The futures so bright, I gotta wear 3D shades!

Business Insider have an interesting article analysing the future of 3D cinema… and far from what the naysayers are preaching, it looks like the futures so bright.. I gotta wear 3D shades!

The article discusses the growth in 3D output for cinema audiences since 2005; growing from 4 major 3D film releases in 2005 through to 38 in 2012, with available 3D enabled cinema screens growing massively from 98 in 2005 to 43,000 in 2012!

Read the full “3 Signs That 3D Movies Are The Way Of The Future” article on the Business Insider website.

Business Insider’s Verizon sponsored Roadmap To The Future postings aim to explore innovative industry trends and breakthroughs in science, entertainment, and technology.

How Excited – Creature from The Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray

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It’s finally coming out – The Creature from the Black Lagoon on 3D blu ray!

Wow – had to share I’ve just pre-ordered it as part of the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection [Blu-ray] that Amazon has for pre-order.

And why am I so excited I hear you ask – well I’m finally getting my hands on my favourite 3d movie of all time in a watchable 3d format – The Creature from The Black Lagoon in 3D!

Yeehah!

The Collection 3D Poster

I just had to share the poster we’ve just completed for the cover of our DVD for The Collection (3D).

Based on an illustration by Thomas Selway, our editor on the shoot, the poster emulates a grungy retro exploitation style. The poster has that classic B-movie feel that really suits the project.

If you’ve not seen the film yet please do head over to our YouTube Channel and check out The Collection (3D).

3D Movie Classics in the pipeline

There’s been some great news in the last few weeks regarding some of the classic 3d films that are lined up for release on 3D bluray.

Warner Brothers is releasing the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder in a completely rescanned & restored 3D version.  Dial M for Murder was originally released in the 3D boom of the 1950s, however few moviegoers at the time actually got to see it in the intended format. According to the press release, the studio has gone back to the original camera negative for a 4K scan, with restoration done for both eyes and tweaks to improve convergence where necessary.

Originally designed to lure audiences away from their fresh new TV sets, 3D utilized a “left-eye/right-eye” dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. However, with the advent of CinemaScope (“the miracle you can see without glasses”) and the higher costs associated with 3D, the audiences interest was fading by the time Dial M for Murder was released in theatres. As a result, most 1954 moviegoers only saw the film projected in 2D, and it wasn’t until the early 1980s that a classic 3D film revival allowedDial M for Murder to be briefly seen theatrically, albeit in a “faux 3D” 70 mm composite print.

To ready Dial M for Murder for this current release, MPI’s work included a 4K scan of the original camera negative, and a full restoration of the two “eyes,” as well as convergence fixes to ensure perfect alignment.

Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog said:
“Given the current trend toward 3D, we’re delighted to be releasing this authentic classic 3D. This is not a conversion from 2D to 3D, but an original work, with a big tip of the cap to MPI, that illustrates just how good 3D can be. The Warner library has the largest number of classic 3D titles (15) of any studio and over the years we’ve been looking to release them, but not until now has the technology been perfected to the point we can do that. We’re hoping Dial M for Murder is the first of several classic 3D films to be released, with the long-awaited, much requested “House of Wax” expected next.”

In addition to this Universal Studios are set to release one of my all time favourites “Creature from The Black Lagoon” on 3D Bluray too as part of “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection” in October 2012. The film, along with the other iconic Universal Monsters films has been digitally restored from high resolution picture and audio masters and promises to be a bluray horror classic extravaganza!

Their press release states: “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-rayM, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more.  Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version.

From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century. Sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection is the ideal gift for film buffs and horror aficionados alike.”

Cave of Forgotten Quality?

I don’t know if anyone else has commented on the 3D quality of Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” but I was actually shocked that this got a cinema release.

I mean I appreciate that Werner is a talented guy and that in theory showing these cave paintings in 3D is the only way that they can be appreciated apart from being there in the flesh… but then why bother making a feature length documentary with about 5 or 10 minutes of reasonable quality 3D? Between the incredible image noise in the low light/pitch dark caves, the appalling optical rivalry and the bizarre extreme interaxials I could barely watch. And I was watching on a 47” TV, I can’t imagine how this looked on a cinema screen. I didn’t wait around to see who was listed as stereographer on this but if I were them I would probably leave this one off my CV.

Very odd then that this seemed to be quite well received at the time it was in cinemas – I guess it’s the “serious” take and the “serious” intention that possibly impressed critics.

Unfortunately for me it was great theory shame about the implementation. Well each to their own… roll on Prometheus!!!