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United Artists 3-D
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Posted August 30 2011 - 12:45 PM
http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ United Artists released the first stereoscopic feature film, Arch Oboler's Bwana Devil, which premiered at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood 30 November 1952. This poster was displayed in the lobby to explain to audiences how 3-D worked: http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ This famous photograph of the audience was taken by J. R. Eyerman that night: http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ A really low-budget independent sci-fi with excellent 3-D: http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ So far as I know, Southwest Passage has not been restored or projected since the 1950s and the elements may not exist: http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ A personal favorite stereoscopic film and a personal favorite film noir with superb lighting by John Alton: http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Alton makes the dark light dance in I, THE JURY. I don't know who controls the United Artists films now. Is it Fox through its distribution deals with MGM who used to control UA, or Tom Cruise, or Warner Brothers?
Posted August 30 2011 - 01:00 PM
Was that United Artists? Thanks for the reminder. The 3-D Film Preservation Fund paid for its restoration and justified the effort with a highly succesfull screening in 2006, which I would re-live if I could: http://www.3dfilmpf.org/ Good solid British / American noir and a consistently immersive 3-D experience. But I, the Jury is the 3-D film I most want to see on 3-D Blu-ray.
Posted August 31 2011 - 09:16 AM
Does Warner Brothers distribute the UA films now, does anyone know?
Posted August 31 2011 - 09:18 AM
With one or two exceptions, MGM controls the UA catalogue.
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Posted August 31 2011 - 02:25 PM
MGM/UA also owns TOP BANANA which was never released in 3-D and is one of only two features that might be lost from the Golden Age. We do not own DIAMOND WIZARD. While we did arrange for the first 3-D print to be struck in 2006, the film is still owned by MGM/UA. Bob Furmanek Vice President 3-D Film Preservation Fund http://www.3dfilmpf.org/
Posted August 31 2011 - 02:33 PM
The MGM Limited Edition Collection is releasing the 2D TOP BANANA next month.
Posted August 31 2011 - 02:41 PM
I was hoping one of you would chime in here. What is the other feature that might be lost from the golden age? What is the status of HANNAH LEE aka OUTLAW TERRITORY? Who controls it now, and what's been done for the other eye? What is the status of SOUTHWEST PASSAGE, do you know? I stand corrected on DIAMOND WIZARD. I must have been really tired when I mis-read the European release dates for BWANA DEVIL on imdb.
MGM/UA also owns TOP BANANA which was never released in 3-D and is one of only two features that might be lost from the Golden Age. We do not own DIAMOND WIZARD. While we did arrange for the first 3-D print to be struck in 2006, the film is still owned by MGM/UA. Also, BWANA DEVIL did not play in Europe before it's November 1952 3-D premiere in Hollywood. Bob Furmanek Vice President 3-D Film Preservation Fund http://www.3dfilmpf.org/
Posted August 31 2011 - 03:37 PM
SOUTHWEST PASSAGE might be lost, research is still being done around the world. It had a VERY limited 3-D release in 1954 (only one known playdate) so the negatives were split and one side shipped overseas. HANNAH LEE is an unknown mess. There are nearly 30 boxes of materials on it but the current distributor has no idea what they are holding.
Posted August 31 2011 - 04:55 PM
Your participation in these threads is most welcome and greatly appreciated, Bob. I've been searching the internet for photos of the 3-D rig used on BWANA DEVIL. Do you have any visual materials you can share with us? People need to see what these old camera rigs looked like. Many thanks.
Posted August 31 2011 - 05:47 PM
! That's a forklift?! They're using a forklift for a tripod? Look at the size of that camera. Is that 3-D camera inventors Milton L. and Julian Gunzberg seated at left and right? Lovely photo, many thanks. Richard
Posted August 31 2011 - 05:51 PM
You're welcome. They were shooting in the hills and I imagine the terrain was not the smoothest. They probably used the forklift to move the camera around for different shots. I'm not sure, but I would imagine one would be cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc.
Posted March 08 2012 - 11:36 AM
Correct me If I'm wrong but I believe I read in a few places over the years The Diamond Wizard was never copyrighted in the US back in the day. Assuming this is true, then how is it it that MGM/UA can be the copyright holders? Actually I have an even better question, although it might be splitting legal hairs, wouldn't the 3D version of a film have to copyrighted separately ? Or is it not considered as a separate version as sometimes widescreen or some foreign versions of films are? Just curious. Thanks.
Posted March 09 2012 - 03:11 AM
THE DIAMOND WIZARD (aka THE DIAMOND) is fully protected by copyright. No, the 3-D version does not require a separate registration. It's considered the same film.
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