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!
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
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.
- 3D HDTV
- Compatible 3D Glasses
- Blu-ray 3DTM Player or Playstation3 System
- High-Speed HDMI Cable