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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 11 2012 - 08:16 AM

Our new article is now on the website. We present our review of the new Blu-ray plus the background and history on this landmark 3-D production. We also clear up a few long-standing myths along the way! http://www.3dfilmarc...-blu-ray-review Greg Kintz and I hope you will enjoy it. Bob

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#2 of 36 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted October 11 2012 - 08:36 AM

Magnificent!



#3 of 36 OFFLINE   Doctorossi

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Posted October 11 2012 - 08:46 AM

Lovely stuff, Bob and Greg. Thank you!

#4 of 36 OFFLINE   JamesNelson

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Posted October 11 2012 - 08:53 AM

Excellent review and fabulous history lesson!

#5 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:00 AM

Thank you very much! Please share to other sites so that people understand the issues with the WarnerColor opticals.

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#6 of 36 OFFLINE   JamesNelson

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:21 AM

Bob, In the review, it was noted that the haloing in the film's elements was often more prevalent in the right-eye image. Would this have anything to do with the beam-splitter mirror employed in the 3-D camera rig?

#7 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:24 AM

No, if it had been the camera, it would have been present in non-intermediate footage as well. Definitely a result of the WarnerColor opticals.

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#8 of 36 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:26 AM

Holy crap - what an article! I got mine on Tuesday and just gave it a cursory go through. Definitely looking forward to reading this article (after I get off deadline) and watching the movie this weekend. Thanks Bob!

#9 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:28 AM

Thanks, Mark. It was a bit of work but it's important to get the facts out there. We're working on the CREATURE article now. Please share!

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#10 of 36 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:39 AM

Great article/review Bob!


"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


#11 of 36 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted October 11 2012 - 10:22 AM

You know, I physically can't see 3-D, but that article was fantastic. Great job, I can't wait to read your thoughts on Creature From The Black Lagoon



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Posted October 11 2012 - 10:39 AM

Thank you very much! Please share to other sites so that people understand the issues with the WarnerColor opticals.

Unfortunately, they won't even read it and don't WANT to understand. When these things have been explained in detail to these "reviewers" they never EVER adjust their "reviews" and just leave their misinformation to cause confusion and even turn people off from purchasing. It's really a crime but thus is the way of the Internet. The amateurs reign supreme and the people who are knowledgeable shout to the wind. :) Wonderful article and should be required reading. I'm sure people here will read it, just as I'm sure that people on other boards will continue to make pithy posts about when they ordered their Blu-ray, that they got a steel book, that they see EE and DNR everywhere based on screen caps, and ponder when their Blu-ray will get to them, presuming they even bought such a thing as a Blu-ray. :)

#13 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 11 2012 - 12:47 PM

Thank you very much, Bruce. The response has been surprising, to say the least! Russell, thank you as well. It's very gratifying to hear the article was of interest.

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Posted October 11 2012 - 01:50 PM

Thought I'd just chime in Bob, and say how much I loved the review and also how much I learned about the production and distribution of DIAL M FOR MURDER. I was also on the edge of my seat wondering whether an audience would show up to see DIAL M in 3D when it opened to the public. I am also deeply gratified to finally have the fading color issues inherent in Warner Color explained in a definitive and comprehensive manner. As for me, after seeing DIAL M FOR MURDER in 3D at the 8th Street Playhouse in the 80's, and then a number of times over the years at Film Forum, I have come to the conclusion that DIAL M is not only one of the best classic 3D films from the 1950's, but also, finally presented in 3D the way in which Alfred Hitchcock intended, DIAL M FOR MURDER can be seen as one of Hitchcock's greatest achievements. In your article, you explain simply and succinctly how that came to pass.

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Posted October 11 2012 - 02:40 PM

Bob, thank you for a great read and please pass along my appreciation to Mr. Kintz as well.  It is always gratifying to read something that teaches you something new and enhances one's enjoyment of the hobby.  Full disclosure:  I'm not currently set up for 3D, but my monitor is a 73 Mitsubishi DLP 3D ready set and so all I need to do is get the necessary hardware.  Stuff like this makes me want to do sooner rather than later!


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#16 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 12 2012 - 04:33 AM

Thanks, Mark and Steve. I'll be posting more info on WarnerColor next week. The documents are not in hand yet and we wanted to get the article posted ASAP. The 8th Street Playhouse New York premiere in 1980 was my first gig in the world of 3-D. Boy, I'm old!

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Posted October 12 2012 - 05:50 AM

I got my Mitsubishi DLP set up for 3D at last in anticipation of this title. The 3D is wonderful in depth (I'm not huge on pop out, so this titles up my alley) and all you have to do is look at the compositions to know it was always intended to be seen this way. Also glad to see that I wasn't crazy about that one 2D shot. Funny they couldn't just use a different take at the time! Thanks so much for the article, what more could anyone want to know!
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Posted October 12 2012 - 06:11 AM

Thanks, Mark and Steve. I'll be posting more info on WarnerColor next week. The documents are not in hand yet and we wanted to get the article posted ASAP. The 8th Street Playhouse New York premiere in 1980 was my first gig in the world of 3-D. Boy, I'm old!

Gosh, Bob, it was that long ago, wasn't it? I was at NYU film school at the time, so the 8th Street Playhouse was "on campus," so to speak. I remember attending most, if not all, of the films during that first 3D festival in between classes (and sometimes skipping classes): MAN IN THE DARK, THE MAD MAGICIAN, KISS ME KATE, HOUSE OF WAX, GORILLA AT LARGE & especially INFERNO, which is my favorite 3D film alongside DIAL M, due to the use of depth of field in order to illustrate what is going on emotionally inside the characters, in particular, the intercutting between Robert Ryan dying of thirst in a torrid desert & Rhonda Fleming drinking a martini from a tall, frosted glass beside a an almost fantasmagorical, shimmering swimming pool. Electric Ladyland studios was in the same building as the 8th Street Playhouse, so whenever one went to the Men's room, you could hear screaming guitar chords coming through the air vents from above. By the way, I noticed that a new transfer of THE MAD MAGICIAN in Polarized Real-D digital 3-D is playing at the Layfayette Theatre in Suffren, NY on Oct 21, at 7:30 PM. I don't think I can make it, but I assume this means Sony is also getting on the Classic 3D bandwagon.

#19 of 36 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted October 12 2012 - 06:45 AM

Mark: did you see the ad I posted in the article for that first 8th Street Playhouse festival? It's in the Photo Gallery. They've had the DCP of MAD MAGICIAN for a while now. I wish I could see it at the Lafayette, that's one of the best venues for classics in the New York area. I'll be in LA that day for the HTF event.

When these things have been explained in detail to these "reviewers" they never EVER adjust their "reviews" and just leave their misinformation to cause confusion and even turn people off from purchasing.

Funny you mention this. One article blamed the haloing on the 3-D process. I politely corrected the information and provided a link to our article saying that we explain the cause of this problem. My post was deleted!

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Posted October 12 2012 - 07:29 AM

Mark: did you see the ad I posted in the article for that first 8th Street Playhouse festival? It's in the Photo Gallery. They've had the DCP of MAD MAGICIAN for a while now. I wish I could see it at the Lafayette, that's one of the best venues for classics in the New York area. I'll be in LA that day for the HTF event. Funny you mention this. One article blamed the haloing on the 3-D process. I politely corrected the information and provided a link to our article saying that we explain the cause of this problem. My post was deleted!

That's what those sites do - it's really reprehensible and happily people eventually catch on, despite some of the boasts about them being the most popular site anywhere.




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