Flicker Alley and 3-D Film Archives Releasing Eye-Popping “3-D RARITIES” on Blu-Ray

Flicker Alley and 3-D Film Archives Releasing Eye-Popping "3-D RARITIES" on Blu-Ray

In commemoration of the centennial of 3-D motion pictures, Flicker Alley
and the 3-D Film Archive have set a June 16th release date for a set of ultra-rare, long lost three-dimensional shorts on Blu-ray. Newly restored, curated and produced by Bob Furmanek, 3-D Rarities includes numerous animated films – ranging from Norman McLaren experiments to Famous Studios’ Casper The Friendly Ghost.  

Animation highlights include Kelley’s Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with the earliest example of 3-D animation – "We don’t have confirmation but it’s very likely it was done by either Jacob Leventhal or John Norling while working with Bray in New York," says producer Furmanek; New Dimensions, the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the World’s Fair in 1940; Around is Around, a 3-D animated gem by Norman McLaren; stop-motion puppet cartoon The Adventures of Sam Space, (presented in widescreen); a Bob Clampett Beany and Cecil sequence originally produced to introduce Bwana Devil; and Boo Moon, a Paramount "Stereotoon" …and more!

It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in 3-D Rarities; all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival
materials by 3-D Film Archive Technical Director Greg Kintz. Meticulously aligned shot-by-shot for precise
registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never looked this good.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Introductions by Leonard Maltin and Trustin Howard.

  • Essays by Julian Antos, Hillary Hess, Thad Komorowski, Donald McWilliams, Ted Okuda, Mary Ann Sell and

    Jack Theakston.

  • 3-D photo galleries – Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), New York World’s Fair (1939), Sam Sawyer View-

    Master reels (1950) and 3-D Comic Books (1953)

  • 3-D footage directed by Francis Ford Coppola from The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)

  • Commentary tracks by Thad Komorowski and Jack Theakston.

To Watch the 3-D Versions of These Films, You Need:

  • 3D HDTV

  • Compatible 3D Glasses

  • Blu-ray 3DTM Player or Playstation3 System

  • High-Speed HDMI Cable

This Blu-ray Can Also Be Viewed in 2D, Playable on Your Standard Blu-ray Player.

The 3-D Rarities will be released on June 16th. To pre-order it directly from the distributor, click here.

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