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Budd Boetticher directed some interesting westerns.

His 1953, Wings of the Hawk, filmed in 3-D, was not one of them.

What does work, however, is the 3-D, which has been nicely handled, albeit slightly less dark than a bat's groin at midnight in projection, when viewed through the requisite optics. You'll want to either crank the brightness in projection or view on a flat panel, if you can find one that still offers 3-D.

With imagery harvested from Eastman IPs, the film looks better than okay, but if the plays the thing, it's this play that isn't.

And while Julie Adams (here billed as Julia), would make her star turn in another 3-D production for Universal, Creature from the Black Lagoon, she doesn't quite fit the bill as a Mexican firebrand.

For those who appreciate early 3-D, Mr. Woodpecker is along for the ride in his 3-D Hypnotic Hick, and that's great fun.

A quality package for 3-D-ophiles. And having the original 3-track stereo is a nice bonus.


Image – 3.5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

RAH
 
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Wings screen.jpg

Here's the image on a ten foot screen via Epson 5040, calibrated for 3-D.

No brightness issues whatsoever!
 

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If a 3D title is too dark, I change the setting to Vivid. I know it's not the proper way to watch a 2D title but for 3D it works fine.
 

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If a 3D title is too dark, I change the setting to Vivid. I know it's not the proper way to watch a 2D title but for 3D it works fine.
Possibly yet another need for an automated update. The projector correctly identifies a 3-D data stream. It might be possible to automatically go to a different setting to more properly exhibit 3-D.

As opposed to another created and locked setting for 3-D, for which one size will not fit all. Also doesn’t help that JVC glasses seem a couple of points heavier than Sony.
 
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You need to calibrate your projector while wearing your 3D glasses or put the glasses in front of your light meter. Your 2D settings obviously will not look good in 3D. A new locked, alternate picture setting for 3D that you can manually switch to when you watch a 3D film would be just fine.
 

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You need to calibrate your projector while wearing your 3D glasses or put the glasses in front of your light meter. Your 2D settings obviously will not look good in 3D. A new locked, alternate picture setting for 3D that you can manually switch to when you watch a 3D film would be just fine.
I’m aware, thank you. As all 3-D is not mastered / authored in the same way, it’s a bit of an annoyance.

One nice attribute about this release, thanks to Mr. Furmanek, is that the 3-D works beautifully.
 

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One nice attribute about this release, thanks to Mr. Furmanek, is that the 3-D works beautifully.

Thank you Robert, that is very much appreciated and our work is a team effort. Greg Kintz did shot by shot stereoscopic alignment and left/right panel matching; Thad Komorowski performed dirt and damage clean-up and Jack Theakston helped Greg with bringing back the severely faded color.

Here's an example of what we were up against. The dupe opticals (and there are many) were absolutely toasted!

Wings dupe optical.png
 

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Other than a small handful of revival screenings over the last six decades, this is the first widespread release of the cartoon in 3-D since 1953!

This also marks the first time the feature is presented in the intended widescreen aspect ratio since the original theatrical release. It was the first film composed for 1.85:1.
 

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Other than a small handful of revival screenings over the last six decades, this is the first widespread release of the cartoon in 3-D since 1953!

This also marks the first time the feature is presented in the intended widescreen aspect ratio since the original theatrical release. It was the first film composed for 1.85:1.
There are very few classic cartoons in 3-D. This is extremely welcome. If something just could be done about the Popeye and Bugs Bunny ones Warner controls.
 

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