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#761 of 1660 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted May 06 2013 - 01:26 PM

If done properly, I'm not opposed to the idea, so long as the original version is always available.

 

Personally, if I had the money, I would pay to convert flat elements on lost 3-D films, such as TOP BANANA and BANDIT ISLAND.

 

Crazy, huh?! :)

 

http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/lost-3-d

 

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Not crazy in the least. I saw the latest G.I. Joe movie in 3D and compared to the not-ready-for-prime-time results on some other conversions, I walked away rather impressed. Stereo D have really upped their game in conversion, and I would love to see them not only tackle conversions for films like the ones above, but also optimise native 3D from the classic era. 


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Posted May 07 2013 - 02:46 PM

Hey Bob,

 

Anything new on the release of any of your titles on Blu-ray 3D?

 

Thanks,

 

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#763 of 1660 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 07 2013 - 07:47 PM

There are a few things brewing but still nothing definite.


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#764 of 1660 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted May 07 2013 - 10:22 PM

I wish we knew definitely which classic Columbia 3-D title Twilight Time will be releasing in 2014.



#765 of 1660 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 07 2013 - 10:31 PM

Pretty sure it's MAD MAGICIAN.


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Posted May 07 2013 - 11:26 PM

Still, there's all that teasing evidence pointing toward Miss Sadie Thompson (like, the RealD print showing at the Expo)...I'd prefer Vincent over Rita myself, to go with Warner's House of Wax promise, but it's just too even money at the moment to predict.

 

Right now, most are just too busy figuring out how Scream Factory could still be dropping such hints about Amityville 3D, if "nobody" worked on it.  But we'd need an 80's-3D expert to know for sure.



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Posted May 07 2013 - 11:27 PM

Pretty sure it's MAD MAGICIAN.

 

 

Yeah, everybody seems to think so.

 

A 3-D blu-ray of The Mad Magician is good and most welcome, but I hope it will be some other Columbia.


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Posted May 08 2013 - 09:17 AM

Man in the Dark, shorts Spooks and Pardon my Backfire, Gun Fury, Miss Sadie Thompson in stereo sound!, Mad Magician. Did I miss any? I would vote for Miss Sadie Thompson. 


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#769 of 1660 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted May 08 2013 - 10:55 AM

Only a few.

 

Right now, most are just too busy figuring out how Scream Factory could still be dropping such hints about Amityville 3D, if "nobody" worked on it.  But we'd need an 80's-3D expert to know for sure.

 

No such thing as an '80's 3-D expert. And I'm sure Bob realizes that the best films in the 1980s 3-D revival were the re-releases of House of Wax and Dial M For Murder.

 

Shout Factory / Scream Factory officially announced the 3-D version of Amityville 3 in the new box-set slated for October on their Facebook page today, or was it yesterday, although I didn't see the announcement myself. I will be revising and expanding the old 1980s 3-D Revival thread in a few minutes.



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Posted May 08 2013 - 10:58 AM

Shout Factory / Scream Factory officially announced the 3-D version of Amityville 3 in the new box-set slated for October on their Facebook page today, or was it yesterday, although I didn't see the announcement myself.

Looking at Facebook, it was only about an hour ago. Here's the full info:

***BREAKING! AMITYVILLE 3-D NEWS***We can now officially confirm that our upcoming Amityville Horror Trilogy blu-ray box set will include the film AMITYVILLE 3-D (1983) in Blu-ray 3-D!! (2-D version also included too.)To our knowledge, this marks the first time an 80's 3-D film has been presented in a Blu-ray 3-D format. Needless to say, we are very excited about this and hope you will be too.The release is planned for October. More specific details (artwork, extras) will be announced in the Summer.


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Posted May 08 2013 - 01:07 PM

I made an isolated thread before I read your post Travis. I hope that ends up being OK.


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#772 of 1660 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 08 2013 - 01:49 PM

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Posted May 08 2013 - 09:13 PM

"Miss Sadie Thompson", please

 

The great score by George Duning would really suit Twilight Time and it's large number of Movie Music admirers.

Not quite so sure about The Mad Magician's score by Emil Newman and Arthur Lange.

 

Rita in 3D,  :3dglasses:   Wow, so close you could almost reach out and grab her. :wub:

 

I thought I had read that Sadie Thompson's Stereo tracks were lost?

If true then that would really be a huge disappointment.

 

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#774 of 1660 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 09 2013 - 12:37 PM

It was the first Hollywood production to record in three-channel stereo on location. There are photos with the three boom microphones covering the action.

 

Sadly, the stereo tracks are lost.


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Posted May 10 2013 - 03:26 PM

The David White Co., manufacturers of the Stereo Realist, hosted the midwest premiere of HOUSE OF WAX at the Warner Theatre in Milwaukee on April 18, 1953. Special guests appearing on stage were Gordon MacRae, Paul Picerni and Harold Lloyd.

 

Anybody have a time machine?

 

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Posted May 10 2013 - 03:45 PM

Where's Doctor Who when you need him? :)



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Posted May 13 2013 - 05:15 PM

Please see this post in the Aspect Ratio thread for some comments on our 3-D research:

 

http://www.hometheat...arch/?p=3957484


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Posted May 14 2013 - 10:38 PM

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Posted May 14 2013 - 11:13 PM

I can't believe that Leonard Maltin of all people wrote that miserable piece regarding 3D.

 

"Those Pesky 3D Glasses"

 

"So it looks like we are STUCK with 3D"

 

Very disappointing from someone who should be championing the cause.

 

At least 3D does gain some publicity from the article even if it tends to be mostly negative. 



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Posted May 15 2013 - 06:17 PM

I think Maltin's point is more about how the 3D becomes cumbersome if its only purpose is to increase the ticket price, which comes across more clearly in statements like "indifferent 3-D discourages people from seeing films like Life of Pi that actually make brilliant, creative use of the medium."


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