My schedule has not allowed for my normal preferred HTF browsing, but I wanted to stop in and say this really is a group effort with Bob Furmanek being very aware this title will get only one shot. And to that end he has written detailed notes on various adjustments that were needed, and culled a number of alternate elements to help cross-examine and improve upon our work. There will still be some occasional nicks and specks here and there as Pete already mentioned, but this title has had a rough handling history and needed a lot of TLC for us to be able to harvest from the best elements possible.
It certainly deserves it, as THE BUBBLE has a special place in stereoscopic film history. As many 3-D buffs already know, it was Arch Oboler who helped kick start the 1950's 3-D wave in the States with his first 3-D feature BWANA DEVIL in 1952. It would be 14 years later before he would make his 2nd 3-D feature, and in the tradition of Arch Oboler, he again went with an entirely new process of 3-D shooting and projection. Single strip 35mm 3-D projection had limited test runs in the 1950's as well as previous prototype attempts, but it was Oboler who in 1966 premiered the first widespread major single strip 3-D feature THE BUBBLE, which utilized single strip 35mm for both filming and exhibiting a 3-Dimensional motion picture. For the BUBBLE, Oboler used Colonel Robert Bernier's SpaceVision 3-D attachment which captured the left & right 3-D images as two stacked scope images within a normal 35mm frame. The single strip 35mm type of 3-D shooting and presentation with slight variations would continue on as the defacto 3-D film format for the next 30 years, which include titles such as JAWS 3-D, FRIDAY THE 13TH PT 3, and AMTYVILLE 3-D, just to name a few. 1980's 3-D director Charles Band used the single strip over and under format as late as 1997 for his last 3-D movie THE CREEPS. 3-D history aside, THE BUBBLE is also easily one of the cleanest looking 3-D single strip features shot. Ironically almost 20 years later, a number of single strip 3-D movies shot in the early 1980's would have chromatic aberrations and other issues that are essentially non-existent in Oboler's premiere single strip 3-D feature.
THE BUBBLE has the suspense element Oboler is known for from his radio days, and has a unique sci-fi mystery combination that reminds one of the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes of the time. Mod Squads Micheal Cole and the original Gidget Deborah Walley deliver solid performances about a town and surrounding area suddenly being encased under a giant dome by forces unknown. For those who watch current TV programming, does this sound familiar? Oboler's sometimes quirky story telling approach may not always appeal to everyone's tastes, but there is no denying the impact this movie has made in 3-D film history. It also has a very fare share of "out of screen" 3-D effects that will be sure to please, that is .. for those who don't mind that sort of thing.
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