3D A Quick Preview of Arch Oboler's "The Bubble" Coming in 2014

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  1. Bob Furmanek

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    I've gotten a few questions about multiple running times for THE BUBBLE listed in books and on-line. Supposedly, the film is either 112 or 94 minutes in length.

    We have a 35mm print of the 1972 Sherpix re-issue and it is 91 minutes.The 94 minute length (actually 93:29) is from the 1976 Monarch Releasing Corp. re-issue. They added a 2:29 montage after the end credits reprising the best off-screen effects.Unfortunately, many people believe IMDB to be 100% accurate. I can tell you from my experience with the early aspect ratios that there is a LOT of wrong information on that site.
    Sadly, the trims are long gone. We searched and can find no trace of them.

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    IMDb details are only as accurate as the sources who submit detail and specifications to them; and people make human mistakes. Plenty of mistakes. It has been a while since I've contributed to the IMDb site, but when I see an error I have to follow specific guidelines so they can reasonably verify the change/correction.
     
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    Yes, for a while they had 3-panel Cinerama films with a 3.99:1 AR. I guess they thought each panel was 1.33. That since has been fixed.
     
  4. Bob Furmanek

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    We tried to submit a listing for a lost 3-D short that I had discovered. I had the negatives and it had already been screened once publicly.

    They replied that the information was not sufficient to warrant a listing on their site.
     
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    I'm pleased to share my new article, "Restoring a Landmark 3-D Motion Picture."

    It covers the production history of Arch Oboler's THE BUBBLE plus the documented facts on the effort to develop a widescreen, single-strip 3-D system in 1953.

    Colonel Robert V. Bernier -- a forgotten 3-D pioneer -- is finally given his proper place in the history of stereoscopic cinema.

    I also discuss the deplorable state of the 35mm negative and what we have done to restore it in HD for release on 3-D Blu-ray.

    The article contains all-new research utilizing never-before-seen studio documents and primary source materials. I'm happy to report that many long-standing 3-D myths are now disproven.

    I hope that you enjoy it!

    https://sites.google.com/site/3dfilmarchive/home/The-Bubble
     
  6. Jobla

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    Great article. I remember that THE STEWARDESSES, THE FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH, and DOMO ARIGATO all had runs at Seattle's Broadway Theater. I do think that DOMO ARIGATO played for at least a week, but that's a memory from a long time ago.A friend of mine's parents actually went to THE STEWARDESSES while thinking that they were going to see AIRPORT! After the opening 3-D scene in the motel, they realized that they weren't going to be seeing Helen Hayes and Dean Martin, and got their money back.I had no idea that THE FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH was actually THE BUBBLE! I don't think that THE BUBBLE ever played Seattle under that title.If you thought that Rhino's DVD of THE BUBBLE was poor, I'd say that their VHS of DOMO ARIGATO was much worse. In fact, I think that Rhino only released DOMO on VHS. Rhino's VHS and laserdisc of THE MASK were fairly decent anaglyph, but they never released THE MASK on DVD.
     
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    That's a great story about the confusion with Airport!
     
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    The Stewardesses in available on DVD in anaglyph 3D. I wonder if a Blu-ray 3D version will ever be released.
     
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    Yes. I saw THE STEWARDESS in 3D during it's original theatrical release as a horny college kid. I also was pleased to own the DVD when it was released about four years ago. I would love to own a Blu of this title.
     
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    I'd pick it up on Blu. I accidentally discovered it when I first started really getting into 3D around 2007 or 2008 and even though I didn't love it as a movie, I remember it being a fun experience.
     
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    I attended THE STEWARDESSES first-run at the Broadway Theater while I was a high school senior. I even wrote a review of it for my high school newspaper, comparing it to the then-popular LOVE STORY.Many years later, I was so disappointed when I bought the "special edition" on home video. Much of the original film was missing, to make room for boring hardcore inserts featuring nobody from the original picture.I think it was Shout Factory who released the later, excellent DVD, complete with the 3-D preview of THE MAZE. I'd upgrade to Blu-ray if THE STEWARDESSES were to be released.
     
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    Shout has the rights to release a 3-D Blu-ray of THE STEWARDESSES.
     
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    Less than one month to Kino's 3-D blu-ray release of THE BUBBLE!

    Here's a sample frame:

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    I look forward to watching "delirious" 3D. :)
     
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    This is going to be fun!
     
  16. Bob Furmanek

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    Two weeks from today on November 7, our 3-D restoration of Arch Oboler's THE BUBBLE will have its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. If you're in the area, don't miss this chance to see it on the big screen!http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/22249
     
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    Had the opportunity to watch the 3D Blu-ray of The Bubble.

    My thanks to Bob Furmanek for making certain I had a copy.

    A review is forthcoming. Most likely by Sunday.

    However, I wanted to say that I was extremely impressed by
    this film on several levels...

    Firstly, the story. It's a pretty damn good story -- almost
    something straight out of The Twilight Zone.

    Secondly, out of all the 3D golden age releases from all
    the studios, The Bubble has the most amazing use of forward
    projection. There are gimmicks galore, and they do leap off
    the screen (though not exactly float over one's head as advertised).

    Thirdly, The film transfer looks pretty darn good -- especially when
    comparing it to DragonFly Squadron. Of course, that's not a swipe
    at that film's transfer as there are always issues with original elements.

    I can tell you already that The Bubble will be placed on a high spot
    in my HTF Top 30 3D Titles list. It's my favorite, thus far, of all the
    golden age 3D releases.
     
  18. Bob Furmanek

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    Thank you, Ron. I've always felt THE BUBBLE was vastly under-rated.

    The original reviews from the roadshow engagements in 1967/68 were generally very positive with comparisons made to The Twilight Zone and The Invaders.

    It was the 1976 re-titling to FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH - and the deceptive ad campaign - that set the film up for a major fall. People were expecting something similar to STAR WARS and were obviously disappointed. That's when the film got bad reviews.

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    The terrible anaglyphic DVD from Rhino in the late 1990's did not help the films reputation.

    I think it's a solid story with very good performances from the young leads.

    I look forward to your review!
     

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