old "3D" movies

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  1. Pam W

    Pam W Stunt Coordinator

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    Does anyone know if there are any of the old "3D" type movies that have been successfully converted into DVD or video? I want to do a birthday party for my son and thought this would be a fun idea. I found tons of the red/blue glasses on the internet, but so far I've been unsuccessful in locating a movie to play. Someone told me that the transfer from the original to video or DVD format won't work. Is this true? Thanks in advance for any help. [​IMG]
     
  2. Steve Phillips

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    There are a few DVDs and several VHS releases of 3-D material in the anaglyph red/blue format, but they aren't very effective. These include CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (both long out of print), THE MASK, ROBOT MONSTER, CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON, DOMO ARIGATO, COMIN AT YA, THE BUBBLE, and FREDDDY's DEAD. Of these, some are unwatchable and some are OK. THE BUBBLE is probably the best example on DVD. With the exception of THE MASK and FREDDY's DEAD, these were all originally released in the far superior polariod format (using the clear gray lenses) and these red/blue downcoversions in no way resemble what the films are supposed to look like. Most of these TV versions are blurry, ugly messes with little depth.
    Best bet for home 3-D that works: get a field sequential unit that use LCD shutter glasses. The 3-d is full color, completely stereoscopic and miles ahead of the red/blue stuff. The units are easy to install and use, and a few DVDs (ENCOUNTER IN THE THIRD DIMENSION, ULTIMATE Gs, HAUNTED CASTLE, ALIEN ADVENTURE) are out along with over 50 or so titles on VHS. There is even an ULTIMATE 3-D BOX SET which comes with 3 3-D discs, a system and 2 pairs of glasses which sells for $69.95 at DVD Planet.com, AMAZON and others.. Also look at www.3dmagic.com for VHS titles.
     
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    Freddy's Dead looks awesome, at least in a friend 48 inch TV. Add the remastered 5.1 and you will amaze your guests.
     
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    Steve,

    I've read somewhere that "Field Sequential" 3D either doens't work, or has problems with playback on digital televisions due to line doubling, and the conversion of the video from an interlaced, to a progressive scan signal.

    Would it be worth my greenbacks to pick up the $69 3D collection to play on my 65" Mitsubishi Widescreen HD-Ready set?

    Thanks,

    Spence
     
  5. Steve Phillips

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    Hi

    I have also read that FS 3-D cannot work on an HDTV monitor. I've not hooked my unit up to my new TV (it's still on my 27 inch 4X3 set) so I'm not sure. Can anyone else out there share their experience with this? In any case, for those with square sets it works very well.
     
  6. Pam W

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    Thanks so much for the insightful information, everyone. This gives me something to work on! I see major homework ahead for me before this party![​IMG]
    Pam
     
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    The field-sequential format is difficult if several people are trying to watch at the same time. The system I have only accepts 2 pairs of glasses at a time (and I don't think I could afford more than 2 anyway!) It was always fun to put on my tape of the 1982 porno movie "Sexcalibur" and watch people go "Oh, a 3-D porno! Lemme see!" [​IMG]
     
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