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3-D Film Archive Rarities 3-D Blu-ray set for fall 2014 release

The first black-and-white film ever shown in Polarized 3-D made it's debut 75 years ago at the 1939 World's Fair. The 3-D short was so popular it was redone in color for the 1940 World's Fair as New Dimensions. This first public exposure to full color 3-D has been restored from the original Technicolor elements for release in the 3-D Blu-ray format as part of the 3-D Rarities package from Flicker Alley and the 3-D Film Archive in fall 2014.

Founded in 1990 by award-winning producer, author and motion picture archivist/historian Bob Furmanek, the 3-D Film Archive located and restored original dual-strip 35mm Polaroid prints of more than 30 features and two dozen shorts from 1922 to 1955, the “Golden Age” of 3-D cinema.

After 24 years of working to save and restore these rare films, the 3-D Film Archive is about to share our three-dimensional treasures with the world!

"3-D Film Archive owns the exclusive worldwide rights to several copyrighted features," said 3-D Film Archive Tech Director Greg Kintz. "Arch Oboler’s The Bubble (1966) is an eerie science fiction tale of several people trapped in a mysterious town; Dragonfly Squadron (1954) is an exciting Korean War drama which has never been seen in 3-D; El Corazon La Espada aka The Sword of Granada (1953) is a costume adventure in Spanish starring Cesar Romero and Katy Jurado; The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1961) is notable for several color 3-D sequences directed by 22 year old Francis Ford Coppola!"

"We also own archival 35mm materials on several hours of shorts, tests, trailers and cartoons dating back to the dawn of stereoscopic cinematography," Kintz continued. "They include Kelly'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; Lumiere’s L’Arrivée d’un Train first shown at the Academie des Sciences in Paris in March 1935; New Dimensions (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 May 1940 at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco; Boo Moon, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation from December 1953; Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film which was mysteriously pulled from theatrical release after a few play-dates in July 1953; The Maze coming attraction trailer with fantastic 3-D production design by the legendary William Cameron Menzies, and many more."

"These rare and historic shorts will be released by Flicker Alley on 3-D Blu-ray in 2014," said Kintz. "None of our films are in the red/blue anaglyph format. They will all be seen in their original and vastly superior Polaroid 3-D versions. Presented in high quality digital 3-D, all films in the Archive have been restored and mastered in HD from original 35mm elements for optimum quality. Meticulously re-aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, our historic 3-D films have never looked this good before!"

See video previews of some of these films on the 3-D Film Archive YouTube channel.

1939 World's Fair images
1939 World's Fair images courtesy of 3-D Film Archive

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Halloween 3-D may be back in production

Halloween 3-D fan made poster in cross-eyed 3-D.

Dimension Films is apparently resurrecting the filming of Halloween 3-D. Rob Zombies Halloween 2 grossed only $39 million at the worldwide box office, which put the last 3-D version on hold. Zombie said he won't return for Halloween 3-D. Word on the street is Patrick Lussier will replace him.

Will the film be a sequel to Zombie's Halloween 2 or another reboot? Scout Taylor-Compton, who portrayed Laurie Strode in both Zombie movies responded to bloggers with words that indicate the new film will be a sequel. "No longer, no more secrets. Can't wait to jump back into Laurie Strode's mindset," she wrote.

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LazeeEye 3-D Smartphone Accessory

Earlier this year Google announced a 3-D mapping smartphone called Project Tango, another impressive new piece of technology that probably won’t hit the market for several more years. Lucky for you there’s an alternative already on Kickstarter for turning your current Android phone into a 3-D camera. Meet LazeeEye, a smartphone accessory from Heuristic Labs that uses lasers to create three-dimensional photos and video.

LazeeEye, a not-so-subtle combination of the words laser and eye, uses your smartphone’s built-in camera along with an attached laser illuminator to map 3-D spaces. The product will launch with its own “stereo video” app for processing photos and videos, but the company hopes third-party developers will jump onboard to create a new class of applications designed to work with 3-D media.

There are a ton of advantages to shooting 3-D photos and videos for both professionals and amateur photographers. LazeeEye could help you measure or room or create a digital model of an object for 3-D printing. It also makes it easy to change the angle and lighting of a picture or even edit out specific objects and people.

The biggest advantage is you’ll be able to snap LazeeEye onto your current Android smartphone. You won’t need to buy a new phone or even spend more than $100. For just $20 you can order the DIY kit, while $50 will get you pre-assembled and pre-packaged model. There’s also a $250 developer model that comes with an official software development kit in case you’re hoping to create your own 3-D camera app.

Three-dimensional smartphone cameras may sounds like science fiction, but we’re already seeing other companies including Google move in this direction. LazeeEye has a chance to get there first, but it won’t hit its goal of shipping the first models this June without crowd-funding cash. There’s always some risk involved with any Kickstarter project, but Heuristic Labs has brought products to the market before and it’s confident it can do it again. As of May 6, crowd-funding amounted to $75,000 with a deadline of May 30 to reach the $250,000 fudning goal.

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Shaolin Temple 3-D in production

Shaolin kung fu will be showcased in an animated film according to Taiwan-born director, cartoonist and script-writer, Tsai Chih Chung. Shaolin Temple is expected to be finished within the next two years according comments by Chung during a press conference at the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan province.

Chung started writing a script for the film in 2006. Chung said he will make a cartoon that focuses on Zen and Buddhist philosophy. The filmmaker guaranteed the film will be "funny and worth-watching."

Traditional Chinese ink and wash paintings will be used to give the production an authentic feel. Shaolin abbot Shi Yongxin spoke in support of the film at the press conference.

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Vladmasters goes to Australia

Vladmasters audience.

In June, The Sydney Film Festival aims to dazzle with View-Masters, a technology unveiled at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Audiences will gather at the Festival Hub in Sydney Town Hall for special View-Master ''screenings'' where each person will be handed a device and sit together, cinema-style, as they click through a set of images that will tell a story with music and narration.

This year's festival’s are ''Vladmasters,'' the handmade work of Portland-based artist Vladimir, who has been producing 28-photo discs for screenings around the world since the early 2000s.
Editor's Note: See 3-D Review Online Magazine's 2004 article about Vladmasters.

Mathieu Ravier, director of The Festivalists, came across Vladmasters at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2007. He and a room full of people clicked through a story based on a Kafka parable. Ravier found out a Vladmaster session was part of Melbourne’s White Night festival and decided he had to bring the sessions to Sydney.

Vladimir takes the photographs herself and produces the music and narration heard as audiences click along.

Admission tickets cost $10.

8 to 9 p.m. Saturday June 7
8 to 9 p.m.Wednesday June 11
6 to 7 p.m. Saturday June 14

Festival Hub (upstairs at Town Hall)
483 George Street, enter from Town Hall steps

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3-D stereographer Alexander Gardner visits Lawrence, Kansas (September 1867)

In September 1867, photographer Alexander Gardner, his Civil War reportage just ended, rolled his horse-drawn darkroom wagon, down the dirt surface of Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas. The Lawrence Daily Tribune reported about Gardner's visit at the time and how he was documenting the young frontier community with stereoscopic photos. Mike Yoder with The Lawrence Journal-World takes us to 1867 in a look back at that visit. More...

See several Library of Congress stereoviews taken by Gardner More...

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Auction Results    

St. Louis Fair stereoview boxset.

A boxset of 1904 World's Fair St. Louis stereocards sold for $150 with 1 bid. The 101 green border card set included the elusive title stereocard.

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