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Steve Phillips

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Studios: Lots of people want to see the following 3-D movies from your libraries on DVD in 3-D using field sequential format like the IMAX box sets. Many of these films were released in Japan ages ago in this 3-D format on VHD disc officially, so why not do it now in the US on DVD? There is a huge untapped market here for a new 3-D series.. These films play all the time flat on TV! These are just a few!!!

UNIVERSAL: Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, It Came from Outer Space, The Glass Web, Wings of the Hawk, Taza, Son of Cochise, Jaws 3-D, Metalstorm.

WARNER: House of Wax, Dial M for Murder, Charge at Feather River, Phantom of the Rue Morgue, Hondo.

COLUMBIA: Spacehunter, Three Stooges shorts, Fort Ti, Stranger Wore a Gun, Gun Fury, The Nebraskan, Drums of Tahiti, Miss Sadie Thompson.

PARAMOUNT: Money from Home, Friday the 13th Part 3 (Sorry, even I can't recommend The Man Who Wasn't There!)

While the IMAX 3-D titles are fun, what we all want are real 3-D movies from the classic era!
 

MatS

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I would love to see 'Dial M For Murder' 3-D or not.

ps. this should be in the studio feedback section
 

GregK

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There is a huge untapped market here for a new 3-D series.. These films play all the time flat on TV! These are just a few!!!
Steve hits the nail dead on. There are at least 50 films
that could be transferred to video in 3-D..

There's the great Pete Smith 3-D shorts from the 1930's,
or "Bwana Devil" which kicked off the famous 1950's 3-D
craze. ..3-D has never stopped: The Bubble, Frankenstein,
Comin At Ya!, Run For Cover... Every decade has produced
great 3-D films, and DVD would be a great vehicle to finally
present them.

Besides the work Bob Furmanek has done, many studios just
don't see any future prospects in their 3-D libraries and
because of this some 3-D films are now lost, and more will
be soon. "Home theater" saved many four and six track mag
stereo film soundtracks, which before had been neglected
by many studios after their roadshow runs. I just hope some
of these 3-D classics are also saved before it's too late...
 

Chuck L

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What I find funny about the whole studio approach to 3-D on DVD is...

We can locate the Titanic on the ocean floor, we could send in the 60's man to the moon, we have found water and ice on Mars, and we have even come up with the breast implant (something from which Hollywood reaped major revenue from)...yet, we can't seem to get the studios to spend the time and find out how to successfully get 3-D films onto a DVD.

Makes no sense to me.

I would even purchase the suck-fest Treasure of the Four Crowns if it were released in 3-D. There will always be a market for 3-D films...again, this goes to further degrade the original vision of the director for how they wanted the movie to be seen. That I am always against.
 

Joe Bernardi

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GregK -

No one I've ever talked to remembers the Pete Smith shorts.

Hallelujah! Now there's you!

I saw many of them in the second-run theater in my still mill suburb of Buffalo NY in the '40s.

They were hilarious. Of course we're all jaded now.

(I didn't know they were in 3D.)
 

John Berggren

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I would love to buy 3D films on DVD. From the 50s through Freddy's Dead ( I think that's the most recent ) and even Captain EO and IMAX programming.

This might be better suited in Studio/Manufacturer Feedback though.
 

Steve Phillips

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There were three Pete Smith shorts in 3-D: Audioscopics (1936); New Audioscopics (1938) and Third Dimensional Murder (1941).

These were all filmed with 2 cameras and then CONVERTED to red/green anaglyph format for release.

The first two were complied of random 3-D footage aquired by MGM who then added Pete Smith's narration. The latter intended to be a Smith short all along.

In recent years, the elements were transferred to video in field sequential 3-D (MUCH better quality and effect) making them look far better than they did originally. These improved versions aired on an experimental 3-D TV channel a few years ago.
 
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MaxY

Something that you 3D guys might find interesting and funny.
I have a big Sat Dish. many Channels will pop up for awhile on the big dish hoping to attract cable companies to show them and trying to get on to the mini dish systems where bandwidth is tighter.
There was one channel that was on for about 6months to a year that showed nothing but 3D movies 24 hours a day. All you needed was the glasses. :)
There is currently one called B-Mania which shows B movies 24 hours a day.
Max
 

Patrick McCart

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I'd consider 3-D versions of House of Wax, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Dial M For Murder...

But only if the studios can find a way to see the 3-D effect WITHOUT special systems. No anaglyphic (EYE STRAIN!), but perhaps a polarized system. I remember a system used for that 3-D episode of 3rd Rock From The Sun which had a pair of glasses with one polarized lens and one clear. Perhaps something like that could be thought up.

As much as I love these films, there's no way most people could consider or afford a $300+ system to view 3-D media.
 

Steve Phillips

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The Third Rock show was not real 3-D. They attempted to experiment with something called "Pulfrich Illusion" which occurs naturally when a camera moves right to left. When you put a dark lens over your right eye, an illusion of depth MIGHT be perceived by some viewers. No special camera is required. You can shoot out of a moving car (from the passenger side) with any camcorder and see the footage in a 3-D effect when you watch it with a sunglass lens over your RIGHT eye. Try it. The only problem is that the 3-D illusion only works when there is horizontal motion. The second the camera stops moving the 3-D illusion goes away. Heck, you can watch a parade or a basketball game on TV with a filter and see 3-D often. It is just a fluke, it's not Stereoscopic 3-D.

Various producers have attempted to do this on TV and promote it as 3-D, but as often as not they have not understood what they are doing or how to shoot the footage to maximize the effect and it has not worked well. Everything from cartoons to porn have this, even a Super Bowl halftime show (one of the worst attempts, too!)

As far as the cost of a real 3-D system; these can be had for $50.00, not $300.00!!! The Ultimate Imax set included 3 3-D DVDs, the system and 2 pairs of glasses and I've seen them selling for $80.00.
 

Jefferson

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Hey Joe Bernardi- I like the Pete Smith shorts too. They run them sometimes as "one reel wonders" on TCM. I have the one where Lena Horn sings "Ain't it the Truth" in the tub.
Oh, on the 3-D thing, it would be cool to have Kiss Me Kate, which I saw revived that way here two years ago.
You haven't lived until Ann Miller has kicked her leg right in your face.:)
 

Steve Phillips

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Yes, I agree KISS ME KATE is one of the better 3-D efforts. I saw it in a revival screening a few years ago. Overall, the older 3-D movies from the 50s used the process far more effectively than the more recent efforts. Actually the IMAX films are as often as not shot by people who don't understand the process and suffer as a result. Stuff like CREATURE, HOUSE OF WAX, CHARGE AT FEATHER RIVER blow them away. (Rember, we aren't counting any ugly red/blue conversions done for TV or re-issue; they almost uniformly stink)
 

Jeff Kleist

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I'd buy Captain Eo!
And STARCHASER: THE LEGEND OF ORIN!
It's such a crappy movie, but it was in 3-D :) I loved it when I was 7
 

Steve Phillips

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HOUSE OF WAX in August, but flat only. I guess Warner would rather let the bootleggers continue to make big bucks selling the 3-D version than put it out in the US themselves.

At least they are adding MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM as a bonus flick. That's something. Still, another missed opportunity. Warner has lots of cool 3-D films in their vaults. They're even making their first IMAX 3-D film, a NASCAR project.

Wake up Warner!
 

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