paint on the surface of a single story house smokes from the heat.
5. The single family home is blown apart from the shockwave.
6. An aluminum shed is crushed by they shockwave.
7. Trees are blown back by the force of the explosion.

Atomic Tests in 3-D Reel C (Printed in blue ink)
1. Some areas are still radioactive after 50 years.
2. One of the two-story houses still stands in Yucca Flats.
3. A lone yucca tree grows near the remaining weathered house.
4. A damaged concrete dome sits out in Frenchman Flat.
5. An old bank vault, damaged by a 37-kiloton blast.
6. The Sedan Crater was formed by a 104-kiloton H-bomb explosion.
7. The icecap tower represents the last underground nuclear test

Images are copyright VCE.com. VCE is a leading provider of technical and creative services to producers and distributors of television programming, feature films and other media product both domestically and internationally.

Visual Concept Entertainment began in 1982 after founder Peter Kuran finished work as animation supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) on George Lucas' The Empire Strikes Back. Kuran started his career in 1976 working as an animator on the original Star Wars.

Since that time, Kuran and VCE have worked on over 250 theatrical motion pictures including both Addams Family films and all three Robocop features. The latest feature work from VCE was seen in Men In Black, The 6th Day, Thirteen Days and A Beautiful Mind. This year, Kuran won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Technical Achievement category for his RCI Color Restoration Process.

As a filmmaker, Kuran has produced five documentaries on the subject of Atomic history, weapons and testing. In 1995, Kuran produced and directed the award winning film Trinity and Beyond (the Atomic Bomb Movie) and has since produced Atomic Filmmakers, Atomic Journeys and Nukes in Space.

Kuran participated in a special showing of 3-D atomic test footage at the World 3-D Film Festival held on Sept. 18, 2003. The film short, Doom Town (1953, 13 min., b&w) received very limited distribution in 1953, and had not been seen since. Doom Town is the story of a nuclear test explosion done on May 17, 1953. In addition to the short itself, newly discovered and declassified 3-D footage of the bomb blast aftermath featuring the buildings being blown over and the trees being uprooted was presented for the first time. Kuran, who discovered and preserved the footage, was on hand to present the material and answer questions prior to the film's screening.

The Atomic Tests in 3-D three-reel set is priced at $10.95 and can be ordered online from The Atomic Store at www.vce.com.

The reels are printed in different ink colors, in keeping with how Fisher-Price currently issues three-reel scenic titles. Reel A is printed in red ink, Reel B in green ink and Reel C in blue ink. The Atomic Tests in 3-D blister card is Stock No. C4635 for View-Master® collectors who keep track of the factory numbering system.

View-Master® Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Oregon

View-Master® Evergreen Aviation Museum three-reel setThe Evergreen Aviation Museum is featured on a custom produced View-Master® three-reel blister card set released in summer 2003. The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the home of many historic and interesting aircraft. The Museum's mission: "To inspire and educate, to promote and preserve aviation history and to honor the patriotic service of our veterans."

This View-Master® set is a timely release with 2003 being the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright Brothers. One of the images on Reel B features a replica of the fragile-looking Wright Flyer, which started man's ability to take to the skies. The true scale of the many aircraft are pictured in the images. The images allow you to peer into the cockpit of a World War II era bomber, stand under the wingspan of massive aircraft that towers over a Curtiss A-22 Falcon, and a very lifelike Howard Hughes mannequin sits at the controls of the Spruce Goose.

The "WOW" factor 3-D quality on the reels is spectacular. The excellent 3-D images featured on the reels were photographed by well-known View-Master® photographer Charley Van Pelt.

Evergreen Aviation Museum Reel A
1. Evergreen Aviation Museum
2. Spruce Goose flight deck
3. "Howard" at the controls
4. Spruce Goose cargo bay
5. Spruce Goose, museum interior
6. Spruce Goose, west side view
7. The Museum at twilight

Evergreen Aviation Museum Reel B
1. F-15 & Capt. M.K. Smith Memorial
2. Curtiss Jenny & DH-4M-1
3. Wright Flyer replica
4. Helicopters on display
5. DC-3A ex UAL
6. Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor
7. Curtiss A-22 Falcon

Evergreen Aviation Museum Reel C
1. B-17G Flying Fortress
2. P-40 Warhawk
3. P-38 Lightning
4. P-51D Mustang, honors Oregon National Guard
5. British Spitfire/German BF-109
6. TBM Avenger
7. FG-1D Corsair

Copyrights to Spruce Goose and its images are held by the Captain Michael King Smith Educational Institute and Evergreen Aviation Museum. The Evergreen Aviation Museum View-Master® set is sold through Finley-Holiday exclusively through the Museum.

More than 250,000 people have visited the museum in the first 14 months that it has been open. The Evergreen Aviation Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden airplane, Howard Hughes' famous "Spruce Goose." There are more than 40 vintage aircraft on display, along with aviation artwork, the Spruce Goose Cafe and Museum Store. Miss America 2002 Katie Harman chose the Evergreen Aviation Museum for her wedding reception.

The Museum schedules numerous guest speakers such as a reception featuring Walter Cronkite or the legendary Capt. Al Haynes, a 33-year aviation veteran, who on July 19, 1989, piloted United Airlines Flight 232. The flight departed Denver at 2:09 p.m. and climbed to 37,000 feet. At 3:16 p.m., the flight crew notified Minneapolis Air Traffic Control that the No. 2 engine had failed and the aircraft was marginally controllable. Capt. Haynes directed the crippled aircraft's spectacular, but lifesaving, crash landing at the Sioux City, S.D. airport. The plane, which had suffered hydraulic failure along with loss of the engine, catapulted upon landing, split in two and erupted in a fireball. Of the 293 on board, 184 survived, due to the determination and skills of the pilots, flight crew, attendants and those on ground at the airport.

This soaring glass, steel and wood museum is the West Coast’s latest addition to the preservation of flight history and innovation. The Evergreen Aviation Museum's hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter. An extensive museum store and friendly cafe add to the Museum experience. The Museum is located at 3685 N.E. Three Mile Lane, across the road from Evergreen International Aviation and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Oregon, on Highway 18. Regular visitor admission is required. Call (503) 434-4180 for more information.

The reels are printed in different ink colors, in keeping with how Fisher-Price currently issues three-reel scenic titles. Reel A is printed in red ink, Reel B in green ink and Reel C in blue ink. The Evergreen Aviation Museum blister card is Stock No. B8111 for View-Master® collectors who keep track of the factory numbering system.

View-Master® General Motors Overdrive 2003 Models Reel

2003 General Motors View-Master® reelIn early 2003, General Motors produced a special View-Master® single reel to promote its new line of 2003 automobiles. The reels were handed out with a red viewer at the Automobile drive at Disney's Epcot.

The GM logo with the words "Overdrive, 2003 Models, gm.com" is printed in black ink on the single reel.

Images on the reel include
1. Chevy SSR
2. Pontiac Vibe GT
3. Cadillac CTS
4. GMC Envoy XL
5. Buick Rendezvous
6. Hummer H2
7. Saturn VUE

PhotoEd Magazine Winter 2003 3-D Issue

PhotoEd magazine Winter 2003 3-D IssueThe winter 2003 issue of Canada's PhotoEd magazine is dedicated to stereo photography. The magazine is a must-have addition to your 3-D magazine collection. The issue is loaded with free-view and anaglyphic images. Some of the advertisements also feature 3-D images.

The quality of images found in this magazine is outstanding. Printed on high gloss paper, the level of detail on the anaglyphs are some of the finest ever printed. The cover photo features an anaglyph of a dinosaur skeleton photographed by John LaRoucque. "Miners and Packers Climbing the 'Golden Stair' Trail, Chilkoot Pass on the way to the Klondike Gold Fields" is a Keystone stereocard from 1898 converted to anaglyph for the article about the history of stereoscopy. A free pair of Kodak Professional anaglyphic glasses is included with the magazine.

Articles in the magazine include
3-D 101
Getting started in stereo photography by Stan White
A Stereoscopic History
by Robert G. Wilson
Free Viewing Stereo Pairs and Making Anaglyphs
Stan White
Fine Art Stereo Cards and Table Top Stereo Photography
Nathalie Daoust
A Photographer's New York Hotel Story by Emily Sharpe
Why I Shoot 3-D
by Simon Bell
Photo Gallery
Submissions from readers

PhotoEd magazine editor Felix Russo notes, "Photography is now so common that we often take for granted its "WOW" factor. One area of photography that has retained the ability to fascinate and delight is stereo photography. Get started in 3-D with Stan White's article. Read about the history of 3-D and the part it played in educating and entertaining a generation. Robert Wilson's article shows the part stereo photography played in our photographic heritage. The How-To section will have you free-viewing and making anaglyphs in no time. The fascination continues and stereo photography is alive and well. I am sure you will be inspired and motivated by the work of Stan White, Nathalie Daoust, Simon Bell and the many readers who submitted stereo images."

The 3-D issue of PhotoEd magazine can be ordered for $6 in USA funds by sending your name, address, city, state, ZIP code and e-mail address to PhotoEd Magazine, 2100 Bloor Street West, Suite 621B, Toronto, Ontario M6S 5A5. You can subscribe for the entire 2003-04 series of PhotoEd magazine for $16, which includes the Winter 3-D issue.

Marvel ComX3D Features Spider-Man, The Hulk and X-Men Comics in 3-D

Now Spider-Man swings off the pages of the comics right into your face. The Incredible Hulk smashs his way out of your computer screen. The entire universe of Marvel Comics characters come bursting off the PC screen on the new Marvel ComX3D comics.

The mini-CDs feature collectible CD-Rom packaging with each unit including a show-through lenticular 3-D character view. Retail price is $4.99. Promotion includes Multi-Character Point of Sale Displays featuring Marvel characters. Launch titles include Spider Man, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk - Marvel's three biggest sellers of all-time. One full, interactive comic book is featured per disk with Special X3D Glasses™ folded into each unit. The Spider Man box contains two comics. A 3-D version of Spider Man #30 and a Marvel Team Up between Spider Man and The Incredible Hulk.

The first limited release collection features six comic book titles on a "mini" CD-ROM as a first edition release in 3-D. ComX3D Deluxe #1 features Spider-Man (2 issues), Hulk (2 issues), Wolverine, X-Men (2 issues) and Marvels (20 Super-Heroes). The limited edition CD-ROM is not available in store. You can only order it online at a cost of $14.95 plus shipping.

Future collections let viewers embark upon 3-D adventures to experience key moments from the comic and encounter a variety of the Marvel Universe's personalities, environments and sub-plots in 3-dimensions for the first time.

X3D has the rights to republish more than 50 Marvel superheroes characters from the last 40 years. X3D promises over 4,000 exciting titles to come including modern, classic and retro collections.

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King Action Flipz Lenticular 3-D Cards

The three Lord of the Rings Action Flipz Lenticular 3-D boxsetsArtbox released a box set of Action Flipz lenticular 3-D cards for the each of the three Lord of the Rings movies, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

The box sets each include 24 packs of cards per box, four Action Flipz and one sticker per pack. Each Lord of the Rings Action Flipz box is sealed.

There are 60 3-D Action Flipz, six rare action flipz randomly inserted, three ulra-rare action flipz and 24 chromium stickers.



Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers and The Return of the King 5x7 Promotional Lenticular 3-D Card

Lord of the Rings 5x7 promotional lenticular cardActor Elijah Wood is pictured as the Frodo character from The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers. The oversized 5"x7" lenticular card shows Frodo looking down at the one ring. When the card is moved, Frodo lifts his head and looks straight at you.