There was a time in the 1990's when I was shelling out up to $4K out of pocket for two 35mm prints in the hope of finding left/right sides to restore the 3-D version.
There was more than one occasion when I wound up with two prints of the same side!
The gentleman who complained of "pixelation" seems intent on posting his negative review everywhere.
If you good people don't mind, would you please post your honest reviews and ratings on Amazon? Greg and I...
Just to be clear, Nick.
The intermediate footage is cut into the negative because of 3-D camera rig alignment issues.
However, ANY intermediate footage used at that time exhibits the same anomalies. They are not unique to a 3-D production.
I understand Malcolm and please remember; there is only so much you can do with artifacts that are printed into the original 35mm elements.
If you had seen this film in a theater when it was first released in 1954, those halo's would have been there.
You're welcome, Nick.
The only shots in the film with rear-projection are scenes when they're having a conversation while driving in a jeep.
The last frame with the explosion is real. Those buildings were actually blown up behind John Hodiak!
What you are seeing is what's on the original left/right 35mm camera negatives. There are dupe sections cut into the negative to correct optically for vertical alignment issues. That practice was very common with 3-D films in 1953. Many times, the labs would have to fix issues that were baked-in...
I should also add that if a studio wants extensive image clean-up, we are able to do that as well. However, it would increase the cost.
On both DRAGONFLY SQUADRON and THE BUBBLE, we removed many bits of imbedded dirt from the image. There is a before/after restoration demo on...
Thank you very much, Ron!
When I began this work about 35 years ago, my goal was to get these films out of the vaults and back onto the silver screen where people could once again see them as the filmmakers intended. http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/home/history-of-the-archive
Seeing a 3-D film...