3D Turning The Spotlight On....Piranha 3DD and Bait 3D

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    This September Anchor Bay is going to try very hard to lure
    consumers with two new 3D horror titles that will be selling at
    a $20 pricepoint. Those of you hungry enough to supplement
    your growing collection with much cheaper fare may be wiser
    to think twice about what you purchase.

    Almost a year ago I reviewed Anchor Bay's 3D Blu-ray release
    of http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/307728/the-htf-3d-addict-piranha-3d


    No doubt, Piranha 3DD tries to capitalize on the first film,
    though it does so with little success. Set in a nude water park
    in a town besieged by primitive Piranha, the film tries harder to
    cater itself to horny teenagers rather than providing a story worth
    sitting through. By now, the fantasy of watching slow-motion
    bouncing boobs in 3D has gotten rather old for this reviewer, and
    the inclusion of veteran actors such as Christopher Lloyd, Gary
    Busey, Ving Rhames and David Hasselhoff doesn't make this film
    any more entertaining to watch.




    The same can be said for Bait 3D, which for most of its 93
    minute running time, has a lot of nothing going on. When a
    Tsunami hits a beachfront town, a great white shark menaces
    shoppers in a flooded supermarket. I didn't know if I was supposed
    to be more horrified of the shark or the film's miserable acting and
    dialogue. Events unfold at such a lethargic pace that you may find
    yourself getting anxious for the ending credits.

    For those looking for just the eye candy, I suppose both these
    films will satisfy your sweet tooth. Both offer superb HD clarity
    and a nice sense of separation between foreground and background.
    Piranha 3DD suffers from an abundance of crosstalk and its murky
    underwater scenes drown out the 3D effects. Bait 3D looks much
    superior, providing viewers with more defined 3D separation that
    makes everything look like a pop-out book. If In-Yo-Face gimmickry
    is what you are after, I think Bait 3D has more to offer on that
    front as well.

    I have often stated in my reviews that I find 3D to be a saviour to
    films that probably would not survive on their own as a 2D film.
    Piranha 3D is a perfect example of that analogy though perhaps
    now two years into this format, my tolerance for bad movies being
    exploited for the 3D market is growing thin.

    Purchase both at your own risk.
     
  2. Bob Furmanek

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    I should mention that when I approached Anchor Bay with offerings of our restored Golden Age 3-D material, they never even had the courtesy to respond to my letter...
     
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    The jerks!
     
  4. Bob Furmanek

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    Well, to be honest, they are not the only "name" distributor to ignore our inquiries. I suppose that's how many people do business these days. They simply ignore correspondence or just stop replying when they are not interested.
    When we do finally get a distribution deal, I'll share some stories with you.
     
  5. Moe Dickstein

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    Maybe you've tried this, or it's a weird idea, but have you tried Criterion? The only 3D title they've released was only in 2D and is now out of print (Flesh for Frankenstein)
    Considering the state of things, they might be interested in testing the waters with a classic 3D title, in 3D on Blu-Ray
     
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    Yes, another company that didn't reply...
     
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    Trailer for Bait:


    I picked up Piranha 3DD since it was only $14.99 and I had a lot of fun with the first one. I haven't had a chance to see this one yet. Hopefully this week.
     
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    I hate sounding like an arm chair quarterback, but what does it take to self distribute and sell via either Amazon or Screen Archives like Twilight Time does? I detect a HTF/Kickstarter project in the making!
     
  9. Bob Furmanek

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    We're looking into that option, Adam. My goal to get some of our vintage 3-D out by the 60th anniversary of the BWANA DEVIL November 1952 premiere won't happen because of some distributors (who shall remain nameless) that strung me along for months and then backed out.
    However, one way or another, we'll get our stuff out next year for the big 60th anniversary of 3-D's big year, 1953.
     
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    You already have one sold :)
     
  11. Bob Furmanek

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    Thanks, John. I appreciate that!
     
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    Make that two! Ron's probably asleep by now, but I'm sure he won't mind if I put him down, so that makes three.
     
  13. Bob Furmanek

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    Well, thanks Adam, but it's going to take a lot more to make it worthwhile. I'm already DEEP in the red from laying funds out of pocket for transfers, I can't lose any more!
     
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    I'm sure you have contacted all of the possible distributors including Flicker Alley ?
     
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    I didn't like the first one - meaning the remake, of course - because it was overall gorey. But it did have some excellent nudity!
    The sequel is tamer all around. Not as gorey, but it doesn't compensate with anything else. It's got some skin but not as much as the prior film. It's just kinda boring...
     
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    Unfortunately, in the corporate world in general, that's been my experience the past couple years, whether it was as a job applicant or interviewee, or someone who had a customer service issue, or whatever else... the idea that if someone took the time to send something to you that you should have the courtesy to at least send a "thanks, but no thanks" note seems to have been forgotten. A shame.
    That grumbling aside, I would very very happily purchase each and every one of the titles you've mentioned or hinted that you've been working on. And if you ever could use some volunteer work on these things in the NYC area, I'd be happy to be a cheerleader for this!
     
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    Watched Bait last night. I think I paid around $8 for it so I wasn't expecting much. But, I thought the acting was fine, special effects were well done and the 3D was great with lots of depth and out-of-screen effects. Hey, what do you want for $8?
     
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    But you have to admit that version of Mack the Knife was awesome during ending credits. Actually sung by the film's director, Kimble Rendall...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUcrLeca_QU&feature=kp
    As someone says in the comments this is probably the best part of the movie...
     

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