Finally Warner Brothers has decided to release one of it's "classic" 1950's 3D films. Here are some details:
"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.
Said Jeff Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog:
"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."
This is great news, only Dial M For Murder is pretty weak both as a Hitchcock film and as a 3D project. It's pretty much a filmed version of a stage success that takes place in one apartment with some really bad rear screen shots mixed in. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable film but it is more important in a historical sense than it is in a rousing 3D entertainment sense. I'll be ordering it!
My real hope is that they release "Kiss Me Kate" in 3D. I've seen this a couple of times at 3D revivals and I thinks it's one of the best, if not the best, 3D film of the period. It has everything, color, pop, dancing, singing, ect. that poor Dial M doesn't. Hope this leads to more releases. Sounds like "House Of Wax" is in the wings. Sorry to see the recently released "Hondo" wasn't released 3D as that's how it was filmed.